Monday, September 28, 2009

Just had to show you the freebie for tonight's chat!

This morning, I was in a panic, wondering what in the world to make for the Life Book Chat Freebie tonight. The creative muses must have been smiling on me today, because in between giving the kids their tests, I put together this 5 paper embellished paper pack for your Childhood themed pages. All five papers fall under the Childhood theme, so choose the one that best suits your needs for your Life Book. Come to the Life Book Chat tonight at 9 pm ET to get this free!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Childhood QPs and Blank Album QPs for Life Book!

Good news! Two new Quick Pages (each in 2 sizes) are now in the Heritage Scrap Store.

The topic we are working on next week is "Childhood", so I made an old album ready for your pictures and journaling, complete with some fun elements, like a childhood tag, a string (always found in a boy's pocket!) and some marbles (in case you have lost yours, as I have! LOL!)

This QP, again, comes in both 12 x 12" and 8 x 10" sizes.

AND... since there were requests for the Life Book Cover QP to be done as a blank cover to be used for other albums, I went ahead and made this QP in a blank album to be used for any topic for your Life Book, or just for your layouts of any type. Feel free to add additional elements to go along with the theme of the page your are working on!

Click on each preview to see a larger image in the Heritage Scrap Store. And be thinking about what you will include on your "Childhood" Layout next week. See ya at the chat!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Birth Themed Quick Pages Available for Life Book

This week I have two options for you. Some of you are doing a more elegant, Victorian style of Life Book and others are doing a more vintage looking book, so I have made two different styles of Quick Pages for those wanting a short cut for your Life Book.

First, I have "Victorian Baby", and this comes in both 8 x 10" and 12 x 12".

Secondly, I have "Tattered Baby", which also comes in both sizes.

Please click on the previews to take a closer look in the store at Heritage Scrap.

And be sure to join us on Monday Evenings at 9 pm ET for our Life Book Chat at Heritage Scrap.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Life Book Cover Quick Pages are now in the store!

You can go to the previous post and click on the links to go to the Heritage Scrap Store.

I also wanted to let you in on a little secret I just figured out...

Assuming you are registered at Heritage Scrap and are following the Life Book Forum, go to the Life Book II Forum, scroll down to the peach/gold bar at the bottom and click on Subscribe Forum. This should notify you of any new posts in the Life Book II Forum by email. I thought I was subscribed, but I haven't been getting any notifications. Now I see why.

Thanks, and have a great day!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Life Book Quick Page - Sneak Peak!

The first Quick Pages are done for this week and are in the Heritage Scrap store! I've done the same cover in both 8 X 10 and 12 X 12 sizes. Click on the previews to go to the store. :) If you don't have time to scrap or are just starting out in digi scrapping, here is an easy solution for you! Simply add photos and a name and your cover is finished.

Watch for more Quick Pages in this series!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Life Book II (finally!) starts tomorrow!

Hello Life Bookers!

We had planned to begin Life Book II on August 31st, but due to the death of my brother in law on Aug. 28th, followed by my Dad having a serious stroke for which he was life flighted to Cleveland Clinic on Aug. 31st, we postponed the start. Last Monday was Labor Day, so now that Summer is "unofficially" over in the US, we are ready to settle into a Fall routine, and we hope you will make Life Book a part of your weekly routine!

So, let's get started...

The Life Book II schedule will be slightly altered this time around. I will be explaining this in more detail in the first chat on Monday, Sept. 14th at 9 pm EST. You can join the chat by going to

When the site opens, you will be asked to log in. Please use your Heritage Scrap Username. The chat room requires Java, so please make sure your computer is Java enabled and you have the latest version of Java on your system.

Once you are logged in, the chat box will open. Please click on the "Rooms" tab in the right column, and choose Weekly Life Book Challenge by double clicking it. Now, you will be ready to start chatting with the other "Life Bookers" who attend the chat. You can see a list of those in the chat room under the "Users" tab.

To chat with the other Life Bookers in the chat room, simply place your cursor in the bottom window and type what you want to say, then click on "Send". There are lots of fun sounds and smilies included in the chat room, as well as the ability to change the color of your text, etc. You might want to spend some time checking out all of the features the Chat Room has to offer!


