Friday, November 7, 2008

Journaling Tip ~ Document events soon after they occur

Often I don’t get a chance to scrapbook events immediately after they happen. Sometimes it can take me up to a year to scrapbook an event. So, to make sure I remember all the details of the event, I document the event in my journal as soon as possible. Sometimes, I include a layout sketch also. So now I can scrapbook the concert I went to in January 2006 without out a problem.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Journaling ~ The Basics ~ Part 1

Journaling is the most important aspect of scrapbooking. It separates a scrapbook from a photo album. By journaling in your scrapbook you are able to complete the story that your photos and memorabilia started. One is able to relay their thoughts and feelings through journaling.

When journaling, the basics (Who, What, When, Where, & Why) at the very least should be included. Basic journaling can often be captured with a Title and Captions.

Many scrapbookers tell detailed stories. This is a perfect way to encompass all the details of the event. But if the details and or space are limited, one can use bullet points, poetry, interviews, and hidden journaling to relay their thoughts and feelings.

Journaling can be handwritten, computer generated, or a combination. Although computer generated journaling may be neat in appearance, handwritten journaling adds a touch of the scrapbooker. Believe or not, future generations will treasure your handwriting. I recommend a combination of handwritten and computer generated journaling.

Finally, keeping some form of a journal is beneficial. One can easily record the details of various events and activities for future reference. A calendar, notepad, note cards, journal, or etc. could be used.

Hopefully this overview will get your journaling started on the right track. Be sure to stay tuned for future articles discussing this topic in greater detail.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

How to Resize Digital Photographs

In this post you’ll find some information I found on scaling digital photos.

How to Upsize Your Digital Photos Without Sacrificing Quality
In this article you’ll learn how to upsize your digital photos. This article talks a lot about resolution. Here is a tip to remember: use 300 dpi. You’ll learn more about this in the article.

Here is some information I gathered from my Google Search.

How to Resize Your Images - Smarter Ways
This article discusses digital cameras, online photo resizers, and software programs used to resize your photos.

How to Resize Photos for E-mail or Web: A Step-by-Step Tutorial
This is a step by step tutorial for resizing your photos in Photoshop Elements (PSE). It includes screen shots of PSE.

How-to: Resizing photos the easy way
This is a Youtube video that shows you how to resize a photo with an online photo resizer ( and a free photo resizer program (GIMP).

What program do you use to resize your photos?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Congratulations! You’re Engaged. ~ Your Wedding Budget ~ Part 3

Two major keys to having a wedding budget that works for you are making a realistic budget and sticking to it. At the end of this post you’ll find some sample budgets and worksheets.

Be sure to research wedding cost in your area and include those cost in your budget. Pricing in different regions can differ quite a bit. Recently married friends and family are a good source of information. They also know about budget busters that you wouldn’t think to plan for.

It is important that you do not exceed your total budget amount. You wouldn’t want to start life happily ever after in debt would you? However, if you need to, you can adjust or eliminate various components of the total budget. This is when deciding when to splurge and when not to splurge becomes important.

When making your budget, you and your fiancé should rank the various categories of your wedding budget based on importance. By doing this in the beginning, you know where to splurge and where not to splurge. Being a scrapbooker, I chose the splurge on photos. Photos last a lifetime and we were willing to pay more for quality products and service. We chose not to hire a videographer. A wedding video was not important to us. You have to decide what is important to you.

Be sure to refer to your wedding budget often. Post it to your bathroom mirror and refrigerator if you have to. Out of sight is out of mind. Remember don’t exceed your wedding budget.

