Month by Month: April Iowa City IA

Hopefully you’re already doing your part with household recycling. Beyond putting things by the curb, though, have you recycled things to use on your layouts? That cover sheet on paper sets can easily be a background on its own. The rub-on wooden sticks can be embellishments. Package backing can make excellent chipboard for die cuts and mini album covers.

Walmart Supercenter
(319) 337-3116
919 Highway 1
Iowa City, IA
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  • Variety of Products 3
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Art Mission Inc
(319) 466-1006
114 S Linn St
Iowa City, IA
 
Creative Memories
(319) 338-5648
3714 Lower West Branch Rd
Iowa City, IA
 
Hobby Lobby
(515) 232-3500
620 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
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  • Pricing 4
  • Helpfulness of Staff 5


Walmart Supercenter
(319) 337-3116
919 Highway 1
Iowa City, IA
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  • Variety of Products 3
  • Pricing 5
  • Helpfulness of Staff 2


Cloth works
(319) 341-3612
2127 Muscatine Ave
Iowa City, IA
 
Framing At Chait Galleries
(319) 338-4442
218 E Washington St
Iowa City, IA
 
Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
(319) 354-3961
1029 S Riverside Dr
Iowa City, IA
 
Hobby Lobby
(319) 235-7677
3731 University Avenue
Waterloo, IA
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Michael's Arts Crafts
(515) 223-8877
1404 22nd Street
West Des Moines, IA
 

Month by Month: April

BE RESOURCEFUL. April has always been one of “those” months for me . . . one I don’t actually look forward to with its unpredictable weather and potentially dreary days. As spring struggles to make itself known, make this April work for you. Rainy days? Take pictures of puddle jumping! Short on a supply? Improvise!

This month’s layout from my book was actually my son’s idea. Rather than cooperating while I tried to take some backyard pictures, he decided to run away. It became a fabulous game, and I ended up with lots of laughter and a heap of blurry action photos. Once upon a time, I might have disregarded the photos as unusable and moved on, failing to capture the fun afternoon and my sons’ delight. Instead, I chose to use even blurry photos and document this joy. Don’t let imperfection stop you, either!

Photo Tag by Amanda Probst. Supplies Cardstock: Prism Papers; Letter stickers: American Crafts; Chipboard letters: We R Memory Keepers; Paint: Making Memories; Gaffer tape: 7gypsies; Brads: Paper Studio; Label strips: Dymo; Pen: Precision Pen, American Crafts; Font: Rockwell.

Here are three more ideas to consider this April:

1. Recycle. Hopefully you’re already doing your part with household recycling. Beyond putting things by the curb, though, have you recycled things to use on your layouts? That cover sheet on paper sets can easily be a background on its own. The rub-on wooden sticks can be embellishments. Package backing can make excellent chipboard for die cuts and mini album covers. Shopping bags and tags can be excellent decoration. The list goes on . . .

2. Use that rain. Whether you have a green thumb or not, take advantage of the rain this month to plant something . . . a tree, a garden, a garden gnome. :) Take pictures while you’re at it!

3. Tell your story. Have something you’d love to scrapbook but no pictures at hand? Be resourceful and forego the photos. Yup, brave it out and let your words be the star.

Now, are you ready for this month’s challenge? For April, I challenge you to scrapbook blurry photos! Join in and you’ll have the opportunity to win a copy of my book, Month by Month Scrapbooking ! Find out more at my Month by Month Scrapbooking group .

Also, here are five sketches from the layout above to help jump-start your creativity:

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Appeared in: April 2009

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