How to Create Two 3x4 Prints from One 4x6 Image | Pocket Page Scrapbooking Tips plus a 9x12 Pocket Page Spread feat. Paislee Press!

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Pin This! How to Create Two 3x4 Prints from One 4x6 Image | Pocket Page Scrapbooking Tips!

Hi everyone! Have you been playing along with me and #MemoryKeepingMondays?  You can find out more about that hashtag here. 

I just have to ask - what size are you loving this year in your pocket page scrapbook?  For me, it has been the 9x12 size for my 2016 annual album.  It's less bulky than my previous 12x12 spreads and I really enjoy the ease of just dropping photos into the spreads with minimal arranging.  

I have created a pretty awesome system for easily and flawlessly creating 3x4 prints to simply slip into my page protectors.  I thought it would be fun to share it here for you today!

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You'll need a smart phone and the PicFrame app which is available for IOS and Android.  I print all my photos through a professional lab but you can easily print your photos at home if you wish.

Here are the steps I take:

Step 1. | Take and Edit iPhone Images

  1. Photograph using my iPhone 6+ and shoot vertically.
  2. I edit using the PicTapGo app and save the images to a separate folder on my iPhone (ie. "To Print")

Step 2. | Drop Two 3x4 Images Into One 4x6 Print

    1. Open the PicFrame App
    2. Choose the 3:2 ratio from the upper right corner, then select the side by side images
    3. Select "Style" at the bottom of the app and drag the border slider to the left, removing any borders at all.
    4. Select the "Share" button at the bottom of the app and export at the highest resolution
    5. I save my 4x6 images to Dropbox to a folder called "To Print"
    6. Next, I order my prints. I usually use Mpix.
    7. Upon arrival, I trim the 4x6 prints down into two 3x4 images using my paper trimmer then slide them into my page protectors chronologically.
    8. I add journal cards and elements at will.

    It's that simple!  I can do most of this work in one evening while hubby watches television. I love that I can do most of the work on my iPhone too.  I have even used Dropbox to sync photos from my DSLR to my iPhone so I can drop them into PicFrame too.

    Here's a look at one of my completed February spreads, using this technique.  I chose the Because collection of journal cards and elements from Paislee Press, to compliment my photos since I loved the purple and mixes of black, white, beige and light pink.

    In case you're wondering, the steps I take to create a layout such as this are...

    1. Trim down a Becky Higgins Project Life | Design F page protector(or you can buy 9x12 protectors already made, I'm just using what I already have on hand) and use a Fuse tool to divide the top corner pockets.
    2. Slip in my photos
    3. Choose and print journal cards and elements
    4. Add some simple embellishments
    5. Slip in the finished cards

    And that's it! Since I typically have my page protectors already trimmed and down and my photos inserted, I can easily complete a spread like this in a matter of 15-20 minutes one evening.  Usually, the longest part of my process is choosing the cards I want to print and use! lol.

    How to Create Two 3x4 Prints from One 4x6 Image | Pocket Page Scrapbooking Tips plus a 9x12 Pocket Page Spread feat. Paislee Press!
    9x12 Hybrid Pocket Page Layout by creative team member, Mandy Elliott featuring Because, by Paislee Press
    9x12 Hybrid Pocket Page Layout by creative team member, Mandy Elliott featuring Because, by Paislee Press
    9x12 Hybrid Pocket Page Layout by creative team member, Mandy Elliott featuring Because, by Paislee Press
    9x12 Hybrid Pocket Page Layout by creative team member, Mandy Elliott featuring Because, by Paislee Press
    9x12 Hybrid Pocket Page Layout by creative team member, Mandy Elliott featuring Because, by Paislee Press
    9x12 Hybrid Pocket Page Layout by creative team member, Mandy Elliott featuring Because, by Paislee Press

    I hope you found these tips and my mini-tutorial helpful, especially if you're just beginning with your pocket page venture! Having this process and using the same method over and over really helps me stay on top of my projects and still allows me time for other things!

