Tag: Memory Keeping

Fruit Picking Album

Two pictures of strawberries.

Pictures that I really like of strawberries but that is all they really are just two pictures of strawberries, they tell no story, they could have been taken any where at any time.

And then I put them into a scrapbook page.

I wrote down the date, 31st July 2015. I added a tag saying it was a day to remember and I put the title Fruit Picking.

That would have been enough really to remind of where we were and what we were doing, but I decided to add another tag. One that explained the two photos of strawberries a little more.

It wasn’t a massive description, it wasn’t a difficult description it was just the truth of what happened.

“A day of searching for the strawberries. After lots of walking, looking and foraging we finally found some decent, juicy strawberries. Worth it in the end!”

No longer are these pictures just two random pictures of strawberries, they now have a place, they have a date, they have a story, they are part of a memory.

A memory that is forever recorded in a scrapbook.

(Scrapbook page was made in MyMemories software, using the Summers Meadow Collection, designed by Clever Monkey Graphics)

The Start of The Isle of Wight Scrapbook

This summer we have done lots of visits, and been to lots of places.

Now the summer is over, it is time to get scrapbooking the photos, and writing down the memories.

I am not doing them chronologically, I am just doing the pages as I am inspired to do the pages, some will be digital, some will be traditional and some will be a mixture of both. But the end result will be the photos and the memories will be stored, and scrapbooked for us to look at over the years and for the boys to have forever.

This page was digitally made, with just one photo and a kit from MyMemories programme, the Sailaway kit.

I gave the photo a mat, and added the anchor embellishments, along with a Bracket Book Plate embellishment.

The rest of the page is a poem from John Masefield, called Sea Fever. It is the perfect poem for this page all of us love the sea. We love being near the sea, and if I am feeling sad or down I head to the sea it is a perfect boost.

This photo was one that I took at Ryde just from the Ferry terminal after we arrived in the Isle of Wight.

I have only written the date and place on the page, as this will be added to the main Isle of Wight album and will be the first page for the album.

A simple but effective page. One where we can remember where we were, what date it was on, and one where we can read the poem and be taken straight back to the sea again.

This page was made while I was making my lunch and took about 30 minutes in total.

 

Back To Work…

 

So today is my official day back at work, I choose to have three weeks off with the boys while Baba was on holiday.

To be honest it paid to have them off, it was lovely creating memories and just being a family, chilling and not worrying about work.

It also allowed me time to make some decisions about work and writing.

I love Scrapbookerry it is my baby along with the boys, and I have made a decision that as well as making the mini albums, and the keepsakes, I want to make more scrapbook pages, and more completed albums, full 12″x12″ albums, 8″x8″ albums, 6″x8″ albums and mini albums. I have always stopped from making the albums all completed because I have been reserved with showing pictures of Baba and Boo, but these three weeks off have made me think about things, and to be honest how am I supposed to show the importance of Scrapbooking if I don’t ever show a completed scrapbook, it is an almost impossible task.

So I need to make a change.

And that change is going to be to do the completed albums, and the completed pages, and show why scrapbooking is so important.

Why telling the story is so important.

Why creating the memories are important.

Why memory keeping is important.

I will be adding pictures of the completed albums and pages onto the blog, I will be adding the completed albums as samples onto the shop pages, and I will be developing a gallery section of all the completed pages and albums.

I hope that this will show why I am so passionate about scrapbooking and will really help explain why I think it is so important and something that anyone can do. Whether crafty or not!

Product of the Week 15/07/2015

Product of the Week is an opportunity when we highlight a product, show what can be done with it and have it on a special price for one week only where that product is 10% off.

This week our Product of the Week is

THE ENVELOPE ALBUM! 

Envelope Album’s are a great addition to any house, and a fantastic way to display your special pictures and memorabilia.

The album is unique in the fact that it is only 6 envelopes large, which all take pictures and memorabilia up to 6″ x 4″ in size, meaning there are 12 spaces for photos on each side of the envelopes.

However all the envelopes are open and are full with a combination of tags, ranging in sizes meaning that your album can take many more pictures and memorabilia depending on what you are using the album for.

Envelope albums are used a lot as hen do albums. They are a great present for the Bride to be from all of their hens, filled with photos and letters from their loved ones before they get married. The above is an example of a custom-made hen do album.

Envelope albums are also great to be used as albums for special cards, from weddings, birthdays, christenings, or birth celebration cards.

Above is an example of an envelope album used for my eldest sons birth celebration cards. This album is nearly seven years old and is always on display in the craft room, holding all of the cards that we were sent when he was born.

Envelope albums are sturdy, hold a lot of photos, letters, cards or memorabilia and are a perfect original album.

All envelope albums are custom-made to your own colours and theme, and include adhesive to attach your photos and memorabilia in the album.

For one week only until Wednesday 22nd July 2015 all custom ordered envelope albums (with 6 envelopes) will have 10% off and will only be £31.50 including adhesive, postage and packaging. You can order a custom-made Envelope Album here.