Below you find other articles on wedding budgets:
--Your Wedding Budget - When to Save and When to Splurge by Bridget Mora
--5 Tips to Cut Down Your Wedding Guest List and Your Budget by Erica Tevis
--How to Calculate Your Wedding Cost Breakdown by Marcie Pearsons

Sample Budgets and Budget Worksheets from my Google search.
--The Knot’s Sample Budget
--Sample Budget from’s Wedding Budget Worksheet’s Wedding Budget Worksheet

In the previous post of this serious the topics were Getting Started and Wedding Planning Checklists. I hope you got some good information from this series. Email us if you have any topics you would like to see discussed on our blog.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Congratulations! You’re Engaged. ~ Wedding Planning Checklists ~ Part 2

Previously in Part 1 ~ Getting Started I recommended that you get a wedding checklist as soon as possible. You can use one provided in a wedding planner or customized one to fit your specific needs. You can find several checklists online. At the end of this post you’ll find some samples.

It’s best to keep everything in one place. This will reduce your chance of forgetting something. I used a workbook, but you could use a spreadsheet, or an online site. I suggest using what is most familiar and comfortable for you. You want something that you will ACTUALLY use because this checklist will be the key to keeping you organized.

Below you find another article on wedding planning checklists:
--Why Do You Need A Wedding Planning Checklist? by Jake Springhurst

Sample Checklists and Wedding Planners from my Google search.’s 12 Month Wedding Countdown Checklist
--The Pash FREE Wedding Planner
--WeddingWire a free wedding planning site.

Next week, look for Part 3 of this series Your Wedding Budget.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Sketches ~ Card

Starting today, we’ll post a sketch at least once a month on Fridays. We’ll post our designs created from the sketch a few weeks later. You’ll have a couple of weeks to create your design from the sketch. If you want your design posted on our blog, just email us a JPEG of your design.

So here we go!

Below is a sketch for a 5 ½ x 4 ¼ card.

The dimensions for the paper pieces are as follows:

A - 2 ¾ x 3 ¾
B - 5 ¼ x 2
C - 5 ¼ x 7/8
D - 2 ½ x 3 ½ w/ 4 embellishments

Don’t forget many of cards can be purchased in our Etsy Shop.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

PD4U Etsy Promotion

Distinctive Moments belongs to Paper Designs for You (PD4U), an Etsy Team. Staring tomorrow, September 19, 2008 we are having a promotion bag giveaway.

There will be two FREE promotion bags available sometime between Septmber 19 - October 24, 2008 in Distinctive Moments Etsy Shop. Thirteen other PD4U shops are also participating. Click here for more information on the promotion.

We have included bookmarks in the promotional bags. Below you’ll find sneak peek of our bookmarks.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Congratulations! You’re Engaged. ~ Getting Started ~ Part 1

I’m sure your are happy and excited about your engagement and your upcoming wedding. If you haven’t started yet, you are probably starting to panic about planning the biggest event of you life up to this point. My first piece of advice is to STAY CALM. With proper planning, preparation, and a team love ones supporting you your day will be perfect.

I recommend that you read a wedding planning guide and get a wedding checklist as soon as possible. You’ll need to have a clear idea of what is in store for you until your wedding day.

When I planned my wedding I bought the Easy Wedding Workbook & Organizer. I’m sure you’ll be able to find something similar at your local bookstore. I liked this organizer because it had a checklist, budget worksheet, vender comparison charts and a host of other information. I also stored my wedding planning documents in the organizer. I liked having all of my wedding planning information in one accessible location.

A major part of your wedding planning efforts will be making a realistic budget and sticking to it. That’s when the fun really begins. You’ll have to decide when to splurge and when not to splurge.

Below you find other articles on wedding planning:
--I'm Engaged! Now What? by Pamela Kazmierczak
--Wedding Planning Guide - Tips For Planning Weddings by Jen Carter

Stay tuned for more post about wedding checklist and your wedding budget.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Custom Etsy Shop Banners

I recently updated our Etsy shop with a new banner and avatar. Initially, I was going to make them myself, but after browsing our shop hearts I saw studio71design’s Etsy shop. I liked their work and decided to order their Custom Basic Banner Package. The package included three banners (shop, sale, vacation), five avatars, and a custom order graphic.

