Spring Into Spring

Spring can spring any time now, as far as I am concerned.

Like millions of other Americans enduring the most recent Arctic blast, I’m over winter.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much I can do to control the weather.  However, rather than wallow in despair, I’m channeling my inner sun goddess and working on spring-themed scrapbooks.

If you are looking for ways to keep warm this winter, spring ahead a bit and take advantage of sales on spring scrapbooking kits.  The seasonal collections typically hit the shelves in mid-January and feature colorful paper, plus a slew of coordinating embellishments, such as stickers, brads, ribbons, tags and die cuts.  Depending on how much money you want to spend, you could purchase kits with printed, patterned or textured paper with spring themes, including flowers, rainbows, or other nods to nature, such as birds, butterflies, and bunnies.  For those working with a tight budget, consider buying a basic kit and personalizing your pages with leftover scrapbooking materials like buttons, scraps of fabric and stamps.

One of the cheapest ways to score spring-themed kits is to wait for after-Easter sales.  In the days and weeks following the holiday, many retailers slash prices on kits which include rabbits, baskets, candy and spring flowers.  This is a great time to stock up on spring-related scrapbooking merchandise that you can use in other page designs.

Another affordable option is to look online for cheap digital kits.  These collections offer files filled with clip art, various paper designs and other scrapbooking elements.  To get the most bang for your buck select versatile offerings that can be easily coordinated with other page designs.  For example, soft pastels work well in spring-themed scrapbook page designs.  In addition, they can also be used in baby-themed layouts.  The same goes for bright pinks and greens, which work well for birthday and anniversary page designs in addition to spring-themed spreads.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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