In this round, the format will be changed slightly. The new week will begin in the weekly chat on Monday Evenings. In that chat, we will discuss what the topic will be for the week, and some ideas for scrapping it. Immediately following the chat, I will post the topic information in the forum, and I will also include some sample layouts and kits that might fit well with the topic. (These are just suggestions, not requirements.)

You will have from Monday following the chat to Chat time the following Monday to get your layout finished and uploaded to the gallery. Just before the chat begins each week, I will choose a random winner of the new layouts in the gallery for the week. I will announce the winner at the beginning of the chat so we can all congratulate them! :D

As often as possible, I will try to have a Freebie for all of the chat attendants. As you can see, the chat is a big part of the Life Book Challenge. It's sort of like the weekly meetings at Weight Watchers - you could do it on your own, but it's so much easier hanging out with other people facing the same challenges each week! :D

The Chat Schedule will look something like this...

9:00 - 9:10 pm (EST): Meet and greet (welcome new members and chatting until everyone gets there)
9:10 pm: Weekly Winner Announcement!
9:10 - 9:30 pm: Discussion of weekly topic along with suggestions and ideas for layouts
9:30 pm: FREEBIE!!
9:30 - 10:00 pm: Random chatting about whatever...


Each week a winner will be chosen randomly from the submissions in the weekly gallery. I use to choose a number and I will count from the top down to that number to find the winner. The more layouts you submit each week, the greater your chances of winning.

To be eligible for the drawing, you must:
1) Not be a member of the Heritage Scrap Creative Team or Design Team; and
2) Use Heritage Scrap Products for at least 50% of your layout; and
3) Include which Heritage Scrap Products were used in your description on your layout.

We look forward to seeing you all there, and hope you will make Life Book part of your routine! Please tell other digiscrappers and/or genealogists about this challenge! It is a great way to get an album done for an ancestor or loved one in your life!!

Please check the Life Book II forum for details of "What is a Life Book?", and the "Life Book II Schedule" for more information!!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Life Book II to begin Sept. 14th

You would not believe all the things that have happened since my last post rescheduling Life Book for today!

Just a brief rundown so you know my frame of mind:
Friday, Aug. 28th - my sister's husband died/trip to Mansfield to stay with her
Monday, Aug. 31st - while preparing to go to the funeral home for calling hours, my dad had a stroke and was life flighted to Cleveland Clinic
Monday, Aug. 31st - 3 miles from the exit for Cleveland Clinic on Rt. 90, my car broke down!
Monday - Thursday - stayed by my Dad's bedside in Intensive Care around the clock, taking turns with other family members, all while taking care of my Mom who is also in poor health
Friday, Sept. 4th - My Dad was transferred from Cleveland Clinic to a local Rehab hospital near his home (which is 2 hours from my home). While waiting to hear that he had arrived, my husband called to say that his aunt died.
Saturday, Sept. 5th - borrowed my Mom's car to drive home to avoid driving the car that broke down - my Mom's car broke down 1 hr. from home! DH came to pick me up. When I finally got home, my sister called to say they were taking my Dad back to emergency for something that suddenly came up. Thankfully, things checked out OK and they took him back to the rehab hospital.

So, today I'm resting, then Tuesday and Wednesday, we have calling hours and funeral for DH's Aunt. I'm so thankful for all of his support. He's been working full time (from home), taking care of 6 kids (I had our oldest DD with me), helping them with their school work and handling meals (thank God I had done my monthly cooking and had 30 meals in the freezer!)

Anyway, when I rescheduled Life Book, I wasn't thinking clearly enough to realize that today was Labor Day. I talked it over with Theresa, the CT Leader at Heritage Scrap, and we decided that since today is the unofficial "last day of Summer" here in the U.S. and many of us are enjoying the day off with family, we will once again postpone the start of Life Book II for NEXT Monday, Sept. 14th (barring any other crisis!)

I'm so sorry for all the confusion! I will post next Monday with all the details and the link for the Life Book Chat. Have a great day and enjoy!!