The owner contacted me within a day to start the design process. I gave her a general idea of what we wanted and let her work her magic. After a couple of iterations, the following product was produced in a few days.

A job well done I think.

I like the design so much; I also ordered the background graphic for our business cards. So you Etsy shop owners, who are looking for banners and avatars, be sure to see what studio71design has to offer.


Periodically, when we make any purchases from Etsy Shops, we’ll review them on our blog. Email us if you have any Etsy Shops you want us to review.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Distinctive Moments is Moving to Columbus, OH

Yes, we are leaving the St. Louis area and moving to Ohio. St. Louis has been awesome to us, but we’re sure Columbus will be even better. The move is schedule to take place take place at the end of the September.

Below is a schedule for our move:
-Distinctive Moments will be closed the week of September 21, 2008. All emails and voicemails will be answered the following week. The phone number will be changed to a Columbus phone number. Mail sent to our mailing address will be forwarded to our Ohio address. Contact us if you need our new mailing address.
-Wedding invitation and accessory orders (Birchcraft and Carlson Craft) placed the week of September 21 will be processed the following week.
-Pre-made Distinctive Moments Etsy Shop orders placed between September 21 and October 4 will be shipped by October 10, 2008.
-Work on new custom scrapbook orders will not begin until October 12, 2008. You are more than welcome to contact us about placing an order prior to our design start date.
-The Columbus Scrapaholix Club will start in November. Stay tuned for more information on the club.

The website, blog, Etsy Shop, and all email addresses will remain the same. We are sure that the move will go smoothly and you will see very few changes if any.

Wish us luck!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Excel Spreadsheets for Etsy

For you Etsy shop owners who want to track what items are viewed in your shop, the Hearts and Views Manager from Simple Solutions for you. My search for this tool started when I read a few articles on Etsy and ran across an article on relating your shop hearts and views to sales. I’m a numbers person so I thought this would be great information to keep track of. But I wasn’t going to view our shop every day and keep track of the hearts and views. Nor did I have time to build a complex spreadsheet to perform this task for me. I searched Etsy’s forums and found a shop that offered this type of spreadsheet customized for your shop.

Simple Solutions offers many Etsy spreadsheets to for your Esty shop as well as personal needs. Custom spreadsheets can also be built to serve your particular need.

I received the spreadsheet within a day. Initially there was a glitch in the spreadsheet but it was quickly corrected by Simple Solutions. I liked the spreadsheet so much that I also ordered the Sales Tracker. The two were well worth the price of $5.00 each. I’ll be sure to purchase any other Esty spreadsheets we need from Simple Solutions.


In the future, when we make any purchases from Etsy Shops, we’ll review them on our blog. Email us if you have any Etsy Shops you want us to review.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Scrapbook Kits… another way to scrap

If you are looking to save time and some gas money, you should definitely consider purchasing scrapbook kits. Most of the kits include numerous papers and embellishments to complete several projects and layouts (save time by not having to coordinate your supplies and save gas by not having to drive all over town to coordinating elements.) Many of the kits also include instructions sheets for various projects. You can buy the kits as you need them or sign up for a subscription.

Some kit clubs are technique based. Each month you will learn a new technique. This would be great for scrapers who want to learn more about scrapbooking. Distinctive Moments will be offering a technique based Scrapaholix Club this Fall in Columbus, OH. Stay tuned for more information.

Below are a few Kit Clubs:

Lickety Split Scrapbooks
Lickety Split Scrapbooks offers both page kits and board book kits.

Memory Workshop
These kits are designed to make 6+ 12x12 pages. Memeory Workshop is a Canadian based business.

Serendipity Scrapbooks
Each month Serendipity Scrapbooks offers at least 3 types of kits to choose from.

So if you haven’t tried scrapbooking with a kit, why not try it today. If you have used kits in the past, what are some of you favorites?

Friday, August 15, 2008

Girly 6x6 Scrapbook

Just added to our Etsy Shop.

