Making the Most of your Scrapbook Supplies

If you’re looking for ways to use your plentiful scrapbooking supplies, have I got a book for you. Ask the Masters , Making the Most of Your Scrapbook Supplies from Memory Makers books is now available. The projects featured are the work of Memory Makers Masters as well as 2007 Masters team of which I’m proud to me a member. Most scrapbookers have an abundance of scrapping stash, I sure do. Well, this book will help you use your wonderful papers and embellishments in ways you may not have considered before.


This was quite an undertaking for all of the Masters who were each given multiple assignments for the book project. While I’m definitely a deadline-oriented person, there was some pressure to get everything finished. I spent plenty of late nights laboring over every major and minor detail of each project.  The sight of all my hard work neatly bundled up in bubble wrap a week ahead of the deadline was a satisfying relief. 

I snapped the picture below just before dropping 8 scrapbook layouts, one set of altered wooden alphabets, one board book and a thick stack of artist’s contracts and model releases in the mail. Whew!


You’ll love the amazing layouts and projects put together by a talented team of fantastic scrappers. Getting a chance to be a major contributor for a book like this is really one of the crown jewels that comes with the Masters opportunity.  The Ask the Masters book features ideas from 33 Masters who have contributed to Memory Makers magazines and books over the years.

My 2007 fellow team members include Brooke Bartimioli, Catherine Feegel-Erhardt, Hillary Heidelberg, Jill Jackson-Mills, Crystal Jeffey Rieger, Ronee Parsons, Katrina Simeck, Michele Skinner and Nicole Stark.


We were all given assignments to use various media that cover a broad range of techniques. The book features chapters on tools, supplies, embellishments as well as a final chapter on the new frontier in product usage.

My task was to create individual projects which showcased the use of, relief ink, corner rounder punch, foam stamps, embossing stencils, buttons, flowers, wooden alphabets, board book, rhinestones, and mesh. 

The layout below shows what I came up with for my mesh assignment. I decided to scallop a large 12 X 12 sheet of mesh and use it in the behind the main photos. I wanted it to look like one big net swallowing up the whole page since the layout highlights my son’s successful fishing excursion.


Below you’ll see a teeny-tiny sneak peak of my assignment using flowers. Of course, I don’t want to give away too much of the book’s contents here, because I’d love for you to pick up a copy for yourself to add to your personal idea library. Trust me, it’s a great resource.


When I say the Ask the Masters projects were a huge undertaking, I’m not kidding. The assignment had me pulling supplies out of every nook and cranny in my craft space. It was pretty chaotic around here at the time. I think you can see from the photo below how my scrapspace pretty much got wiped out during the process. Not a pretty sight, huh?


I love the creative aspect of scrapbooking but I don’t care much for the scrapspace destruction it often leaves behind.  Cleaning up my area after major projects is a major drag. I know most of you will agree with me on that. I can say that the area is finally back to "semi- normal" shape now. Um, well, sorta.


Anyway, in the end it was all worth it because I’m pleased with how the projects and the book turned out.  It was also wonderful to finally see how my fellow Masters handled their assignments since we often chatted about our projects on line during the creative process, but no one actually saw what anyone else was working on.

I do hope you pick up a copy for yourself. I think you’ll agree that Ask the Masters is one sure way to get those creative juices flowing and really get you making the most of your scrapbooking supplies.

  • Anonymous

    Hey great blog, and awesome work you people are doing, really enjoyed seeing your work and also reading your blog.. keep up your creativity..

  • Tina

    Congrats on the book! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  • Melanie

    I’m in love with your scrap space!

  • Kimberly

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! You are quite the creative lady. I, too, enjoy many different projects and sometimes all at once!

  • Elizabeth

    Love the use of mesh on the fishing themed page! It’s also nice to see that I’m not the only one who ends up with supplies strewn all over the floor. šŸ™‚

  • melissa @ the inspired room

    Congratulations! Looks like a very neat book! I haven’t done scrapbooking in a long time (since I was a Creative Memories consultant a number of years ago). I really did enjoy it, but you certainly have a gift for creativity!
    Hey, come on by my blog to pick up your reward! Your visits and sweet comments have brightened my day and made me smile, so I am so pleased to have you on my list of recipients!
    Your blog is so lovely and inspirational, I might even pull out my scrapbooking stuff again! Goodness knows I am way behind now!

