Hey, Ya'll,

It is time for the first issue of my ezine for the year. I used to send out one of these every month (it was a few years ago) and then my life got really crazy and I had to shelve my ezine and my site. I'm starting out again and I'm glad ya'll are along for the ride. There are a few 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 - racheltaylor.wordpress.com or subscribe to my YouTube channel - ThankYouLord for ideas, videos, website resource finds and reviews or great deals like the one I just posted...where to get 100 photo prints shipped to you for just 1.99! I ordered mine this week. It was wonderful to get caught up printing some of my digital photos, Lord willing, you'll be seeing some of them in upcoming ezine layouts. Ya'll will probably be seeing some of my older layouts from my older ezines for a few editions while I'm still working on posting content to my main site. But I think you'll get some good inspiration and some good ideas!?

If you can't see any photos in your email, it is because you only got the text version. Next month, I will have a link to the back issues page and you'll be able to click through to see all the photos! Also, your email might have said that the sender was Jonathan Taylor. That is a technical glich I should have fixed by next time. In April, it should say Rachel Taylor. : )

Here are a few pages from my site ya'll might enjoy:

Learn Digital Scrapbooking - great beginner digital scrapbooking resources - pros and cons, free software, free class

Mini Scrapbook Albums - see how I turned a rolodex, box, gift bag and wine glasses into mini albums for scrapping.

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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When you subscribe to The Real-Life Scrapbooker’s Resource, you get access to all of the back issues. Every issue is filled with exclusive layouts and ideas. You won’t find any of the layouts or card designs anywhere on free-scrapbooking-ideas-and-videos.com so it’s a FREE Member’s Only area. Every month you can count on fresh, free ideas for your scrapbooking! And here’s another thought. Every month, put the new issue in a folder in your email software and when you sit down to scrapbook, you’ll have tons of ideas right at your fingertips.

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12 x 12 Layout Ideas

Trial - left side - This is an older 2 page layout I did about a time in my life when my oldest had hand/foot/mouth and he had a gigantic blister in his mouth and wouldn't eat ANYTHING...I was using a timer to make sure I got drops of liquid and some cream of wheat in him. It also extended into the night one night because I was afraid of him getting dehydrated. Looking back, it might have been a bit of over reaction...it's hard to say...he's a bit of a drama guy but at his age I just knew I needed him to get fluids. So, I labeled it Trial and did a grid of photos on the left side of the 2 page layout and then the different look on the right side. The grid of photos on the left are all wallet size prints...I love them for getting more photo into a smaller space! It was super simple to do. It is just a piece of 12 x 12 cardstock with the corners on the left rounded (and the photos on the left rounded too) and then I used some foam stamps for the title and smeared some glitter glue on top. The main wallet print in the middle is me showing "how fun it was" setting the timer and getting up in the middle of the night to give Noah fluids with a medicine dropper because he wouldn't drink because his sore hurt. I highlighted the look on my face by glueing the jewels in a circle around the photo.

Trial – right side - I continued the wallet size photo theme onto the right page and added the large half cirlcle...it is just cardstock. Then I continued the running circles with stamps and the circle punched out of the large black cardstock. This was a super fun 2 page layout!

Card Making Ideas - in celebration for the coming of spring, I'm going to show you cards that are "springy" ....how's that?! Ok, these are some of my favorite cards that I've made. I think I must have done these card about the same time I did the wine glass album...you can see the album I made out of wine glasses here. Alot of times I make cards right after I do a scrapbooking project because I am still in the groove working with certain colors/papers and I can just whip out a few cards for later.

Love - This one is done with a square card (obviously...my husband laughs at me all the time for all my obvious statements : ) Ok, so anyways, the orange blocks are a tone on tone patterned paper inked around the edges with blue. The large L is chipboard that I inked the blue on top of. The O V E are rubons and the horizontal row of "sparkly things" are jewels that I glued on. Along the top are three embellishment (not sure the technical term) that I wove the 3 pieces of blue ribbon through. The only issue with this type of card is the fact that it is square and will be thick so will require extra postage...sometimes it is worth it for cuteness!

Friends - This one is done with a green tone on tone pattern from the same paper pad. The text is done with rubons. The flowers along the top are single little crocheted "things" - I think from the craft section of Walmart? Then you have white ric rac and a line of the same jewels glued on and then a line of pink ribbon. I LOVE the square cards!

Hello - Here is the blue tone on tone version! I cut off a strip of the card vertically on the right and then placed the blue behind it to make up the lost space. The circle letters are punch outs from the same paper pad. Then I used fastenator clips to attach the 5 rows for fibers.

Until sometime around the middle of April…

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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