This 6x6 album will make a cute gift for your favorite tween. The album was made from chipboard, pattern paper, cardstock, ribbon, eyelets, bling, and buttons. Ten layouts are included in album.

Girly 6x6 Scrapbook can be purchased in the Distinctive Moments Etsy Shop.

If you are looking for a similar album in a different color scheme, feel free to contact us to place a customized order.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Paper Bag Albums

Would you believe before I read How to Make a Paper Bag Scrapbook by Angela Vader, I had never made a paper bag album. My scrapbooking friends where shocked.

So take a look at my first paper bag album. I plan to use the album as an overview of my summer.

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· I used four (4) paper bags. Five (5) paper bags were to bulky for me.
· I used a Crop-A-Dile to punch my binding holes.
· I used three (3) large eyelets (3/16") to bind my album. I tried the 1/8” eyelets but they couldn’t bind all the paper bags. You could also use small jump rings or ribbon.
· I designed my pages before I attached them to the album. (So the eyelets wouldn’t show though the bag.)
· I stamped journaling blocks to use for my journaling.
· I added cards with tabs for extra photos and journaling.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Simple Ribbon Storage

I buy quite a bit of my ribbon by the yard. I often find it hard to keep my ribbon organized. I ended up buying the same ribbon again because I didn’t know I already had it. So I decided to make a ribbon ring for my ribbon.

I started with the following nine color groups: white, brown, black, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. I also organize my paper and embellishments in these groups. I added a pink ribbon group because I have a ton of pink ribbon.

I used a large ring and jumbo paper clips to make my ribbon ring. I tied the ribbon to the paper clips and fastened the paper clips together with the ring. When I need ribbon, I just cut a piece off. Now tell me that wasn’t simple!

I also store embellishments and acrylic stamps on a large ring.

How do you store your ribbon?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Looking for Beautiful Handmade Jewelry?

If you are looking for jewelry that is beautiful, affordable, and unique, visit Crystal Impressions at

All of Lucia jewelry is handmade with gemstones, semi-precious gemstones, swarovski crystals. Here is what I think is the best part, each piece is one of a kind.

So visit the Crystal Impressions Shop and find the perfect piece of jewelry for you.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Live the moment. Preserve the memory.

We’ve been pretty busy here at Distinctive Moments the last few weeks. For starters, we have a new tagline: Live the moment. Preserve the memory. We wanted the covey the purpose of Distinctive Moments (helping you preserve your memories). Any moment that is special to you, be it a wedding, birth of a child, family reunion, trip to Six Flags, or the first snow of the season, will be treated as a distinctive moments by us. All of your memories are special to you and we want to make sure those moments can be relived forever.

Also keep an eye out for a few changes we will be making to the website. Look for new Blog and Shop links in the menu. The Blog will also receive an updated look.

Stay tuned for these changes and a few more to come.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

New Invitation Styles and More

Over 50 new invitations have been added to Our Online Birchcraft Wedding Invitation Site. Included are more pockets as well as slides and many other designs.

To keep up with the latest fashion trends and the latest color schemes 8 new liner colors have been added to our online site. The colors are Cherry, Hot Pink, Raspberry, Sandstone, Sapphire, Lemon, Tropical, and Tangerine. Also Our Online Birchcraft Wedding Invitation Site now includes 5 new Foil colors. The colors are Aqua, Hot Pink, Lime, Raspberry, and Tangerine. These additional foil and liners will be great compliments to the recently added 7 new wedding invitation inks.

Don’t forget, online wedding invitation orders receive a 30% Discount!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

New Lettering Styles

Many of today's brides are opting for a more youthful look rather than a traditional one. Our Online Birchcraft Wedding Invitation Site now includes 15 new Lettering Styles and several new Combination Lettering Styles. We hope these styles accommodate those brides looking for a youthful look.

Lettering Styles

Combination Lettering Styles

Seven new wedding invitation inks have also been added to our online site.

