October 2011

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Facebook Demographics

Our Facebook has become a real community of fellow scrapbookers offering advice, asking questions, and sharing great ideas! You come from all over, are at different stages in your life, but all share a love for scrapbooking. Here are some facts about the 50,000 friends you have on our Facebook page.


  • 96% of our Facebook fans are female.
  • 37% of you are between the ages of 35-44.


Top 5 countries our Facebook fans hail from:







Top 5 cities our Facebook fans live:

Dallas, Texas

Livingston, New Jersey

Seattle, Washington

Atlanta, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

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Our Favorite Facebook Comments

Since we started our Facebook, we’ve gotten a lot of inspiring comments from our fans. Here are some of our favorites!


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New Page Calls!

Hey, gang! We’re gearing up for our June issue, so we’re in need of your finest work. Here are the subjects we’re interested in. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got!


Childhood Memories

From pages about your child’s favorite toy, best quotes, or adorable personality quirks to designs highlighting your own childhood, we’re looking for projects featuring cherished childhood memories.


To submit your pages, e-mail a scan or photograph of your layout to submissions@meredith.com by Friday, November 4. Please type “Childhood” in the subject line. Limit submissions to three per person, and keep attached files less than 500k.



Wedding Pages

Show us your wedding projects! We’re looking for scrapbook pages and projects highlighting everything from the engagement to the reception.


To submit your projects, e-mail a scan or photograph of your layout to submissions@meredith.com by Friday, November 4. Please type “Wedding” in the subject line. Limit submissions to three per person, and keep attached files less than 500k.



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Top Commented Facebook Posts

We admit it–we ask a lot of questions on Facebook. But hey, we just want to get to know our favorite fans! Some questions get more comments than others, though. Check out our most commented on posts and what most of you answered with!

This was one of the first questions we asked you! Most of you said that you love scrapbooking with friends, but admitted that you get more done when you scrap alone.



Back in 2010, you guys were all about the bling! You loved glitter stickers and sparkly brads. Ribbons and die cuts also made the list.



Your favorite tools were anything that cut paper–trimmers, punches, and the Cricut all made the list.



Mothers and daughters were inspiring each other to scrapbook. Many of you had stories of the tradition being passed down through generations. And some of you said the birth of children was a huge motivator.

The consensus was three to five photos a page, but some of you daredevils scrapped up to 20 pictures!

We have very diverse fans! You guys confessed to listening to everything from country to rock to pop. And a few of you relished the silence that scrapbooking brings.

Most of you had problems organizing small embellishments, such as stickers, brads, and ribbon scraps.

Most of you said you love your two-page layouts, because you like your pages to match.

This is the question that got the most comments from our fans. The earliest scrapper to answer started scrapbooking in 1961. And one of you promised to start scrapping in 2012.

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Facebook Milestones

To celebrate reaching 50,000 fans, we looked back at our Facebook–and we mean WAY back. We pulled the important milestones that Facebook let us share with you over the years. Here are the highlights.

This was our first post on Facebook! We encouraged everyone to sign up for our free newsletter as another way of getting more awesome content from us. You can sign up for our weekly newsletter here.


The first photos we ever uploaded were from Winter CHA 2009. We even featured a picture of Paris Hilton holding our February magazine. Paris was there to showcase her new line of scrapbooking products. Read our blog post about it here.


This was our first call for page submissions posted on Facebook. Since then, we’ve only published this info on our Facebook, Twitter, and blog–not in the print magazine.


This was the first slideshow we ever shared on Facebook. Although this slideshow doesn’t exist anymore, we replaced it with another cute baby gifts slideshow. Read it here.


This was the first of many free giveaways advertised on our Facebook. Just as our friend Erica gave away digital brushes when we first started our Facebook page, she created these free journaling cards to celebrate us reaching 50,000 Facebook fans. Get them here. Thanks, Erica!



 We broke the exciting news of Michelle Rubin becoming the new Scrapbooks Etc. editor in this Facebook post. She’s still fearlessly leading us today!


It only took us a month and a half to reach 3,000 fans! We’re still so excited to have such a great community of fans.


 As we approached the redesign of our magazine in 2009, we asked our Facebook readers for their ideas. You inspired us tremendously, and we tried to incorporate your ideas in our magazine.



