Throwback – December 2020 Power Hour

It’s hard to believe we are rapidly approaching the two-year anniversary of our Power Hour virtual scrapbook classes. We consider October to be our official anniversary month as that is when we held our first make & take, but it wasn’t until December 2020 that we settled into the 2 layouts in 60-minutes format that we all know as Power Hour.

From December until June 2021 we held two sessions on Power Hour nights, and it was definitely needed as we fine-tuned the technical aspects of virtual classes AND our teaching methods. By summer 2021 we felt confident to move to one Power Hour class time each month and in turn started publishing the class videos on our YouTube Channel.

It has been our goal for nearly a year to revisit the December 2020 thru June 2021 layouts and create new videos to accompany the handouts that we already have available in our webshop. We are starting today with the December 2020 Power Hour and will continue to add more in the comming weeks/months until ALL Power Hour videos are available online.

Tessa’s Layout

Tessa’s design can be done as a single- or double-page layout depending on your needs. Mix and match papers and other decorative elements that work with your photos.

Tessa’s layout features papers, mats and embellishments from Merry Little Christmas (2018) Dark Green Cardstock and the Dazzle Border Punch (retired).

Meggan’s Layout

Meggan’s two-page layout is all about angles and the decorative borders. The background is a blank slate for your photos to arrange as needed or use in the suggested below.

Meggan’s layout features papers from the Earth Home paper pack (2021), Rich Brown cardstock and the Mirrored Scallops Border Maker Cartridge.

Layout Instructions

The December 2020 Power Hour directions are available in our shop: December 2020 Power Hour

Instructional Video

The instructional video for the December 2020 Power Hour layouts is now available on our YouTube Channel.

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How To Start Shipping From Home

Tired of making trips to the Post Office? Would you like to streamline your shipping process? After shipping thousands of packages across the world, I’ve written a step by step guide to help you start shipping from home.

The most efficient way to ship packages is to ship from home by printing online postage. It saves time by reducing trips to the post office. It saves money because online shipping vendors offer discounted rates. You can leave your packages out for your USPS carrier, schedule a USPS pick up, or drop off. You will need to be able to weigh and pack your items at home which requires a scale and packing materials. I recommend shipping through PayPal which uses ShipStation or Pirate Ship. Pirate Ship is my first choice.

Before we talk about packing, it helps to understand the differences in Flat Rate, Regional Rate, and Calculated Weight pricing.

Flat Rate

  • Offered by United States Post Office (USPS) – set rate no matter where you are shipping from or to in the US.
  • Must use Flat Rate boxes free from USPS.
  • Small Flat Rate Box: Holds up to 6 Border Maker Cartridges.
  • Padded Flat Rate Mailer: Border Punches, Multiple Punches.
  • Medium Flat Rate: Best for heavier shipments going far from you but not always cheaper than UPS discounts.
  • Large Flat Rate: Has never been the cheapest option. I don’t ever use these.

Regional Rates

  • Each regional area of the US is in a ‘zone’.
  • Set rates based on the zone it’s shipped from and destination zone, calculated based on distance, not weight.
  • Two types: A and B. A is smaller and cheaper than B.
  • Shipping label must be paid for online. The Post Office will add a surcharge to ship from the counter.
  • Until recently, the Regional B box was a go-to for shipping 12×12″ items, including albums. However in 2021, they made the box sizes smaller and increased the rates. Neither box will fit 12×12″ paper, pages, or albums. Sometimes it is still cheaper to use an A box but rarely is B cheaper. I no longer recommend using the B box.

Calculated Weight

  • Pricing is based on size and weight of the package along with distance to the destination.
  • Can use USPS free Priority boxes or your own packaging, either mailers or boxes.
  • Items under 1lb can ship First Class. Over 1lb must ship as Parcel or Priority.
  • First Class postage printed online includes tracking.
  • Priority postage includes tracking and insurance.