All online wedding invitation orders receive a 30% Discount.

Friday, June 6, 2008

7 New Wedding Invitation Inks

All brides want to keep up with the fashion trends and the latest color schemes. Birchcraft wants to keep up with its brides so seven new inks have been added to our Our Online Birchcraft Wedding Invitation Site.

The new fashion ink colors now available are:

Cherry Ink
Hot Pink Ink
Lime Ink
Raspberry Ink
Sandstone Ink
Sapphire Ink
Tangerine Ink

Don't forget, online wedding invitation orders receive a 30% Discount!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Win a Gift Certificate for the Distinctive Moments Etsy Shop

Want to win a gift certificate for our Etsy Shop? You’ll have a chance once a month to when one.

How to win a gift certificate for the Distinctive Moments Etsy Shop
  1. Once a month I’ll submit a post with 7 on 7 in the post itself.

  2. I’ll ask a question at the end of the post and you add your comments to the post. Be sure to sign into Blogger or leave your name in your comment (How else will I know who is the winner?).

  3. At least four (4) people must post comments in order for the gift certificate to be awarded.

  4. All comments posted by the end of the month will be eligible for the gift certificate.

  5. A random number generator will be used to determine the winner.

  6. You are allowed to post more than one comment (Just like a lottery!).

  7. The winner will be posted on the Blog on the 7th of the month. If you are the winner be sure to email me so I can send you your gift certificate.

  8. You are only eligible to win a dM prize once every three months.

What can you purchase in our Etsy Shop?

  • Altered Items
  • Custom Scrapbooks
  • Handmade Cards
  • Premade Scrapbooks
  • Supplies
  • Tags

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wedding Color Trends

Wedding trends are always changing. I love looking at wedding photos and seeing the different trends. Recently I’ve had a lot of brides interested in invitations with Chocolate (Brown).
In the articles below you'll find information on the latest wedding color trends.

I was married a few years ago and our wedding colors were Platinum, Pink, and Red. The attire was platinum and flowers were pink and red.

What were your wedding colors?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What are your favorite adhesives?

Here is a list of my favorite adhesives. I find myself using these the most of the adhesives I have.

1. Scotch ATG Gold Transfer Tape by 3M (Used with the Scotch ATG714 Adhesive Applicator). Great for large projects. One roll lasts an extremely long time.

2. Dot 'N' Roller Permanent by Kokuyo. This is great everyday adhesive. It’s easy to apply and refill.

3. Tape 'N' Roller Plus Permanent by Kokuyo. When I prefer a tape adhesive I often use this adhesive. It is extremely easy to refill.

4. 3-D Zots by Thermoweb. I when I need to add dimension to my cards I use Zots. Be careful when applying them, one of my customers calls them evil because she always gets her fingers stuck when using them.

5. Glue Dots 3/16" Mini Dots by Glue Dots. Great for adhering embellishments.

6. Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive by 3M. Great for adhering embellishments.

7. Art Accentz Terrifically Tacky Tape by Provo Craft. I often use this adhesive when adhering ribbon and chipboard to my altered items. This is an extremely strong tape. I even used it to adhere a photo frame to the front of a scrapbook album.

8. Adhesive Pick-Up by Thermoweb. I use the pick-up to remove any excess adhesive.

What are your favorite adhesives?


I've also included a link to an article about vavious adhesives. Read it to learn a little more about scrapbooking adhesives.

Scrapbooking Adhesives - Stick To The Basics
By Christine Perry

Friday, May 9, 2008

May dM Crop

Our next Crop will be held

Saturday, May 17, 2008
5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

The Crop is FREE and we only have 8 spaces available, so be sure to RSVP to reserve your space.

This month we will be unveiling our Create Packages. This month the Create a Gift will be an altered journal. Below is an example (the pen is not included).

Altered Journal ~ Cost: $5.00

Email or call 618.257.8922 to register for this dM Crop.

