Is it Time for a Change of Direction?

The New Year brings fresh inspiration to professionals of all types. It is natural to wonder whether this will be the year that you achieve some of the things that you have been dreaming of for a long time. When you own and operate your own business, there is always a sort of tension between plugging away at your work just like you have been and mixing things up a little to try something new. If your business is still in business, you are doing something right. Whatever you have got going on, it is working. It may not be … Continue reading

Looking for a New Simple Technique to Try?

Do you ever sit and stare at your major stash of scrapbooking supplies and wonder what new techniques to try to add a little personality or flair to your pages? If you do, you are not alone. It is typical to find yourself in a rut and wonder what you can do about it. Here are a few new simple techniques you can try and implement into your scrapbook pages this weekend. Fun Techniques: Sculpting Paper Paper sculpture has been around a long time. However I found a new and creative way to use it in your paper projects from … Continue reading

How To Use Distressing On Your Layouts

Distressing your layouts adds dimension and appeal to your scrapbook layouts. It gives the layout an aged look, or a weathered look. There are several ways you can obtain a distressed look, and different materials you can use. Here are a few of the most common. Sandpaper – Sandpaper is fun to use to distress especially if you are using a piece of cardstock with a white core. Sand the cardstock or an embossed image on your cardstock with the sandpaper. Try using different grades of sandpaper to achieve different effects. Inks – There are special inks designed especially for … Continue reading

5 Fun Scrapbooking Techniques to Try on Your Layouts

There is great satisfaction gained from trying a technique and discovering that it is something that either you are very good at, or that you really enjoy the look of. There are dozens of different techniques available to scrapbookers and other paper crafter’s, but here are five fun techniques to try on your latest scrapbooking projects. 1. Use Brads to decorate or add some festive touches on your layouts. Playing with brads on a scrapbook layout is fun. The two most common uses are to secure a photo or other element in place or to serve as the center of … Continue reading

New or Used Office Equipment?

We occasionally talk here in the Home Business blog about making purchases of office supplies and equipment. Depending on the type of business you are operating, equipment and supplies could be a major and constant concern or more of a periodic issue in your planning and budgeting. Even for those of us with relatively small businesses and minimal equipment needs, equipment may very well be one of our largest expenses. Deciding whether to buy brand new in a box, or consider something used or refurbished can be a major business decision. I know a few people who have bought used … Continue reading

Lots of New Releases for Apple

Yesterday, Apple help a media event to promote its new offerings, including newly redesigned iMacs, new major software suite releases and new enhancements to its .Mac service. Today, the Apple website is available and updated to reflect the new releases, which are as follows. iMacs The new iMacs feature the sleekest design, yet. The all-in-one units puts the entire computer into an aluminum enclosure, so it looks just like a monitor sitting on a very cool stand. The screens showcase the new glossy displays in both 20-inch and 24-inch. They are widescreen LCD displays that promise incredibly crisp images. As … Continue reading

Offer Something New or Different

Are you trying to figure out how to get your home business off the ground, or how to set your business apart from the pack? Exemplary service is one way to create some notoriety, but if your business has gotten into a rut, you may be able to energize things by offering something new or different. This can be a product, a perk, or a service—but doing something that no one else is doing can be a great way to give your home business a big boost! Now, as much as I would like to be able to list off … Continue reading

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the New Food Blogger

I am not new to but I now get the privilege of blogging for the food blog on a regular basis. If you’ve read my blogs, you probably know a few things about me already: I have twin girls who are almost 20 months old, along with the other three children. . .making a total of 5 kids (under the age of 7)! I live in the inner city. I know way too much about nursing babies and advocate it any chance I get. We are a homeschooling family with a particularly inquisitive son. I have even done a … Continue reading