Monday, January 15, 2018

Same page different boy

Not too often, but occasionally I make a page about the same subject with both boys Here are the pages I made regarding a virtual eality game they played at the Mall of America. First, Rowan:

(You can sew through chipboard! Just use the hand tool.)

Here's the page I made about Dominic:

I used Ali Edwards kits for both boys, just different ones.

Here's some hints I learned about making two pages about the same subject for different people without making the exact same page:

  1. Do them on separate days.
  2. Select one aspect of each story you want to focus on, and choose product to fit that subject (the kits I picked were themed FUN for Dominic and LENS for Rowan; those fit each boy's story).
  3. Choose background/dominant colors first to reflect the emotion in the pages.
  4. Show the pages to your subjects and allow them to give you feedback and ideas.
So those are my pages about the same subject! I hope it gives you ideas to scrap the same idea but in different ways.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Scrapbooking the year

Every year I do a retrospective layout on the big events from the year. Usually I design the page based on leftover photos I haven't scrapped. This year, I was more purposeful with my photo printing and had very few leftover. As a result, I went through the year in photos and selected the ones that for me represented our family's year. Here it is:

I used an Ali Edwards kit for this, one regarding the end of the year. I used it on my last year review page as well. Here are some details:

The title was foam, so I stapled it on. I couldn't reach far enough, so I glued the last letter. Fortunately, I still had enough numbers for the year!

I like laying down stickers and sewing them down. This kit also had chipboard, which you can also sew down. I just do it slowly with the hand wheel to make it even.

Thank you for visiting! I spent a lot of time editing photos this weekend, and I will share many more pages these coming weeks.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Documenting Christmas cards

Every year I save the Christmas cards with photos and turn them into a layout. I have albums just for Christmas pages, and I put them in there. I've been behind lately. Here's the pages I worked on over winter break:

This first one was complete, until I got a few late cards. I added a 6x12 page with the remaining photos. I keep my themed products (Christmas, camping, travel, Halloween, school) in Iris containers, so I fortunately still had the green paper for the bottom. I had no more of the plaid on the upper right, so I found a similar plaid and used it.

This next page came from two years ago (I was behind!). I have a TON of Christmas products--many years on design teams guaranteed lots of product--but I still got the new Christmas line from Stampin' Up!, the one with blacks and greens. I added silver and touches of red from other Christmas lines I had.

I also made the pages for 2017 as well, but I'm holding on to see if I have any late cards before posting them and putting them in albums.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Finishing pages (finally!)

These next two pages technically come from my scrapbooking weekend in October last year. I didn't finish them--journaling was left to do--so I used winter break to get it done. Here they are:

This page commemorates my boys' entrance into gaming with my husband. I picked green colors, a la dragon. I had been thinking of doing strip journaling, but the yardstick is textured, and I don't like printing on textured yardstick. Instead, I dug through my die cuts stash, which is organized by color, and added the three circles on the bottom, two for journaling and one for decor.

The ticket comes from a local restaurant we love called Space Aliens. I kept the ticket thinking I could use it as an embellishment on a perfect page. And so I did.

The next page is a two-page layout for my son's birthday last year. It's simple and depending heavily on lines and color. I added the strip journaling on the right.

The title comes from Jellybean Soup. I LOVE those letters and use them when I can.

To draw attention to my son on the gangplank, I stitched a circle around him. Lots of circles on this page too.

Thank you for visiting! I will share Christmas layouts, some new pages, and my next Simple Scrapper pages soon.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

January pages for Simple Scrapper: Big and small

Hello! I played around with different sized photos for this month's pages for SimpleScrapper. Here they are:

This first was a page I made for my parents. I focused on the boys' similarities and differences. It was fun to explore the details.

For this next page, I used some small photos from old photo albums I didn't transfer to the new album. It was a good story about the time a woodchuck tried to chew his way into our house, so I scrapped it.

Thank you for stopping by! I am gong to be posting photos soon of some new pages I made over winter break. Stop by to see them!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year! Here's to more scrapbooking

Hello! My first trimester this year has come and gone. Unfortunately, it corresponds with December. As a church musician, I find December to be particularly busy, so I apologize for this late post. Here are the pages I made for Simple Scrapper:

The theme this month was circles. I used the inspiration to scrap a memorable game we attended this year. I put my ancient Coluzzle to work for this page.

The next page was from a sketch. As usual, I added more photos to scrap my son's and my typical Thanksgiving:

Thank you for visiting! I spent December singing, prepping for Christmas, and being sick. I'm still sick (bronchitis), but I did manage to scrapbook over winter break. More posts to follow!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November page for Simple Scrapper: Scrapbooking photos across time

I'm here with my second layout for this month's Simple Scrapper, this time using a sketch and an old story starter. 

I had started taking photos of the boys next to the big movie displays when we went to the theater. I never tagged them, and I unfortunately deleted at least one from Muppets Most Wanted (argghhh!), but I got a good representation of these posers across the years and put them together onto a page to celebrate this family tradition.

I took color inspiration from the photos, using yellow, teal, and purpley-pink.

What a gift it was to find the viewfinder in my die cuts! Most of the other embellishments I dug out of stash, either die cuts or puffy stickers or enamel. (Note: I've been able to use my die cuts more since I rearranged my storage system. I'll share that this month.)

The vinyl title letters were losing some stick, so I sewed them down.

Thank you for visiting! I'll come by later this week to share more pages I made on my retreat. Please visit Simple Scrapper to check out the other inspirational content available, and consider a membership!