  • Miss Sassy

    Wow, Lisa. Congratulations! What a clever idea with the mesh. I do have to say that it felt good to see your scrapspace destruction, too, as I definitely have sewingspace destruction in, of all places, our dining room which I share with my craft storage smack dab in the middle of the house. We are constantly rotating projects on the table so we can eat. My husband never says a thing. Congrats again – how exciting!

  • Pamela

    Congrats on the new book, Lisa! How lucky to have all that floor space to extend your creativity :>).

  • Maggie

    Hi Lisa….Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Your right, the stickers I used on the chip board photo book are 7 gypsies. I was so pleased with how the book turned out that I bought more stickers to make another one for a friend. I am new to scrapbooking and so far I have done only a handfull of projects. Congratulations on your published work. After seeing your blog it is easy to see that you are very inspiring and creative.

  • Jody

    Oh congratulations! It looks like a wonderful book.
    I laughed when I saw your space. My sewing room looks much the same, much of the time. I have found different organizing jobs that each of the kids like, and that does help with tidying … and gives them something to do while I work.

  • patti

    Awesome! Sounds like a book I need- I have a lot of supplies, I just need to use them!
    I love the photo of your space “during”! My place looks like that when I get into my projects!!

  • Renee

    Congrats on the new book Lisa. I will definitely have to check it out. Your space doesn’t look messy, it looks like an artist at work.

  • sheree (sheree's alchemy)

    How exciting, Lisa! Congrats to you! I would love to publish my designs one day….one day!
    I’ll be adding this book to my wish list for sure. I have a small collection of scrap book supplies that I never use! I promised I’d start scrapping when we moved here to Germany, to document our time here, and well, I have not done anything! I have not even printed the digital pics out—oh you are motivating me though.
    And your craft space is sooo lovely! Looks like a fun place to hangout–my kids would love hanging out in there. šŸ™‚

  • Toni Elmer

    congrats on the book! Thats so exciting and sucha great feeling I”m sure! I have to go check that book out. It looks wonderful! And i wanna see some storyboards of yours that you come up with!!

  • tea time and roses

    Lisa, Thank you so much for your sweet comment and visit to my blog… I absolutely love it here, and the photos are just breathtakingly beautiful!! What a lovely space you have, and so full of so many goodies to work with…a girl just has to have enough supplies. :o) I hope you come back for another visit, and I surely will be dropping in on you quite often!

  • Cre8Tiva

    congratulations for getting included in a book and being names a master…that is a wonderful accomplishment for any artist…i won awards for scrapbooking in the 1970’s…who knew it would be such a big business today…i missed out on that one…blessings, rebecca

  • vintage twist

    Thanks for the glue advice

  • Nana

    Hi Lisa congratulations on this project! You have achieved what was asked of you. Your studio does not look messy at all…It looks like an artist is at work. Have a great week!

  • June Parrish Cookson

    Hi Lisa,
    Congrats! I’ll definitely add this book to my list of others to purchase.
    Such a pleasure to spend some time at your charming and informative blog.
    While touring your Craft Albums, I noticed your wire frame storage rack…where did you find this? Would love one similar to hold all of my dry pigments stored in small glass jars. Perhaps I should look at Storeables stores. Anyway, your dolls are lovely. Have you ever heard of dollmaker Cozbi Cabrera? If not, you might enjoy visiting her site: Her handmade cloth dolls are so exquisite! Geeze, wish I could afford to buy one.
    Well, if you ever feel the mood, please say hello to sweet Clarice for me, haha.
    Cheers to you Lisa!!
    P.S. I’ll be back.

  • Sarah

    Congratulations on the book! This might be one I need… I have quite the stash, and lately have been uninspired about how to use it!

  • Tara

    Looks like a lovely and informative read! Yes being creative does leave a destructive trail! THAT should be in a magazine or book “the aftermath of being creative” lol
    Congrats also for being included in the book, looks like you girls worked hard on it!~ xo

  • Pearl Maple

    Can’t wait to see more on this. You have such a lovely blog space thank you for sharing your creativity with everyone.

  • vintage twist

    Your a scrapbooker? Bet you could give some ans to the advice I’m seeking over at my blog right now.

  • Cascade Lily

    Um no, I LOVE the look of your craft space! If I had one of those I would be in there all day and all night and rarely come out! Wow!

  • cindy

    That’s your craft space? Looks bigger than my master bedroom!

  • Elaine Tutman

    Lisa – I liked getting the behind-the-scenes report on what it takes to get the scrapbook pages to the publishers. Congratulations to you and the other Memory Maker Masters on your achievement. I will add the book to my crafts library.

  • adrienne

    I will have to check this out! Thanks for the great review!