If you have not yet visited Debbie Hodge’s “Get It Scrapped” site, you are definitely missing out. This site has it all: classes (including the new Masterful Design Series), a gallery, sketches and a forum. I’m currently taking the Building Pages class, which is a self-paced class.

Why another design class? Because honestly, every instructor teaches things differently. I like my pages to be something I want to look at and especially want others to look too. I want to feel the emotion and joy and memory in every page. And if I’m just putting it down randomly and feel there isn’t something “right” with it, I know something isn’t right with the design. So isn’t it better to work on the design up front and make sure it is something I really like first?

While it is great to just scrap the way you want to, taking a class can bring a realization as to what is a GREAT looking page from just keeping the memory. A great looking page makes you want to look at it over and over and keeps the memory like it was yesterday. Bringing the emotion into the page from the memory only adds to it.

Then there are sketches. The most recent sketch is related to Halloween and includes a printable PDF for those of us who are paper scrappers and those of us who are digital scrappers get a JPG bundle. There’s also a link to the fonts used (LOVE Bleeding Cowboy!). I love to pull up the sketches when I am totally drawing a blank. While there are books of sketches out there, this is always being added to so you can always find something new.

And, hint hint, you can go over to the Paperclipping Roundtable, who Get It Scrapped is a sponsor for, and get a coupon code if you’d like for a class! How cool is that?

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Paperclipping Roundtable had a lively discussion during the mail segment of sorting embellishments to speed up your scrapping. Have you looked at your system of sorting and storing recently? I know I’m “by color” on my embellishments, or so I had thought, until I listened to Molly McCarthy talk about how ALL her color embellishments are in one place. I know mine aren’t.

Spend some time with the Roundtable. I’m sure you won’t regret it. And I’m willing to bet that after you’ve listened once, you will subscribe to the podcasts and listen regularly as I do. I always leave with inspiration and wanting to head into the scrap room!

One of my favorite resources is eZine articles. Lain Ehman shares ideas on all those little bits & pieces we have left over – you know, the remaining sheet from a kit, the 6″ of ribbon, the one sticker… We all have them. She takes us beyond “make a card” with her post.

There are so many places on the web you can go to and find scrapbooking information and resources. I hope that you will find that I am accumulating the most USEFUL of these resources!

Over the last few years, I have answered many questions for others about scrapbooking and sent links and information to them to help answer questions about everything from design, to color to journaling and ideas for when they are creatively blocked. I hope to be able to pull all of these sources together and provide for everyone.

Hopefully, you will find some a-ha moments and nuggets in these resources to make your scrapbooking more fun and more productive!

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