  • Product of the week applies to all custom ordered Envelope Albums.
  • Each Envelope Album ordered within the Product of the Week promotion includes 6 envelopes in the album for £31.50.
  • Product of the week runs for one week only from the dates shown above and will stop running at midnight on the 22/07/2015.

A Hen Do Envelope Album

A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I could help a bridesmaid with a present for a bride to be on her hen do. She wasn’t sure if I could help but had this idea to give the bride to be a few special notes and photos from her bridesmaids and hens on her hen do.

Straight away I suggested the envelope album.

This album is a versatile album, and is perfect for people to add their own photos, and special little notes. It is an album that can be easily carried, so is perfect for a hen do party as it can be transported well and is also large enough to be displayed beautifully at home, and at the wedding.

It is also an album that can have lots of items added to it and can take more items as each page is made from an envelope so it has the flexibility to grow, and the strength to hold the weight of the added items.

It was the perfect album to make for a bride to be on her hen do.

The information I had to make the album was the name of the bride, the date of the hen do and the date of the wedding. I knew the wedding colours were navy blue, and that the decorations were navy lace, natural hessian fabrics and hearts. The rest was left up to me to decide how to decorate the album.

I decided to go with the lace, natural colours and hearts and just highlight the album with the navy blue.

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The lady that ordered the album loved the finished product, and on Monday morning I received a lovely message, confirming that the bride to be loved the album as well.

“Hi Kerry. Just to say a BIG thank you for the beautiful hen book the bride to be shed a few happy tears and set us all off it was a lovely gift for the end of the hen do!”

A Catch Up and Some Plans

As you may have noticed Scrapbookerry has been very quiet recently. We have been doing a lot of work at home these past few weeks, and we still have a lot of work to do. We have been in our house for nearly 8 years now and for the first time ever we don’t have children on the way, or tiny children in the house, or a wedding, or dogs moving in. So now is the time to actually get the jobs that we have always wanted to do done. The first job has been the kitchen, which is a huge job and is still in the process of being finished, after that a wall will be coming down downstairs, and another is being built and a new doorway is being knocked through. They are big jobs, but they will make the downstairs look amazing and it is the best way to get the most space out of our area. Especially with two boys who are getting bigger and bigger by the day and need more space every few minutes.

What has been done so far is amazing, what still has to be done is huge. I promise to share some photos when the kitchen is all finished. But the work and the children have been keeping me massively busy at home.

We have been making lots of memories, lots of photos have been taken and we have been having trips out every day, but time has run away with me.

Although one thing that the break has made me realise is that I have missed the business.

Really missed the business.

I started this business because I was passionate about keeping your memories alive, and sharing your photos, memorabilia and your memories with your future generations.

I will be totally honest and admit, somewhere along the way, I am not sure if it was happening for a while, or happened quickly, but somewhere I lost that passion. I lost the faith in what I do. I questioned what I was doing, and why I was doing it.

The thought of actually closing the doors even entered my head, mainly because I had lost the passion, secondly because the sales had become low.

I lost the enthusiasm, and that developed a ripple effect, people started talking about my hobby, not my business, I got told about jobs that were going nearby, all because I wasn’t acting like my business was my business. I lost the drive.

But having this break has shown me even more that I have the drive.

I have the passion.

I want people to understand Scrapbooking, Memory Keeping and Keepsakes.

I want people to truly understand the importance of Scrapbooking, Memory Keeping and Keepsakes. This isn’t just about making you photos and memorabilia pretty, this is about passing down the moments. Keeping them for yourself so you never forget that special moment, place or person, but also protecting your photos and memorabilia and passing them onto future generations.

We are a throw away society, sometimes this is good, sometimes it is really bad.

It really is a disaster for people not to pass on their memories, photos and keepsakes and I want to show people this, make them understand this and help people to scrapbook, memory keep, and make keepsakes.

While I have been in the depths of entertaining children and living in a building site I had a think, a very long serious think and after doubting my products, and I really have this year, I now believe I have been doubting the wrong thing. (Well I truly hope so anyway, I do believe the products are good products they are great albums, mini albums, journal jars, and keepsakes)

However the marketing for the business is not great. I am a one woman business and it isn’t possible to do it all. Some things have got to change.

I can do all the work, make all the albums, but unless I am seen on the internet and tell people about what I do no one knows I am here, no one will buy from me and no one will learn about scrapbooking and memory keeping.

So I have made some marketing decisions.

I will be keeping the website, I will be sorting out the SEO on the website, and really tweaking it to be the best it possibly can be.

I will be making some new ranges, I have a lot of ideas but I need to put some feelers out to see what you as the customer really want, and what you think is a good or bad idea. Keep looking out for the market research questions, as these will give you a clue to what is coming.

One thing I am going to be doing is not solely rely on Facebook and my website. I need to really develop the marketing of the business so I will be joining a selling site, something along the lines of Etsy or Crafty Magpie and I will be spreading my wings across social networking sites.

There will be lots going on behind the scenes and with two children things can happen slowly but I am in this for the duration and will be helping people to protect their memories and photos for as long as possible and I hope you will continue to join me.

Oh and if there is anything you really want to see in the business then now is the time to shout leave any ideas or suggestions below.

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