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Hey, Ya'll,

I have had quite a bit more time since gardening season is mostly over. The stamps I found at a garage sale recently have really inspired me to do some serious paper scrapbooking. Yay! I've done 10 layouts in the last few weeks. 2 of them showed up in the last e-zine, a couple were featured on YouTube and 2 of them are featured in this month's e-zine.

What's New?

Baby Boy Scrapbook Pages...

I kept the inspiration going and finished 3 baby layouts - primary colors, pastels and a "grunge" look. I featured them in a mini YouTube "series" and have them posted to my site - the 1st new page on my site in too long. Hopefully, over the next couple of months I'll get some more research done and some more topics covered.

Here are the 3 baby boy scrapbook page....

Homeschool and Soccer layouts....

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Ways to keep in touch - you can visit my site over at free-scrapbooking-ideas-and-videos.com or follow along with my weekly adventures over at the good old blog - rachelktaylor.com or subscribe to my YouTube channel - ThankYouLord

Also, let me know what you’d like to see included in upcoming issues. Send me a line at rachel@free-scrapbooking-ideas-and-videos.com. You might have to go through my contact page at the main site because that address has heavy spam filters on it...I might not get it if you just send it from your email program. : )

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Good Times

Since we've moved to our new house, we've spent quite a few winter evenings with a fire, hot cocoa and Lord of the Rings. The boys always love making a fire so I thought I'd let Noah "help" create this layout. I actually did the layout and let him do the journaling. He did write some but his favorite "mode" of communication is comic doodling so he did that as well. It will definitely help me to remember him at this age 'cause he does that all the time right now. I like the everyday real life scrapbooking part of this layout. It is very "real" life. It would have been more real life if I included a pic of the rest of the Den were our fireplace is...the part with the messy toys. : )

The other "real life" part of this layout...I can't find it at the moment so I'm not sure about where the paper came from....

How to let your kids help you scrapbook:

- let them do the journaling (like the above layout)

- let them draw the background (like the layout in this ezine) I absolutely love the way this 2 page homeschool layout turned out!!!

- let them actually create the layout (like the layout below)

- pray for patience : )

Your Special Job

I am very bad about letting my kids help me with things...it is the perfectionist/impatient part of me...Lord, help me. But this time, I let W play with some papers and gave him a little bit of guidance and the layout below is what happened. He took the polka dot paper from my scrap paper drawer. I believe it had already been torn. He was going to make that the layout but I helped him realize he needed a 12 x 12 background. So he attached the polka dot to the solid background. I added the watermark stamp, the distressing around the edge and the photo.

The design goes with the photo because the layout is about me letting W help with a job...making laundry soap. He grates the soap for me. Why don't I let them help more? I am trying...I think I'm just afraid of the mess.

What about next month?

You just never know. We'll see...stay tuned to Youtube to find out.

Until sometime around the middle of January…

Send Me Your Layouts...

I’d love to see what you’ve been up to. I’ll pick 2 or 3 for each issue and publish them along with your photo (if you want) and a bio about your real life scrapbooking adventures. So, send them to Rachel@free-scrapbooking-ideas-and-videos.com with “e-zine layout submission” in the subject line.

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