 We survived the great magazine crisis of 2009 and heard congrats on our Facebook!



After we redesigned our website at the end of 2009, you guys were the first to know. We posted a link as soon as it was ready.


 This was our Facebook Oops! We celebrated 10,000 fans by breaking Facebook’s rules! We made sure not to do it again this time.



 After we built our brand-new, state-of-the-art crafts lab, we shared pictures on our Facebook.


 Last year, we released a Facebook exclusive newsletter called the “10 Weeks of Handmade Holidays” to give our fans the best holiday ideas using their scrapbook supplies.


 Recently, we started asking your opinion on which slideshows should be written for the website. Although this poll was close, the majority of you said you wanted a storage slideshow. See the slideshow here!


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Scrap the World Series

With the World Series in full swing (pardon the pun!), it’s important to show team loyalty. Create an awesome scrapbook page inspired by the games or make a banner to hang in your office. Check out these homerun layouts and paper piecings for great ideas.


This baseball layout features a shot of the game (take a pic of the TV if you didn’t score tickets). Photos of the family watching the action mix with close-ups of the players and stands. See more baseball layouts here!



This baseball mitt paper-piecing looks real, especially with the stitching. Make one in your team’s colors to show some spirit! Print the pattern for this piecing here.

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Valerie’s Sketch for One Great Photo

We’re excited to welcome back our good friend Valerie Salmon who’s got another great sketch to jumpstart your creativity!

Some of the most stunning scrapbook layouts feature a single enlarged photo that speaks volumes.  

When you have a picture that is “worth a thousand words,” you can keep the page design clean and simple.  The sketch below features basic elements that will keep the focus on your photograph.  Keep in mind that in this instance, the term “less is more” applies.  The layout will be quick and simple, but the end result will be striking.  Now, grab your supplies, scrap, and have fun with this sketch!

Designed by Valerie Salmon of Got Sketch?

“All Star”

Designed by Valerie Salmon

SOURCES  Cardstock:  Bazzill.  Patterned Papers:  Bo Bunny (green dot), Kaiser Craft (black dot). Metal “Score” accent:  K & Company. Metal star badge:  Pink Paislee.  Circle punch:  EK Success.  Arrow punch:  Fiskars.  Chipboard alphabet:  The Paper Studio.  Computer font:  Futura.  Other:  baker’s twine.

Designer’s Notes:  

With this 12×12 sketch, I created an 8″ x 8″ page layout.  By sizing everything down and using a 4″ x 6″ photo, this worked nicely.  For the journaling strip, I used the tip of an arrow punch (Fiskars) to cut the notches on the ends.  I love quick and easy pages — This is definitely one of those!

“Learn to Ride”

Designed by Lisette Gibbons

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white) | Patterned Paper + Elements: Echo Park (Country Drive) | Alphabet Foam Stickers: My Little Shoebox (Pink) | Rubber Stamp: Hero Arts (Bicycle) | Ink: Staz’On (Jet Black) | Computer font | Black Marker

Designer’s Notes:  

Because of the large negative space in the picture, I’ve added a few elements in the top right corner to take your eye through the layout in a natural flow. I mirrored the colours from the picture in my papers as well.

“The Patch”

Designed by Kimberly Neddo

SOURCES  Noel Mignon’s October kit include:  Cardstock- Bazzill;  Patterned Paper- Fancy Pants: Oct 31- Night, Shadows and Cards; American Craft: Night Fall-Starry Night and Night Watch. Thickers-  American Craft: Elm Black.  Brads- My Minds Eye: Mischievous.  Stickers- Authentique: Diction

Designer’s Notes:  

I flipped the sketch upside down to work with an idea I had for the scalloped boarder. I have a fun pumpkin carving cartridge for my cricut express cutting machine, and I had an idea of shrinking the images down to 2 inches. I cut a few different papers with the images chosen to cut to give some variation to the border. I placed them over green cardstock to help them pop. I love how this turned out for this simple sketch. Sometimes with a simple design, you can make it really stand out with something fun like this.

“Sweet Dreams”

Designed by Angela Lauchengco


Cardstock:  American Crafts.  Patterned papers:  Making Memories Love Struck line and Little Yellow Bicycle Sweet Love.  Adhesive border:  K&Co. Sweet Simplicity.  Clear sticker & Chipboard sticker:  Little Yellow Bicycle.  Alphabet stickers:  American Crafts.  Other:  Satin Flowers from a local fabric store.

