Ladybug Layouts Weekend Retreat

2011 Retreat Dates

June 3-5 (CANCELLED due to location issues)
October 21-23, December 2-4 (BOTH CANCELLED due to family committments)
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

NOTE re: Multiply Site

Please note that I have CANCELLED the Multiply site ( and THIS will be the new MAIN site for Ladybug Layouts.

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but I think that this site is a much better fit for our needs.

See you soon!!!!!

Today's Tip

Preparing for a Scrapbook Crop

This makes so much sence in my head, but if I could just put into practice.

Preparation is everthing when going to a crop. It always seems that I take WAY more than I could ever hope to use and the one thing I need is sitting in my studio at home. This isn't suppose to be stressful - it's suppose to be fun and relaxing. Being organized is the key.

Organizing Paper - How is your paper organized? By color? By theme? In some other fashion? Or maybe it's still in the planning stages (wink, wink). Wouldn't it be nice to have all your papers sorted, protected, and easy to find? This is my goal.

Embellishments - this is the easiest for me to organize. I LOVE my emebellishment storage!!!! Pick your favorite storage method and take the time to organize it ONCE. Then everything will be easy to find, and use!

Stickers -another tough challenge. I've tried a number of ways to store these and find that accordion folders work the best for me. I have them sorted by holidays, words and letters, etc...

Tools - only take the necessities! Check with your crop organizer to find out what, if any, tools will be available so that you don't need to bring bulky items like my die cutting machine, embossing tool, ribbon iron (yes, I have one of these), and many other tools. Check with your crop cropping buddies to see what they are bringing and avoid doubling-up. I have even heard of crops where computers and printers are set up to assist you with your journalling!

Of course, for the highly organized, make up page layout kits. Each kit should include everything needed to complete your layout; papers/cardstock, embellishments, photos/memorabilia, etc. The only thing not in your kit should be adhesive.

You are now ready for your next class, crop, or weekend retreat!!!!!

Label everything! It will make your search much easier.

Having Blogging Issues....

.... darn it.  Hopefully figure it out soon!!!!!

Today's Tip

Journaling is so important in scrapbooking, it tells our story for future generations. We all have photos or albums where there are people, places, or times that we can not easily identify. We always intend to sort those out, but then life gets busy, loved ones pass on and, with those, we lose the knowledge and important details.

I know, for many of us, journally feels like a chore, but it can be fun. Use your creativity to display your journaling in interesting ways. Use embellishments to replace letters or words....have fun! And I will try to practice what I preach..... I promise!