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March 06, 2014

Anyone else loving all the new embellishments? I sure am, and I am sharing some favorites with you today. 

  • Sequins
  • Shaped paper clips
  • Wood Veneer


Shaped Paper Clips

Wood Veneer

Do you have some new favorites? Share in the comments and let us know what embellishments you are playing with.


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March 04, 2014

I’ll admit it, I’m in love with 3” x 4” and 4” x 6” pocket products! And while I can be found using those cards for their intended purpose such as Project Life, I also adore finding new ways to use those cards outside the pocket! Today we are going to go really outside the box when thinking outside the pocket. I want to show you how I combined pocket products with some letter stickers to create a fun chore chart.

You will need:

  • 10” x 13” frame
  • 4” x 6” grid or lined cards
  • coordinating 3” x 4” cards
  • letter stickers
  • dry erase marker

I don’t have paper that’s large enough to fill the inside of a 10” x 13” picture frame. So I just used the back of the image that came in the frame. Thankfully it was white and matched my card palette perfectly! You could also use some poster board. Before you add your pocket cards take note of how much of the paper the frame covers.

To create my chore chart I began by finding three 3” x 4” cards to hold the headings/names. Next I grabbed three 4” x 6” grid cards. I like using grid cards because it gives me, and my boys, lines to use when writing on the chart. Then I used some letter stickers to add the titles as well as the days of the week. You could also use this process to create a menu chart, or even a basic to do list.

I have hung this fun new chore chart in my kitchen. Now all I have to do is start assigning chores!

If you’d like to see how I use pocket products on my regular scrapbooking layouts join me for my new workshop Scrapbooking Outside the Pocket.


Visit Monica Bradford at ScrapInspired.com for regular doses of scrapbook inspiration. 

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February 28, 2014

Take a long, hot bath. At the end of a busy day, take 30 minutes to relax your weary muscles and joints, and to allow your mind to rest. Whether it's a simple soak, or over-the-top with bubbles, soft candle light and a good book, quiet your mind, be in the moment, and simply enjoy the warm waters.

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February 27, 2014


Hope you have enjoyed are sharing of recipes over the last few months, I have had fun gathering and sharing them with you. This last recipe is one I make frequently and is a family favorite.I like to serve it with cheese breadsticks and a crisp green salad. (adapted from Eating Well)

photo credit Eating Well


1 clove garlic, minced
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, preferably fire-roasted
1 15-ounce can vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups hot water
1 teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon fresh (chopped)
1 6- to 9-ounce package fresh or frozen cheese ravioli
2 cups diced zucchini, (about 2 medium)
Freshly ground pepper to taste


Add tomatoes, broth, water and basil to large stock pan; bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Add ravioli and cook for 3 minutes less than the package directions. Add zucchini; return to a boil. Cook until the zucchini is crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Season with pepper.



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February 26, 2014

One of the most common discussions among scrapbookers is photo printing. Everyone has his or her favorite method, including me.

A lot of the time I do print at home, but for big projects or when I need the best quality images I order from Persnickety Prints.

As I gathered images for my Before Your Story  workshop album last fall, it made sense to order as a batch from Persnickety. The bulk of my prints were 4x6 and I chose to have them round the corners (beautifully, I might add) for me.

This album tells the story of my first three decades of life and will be one of the most important heirloom albums in my collection. It was important to me to choose the best quality prints for the job!

Persnickety Prints is a mail order (with a storefront in Orem, UT) photo printer that caters to scrapbookers. I’ve known the owner Chari since 2009 and can attest to her passion for serving our community.

In this video I share the un-boxing experience after receiving my Persnickety Prints order. You’ll not only see how well orders are protected but also get a sneak peek at some of the childhood images in my album.


Special Offer
All students in Before Your Story will receive a free shipping code for their next Persnickety Prints order. Class begins February 27. Click here to register 


Get a glimpse of the classroom in this sneak peek below!

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February 24, 2014


You would never say to a master painter, "What a beautiful work of art—you must have a really nice brush." It's the same with photography. A nice camera makes it easier to take good photos, but it's the photographer (that's you!), not the tool, that will ultimately produce frame-worthy photos. All you need is a basic knowledge of the elements that work together to create memorable pictures. (Hint: it's all about light and composition!) 

Would you like to feel more confident in your photo-taking abilities? To find beauty in everyday objects, and see attributes of people you've never noticed before? Photography 101 with Elisha Snow will teach you to look at light, shadow, shape, and color differently, and most importantly, to develop a passion for preserving the beauty that surrounds you.

Learn more and register here

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February 21, 2014


Simply sit. Make the choice to do nothing…don't read, watch TV, surf the web, or consume information in any other way. Find a comfortable, warm, quiet spot and just be.

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February 20, 2014


Pork Posole

"This is the perfect soup for using up leftover pork of any kind—I’ve used shredded pork roast, pork tenderloin, and pork chops and it always turns out! Also: I don’t really measure ingredients very well when I make soup. Just add what looks right and it’ll be fine. Promise." Elizabeth Dillow


  • leftover pork, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • chicken broth (depends on how much soup you want to make; I’ve used two full cartons, or a few cans in the past—just adjust the stuff you put in it so it’s still like soup vs. too thick)
  • a clove or two of garlic, minced
  • up to 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can of black beans (you could also use great northern beans, or both)(drained)
  • 1 can of fire-roasted tomatoes, not drained
  • 1 can yellow or white hominy, drained (or if you don’t like hominy, throw in a big handful or two of frozen corn)
  • your favorite seasoning (we’re on a “Slap Ya Mama” kick here in northwest Louisiana—no, I’m not making that up, it’s a real thing)
  • sour cream, cilantro, shredded cheese (optional, but encouraged)


sauté the onion and garlic in the bottom of a large pot
pour in broth, followed by everything else (very scientific)
heat until ready to serve, or transfer to a crockpot and keep on warm or low until later
garnish with toppings just before serving

Perfect with cornbread, or any other bread for that matter.

Ah and that is why, we love Elizabeth!

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February 18, 2014

Hey friends,

Wendy here sharing a handful of inspiring products with you. I am sharing some polka dot products and cute circle products today. I love all the enamel embellishments, don't you? Plus I always use polka dot patterns in my projects. Have fun checking out these products below and share with me what products have caught your eye lately. 


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February 14, 2014

We have such amazing members and are highlighting some this week, meet Karen who was recently featured during our January Pajama Party.

“I have learnt a huge range of skills from photography, editing, storytelling, organisational both stash and photos, systems (FPF), Mixed media, process, story structures and the list goes on and on. I have been incredibly lucky to experience so many classes (55 I think??) but I have to say the most rewarding thing I have received from Big Picture is the friendships, support and camaraderie that I have found throughout my classes from the teachers and the classmates. You are all awesome. Thank you so very much from this kiwi gal.
Looking forward to meeting many more of you over the years to come.
" Karen


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