Designer’s Notes:  

Valerie’s sketch was perfect for the photo I recently took of my nephew’s newborn daughter.   I kept the layout simple so that the main focus is on the photo. 

Local fabric stores are a great source for beautiful ribbons and laces that you can use as embellishments for your pages.

‘Want more sketches?  Visit the Got Sketch? blog for more inspiring ideas to fit your scrappy needs.





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Pick the Good Pics

Digital photography allows us to take a multitude of photos, but it also leaves us with so many photos that scrapbooking them all can be overwhelming and time-consuming. As the photos–and the stress–pile up, scrapbooking can become a chore. Here are some tips to avoid the urge to scrapbook every photo.

Choose the best. Give up on the idea that every photo you take has to end up on a scrapbook page. Choose a few favorites out of a batch of photos and create a layout using the best shots.

Tell a story. Ask yourself if a photo tells a story. If the pic you’re deciding on doesn’t capture a special memory, emotion, or moment, don’t use it.

Add journaling. Even if you don’t scrapbook all of your photos, you can still capture memories of the day through journaling. Instead of creating pages and pages of one event, choose the most impactful photos and journal about the details.

Make an album. Try a photo album when you have a large number of photos from a special event like a vacation or a wedding. Premade photo albums often have an area for adding notes beside each photo.

Still left with a lot of photos? Try these layouts that are perfect for tons of pictures!

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Intro to Pinterest


Here at Scrapbooks Etc., we love Pinterest! It’s where we find inspiration, show off the latest scrapbook trends, and post our favorite projects. We’re addicted. In an effort to share our addiction with our fans, we created this guide to Pinterest, so we can all share ideas with each other!


What is Pinterest? Pinterest is a website where users can “pin” their favorite pictures, projects, and ideas onto categorized idea boards. After registering for an invite or receiving one from a friend, you can sign in and create a profile. Pinterest even lets you link to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, so you can easily find your friends. You can search for pins by category (we’re in the DIY & Crafts category) or browse through everyone’s pins to see what the latest trends are.

What is a Pin? A pin is an image added to Pinterest. A pin can be added from a website using the Pin It button, or you can upload images from your computer. Each pin added using the Pin It button links back to the site it came from.

What are Boards? You can create boards on your profile as an easy way to organize your pictures. You can make a board for any topic and post corresponding pictures for easy searching. For example, here are some of our board categories. Add a board by pushing the “Add” button on top.


How to Pin Something? The easiest way to pin something is to add the “Pin It” button to your bookmarks bar. Then anytime you’re on a website with a picture you want to save, simply push the “pin it” button and add it to a board. You can also add pins by pushing the “Add” button on top and entering the URL of the picture or upload one from your computer. Regardless of how to pin something, you’ll be prompted to add a caption and select a board. You can even tag people in your pin by using the @ symbol, similar to Twitter.

What is a Repin? A repin is adding an image you find while browsing Pinterest to your own board. When you repin an image, the user who first pinned the image will also get credit. Repins maintain the source-link of the image no matter how many times it’s repinned. Repin by scrolling over the photo and clicking the “Repin” button. You’ll have to option to change the caption and choose a board.

What is Following? If you find a user you’d like to follow, go to their profile and click the “Follow All” button. “Following All” means you’ll have all of a user’s pins on all their boards shown to you on your Pinterest homepage. If the user makes new boards, you will automatically follow them. You can follow individual boards if you’re only interested in seeing a user’s pins to specific boards. You can unfollow boards and users at any time: they will not be notified.


Please post any further questions in the comments section, and we’ll answer them!


And make sure to follow Scrapbooks Etc. on Pinterest.

Or editor Michelle Rubin, our art director Deb Berger, and our web editor Lindsay Fullington.

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Family Journaling Questions


In our December 2011 issue, Erin Clarkson shows us how to make a family gathering album. Use the holidays as an opportunity to gather memories from your own family. Take along a list of questions and get your loved ones talking about their past. Then use their answers to make a mini album for you–and for them!


Download the question templates to make this album here. Print them and have relatives fill them out, or use them as inspiration for your own inquiries.

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