Quoting Shipping

If you are selling online, you’ll need to know how much shipping to charge your customer. You can quote using the USPS Shipping Calculator or the RATES tab on Pirate Ship by entering their zip code and yours. On USPS, it will give you the RETAIL amount of USPS shipping. Pirate Ship will show their discounted shipping rate. There is no quote function in PayPal. Both PayPal/ShipStation and Pirate Ship offer discounted shipping rates.

Weighing Packages

This is the scale I use from Amazon. I like it because the readout extends away from the scale. This feature is a must if you want to read your weight while the package is still sitting on the scale. I previously used this one, but I had to maneuver to hit the HOLD button then move the box to see the weight then REMEMBER the weight to enter it. The remembering part didn’t always go very well. Trust me the extra $5 is worth it.

ACCUTECK ShipPro 110lbs x 0.1 oz. Digital Shipping Postal Scale, Black (W-8580-110-Black)

Padded Mailers

I use padded mailers of several sizes, mostly to ship First Class. For shipping small items like one Border Maker Cartridge, I use the #0. The #5 fits 10×12″ or smaller items like stickers and embellishments. I use the #7 to ship 12×12″ paper, using a sheet of cardboard if needed for rigidity. The mailer is wide enough to hold several paper packs and long enough to fold over and offer extra padding. The Boxery is my go-to Amazon shop for all my padded mailers. They provide consistent service and shipping is always faster than advertised.

Boxes

When USPS changed their Regional B box late last year, I scrambled to source some cardboard options. The size of the box matters for your final shipping rate so it’s ideal to have the smallest box possible to fit your items. When shipping several paper packs with a weight over 1lb, I use vinyl record boxes. They adjust for two different depths. I ship enough to justify the quantity of 100 for a box rate of 67 cents each. If you don’t need that many, there are other options like this one, that will cost you more per each.

100 Record lp Mailer Mailers White Holds 1 to 4 Albums – 12″ Record LP Vinyl Cardboard Multi-Depth Closure by ValueMailers …

This box is perfect for an album along with some extra paper and punches.

BOX USA 25 Pack of Flat Corrugated Cardboard Boxes, 14 3/8″ L x 12 1/2″ W x 3 1/2″ H, Kraft, Shipping, Packing and Moving

These 13x13x5″ boxes are deeper – a bit tight for an album but you can fit one. The 15×15 gives you plenty of room.

BOX USA 25 Pack of Flat Corrugated Cardboard Boxes, 13″ L x 11″ W x 5″ H, Kraft, Shipping, Packing and Moving

Aviditi 15156 Flat Corrugated Cardboard Box 15″ L x 15″ W x 6″ H, Kraft, for Shipping, Packing and Moving (Pack of 25)

Packing Supplies and Labels

Packing tape is a necessity. Get a heavy duty option like Scotch Heavy Duty. Before you tape, you’ll need to fill up the extra space in the box to keep the items from shifting and the box getting crushed. I reuse all the air pillows and bubble wrap I get from all my shipments, but you can also use plastic grocery sacks or newspaper. Be sure you tape both ends of your box, even though the USPS free boxes have adhesive closures. Sometimes that adhesive doesn’t stick, and the box end opens…contents will get lost in transit.

Now that your box is packed, you’ll need a shipping label. I am considering buying a label printer, but for now I use regular printer paper. Print the label, cut it own, then tape it on. I print my labels at 75% so they can fit on the smaller mailers and boxes easily. You can also buy labels from Amazon to save the cutting and taping.

If you print much and have an HP printer, I highly recommend the HP Instant Ink program. I save so much annually by using this program, and best of all, I never run out of ink!

To print your shipping labels, you can print labels off the PayPal payment through ShipStation. I am not fond of the change from PayPal to ShipStation, but ShipStation is offering good discounts. Pirate Ship recently negotiated great USPS and UPS rates, so I print all of my shipping labels through them. If I print out of Pirate Ship, I copy the tracking onto the PayPal transaction for easy reference to both the buyer and the seller.

Summary

  1. Buy a scale and packing supplies. Order free boxes from USPS.
  2. Create a Pirate Ship account.
  3. Pack up items.
  4. Use the box weight / dimensions/ buyer’s address to create a shipping label in Pirate Ship.
  5. Print label, tape on box, and either drop off or give to your carrier.

