Okay, I am going to just come out and say it. Scrapbooking is not just about the pictures. Stunned silence. I know, everyone thinks it is the case, but without words, your scrapbook pages will eventually mean less and less. You will forget the names of your young kids' friends. You will not remember what caused that funny face. The emotional memory of that amazing day will fade. Those are just the facts. People, we have to journal! I can hear it already. "Fine, but what do I write?" (expressed in a whiny voice). Now I am not going to drag you kicking and screaming to journaling on your pages, but here are a few encouraging hints. You write about the experiences, thoughts, memories, and even dreams shown in your photos. But I want to give you specifics: 1) Record the date - this ought to be obvious, but you would be surprised how often it is missing; 2) Describe the surroundings - think "What isn't this photo showing that is significant?"; 3) Recount the Day - these are the facts; and 4) Emphasize the process over the photo - what were the emotions you experienced? A photo only shows a moment. There is far more significance to the photo than can be seen by the eye. Make sure these important details are not left out.

Now, that said, I haven't forgotten what season it is. For all of you Fall lovers out there, here are a few of the stellar kits we have available!

You'll find the following in this issue:
Please enjoy this month's newsletter!
Quick Quotes
This month's quotes celebrate the Fall changes from seasons to lives.

  • "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." — L.M Montgomery
  • "Autumn… the year's last, loveliest Smile." — William Cullen Bryant
  • "When you are reluctant to change, think of the beauty of Autumn." — V.B. Brown
  • "I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it." — Lee Maynard
  • "Days decrease, And autumn grows, autumn in everything." — Robert Browning
  • "Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. — Jim Bishop
  • "Autumn…what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits. — Samuel Butler
  • "The magic of autumn has seized the country side; now that the sun isn't ripening anything it shines for the sake of the golden age. — Elizabeth Coatsworth
  • "I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. — Nathaniel Hawthorne
  Sensational Colors
Living in the mountains, we are surrounded by aspen trees. I love the aspens from the white bark of their trunk to the soft rustling sound they make in the breeze. I especially love them in the fall. As the small circular leaves dry out, they morph from green to an amazing show of yellows and golds. I feel like the color change is natures' way of giving us one last gift before saying goodbye. So, from the view outside my window, comes this month's color scheme!
Artists' Corner
Roberta Taron was an obvious choice for our fall focused newsletter. Why? Because she has more fall kits available than any other artist! Having Roberta as one of our artists has been a joy. I am personally inspired by her treatment of that phase of life called "retirement". I only hope to be as adventurous, positive and energetic as she is! While I am sure you have already had a taste of her remarkable work, just look at what she has for you this season. See Roberta's products

A few fun facts about Roberta were revealed when we asked her these "Insight Questions". I am sure you will find her as lovely as we do!

What was your childhood ambition? I wanted to live in New York City and be a famous author! To me, that was the most glamorous lifestyle I could think of. I read books passionately!
What is your wildest dream? If I could, I would travel at least four times a year. I would go to one spot for at least a month so I could really absorb the people, the landscape and everything I could about what makes the country tick.
What time is your alarm clock set to? I don't use my alarm anymore. I'm retired but also, I wake up very early! I love getting up early, when the world is still asleep, and listening to the birds and the quiet.
What characteristic do you despise? Passive aggression
What was your most memorable birthday? My 50th! Things just got better and better.

Learn more about Roberta Taron

  Fantastic Freebie
I'm guessing you may need some inspiration to get you over the dreaded journaling brain-block. So, taking that into consideration, the Freebie this month contains 6 Word Arts! Use these to jump start your thoughts and then type away! Trust me, it will be worth it! Keeping with the season, these word arts focus on autumn, but don't let that stop you. Take the ideas shared here and create your own! It's as easy as typing and selecting a font!

Awe-Inspiring Layouts
I wanted to show you just how much the journaling adds to the layout of your page, so here are a few examples. Hmmmmmm, I am thinking I may have made a breakthrough here! You're considering adding journaling to your next page, right?

Tips & Tricks
One of the great strengths of iScrapbook is that it makes tasks that have traditionally been complex very easy. For example, it has traditionally been complicated to add text to a design that didn't follow a straight line. This meant most people have had to settle for a either a horizontal line of text or vertical line of text on their scrapbook pages. If you were feeling really crazy, you might figure out how to rotate the text at an angle, but even then, the text was still in a straight line.

Well, iScrapbook makes it possible and easy to add text along curved lines as well. In fact, you can add text in a circlular or spiral pattern.

Suppose you have a photo inside of a round frame that you want to add a title above. While a horizontal title above the frame would look fine, a title that matches the curve of the frame would look better.

Fortunately, iScrapbook has a curved text feature that makes adding a curved title easy. Here's how:

1) Click Curved Text in the toolbar.

2) A curved text box will appear on your page. Select Curved Text in the Smart Inspector that appears below the curved text box. The Curved Text inspector contains the tools you'll use to adjust the angle of the text and whether you want the text to spiral or not. In this example, we don't want the text to spiral, so we'll use the "Circular" setting.

3) Select the text in the curved text box and type your title. You'll then want to position the curved text box so it's on top of your frame and photo. You'll also want to resize it big enough that the curve of the text matches the curve of the frame.

4) Adjust the angle of the curve in the Curved Text inspector such that the text is centered. You can also adjust the font, color and drop shadow for your title until it looks just the way you want.

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