    How to Scrapbook On a Budget - 8 Ways To Keep Your Wallet Happy

    Pin this image! Tips for how to craft and scrapbook without breaking the bank!

    Pin this image! Tips for how to craft and scrapbook without breaking the bank!

    Are you looking to save a little money? Crafting can be expensive! If you're like me, you're always feeling a little budget conscious so to help you, I’ve compiled a list of ways to scrapbook on a budget and another list on how to scrapbook for free.

    How to Scrapbook on a Budget, 8 Ways to Keep Your Wallet Happy - Tips for how to craft and scrapbook without breaking the bank!

    My husband and I have set some pretty strong financial goals for ourselves in the years we’ve been married. Our goals affect all areas of our lives, including my crafting hobbies!  This year, I really delved into the world of creating and found that it's easy to want to make trips to the craft store or purchase items I see online. I found myself wanting to buy “all the pretty things”. After a month or two, I had to slow down and rethink my process. Memory keeping is a creative outlet for me and while it is a very purpose-driven hobby, I knew I needed to find ways to still enjoy my hobby and preserve our memories without breaking the bank!

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    How to Scrapbook on a Budget:

    1. Use what you already have.

    If you’re like me, you’ve been crafting for a while… Chances are, you’ve got a little stash of supplies laying around. Use it!  I took one afternoon to sort through all my scrapbooking/craft supplies and pull out things that I either really loved, forgotten I had (don’t laugh!), or would like to use.  I then added them all into my raskog cart where they would be “in sight, in mind” so I could use them regularly.  I now do this every few months and call it shopping my stash (see what I did here for my #LittleSummerJOY album). In fact, whenever I start a new project, I shop my own stash first before going online or to the store.

    2. Use items from around your home.

    Ok, you know those loose buttons that you find in the laundry and have NO IDEA what they came from?  Those make great embellishments! No seriously, sometimes just browsing around my home I find all sorts of things I can multipurpose with.  Not long ago I found some cute tags I’d bought at Target for gift wrapping, never used, and well they made their way into my album. In addition, you’re more likely to find tools you can use - scissors, binders, page protectors, paint supplies, markers, and if you’re lucky enough to find a wood burning kit you can use it if you don’t have a Fuse tool yet! (Seriously, I used my wood burner for nearly a year before I won this Fuse tool in an Instagram giveaway!)

    3. Buy only what you NEED.

    This was a big one for me.  I had to stop myself from going into my local Hobby Lobby, Michael's, and Target (darn that dollar spot!) on any given whim.  Whenever I go to just look, I end up buying. So I started only going into the craft stores when I need something and I do my best to stick to my budget and not buy additional things. You know that old, “Do I NEED it or do I WANT it?” phrase? Yeah, it works. This is also the reason I don't subscribe to any monthly kits.  I find for the money spent, I can easily collect my own things and not have excess left over.

    4. Utilize Sales and Coupons!

    My budget (and my husband) really appreciate that I buy things on sale or with a coupon. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I paid full price for a craft item. When I NEED something, I make a shopping list.  I wait to get that item until it is on sale or until I have a coupon for it.  I usually shop at Hobby Lobby and Michael's who both have coupons regularly. I like to use the app on my iPhone for when I’m shopping because of the hundreds of retailers it accesses, but you can also find coupons on most store's websites or mobile apps. Warning: A sale is not a good excuse to buy more than you NEED.  It’ll get you in trouble every single time. Just get what you need and for heaven’s sake, get out.  

    5. Minimize What You Use

    I’m a huge fan of keeping things simple.  In fact, less is always more around my home.  This concept is growing more and more popular in today’s society. Even Becky Higgins has been talking about it after reading Marie Kondo's book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up".  Minimizing what you use, means keeping your “stuff” at a minimum. For me and my crafting, that means doing a little planning ahead. If I plan to buy only certain items that coordinate well, it is easier for me to not spend outside my budget. Therefore, I have planned to use only certain kinds of embellishments, determined black and white as base colors,  and stuck to a certain size and style of pocket page protectors.

