Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I'm going to Disneyland!

I'm headed to Anaheim today for Creative Memories Regional Showcase. I get to spend a day at Disneyland with some of my team members too! Fun!

I can't wait to come back and share with you all the new products that will be unveiled.

I'll also show my method for working with our Power Palette Papers when I get back too.

Happy Summer!

Leigh Anne

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Power Pages

When I developed my Clean and Classic approach to scrapbooking I did what I called Power Pages. At this time there was no such thing as a Power Palette. Currently all I use in my scrapbooking are Power Palettes.

But if you are like me and have files full of older single colored and patterned paper creating Power Pages may help you to use up that paper.

I highly recommend you use up all that old paper as soon as possible so that you can transition to using exclusively our wonderful Power Palettes.

So if you have older paper to use up this is what I recommend.

The steps to creating a Power Page are pretty simple.

Step 1: Look at your photos and find a dominate color plus a complimentary color and match it to your paper.

Step 2: Cut your paper into large strips of paper.

Step 3: Adhere your paper to the page. Do no worry about the size or shape of your photos. Do not worry about your picture placement at this time. I know this may be difficult and not the way you are use to working on your pages but trust me - it works!

Step 4: Adhere your photos, remembering to keep the cropping simple and the shapes limited in number per side and don’t forget to “center focus”, leaving no more than a ¼” space between your photos. If you will try to keep at least one uncut 4x6 photo per side, you can also add a pre cut storybox mat for more color, if desired.

Step 5: Journal and decorate with stickers and ABC/123 letters, if you like.

Step 6: Slip a page protector over your page and enjoy. You’re done!

Next I will show you a great technique for creating Power Pages using Creative Memories Power Palettes. But this method is a great way to use up your old and leftover paper before you transition to totally using Power Palettes!

If you have any questions please leave a comment below! I'd love to hear from you.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Eliminate Decisions

Over 19 years of teaching scrapbooking I have heard a lot of reasons why people don't do anything with their photos or are not caught up.
#1 - Lack of time and feeling overwhelmed with the number of pictures they have
#2 - Don't feel they are creative enough.

Even as a Creative Memories consultant I have experienced both of these things too - not enough time and not feeling creative enough.
I was able to overcome those objections with myself and my customers by developing and teaching the Clean, Classic and Complete method of scrapbooking - It allowed me to get about 10 years of family photos into albums in 6 months. My customers were completing more pages too and feeling confident in their scrapbooking.

This was back in 1996 and I have used this approach to scrapbooking ever since with some fun changes and adaptations as our product line has changed.

Creative Memories has worked hard over the years to help develop a product line that allows people to complete albums quickly and easily.

The basic concept is to simplify the process by eliminating as many choices as possible.

When people have too many decisions to make they end of making no decisions!
The first decision to eliminate is what shape to crop your picture into.

I use the Personal Trimmer on 99% of my pictures - leaving many of them untrimmed. Very rarely will I use the Custom Cutting System to trim a picture. Keeping all the pictures rectangular gives a clean and classic look to the page plus it eliminates the decision of what shape to cut the picture into.

If you do decide to cut a picture into a circle and oval do not use more than 2 different shapes on a page - squares/rectangles count as one shape and then either a circle or oval. I also recommend only using one circle/oval per page.

When I look back at my old albums and see pictures cut in the shapes of hearts and stars I cringe!

It was actually the Personal Trimmer that got me interested in Creative Memories years ago! I was at a boutique where a consultant had a table and I saw this cute little paper cutter - I decided I needed one of those and ended up signing up as a consultant! One of the best spur of the moment decisions I ever made.

Stay tuned for more tips on eliminating decisions!