Scrapbooking Articles Written by Anissa

$aving @ $crapbooking

Often times when I am going through my scrapbook supplies I find things I don’t use anymore or things I probably won’t use in the future. Why really do I keep them? Mostly, because I spent $ to buy them. Sometimes these papers, stickers, tools, etc. are found on clearance racks. Clearance racks are one of the best places to find good deals, also online at auction and clearance sales. Shop anywhere & everywhere! I sometimes buy from other unsuspecting places. Watch for yard sales, sometimes you are able to pick up really good stuff for cheap! There is a lady close to where I live that sales scrapbooking supplies. She sales them out of her house and at home parties. So always be on the look out for obscure places. Have a party of your own. Invite friends and acquaintances over and trade supplies that you are unlikely to use. Do this on a regular basis and you might find some great treasures!Find an empty box to put all your tradeable items in. Keep it somewhere handy so you can add items. Also, remember that these can make great gifts for friends and family. Keep in mind who you are giving these items to and if they fit their likes.

Anissa Wardell


A great way to $pend your Anniversary!

Not too long ago, my husband and I celebrated our anniversary. The thing is, we don’t get out very often together, so when we do we try to make it worth it. Well, our plans were to go out of town, but everything was stacked against us. We ended up going to dinner and decided to go shopping. My husband made his first mistake by going into Joanns Fabrics with me. We ended up shopping for stuff to use for my site. At first, he just followed me. Then he saw the 90% off sign. He isn’t a shopper, but he is always up for a good deal…the sign really got him excited! Of course, I love shopping and it’s alway’s fun to spend money!Scream praises to JoAnn’s Fabrics!! We went in prepared to spend whatever it took to get the few things we needed. What we ended up with was 3 large bags full of stuff and we had spent only $100!! Now, That is my kind of shopping!! I got the best of both worlds…I got to go shopping, spend money, and go out to dinner with my husband. I know that it wasn’t what we had set out to do, and my husband would have rather done many other things!

Anissa Wardell


Unleash Your ¢reative Thinking

People seem to have the misconception that only a select few are able to unleash a steady flow of creative genius. That is not true at all. The fact is, creativity is very much like a muscle that needs to be exercised in order to consistently give out great results. If you don’t practice harnessing creative thinking, this skill will very much atrophy into inexistence. But, keep working and this skill will soon come to you in a snap.So, how do you unleash your creative thinking? Well, the first thing is to become a human sponge. What we’re saying is that you should take in as much knowledge and learning as you can find. Read everything available – good and bad, and keep your mind open to the infinite possibilities of the universe. The more you know, the more you’ll want to know , and the more your faculty of wonder will be exercised. Prepare to be amazed at little facts that add a bit of color into your life.Focus on a creative activity everyday. Yes, it’s and effort. Even doodling is a creative activity. Don’t let anything hinder you. Mindlessness may be a creative activity, but for people who are just starting our to unleash a little bit of creative thinking in their lives, it is helpful and encouraging to have concrete evidence, that, “hey, what I’m doing is getting somewhere.” So why don’t you try it. Practice drawing for a couple of minutes each day. Bring out your old camera and start snapping photos like crazy. Keep a journal and make a point to write in it religiously. Another cool idea is to write by describing something with your five senses. Try to avoid vague adjectives like “marvelous,” “amazing,” and “delicious.” Before you know it, you’ll have built yourself a tiny portfolio, and you’ll be amazed at the growth you’ve undertaken after amassing all those works of art. Who knows, you might actually take to liking those things you do everyday. Pretty soon those things will become a part of you and you’ll be addicted to these creative exercises. Think out of the box – or don’t. Sometimes, constraints are actually a good thing. Limitations discipline you to work within your means. It enables you to be more resourceful. Creative freedom is great, but limitations enforce discipline. Try something new everyday and let your experiences broaden your perspective. Explore a new area in your neighborhood. Spend an afternoon in a museum to which you’ve never been before. Talk to someone on the bus. Open up to the people around you. As you thrust yourself out of your comfort zone more and more each day, your sense of adventure grows and so does your zest for life . When was the last time you did something for the first time? If it’s been a while, you’ve been missing out on a whole lot of experiences that could’ve added to your growth emotionally, mentally, physically, or spiritually. Try something new today. Not only will you learn, but you will also have plenty of stories to share, enabling you to practice your storytelling skills and making you the life of the party. Embrace insanity. No, not to the point of practically admitting yourself into the mental ward. As John Russell once said, “Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.” Exactly! Every creative thought was once deemed insanity by other “normal” people at one time or another. Luckily, that didn’t stop the creative geniuses from standing by them. Creativity is essentially breaking through barriers. Yes, this includes the bizarre and the downright strange. I’m not saying that you yourself should develop a creative personality. That might go haywire. It’s important that your creativity doesn’t get you detached from the real world completely. I hope you have been inspired to start thinking beyond your “limits.” Unleashing your creative thinking will bring about a new zest for living life.

Anissa Wardell

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