    6. Generate an Income

    A surefire way keep the budget happy is to add money into it. Some ways to do that are to sell what you don’t plan to use - either in packages or by creating something to sell. Check out Caylee Grey’s instasale idea here.

    7. Split purchases with friends or borrow from friends!

    If you’re fortunate enough to have crafty friends, consider making purchases with them and splitting the merchandise.  My mom and I do this pretty often and it works out well for the both of us when buying something that will include more than what we need. In addition, if there’s a tool you really can’t afford to buy, think about borrowing it from a friend first to try it out and see if you like it before you purchase it. In addition, if its a toll for just a one time use, why not borrow and return vs. purchase?

    8. Lastly, consider digital.

    Digital kits are fantastic… Since I began using the hybrid method, I’ve found that my supplies go farther because I only print what I need, I can use the designs over and over again, and I can use them on multiple types of projects!

    Those are my go to ideas for now! I’m certain there are many more!

    I would love for you to comment below and share what ways have you found to save!

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    How to Scrapbook for FREE! | 5 Ways to Find Free Items

    Pin This: 5 ways to scrapbook using FREE items! Save money and win!

    Pin This: 5 ways to scrapbook using FREE items! Save money and win!

    Many of us know just how expensive crafting can be. If you’d like to know how to scrapbook on a budget or how to scrapbook for free, you’ve come to the right place.  Around here, we prioritize where our money goes. Savings, retirement, insurances - you know the drill.  While I do spend money on my scrapbooking hobby, I like to challenge myself to find new ways to make such an important aspect of my purpose as a memory keeper as inexpensive as possible so I can devote my funds to other areas of life.

    I try to think outside the box when it comes to keeping my budget happy so I have found a few ways to use free items and not spend any money at all. Today, I’m going to share some of those ideas with you. No, they’re not novel ideas and have probably been done before but nonetheless, they’re good ideas to consider if you’re trying to save a little money but still want to preserve your family’s memories.

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    1. Use What You Have and Minimize

    I covered both of these topics under How to Scrapbook on a Budget, but honestly, I can’t say enough about either concept. Instead of buying embellishments, look around your home to see what you can use. I used a bottle cap in this layout, a gift tag in this layout, printed a map from Google as a journal card, and included money and receipts in this layout!  Not to mention, I keep my layouts simple.  To me, it's more important to document the memories and stories than it is to fill my pages up with stickers and store bought things.

    2. Join a Creative Team

    In exchange for your time and talent, many of the creative team opportunities out there offer discounted or free designs and products.  This is a great way to receive items at little or no cost on a regular basis and have plenty of new items to choose from. I have worked on several creative teams since the beginning of the year and have found it to be a really rich experience - I’ve made wonderful friends, enjoyed products I didn’t even know existed, and have access to a plethora of beautiful designs.

    3. Enter Giveaways

    With the craze that is social media these days, many large companies (and even the small ones) offer giveaways occasionally.  Take the time to follow your favorite suppliers online and watch for when they hold a giveaway.  I always take the time to enter when I see a brand I like or want to try out and it's worked out great for me. I won a Fuse tool from the Lilypad, a three month subscription from Felicity Jane, and tons of other fun little giveaways.

    4. Search for Freebies

    Online there are hundreds of different avenues for finding free downloads, printables, classes, and tutorials.  You can browse freebies right here on my website, follow my Pinterest board of freebies, view my Bloglovin’ freebie collection here, and sign up for various company’s newsletters to receive additional freebies!

    5. Swap with Friends!

    Sometimes those stickers you have in your collection that you’re never going to use are just the thing a friend may have needed to complete a page. You can easily set up swaps between friends to grab new-to-you, free products. It's a win/win for everyone! The same goes for tools and other items that you may need to only once, you can always borrow and return!