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January 2022 Scrapbook Power Hour Virtual Class

The January 2022 Scrapbook Power Hour class featured two layouts – a sweet and simple single page layout that you will find yourself using over and over and then a two-page layout that is a bit of a mind bender but BAM, it all comes together!

Tessa’s Layout

Who knew that 8 strips of paper could make a gorgeous layout!

Tessa’s layout features the Creative Memories Blend & Bloom Green collection from 2019.

Meggan’s Layout

Three cuts is all it takes to create a versatile background design perfect for showcasing a mix of vertical and horizontal images. You will definitely want to watch the class video for this one!

Meggan’s layout features the Radiant Reds paper pack that was part of Creative Memories 2021 Last Chance promotion.

Layout Instructions

The January 2022 Power Hour Directions are now available in our shop: January 2022 Power Hour

Class Video

The January 2022 Power Hour recording is now available on our YouTube channel

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If you are not currently working with a Creative Memories Advisor, please shop with us!

December 2021 Power Hour Scrapbook Virtual Class

The December 2021 Power Hour class features two adorable scrapbook layouts!

Tessa’s layout features the classic Picket Fence Border Maker Cartridge that comes standard with every Creative Memories Border Maker System. This oldie, but goodie, BMC doesn’t always get the love it deserves and we delight in showing ways to use it in our classes. Picket Fence is an Edge-style BMC, which means it punches a decorative edge that stays attached to the main body of the paper.

Meggan’s layout, on the other hand, showcases Climbing Vine Border Maker Cartridge, a Chain-style BMC, which means it punches a border that separates from the paper.

Tessa’s Layout

Tessa’s two page scrapbook layout features papers from the Holidazzle Collection (retired).
For her class demo layout, Tessa used the Blue & Gold paper pack along with Basalt and Lichen cardstock from a recent Creative Memories Paper Buffet.

Meggan’s Layout

Meggan’s single page scrapbook layout features the Spring Cottage collection and the (retired) Climbing Vine BMC.
Meggan used the Candy Cane Lane collection with the Quilted Circles Border Punch for the class demo layout.

Layout Instructions

The December 2021 Power Hour directions are now available in our shop: December 2021 Power Hour

Class Video

The December 2021 Power Hour recording includes a Q&A session with Tessa & Meggan at the end of class.

November 2021 Power Hour Scrapbook Virtual Class

The November 2021 Power Hour class featured two 2-page layouts with emphasis on quick designs and lots of photos!

Tessa and I each used a T-Ruler when assembling our layouts – this tool allows us to easily line up page elements to ensure a strait line! We recommend the Westcott T-Ruler on Amazon (affiliate link.)

We also briefly chatted about home printing. Home photo printers are a great item to put on your holiday wish list. Here are the two we recommend considering, both available on Amazon.

Canon Selphy 1300

Epson PictureMate PM 400

Tessa’s Layout

Tessa’s layout features background papers from the (retired) Evergreen Mix & Match and (retired) Fanatics collections.

Meggan’s Layout

Meggan’s layout features papers from the Snowbound collection. The punch is the (retired) Winter Vine Border Punch.

Class PDF

The November 2021 Power Hour directions are available now in our shop: November 2021 Power Hour

Class Video

Jumbo CCS Remnants = Page Perfection

I really don’t like to throw away paper – I know I give Tessa a hard time about show often she cuts up those little remnants to make tiny photo corners and other page accents to use in her scrapbook layouts, but my secret habit is how much effort I spend to keep the Creative Memories Jumbo CCS Pattern page remnants in useable condition. I just never know when I may need one!

I created these two scrapbook pages for Creative Life Scrapbooking using remnants of the Simple Frame CCS Pattern and the Jumbo Circle. For instructions, please see the CLS Facebook page.

This example uses the Creative Memories Jumbo Simple Frame Custom Cutting System Pattern with the Seaside Collection

Stitching detail and Seaside embellishments and stickers complete the layout design. It’s all set to add photos!

