Friday, November 7, 2008

Quick, easy AND free?!?!

Do you know what photo-album scrapbooking (PAS) is all about? I didn’t, but I do now. Simple Scrapbooks (the fun magazine I work for) is about to release its newest special issue, Quick & Easy Photo Albums, which is all about this very topic. This happens to be an issue I worked long and hard on, along with the rest of the Simple team, so I’m very excited to see it hit the store shelves.

If you don’t know, this approach to memory preserving is almost like scrapbooking baby steps, because you create mini journaling cards and photo mats that you then slip inside photo-album sleeves along with your pictures. As the title suggests, this approach is generally easier than the regular approach, making it a wonderful starting point. It’s also an excellent way to do something with the piles of photos we all have.

Since the issue is out next week (Nov. 11), I wanted to give you a little sneak peek. This is an album Simple Scrapbooks founding editor Stacy Julian created for the issue. Isn’t it cute?

And this is one that the super talented Elizabeth Dillow created for the issue. In it, she spotlights things she does well (recipes she makes, beautiful gardens she grows, etc.) Notice how she uses both traditional sized photo sleeves and wallet sized. Clever, eh?

And guess what?! Even yours truly has an album in this issue. You’ll have to get the issue to see it, but I can tell you that it’s a craft portfolio, and I think it’s something all of my creative friends will find useful.

So, if you have the chance, please check out this SIP. Not only have I designed a few things for it(including my craft portfolio and some supporting visuals), but I’ve also written and edited a lot of it, making it near and dear to my heart.

To celebrate the release of this issue, I'm going to give two copies of it away, along with two fantastic albums! Just leave a comment on my blog between now and next Friday, November 14 and I will randomly select two winners to receive a Grace Photo Scrap Album from K&Company (pictured below) and a new magazine.

Your comment can be anything photo related (things you like about PAS, your goal of giving this approach a try, your favorite thing about taking photos, your favorite camera, anything!) I’ll announce my winners on my blog next Saturday, November 15. So let the commenting begin!

P.S. If you hurry, you can still participate in this week's design challenge on the Simple Studio blog. It's all about photo-album scrapbooking, and it includes an awesome giveaway. Check it out!


Unknown said...

What an amazing concept!!!
I LOVE it!!!
Sounds like a bunch of my FAV girls worked on it too!
Can't wait to see it IRL!!!

ronee said...

OH..another drawing..I was just reading about this on Cathy z's blog..I can't wait for it to come out! sounds like you had a fun time working on it!

Susan Neal said...

How 'bout "I NEED HELP". Does that work?? LOL Seriously, I'm in dire need of inspiration. Love your mag almost as much as I love mine. :)

tape said...

My favourite camera is my little Canon Digital IXUS 80 IS - I carry it everywhere with me! It's small, stylish, 8MP and it's got an optical image stabiliser. I'm in lurve!

It is enough said...

Starting small and being able to use all sorts of elements...just the thing for a beginner.

Anonymous said...

No need to include me in your drawing, Megan!
I can't wait to see this one. I am hoping to grab a copy while up in Seattle this weekend.
It's on my shopping list. ;) :)


Unknown said...

I am so behind...this looks like a perfect way to get my vacations in an album. Thanks for the chance to win!

Ms. Maxwell said...

Now, you know I'm a card-making purist, but this album just might drag me kicking and screaming into the world of scrapbooking. I LOVE me some photos on a page, but never quite match the desire with the actual effort. This could be just the ticket...and MiniMe (your new best friend and biggest fan) would totally help!

Unknown said...

What a cool idea! I love taking pictures. I have the Nikon D80 and have been known to take upwards of 1200 pics in a day. My family runs now everytime I break it out! lol Would love to be able to showcase some of my favorites. Thanks!!!

CindyML said...

I love this idea of quick and easy. I saw this mag on several blogs but I haven't seen it in the stores yet (been looking since the 11th). I would so love to win this. thanks, CindyML

CindyML said...

I have a Canon rebel, but my dd is getting ready to inherit it because she will be taking a photo class in school. So, I am looking for a new Canon and not ready to take the plunge for the 40D or 50D. Still doing my research. CindyML