See you on the 17th.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Create Packages are now offered at our dM Crops

New to paper crafting, our Create Packages will be a perfect treat for you during our dM Crops. Our Create Packages allow you attend a dM Crop with no supplies (none at all) and walk out with a finished product. These packages will also be great for the veteran scrapbooker at the crop who wants to take a break form their current projects, try a different technique, and/or test different products and tools.

Below are descriptions of our dM Crop Create Packages:

Create a Card ~ Cost: $5
Includes materials to make four (4) cards: cardstock, pattern paper, embellishments, adhesive, and envelopes.

Patterned paper scraps
Two (2) pieces of 8 ½ “ x 11” cardstock
Embellishments ($2 credit)

Tool Station
Stamping Station

Create a Layout ~ Cost: $5
Includes materials to make one (1) layout: cardstock, pattern paper, embellishments, adhesive, and dM photo development.

Patterned paper scraps
Two (2) pieces of 12” x 12” cardstock
Embellishments ($2 credit)

dM photo development (3- 4” x 6” photos)
Tool Station
Stamping Station

Create a Gift ~ Cost: Varies
Includes materials to make one (1) altered item: cardstock, pattern paper, embellishments, and adhesive.

Patterned paper and or cardstock scraps

Item to Alter
dM photo development (if applicable)
Tool Station
Stamping Station

Our next Crop will be held May 17, 2008.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Handmade Cards in Greek Colors

Soon Distinctive Moments will be offering handmade greeting cards in Greek (NPHC) colors on in our Etsy Shop.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is an umbrella organization for nine historically black, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities. (1) The nine organizations include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta.

Distinctive Moments will offer handmade birthday, thank you, congatulation, get well and other cards. Feel free to contact us at if you would like a specific card made.

(1)National Pan-Hellenic Council. Retrieved on 2008-04-15.

Monday, April 7, 2008

How Can I Get More Pictures Per Page?

Below is a link to an article about placing more photographs on your scrapbook page.

How Can I Get More Pictures Per Page? By Ms. Demi

Many of the albums I design for my clients and my personal albums include numerous photos per layout. I continue to look for ways to maximize my layout space.

Something that works well for me is printing 2” x 3” and 3” x 4” (from a 4” x 6” photo collage) photos to use in my layouts. These sizes are small enough to add several photos to the layout and still have room for your journaling and title.

What tips do you have for adding more pictures per page?

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Basic Custom Scrapbook Special

We are offering a Custom Scrapbook Special! This will be to only sale we have for Basic Custom Scrapbooks this year. Below is more information about the sale.

Basic Custom Scrapbook - $335.00
Regular Price - $481 (Save $146)
This offer expires on April 12, 2008.

What’s included:
·Initial consultation in person or by phone.
·Ongoing consultation throughout the design process via email.
·12” x 12” Album and page protectors.
·Thirty (30) - Custom designed BASIC scrapbook pages.
·Archival safe scrapbooking materials
·Cropping and mounting of photos.
·Computer generated journaling boxes and/or blank journaling boxes with an acid free black journaling pen if you prefer journaling in your own handwriting.
·Electronic previews of your completed scrapbook pages updating you on the progress of your scrapbook.

What’s not included:
·Postage costs for you to ship your pictures to us.
·Shipping/Handling for the completed project.
·Sales Tax (Illinois Only)

Visit the Distinctive Moments Etsy Shop to purchase this Basic Custom Album Special or Contact us at 618.257.8922 or to arrange a free consultation.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Tips for Choosing the Right Wedding Photographer

One of the most important budget items for our wedding was the wedding photographer. We wanted to make sure that the moments of our special day were captured and preserved. Because I knew I would scrapbook many of our pictures, I wanted a photojournalist view of the day not the traditional posed photos. I wanted our photos to tell the story of our day. So when choosing a wedding photographer for our wedding it was very important that we chose a photographer with that particular style. We also wanted a photographer that was easy to work with and open to our suggestions.