A quick snip of the scissors and folding of the flaps allows more of the photos to be shown.

This scrapbook layout sample uses the Creative Memories Jumbo Circle Custom Cutting System Pattern and the Sparks of Magic Collection

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October 2021 Power Hour Virtual Scrapbook Class

It’s hard to believe it’s been one year since we started our Power Hour scrapbooking classes. It’s been an wild ride and we are so thankful for for all who have joined our classes live or watched them on replay. Your support has been amazing!

For the October 2021 Power Hour, we circled back to where we started last October – with Halloween themed layouts. Last year we had a wicked time with Creative Memories’ Wicked Cute collection and this year is all about Halloween fun with Full Moon Fun.

Supplies

Our Power Hour class is focused on creating versatile layouts with the core tools from Creative Memories. For this month we use the following tools:

  • 12″ Trimmer
  • 13×13 Cutting Mat
  • Adhesives (Repositionable & Permanent)
  • Scissors
  • Creative Memories Border Maker System with chain-style Border Maker Cartridge

Our samples are made with the Full Moon Fun collection, but you can use any combination of papers and cardstock that work with your photos. You will want to add in other decorative elements as desired!

Layout Directions

Printable PDF directions are available in our store: October 2021 Power Hour

Tessa’s Layout

Meggan’s Layout

Class Recording

September 2021 Power Hour Scrapbook Class

One of the best parts of the Power Hour scrapbook classes is the sharing that happens in our Facebook group after class! Dozens of examples flood the page within hours of the class ending and we are always blown away by the creativity! After the September class, attendees showed us how well our single page layouts could be paired together to create a two page layout and the results were stunning!

Scrapbook Class Supplies

  • 12″ Trimmer
  • 13×13″ Cutting Mat
  • Jumbo Circle Custom Cutting System Template
  • Custom Cutting System Blades
  • Hello Autumn Journal Template (2020)
  • Dual-tip or Dot-Tip Journal Pens
  • Adhesives

Directions

The directions for the September Power Hour can be found in our shop.

Tessa’s Layout

Tessa hacked the retired page template from old Creative Memories, showing us how easy it is to mix and match up to 6 photos or papers on a layout. The clean lines of this design make it a classic and Tessa’s measurements will allow you to cut your papers and photos with confidence.

Featured Collection – Hello Autumn (2020)

Scrapbook layout using creative memories page template
two page scrapbook layout featuring creative memories page template

Meggan’s Layout

This layout highlights that you do not need to cut a full 12×12″ piece of paper when using Creative Memories’ Jumbo CCS Patterns. The layout showcases the Jumbo Circle Pattern but could be done with any other of the Jumbo CCS shapes.

Featured Collection – Outta This World (2021)

Single page scrapbook layout using creative memories jumbo circle custom cutting system template
Single page scrapbook layout using creative memories jumbo circle custom cutting system template and the outta this world collection

Class Recording

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Scrapbook Class – August 2021 Power Hour

Our August Power Hour scrapbook class was a continuation of our overall summer theme – quick, easy, VERSATILE layouts that will have you making pages and progress with plenty of time left over to enjoy the summer days.

Class Supplies

  • 12″ Trimmer
  • 13 x 13″ Cutting Mat
  • Ovals Custom Cutting System Patterns
  • Custom Cutting System Blades
  • Scissors
  • T-Square Ruler
  • Adhesive

Tessa’s Layout

Tessa shared how to make an L cut and use border stickers to make a fun two page layout. She demonstrated how to use the T-Square ruler to help line up borders and photos.

Featured Collections – Black & White (2018) and old Creative Memories border stickers

two page scrapbook layout by tessa chapple with creative memories supplies for power hour august 2021 scrapbook class

Meggan’s Layout

A simple color block background but adding detail with some angle cuts!

Featured Collection – Better Together (2020)

two page scrapbook layout by meggan jacks from august 2021 scrapbook power hour class made with creative memories products

Class Recording