Always Learning Something

I am going to share something with you all that you might not know about me. I am a teacher at my local college and I absolutely love teaching. I have a Master’s degree in business and I love all things business. I am truly a tech and business nerd along with my love for scrapbooking. Who would’ve thought that my scrappy, messy creative self also loves business. With that being said it is in my nature to always want to learn something new or how I can better myself.

Something that I preach to my students is that they should always strive for lifelong learning as you can always learn something new. I believe that if you stop learning then you are not truly living because how can you evolve and grow into something better if you are not always learning.

A few months ago I took April Bowles-Olin’s creative live course and I learned tons of new things that I could do to make my site better and profitable. Since then I have been making changes with my site and with me. My goal has always been to turn my site into a profitable site. Since I have been home with the baby this goal has been in the forefront of my mind. You can read about my experience with April’s first class HERE. With that being said I am truly excited about April’s next class that is going to be on Creative Live next month.

creative live and april bowles-olins blog tour

One of the things that April is going to be teaching in this course is how to create digital product that will sell while I sleep. I don’t know about you but this just gives me goosebumps because I want to know how to create product that is going to sell while I sleep. You see my goal has always been to teach my readers how to get the photos off of their phones and into albums quickly and easily whether you scrap digitally or traditionally all those photos need to come off of your phones and get put into albums. Still many people take tons of photos and leave them on their phones just sitting their. What is the point of that? Why take tons of photos and not put them in an album? Why are you leaving these photos stuck in cyber world through Facebook and Instagram? Great you took a photo and you shared it on Facebook or Instagram but now what? What are you going to do with those photos, leave them there until you die and then your photos die with you because those accounts get closed? What is the end result of you taking all these photos? For me I want my children to know what I thought about our lives. I want them to have something tangible that they can hold onto when I am gone. I also scrap because it is a creative outlet for me and the nerdy side of me loves all the tools but that’s a whole other story!


Now that my rant is over. My goal has always been to create classes that you will buy so that you can get these photos into albums quickly and easily. Their are so many ways that you can get those photos off of your phones and into albums but many people are under the assumption that scrapbooking takes to long or costs to much money or they arent creative enough. I know how to change people’s thoughts on this subject. I know how to show people that these myths are simply not true but I don’t get paid to show people that these myths are not true.


The problem is that I have all these ideas on how to teach people to get the photos off of their phones but I never follow through with them. Their are many different reasons why but the biggest reason is fear. I am afraid to put myself out there. I am afraid that I will do all this work and then no one will purchase my class. I am afraid to come off as a sales person and end up making my readers feel like I am pressuring them to buy something. In order for this site to become profitable I am going to have to put my fears aside.

I am on to the positive thoughts now which are I can do this! I have a great class in the works that I have already started creating and I am looking forward to launching it next month. In this class I will be teaching you many techniques that you can use to get those photos off of your phones and into albums quickly and easily.  I am excited about this class and I can’t wait to launch it. Most importantly I can’t wait to hear how April is going to teach me how to make my digital product sell while I sleep.

Do you want to know how to make your digital products sell while you sleep? Are you ready to make your creative work more lucrative, stable, and sustainable in the long-term? Join April Bowles-Olin for an introduction to digital products and how they can enhance your creative business. This course will show you how to produce and position viable products for generating multiple revenue streams and passive income. RSVP right here to watch it live and get access to the workbook for FREE. This post is part of the Create Digital Products blog tour.”


Get Those Cards Organized

On a regular basis these days I get questions on how did I organize my project life cards by color. I wrote a whole post about it that you can read HERE, but sometimes a video is just so much better. I created a brief video on how I organized my project life cards by color so that I could my scrap on quickly and easily. I scrap by color so for me this was the best decision that I ever made.

I will be adding theme categories to my organizer that you can grab right HERE but for right now this works perfectly for me and has made me so happy. Just a note with the organizer you can adjust the dividers that come with the organizer so that you can have 4×6 and 3×4 cards in one organizer.

After watching this video will you take the plunge and organize your cards by color?


Mini Calendars

make it monday fall blog hop

Welcome to my site and the Make it Monday blog hop. I hope you have been enjoying these hops on Monday. You should have come to my site from Connie who showed you how to make a faboulous Fall banner. If I am the first person that you are seeing in this hop then you can start at the beginning with Gina who has a tutorial on how to upcyle plastic packaging. You can see the full list of the hop at the bottom of the post as well.

This post is all about how to make mini monthly calendars for your project life/pocket scrapbooking title pages. If you are anything like me you might be tackling project life from a monthly point of view. I have said it before scrapping weekly would drive me insane. My entire album is being done monthly and I am pretty sure that I will have two volumes this year, can you believe how crazy that is. All my photos are currently printed up until September which we just finished and I am almost positive that Shutterfly will have their 101 free prints after Halloween so I am going to wait for that and then print September and October.

I went searching on Pinterest to see what other people had done and everything that I found just seemed way to complicated to duplicate. I got to thinking that there has to be an easier way to make this happen. This is where my iPhone came in to play and I had an aha moment. I was extremly happy with my results and I am able to make tiny little calendards directly from my phone and print them on my Selphy and have a title card in five minutes or less.

Here is the video sharing with you how to make this happen for your own project life albums. For those of you that would like a monthly calendar but would like to highlight which week you are scrapping on the calendar you can do that to. I share all these steps in the video below.

Here is the complete list of apps that I used the tutorial to make these calendars.

1. Phonto

2. A Beautiful Mess

3. Square Sized

4. Project Life

5. Fuzel

Here is what the 3.5×3.5 calendar looks on a project life card. I haven’t printed my October one yet because I am waiting to see what deals Shutterfly is going to have for me. Namely my free 101 prints!

May project life title page

May title page for project life

Calendar printed by itself as 3.5x3.5

Calendar printed by itself as 3.5×3.5

Now that you have learned how to make these cute little calendars for project life/pocket scrapbooking will you give it a try? And once you have tried it you will need a place to store the title cards that you have made! This is where the Close To My Heart medium organizer comes into play. I have placed all my project life cards in one sorted by color and I swear this is the best thing I have ever done. I scrap by color but the same theory would work if you wanted to organize your stash of cards by theme. You can purchase these awesome organizers HERE and you can click HERE to see how I have organized my cards.

All organized by color

All organized by color

Don’t forget to check out the other ladies in the hop if you haven’t already.

GinaZee Creating a tag using plastic packaging from our favorite scrapbooking supplies.

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