And of course price played a major role in our decision. Many photographers offer packages, however the same products and services are not included in all packages. So be sure not to compare apples to oranges. Example: If Photographers A includes unlimited coverage (16 hrs) for $8000 and Photographer B package includes eight hours of coverage for $4500, you would have to add an addition eight hours of coverage to the package of Photographer B to be able to compare equal packages.

If you are in the Knoxville, Tennessee and are looking for an awesome wedding photographer, contact Christopher Brandt Hoopes of Brandt Photography.

To read more tips for choosing the right wedding photographer be sure to view the links below:

Choosing The Right Wedding Photographer by Craig Thornburrow

Essential Tips For Choosing A Wedding Photographer by Mark Pommett

March Distinctive Moments Crop

Distinctive Moments Crops
…scrap, shop & more

March 15, 2008
5pm to 11pm
Cost: $5.00

Only eight (8) spaces are available for the Crop. When you pre-register for the Crop by March 7, 2008, you will be entered into the drawing for the Mystery Hostess. You will also receive a FREE Handmade Card the day of the Crop.

Bring a friend and your next dM Crop is FREE. If you bring a guest who has never attended a dM Crop, you’ll receive a voucher for a Free Crop.

The following is provided:
Idea Station – magazines, samples & more
Stamping Station - stamps, ink, embossing powder, heat gun, & more
Tool Station – cutters, eyelet setters, punches & more
A Make & Take – This months make & take is a Thank You card

Shopping in the dM Store
Mystery Hostess (20% Off purchases during the crop)
Crop Specials

& More
Beverages and light snacks (Bring a dish to share for the potluck dinner)
Door prize

Email or call 618.257.8922 to register for this dM Crop or for more information. dM Crop information can also be found at

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Tips for Scrapbooking Birth Certificates

Do you what to add your little one’s birth certificate to his or her scrapbook, but don’t know the best way? Read Some Tips for Scrapbooking Birth Certificates by Christine Perry. You’ll find some great tips in this article.

I personally make copies of any important documents and include them in my scrapbooks. It depends on your personal preference.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Hand Drawn Journaling Panels by Katie Pertiet

Offered in our Etsy Shop is a set of Hand Drawn Journaling Panels by Katie Pertiet from Autom Leaves.

Price $10.99 (Retail Price $ 14.99)

These stamps are great additions to your scrapbook pages. I use them as journaling place holders.

We also have other supplies offered in our Supplies Section.

Monday, February 18, 2008

FREE SHIPPING in our Etsy Shop

FREE SHIPPING on items in the Sale section.
The listing reflects the FREE SHIPPING.

We also have Christmas Cards and Valentine Cards on sale in the Sales (Cards) section.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

February dM Crop

Distinctive Moments Crops
…scrap, shop & more

February 16, 2008

5pm to 11pm
Cost: $5.00

The next dM Crop will be held February 16, 2008. Spaces are limited so be sure to reserve your space as soon as possible.

Although the Crop is scheduled for six (6) hours, you do not have to be present the entire time to reap the benefits of the crop. See you in February.

As an added bonus this month, the 1st person to sign up for the February dM Crop will receive a FREE Scrapaholic Journaling Kit.

Email or call 618.257.8922 to register for this dM Crop.

Monday, January 28, 2008

What You're Saying about the 1st Annual Winter House.

Below are a few of the comments received from our recent Open House survey:


"As a customer, I am extremely pleased with the quality of Ceneetra's work! "


"I enjoy the various gifted scrapbooks that you developed. It was a joy to celebrate your craft fellowship and share your passion with your visitors."


Visit our website at and our Etsy site at to learn more about the products and services these clients have commented on.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

A Guide To Scrapbooking and Card Making Terms

If you want to learn or just brush up on Scrapbooking amd Card Making terms, you should definitely read this article. This article covers many items from Acetate to Scoring.

