Month by Month: March

by Amanda Probst

BE POSITIVE. Raise your hand if, like me, March is also the time of year for you when everything seems to start speeding up. Suddenly spring cleaning and spring sports are upon us. As the leaves unfurl and everything turns from brown to green, take a moment to remember all those things you declared your gratitude for over the winter holidays.

In this month’s layout from my new book, I wanted simply to document my pleasure with life in the moment. Sometimes I just can’t believe how fortunate I am. Do you ever have moments like that? Go document them!

Life is Good by Amanda Probst


Life Is Good by Amanda Probst. Supplies Cardstock: Prism Papers; Embossed paper: Doodlebug Design; Rub-on title: Daisy D’s Paper Co.; Paint: Making Memories; Tulle ribbon: Heidi Swapp for Advantus; Pen: Precision Pens, American Crafts.

Here are three more ideas to consider this March:

1. List signs of spring. What really says “spring” for you? Make a quick list and scrapbook it. Add pictures if you have them, or let the list speak for itself. For me, spring means soccer season, Easter baskets and wind . . . among other things.

2. Use your extra hour. With Daylight Saving Time starting earlier this year, what will you do with that extra hour of daylight? Perhaps a trip to the park to fly a kite is in order. Plan a deliberate outing to take advantage of the sunshine.

3. Be green. In honor of all the Irish folk everywhere, use green—and only green—on a layout this month. (For ideas, check out the “Seeing Green” article in the March 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes.)

Now, are you ready for this month’s challenge? For March, I challenge you to scrapbook not only something that makes you smile, but to do so in a way that uses photos cropped tightly to show just a slice of the photo (and your life) right now. Join in and you’ll have the opportunity to win a copy of my new 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:

Download the sketches here.

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