    Come share your favorite ideas and freebie links with me in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

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    How To Work On Multiple Project Life Albums At One Time

    Trying to complete multiple Project Life or scrapbook albums? Here are some tips on how to keep the process simple and easy so you'll get caught up in no time!
    Trying to complete multiple Project Life or scrapbook albums? Here are some tips on how to keep the process simple and easy so you'll get caught up in no time!

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    When I began doing Project Life in 2013, I fell in love with the system because it easily fit my schedule.  Some days and weeks I have more time than others so this year I decided to work on multiple albums at once.  I've put a lot of time and effort into developing my workflow and finally found something that worked for me.

    Here are a few of things I found I've found simplify my workflow and maximize my time:

    1. Print all your photos and slide them into page protectors. 

    Let's face it, printing photos is the BIGGEST amount of time you'll spend prepping an album.  I quickly uploaded all my photos to Mpix one evening and arranged for the lab to ship them to my home.  Once they arrived, I filled an entire album with chronologically grouped 4x4 Instagram prints. Having the bulk of this part of the project done ahead of time saves me additional HOURS when trying to get some layouts done. I love that I can just flip through the album to pull the pages I want to work on when I have time.


    Trying to complete multiple Project Life or scrapbook albums? Here are some tips on how to keep the process simple and easy so you'll get caught up in no time!

    2. Limit your embellishments

    Many of you know that I have a pretty simple system for my spreads... I go light on the embellishments and stick to a handful of favorites such as wood veneers, mini flair, confetti pockets, and journal cards.  This helps me complete a layout faster and keeps things relatively uniform.


    3. Plan what journal cards to use

    I like to let my mind do most of the work on my spreads before I actually sit down to put it together. When I come across a great journal card set, I like to print several of the cards that coordinate right then and there and then set them aside.  Usually, while flipping through my album full of photos already in the page protectors, a collection of photos will jump out at me as something that will match with a set of journal cards I have already printed.

    Having this simple system in place has been a lifesaver for me as I've been working on my 2012 album.  I plan to use the same system for albums dating back even farther. Want to see a few of my 2012 pages?  Stay tuned because soon I'll be sharing some MORE pages from my 2012 album in the future!


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    My Favorite Photo/Memory Storage:

    White Storage Box | Michaels Craft Store


    How To Back Up Photos from an iPhone

    How To Back Up Photos from an iPhone

    Hey everyone, today's Memory Keeping Monday is a little guest-share from my sweet friend Jenn Brown of Jenn Brown Photo.  She has a special story to share along with a how-to when it comes to backing up photos from your iPhone.


    "It’s been 8 months since my sister lost her phone to an unfortunate water accident, and in those 8 months there have been a lot of sadness and anger.Of course anyone who loses his or her phone is automatically upset because then you have to go through the process of purchasing a new phone.If you don’t carry insurance, then you have to try and find a used phone you can afford until your contract is up for renewal.It almost reminds you of car shopping: stressful and inconvenient.

    There is just one piece to this story that breaks my heart for her (other than losing her iPhone). You see, my sister did not use a separate camera from her phone to take pictures.The first year and a half of her son’s life was documented on this phone. And it was gone. Down the toilet. Literally.

    Knowing how I would feel if I lost every image on my phone to an accident with no back up, I tried everything to help make it better.I uploaded all the images I had taken of him and put them on an online gallery for her to back up, print from, and relish in. But that just wasn’t enough.

    Because I have don’t live with her 24-7, she had tons of images and videos of her son’s milestones. First teeth, crawling, saying his first words, smiles, walking, and his first birthday… just to name a few.

    She cried. Hard. No back ups had been made, not even to the cloud. Poof – all those gorgeous images of her son’s first moments of life gone in an instant.


    It was at this point that I realized just how important even our phone’s photo galleries were. I don’t carry around my DSLR everywhere I go because, well, I don’t want to look like a nerd, look intrusive, or I simply don’t want to lug yet another bag with me. I use my iPhone a lot for family photos, exploring, or for that gorgeous sunset when we are out and about.

