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Getting inspired with the Blurb Gift Center

There are a lot of gifts you could give this holiday season, but when it comes to something really meaningful, there’s nothing quite like the gift of a book you’ve made yourself. But before you start having visions of gluing and sewing together pages, check out the Blurb Gift Center.

Blurb lets you make seriously beautiful books using their free tools. Just add photos and text, choose your options (like paper and cover type), and then order. Of course, you do have to decide just what kind of book you want to make. But relax, because they have put together the cool Blurb Gift Center to give you lots of ideas.

For instance, if you’ve got a genealogical bent, there’s the Blurb Family History Book.

For those with newborns (or those that know someone with a newborn), a Blurb Baby Book might be just the thing.

And if you’re the kind of person who keeps getting asked for copies of your recipes, think about making a Blurb Food Book.

This holiday season, make your gift recipients feel really special by making them something special. There really is a book for everyone.

Here are some coupon codes that I have discovered for Blurb:

Save 20% when you spend $40 or more on print books at Blurb
When you use the coupon code: MORESAVINGS
**Offer valid through November 11, 2013 (11:59 p.m. local time). Valid for printed books only. A 20% discount is applied toward your product total with a minimum order of $40. Maximum discount is USD $100 or CAD $100 off product total. This offer is good for one-time use, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders.

Save $25 when you spend $100 or more on print books at Blurb
When you use the coupon code: EARLYSAVINGS
**Offer valid through November 11, 2013 (11:59 p.m. local time). Valid for printed books only. A $25 discount is applied toward your product total with a minimum order of $100. This offer is good for one-time use, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders

2013: Shopping and The Shaved Duck

2013: Shopping and The Shaved Duck

2013: Shopping and The Shaved Duck

160 x 600 One of our last family activities together before the going away party was to go shopping together in St Louis and then to eat at a Triple D Restaurant – “The Shaved Duck“.

While we were shopping our exchange student found a glasses kiosk that sold fun glasses and we had to try them on.  Our favorite was the pixelated glasses which really makes it look like the glasses were added later with a computer.  Our exchange student’s mother had also asked him to buy some lotions at Victoria’s secret – so we got a crack out of carrying the Victoria’s secret bag around the mall 🙂

English: Food Network star Guy Fieri judges a ...

English: Food Network star Guy Fieri judges a dish during the Iron Chef BBQ Competition at the Tiki Bar Monday. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of our new family traditions is to try and eat at Triple D featured restaurants whenever we travel.  There is a website called http://www.flavortownusa.com/ that you can use to located restaurants close to where you are.  Since these restaurants have been featured on TV, they usually are very full, and we usually try to eat off schedule (usually 3pm) to get into them without a wait.

The Shaved Duck was amazing and we had a great time.  We always order everything that was featured on the TV show, and have never been disappointed. We were even able to get the chef who had been featured on the show to come out and spend a little time with us.  Guy Fieri always leaves a tag in the restaurant and we get a picture of it.

This was one of those times where I had pictures that I wanted to use, but not enough for a double spread.  For the shopping I picked the pink color from the Victoria’s Secret bag, and for the Shaved Duck I pulled the green from the sign and the green in my son’s shirt.  In order to tie the two pages together I used background pages that were in the same tone, and then to add visual interest to the page I layered torn papers within the same color family to each side.

Craftsy

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I just discovered a wonderful new site called Craftsy!  Craftsy is the #1 spot for online crafting courses from the best instructors from around the world. They have courses in cake decorating, jewelry making, quilting, sewing, baking and more. Craftsy also offers free mini courses and great deals on craft supplies and patterns from indie designers. Check out Craftsy today and let me know what you think!

 

First Scrapbook: Europe Vacation 2002

Europe Vacation Title Page

Europe Vacation Title Page

This was my first scrapbook page that I made.  Please don’t judge the whole blog by this one page :).  I made it ten years ago and I have definitely learned some better techniques and design since.

I took a one month trip to Europe in the Summer of 2002, which was an adventure since it was on the heels of 9/11, and travel tensions were high, and being an American in Europe at the time was heavy.  I went with Contiki Tour group, and visited 11 countries in 30 days which was a whirlwind, but I did get to see a lot,  and that helped to determine which places I would like to go back and visit again.

I took over 1000 pictures and ended up making two photo albums to cover the trip.  My mother, who was already into scrapbooking at the time, helped me to p

Creative Memories Travel Scrapbook Album

Creative Memories Travel Scrapbook Album

ut these together over two full weekends that we spent together.  I used two Creative Memory scrapbooks, which unfortunately are no longer available, for the collection.  These books have hard pages that we attached the scrapbook pages too and then covered with plastic from the side.  I have since learned that I do not prefer this method, as you have to mount the scrapbook pages to the album, which makes rearranging them very difficult, and the plastic covers are often difficult to place over the pages.

Unfortunately because of the way the pages are attached to the album and the difficulty of removing the plastic covers, all the pictures from these albums will have the plastic protectors on them, which diminishes the quality of the pictures of the pages.

I am looking forward to sharing my work with you :).  It will take a while to upload all of my work over the past 10 years, but I want to upload it chronologically so that you can see my development as a male scrapbooker.

About this page:

While this page is very simple, it was important for me to cut out from a map only the countries which I visited on this trip.  That way one could view the Title Page and immediately see which countries the vacation included.

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