Read A Beginners Guide To Card Making Terms by Vicki Churchill to learn more.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Wedding Superstitions

Ever wonder why a bride should have "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and silver sixpence in her shoe" on her wedding day?

If so read Wedding Superstitions by Alex Daniels. After reading this article you won’t have to wonder anymore.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Birchcraft Now Provides Hebrew Typesetting for Wedding Invitations

Hebrew Lettering & Translation! Birchcraft recently expanded their product line with their first Bar/Bat Mitzvah Album, which offers a full range of Hebrew Lettering Styles shown on new invitations – most of which are only available from Birchcraft.

Lettering Styles. There are 15 Hebrew Lettering Styles to choose from.

Thank You

I wanted to thank those of you who had an opportunity to attend Distinctive Moments’ 1st Open House. I hope you had a good time and you're looking forward to our next event.

I would have posted photos but I forgot to take photos until the very end. Next time I’ll remember.


Thursday, January 17, 2008

RSVP for our 1st Annual Winter Open House

If you are planning to attend our 1st Annual Winter Open House RSVP by the end of the day via email at or via phone at 618.257.8922. You are more than welcome to bring a friend or two.

More information on our Open House can be found on our website.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A new year, a new look, with the same motto.

A New Year

Happy New! We hope your year has started off as great as Distinctive Moments’ year. We are excited about the great things in store this year. So thanks in advance for your continued support in 2008!

A New Look

We have decided to do something a little different this year. Instead of emailing our newsletter to those of you on our mailing list, we will be posting the following topics on Distinctive Moments’ Blog World:

· What's New?
· Articles
· Other Blogs
· Tips & Techniques
· What You're Saying...
· Contest & Challenges
· Ant the winner is…
· Our Etsy Shop
· Upcoming Events

By making this change we hope to provide you with more information, more often. Feel free to visit Distinctive Moments’ Blog World at your leisure to catch-up on what we are up to. If you would like to receive an email with promotions and upcoming events PRIOR to blog postings (i.e Sneak Peak), be sure to join our email list.

We hope you enjoy this new format. Any questions or suggestions can be emailed to Your comments may end up in the What You're Saying...section.

The Same Motto

Distinctive Moments motto is providing bridal and scrapbook needs. Even though you see our motto everywhere, we wanted to make sure you knew we are here to make sure your bridal and scrapbook needs are met. That even means directing you elsewhere if we can’t provide a specific need. If you don’t see a particular item or service offered, please contact us anyway. We’ll try our best to provide some options for you.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Open House Make and Takes

Below are the Make & Takes you will make at Distinctive Moments 1st Annual Winter OPEN HOUSE! There will also be a Stampin’ Up representative present to offer free Make & Takes. We will also have attendance prizes, goodie bags, and refreshments.

The Open House will be held Saturday, January 19, 2008 1PM to 5PM

Email us at for the location and directions.

Visit our website for more information on our Winter Open House.

Thank You Card
Scrapbook Page 6x6
Scrapbook Page 6x6
Scrapbook Page 6x6

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Thank You Cards (Set of 4)

This set of Thank You Cards was recently added to our Etsy Shop. Included in this set are four (4) cards with “Thank You”, “Merci”, “So Kind” and “Gracias” stamped on the front of the cards. The cards are one four different colored cardstocks: green, brown, yellow, and orange. The cards are accented with green and orange brads.

The set is priced at $8. Visit our Etsy Shop to learn more about this card set.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Card Pricing

Below is the card pricing for our Standard Cards (4 ¼ x 5 ½ Cards):

1 - $2.50 each
2 - $2.25 each (Save 10%)
4+ - $2.00 each (Save 20%)

When purchasing cards from different listings in our Etsy Shop, please select "Other" under payment options when checking out. An updated invoice will be emailed to you with the price savings.

We’ll be adding lots of new cards this month.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy New Year!!

I hope you all (yall) had a great holiday.
I’m looking forward to a GREAT 2008.
Happy New Year!!