    Immediately I backed up both my phone and my husband’s phone to an external hard drive. Then I showed my sister how I backed our phones up so she could do the same at her house whenever she wanted. And if you haven’t done this, you need to. Right now.

    Since we use iPhones, I’m going to explain how to back one up 3 separate ways. I’m sure backing an android would be similar, though.

    1) The Cloud

    Apple gives you free cloud storage .You can easily set your iPhone photos to store in the cloud by going to Settings > iCloud > Photos > and selecting the iCloud Photo Library.

    2) iTunes

    You can back your ENTIRE iPhone up to iTunes even down to your text messages. I highly recommend you do this often.It helps when upgrading your phone and getting all of your images, texts, contacts, and I believe your apps back on your phone quickly. However, if you use this option and deleted photos from the last back up, well.. they are gone. So I highly suggest #3.

    3) External Hard Drive

    This is major. For someone like me who takes pictures of everything, I have to do this step. I have filled my 16GB iPhone twice, so once I back up I can go through and delete the images off of my phone except for my have to have images and videos. Also, I back my images up in two places: my computer and an external drive.

    How I import is I will pull my images through Lightroom. I understand not everyone has this software, and if you don’t then you should go through your computer’s photo software that it comes with. iPhoto will do the same thing. Upload all of your images to the photo software, and then save them all on one folder in you external hard drive. My file names will look like this “Jenn’s iPhone>Year>Month>Date”

    Once you’ve done this you can now upload to an online printing company and have some of those images printed!

    See how easy it is! But what about those prints again?

    So glad you asked. Digital files are only as good as the technology we have. And sometimes technology fails. Another great back up option is printing those pictures!

    If you have computer access, then I suggest printing through Shutterfly or They have the BEST quality when it comes to consumer photo labs! You can create an account quickly and upload the images you want to print right away.

    If you do not have computer access, then the app I recommend you download is Artifact Uprising. You can choose from Square Print Set of 25 images for $21.99 to a photo book starting at $16.99 for 40 pages. Super affordable and extremely cute.This app will even log into your Instagram account so you can print images from there!

    What are you waiting for? Friends, don’t let friends lose their images on their phone to a water accident or stolen phone.Share this post and back up those images right now and print them! They will thank you later.

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    Thanks for sharing Jenn!

    Printed Photos | The Importance of Printing Your Memories


    Printed photos are my favorite. While I am a digital photographer, I am the type of person who likes something tangible. I like to see a photo, touch it, feel it, and have a memory flood my mind. I also enjoy reading a memory alongside a photo, which is why I scrapbook and memory keep.

    Looking back over the printed photographs we have of myself and my younger sister growing up, we have many more photos of her than of me. At some point I mentioned this to my mom, and she quickly responded with "We didn't have a digital camera when you were little!"  Truth was, back when I was in elementary school, my mom had very nice film camera that she eventually sold to a professional photographer.  Taking photos was expensive back then, because of the cost to develop film. But I still remember the excitement of picking up those newly developed photos in a crisp white envelope after dropping off a roll of film at the local grocer.  Those prints were cherished by my family because they held documentation of the memories we shared together.

    As I got older, I purchased a camera once I began working full time and even though it was a digital camera, I still printed my photos.  The excitement of picking up a photo from the developer was still there and I enjoyed displaying photos around my home. And I still do today.   I now have photos displayed around my home in frames, hanging as canvases, and displayed as artistic prints. I also have my scrapbooks and fully intend on sharing with you how I document our memories in book form very soon...

    Please allow me to encourage you print your photographs. If you are a regular photo-taker then you have only benefits to reap by printing your photos and having them on display or documented in an album.  Find a system that works well for you if print photos often, keep it simple and fun, so it doesn't become a daunting task.  If you're not a regular photo-taker and you're someone who just hires a photographer once or twice a year - allow me to encourage you to use them to order professional grade, quality prints that you can display - your world will be much richer because you choose to print.