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Whether you’re into digital scrapbooking or paper scrapbooking Scraps of Mind has heaps to offer you.

This site is packed with over 600 posts and articles covering all sorts of scrapbooking tips, tutorials, videos, ideas and articles. You can find some of the best of them listed on the Articles Page.

On the Reviews Page you’ll find summaries with links to some of the reviews I’ve done for products that I have found good value. I don’t publish reviews of products that I don’t think are worthwhile, because I can’t see any point in giving them extra publicity.

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Digital Scrapbooking Freebie to welcome in 2014

Well the Silly Season is over and I hope you had a fantastic time sharing yummy food and drink and even yummier presents with family and friends.

And I wish you all an absolutely Sensational 2014.

And what better way to usher in the New Year than with some beautiful digital scrapbooking freebies.

These gorgeous freebies have been created for use with My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Software. The My Memories Suite is a low cost digital scrapbooking program that lets you easily make gorgeous scrapbook layouts using your own elements or  some of the huge range of templates available.

I tried it out and was very very impressed. You can read what I thought of it here. And if you’re thinking of buying it, make sure you use my promotion code so you can get a big Scraps of Mind discount on your purchase.

This delicious kit called New Year’s Magic by Sugar Moon Designs includes 8 papers and 22 elements. Only available as a freebie until 12 Jan 2014.


And this tasty little number is called Lavender Snow by Becky’s Creations and it includes 6 papers and 11 elements. Only available as a freebie until 12 Jan 2014.


So if you’re thinking about getting into digital scrapbooking but don’t want to invest in a full blown graphics program My Memories Suite may be the perfect option. And they regularly offer freebies like these too. But before you do anything, check out my review and then make sure you get the Scraps of Mind discount code.

Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies 2013

YAY!! It’s time for all things Christmas!

And once again Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies brings you an exclusive selection of gorgeous Christmas digital scrapbooking freebies.

This is how it works.

From December 1 2013 a bunch of digital scrapbook designers from around the World will be putting a special Christmas Digital Scrapbooking Freebie on their blog for you for the month of December. All of them are coordinated at the central Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies site.

So all you have to do is start here with the Scraps of Mind freebie, Glitter Me Christmas Kit.


Just click on the links below to download your freebie.

Glitter Me Christmas Pack 1 of 2

Glitter Me Christmas Pack 2 of 2

And if you can’t get enough of Christmas Freebies then

Here are links to Scraps of Mind Christmas Freebies past

Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies 2012

Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies 2010

Christmas Digital Scrapbooking Freebie Bonanza

Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies

And when you’ve downloaded my goodies click on the Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies logo below to check out the smorgasbord of Christmas freebies on offer to you.

Please remember to leave a little thank you comment with all of the designers whose freebies you download. It takes no time at all for you and it means a lot to us.

And have a Sensational Christmas


No more scrapbook alphabet frustrations!

Digital Scrapbooking freebie below!

I reckon alphabets are one of the major frustrations of scrapbooking!

You know how it goes. You’ve completed a gorgeous scrapbook layout and you need just the right letters to make your title. You go to your alphabet stash and either you don’t have any with the right look and feel for your scrapbook layout design or else you’re missing a few vital letters.

Of course if you’re a digital scrapbooker you just feel a little smug as you go to your digital alpha stash and select the style you want and change the color to suit your scrapbook layout.

But here’s the thing for paper scrapbookers.

Why not combine the best of both worlds?

Hybrid scrapbooking lets you combine digital elements with your paper scrapbook layouts. And you can get some stunning effects.

I made this birthday card for a friend’s daughter. The word ONE is a totally digital element which I created, printed out on photo card and cut out for my card.


To make it more interesting I clipped one of the papers from The Garden Party Mega Freebie Kit onto it. With Photoshop Elements you just place the paper layer on top of the template and press Ctrl+G then Ctrl+E. You can learn how to do it with my Step by Step Digital Scrapbook Intermediate Tutorial 5 here.

If you don’t have a graphic editing program like Photoshop Elements you can type your word into your word processing program and choose a color for your font that matches your layout. Print it onto good quality card and cut it out. It’s not as snazzy as clipping a patterned paper to the word but it can get you the title you need.

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Scrapbooking recipes for iPads

Question 1: Do you use an iPad or other brand tablet?

Question 2: Do you use it in the kitchen?

The iPad/tablet has jumped into our lives in the last few years with people from all walks of life and age demographics succumbing to the lure of the portable, instant, shareable photo album.

But there are many other things you can use your iPad for; including as a recipe book!


With all the cool imaginative covers for these units that can make them stand up easily on your work surface they are perfect for using in the kitchen when you’re cooking. And it’s easy to wipe the grubby swipe fingermarks off when you’re done.

But you don’t just have to get your recipes from the Internet.

Try scrapbooking your own favourites and loading them onto your iPad. That way you’ll have a lovely picture to look at whilst you’re cooking.


You can keep them all together in a folder/album and categorise them as you like.
And cooking with your scrapbook recipe cards is sure to brighten your day.


Since you don’t intend to print them out I suggest you create a ‘save for the web’ copy of your scrapbook recipe card to upload to your iPad. That way it won’t take up much memory.

So I’ve gone through the Free Digital Scrapbook Recipe Cards that I’ve given you in the past and made iPad/Tablet friendly versions of them for you to download. Just click on the images to open the bigger file and then save to your iPad (right mouse click and Save Image As…).


And think of me when you’re happily cooking up a storm in your kitchen with your super duper iPad scrapbook recipe book.

By the way, if you think this is a cool idea please share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or wherever.

PS: If you want to download the high resolution scrapbook recipe cards for printing out you can get them here:

Free Scrapbooking Recipe Card– Fruity Chocolate Fudge

Recipe Scrapbooking – Chocolate Bread Pudding

Free Scrapbooking Recipe Book