Monday, July 25, 2016

August pages for Simple Scrapper

I've been doing more than scrapbooking past vacations. Here are my pages from August's Simple Scrapper:

The theme is EXPLORE. I used my travel products to scrapbook my mother's and my trip around the Twin Cities, most especially to the Midtown Global Market and the Bachelor Farmer Cafe. (Interesting note: the Midtown Global Market is in the old Sears building, which was empty for years. My husband used to call the previously empty building the Gates of Mordor. From the middle photo, maybe you can see why.

I used a sketch to celebrate something I love: visiting Twin Cities' restaurants. Mother's Day we went to Revival, which cooks amazing fried chicken.

I used a lot of scraps on this page. And can I tell you how much I love using ledger paper for the background? Plus: check out that PIE!

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Vacation album: pocket pages

A few days ago I wrote about a vacation from 2011 that I FINALLY scrapbooked and put in an album. That was the typical way of doing it for me. The next album I had to make was a weeklong-trip to Itasca State Park in Minnesota, not as lengthy as our typical vacations. as a result, I decided to try something new and do a pocket album. This is REALLY new for me--I've never done a whole pocket album--and here is the result:

I started by selecting my products, mostly The Great Outdoors Project Life set of cards, plus digging into my Camping bucket of supplies. The I selected the album, a 6x8 Daily Flash Album by October Afternoon. I went through the different pocket protectors to see the options, then planned the pages according to how many photos I had of each event. If I took a lot of photos, I used a page protector with more space. Here's a sketch of my planning:

And here's the album:

Like most vacation albums I make, my first page is a title page and table of content. Unlike most albums I make, my title was a photo of the State Park sign, and I handwrote the journaling, including the contents.

This album I did a little different from my usual album: I didn't use the same products for the title each time. Since Project Life cards are rounded, I tended to round the corners of what backed them and some of the photos, but not always. If there were odd shaped pockets, I tended to fit them with patterned paper from the same line From Pebbles called Lakeside, my favorite camping line ever.

Hiking was the big story, so I did a 4-page layout.

One thing I learned about these small photos: you need to pick something with a noticeable subject for them. I think I did this for the most part, but the prints turned out a little dark, so some shots are a bit harder to see than I would prefer.

One thing I learned: Measure the pockets! Not all are the exact size they seem. For example, the big photo sleeves are a bit bigger than 6x8. I sized all photos  (excepting 4x6's) on standard-sized templates using Photoshop Elements. I just had to do bigger than 6x8 for the big ones. I put those on an 8x10 print.

I like using dimensional accents on my pages, but I couldn't do that too much in this album. My embellishments served purposes on some of the photos: this tree crest, for example, covers garbage cans, and the label cluster on the previous photo covers a lady's bottom. Here's the rest of the pages:

Some of the smaller pockets I filled with patterned paper. Others I trimmed up Project Life cards and rounded the corners.

Again, my typical final page on the back cover, using an envelope to store maps and other memorabilia. I added a sticker on dimensional just because.

Thank you for coming back to see my more recent vacation album! I still have two vacations left to scrap, but I feel much better about finishing what I have left. I hope I gave you ideas from this project!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Vacation album: traditional scrapbook

Last summer I took a course at Simple Scrapper dedicated to finishing projects. I got a lot done, but I'm still working on it. This past summer I finished a 2010 Disney vacation album, and this spring I finished my 2011 South Dakota album. Here it is:

I used an 8.5x11 post bound album, my traditional choice. Also my traditional choice: I used one line (October Afternoon's Sasparilla) and I used the same design throughout the album: one page with a couple photos, title, and journaling, the other with a photo collage I made in Photoshop Elements (to see how I do this, watch this video I made showing how to do this). Here are the interior pages:

I start with a title/table of contents page. I tend to type my journaling and content, print in the same color as the background paper, then trim out and distress the edges. I also tend to use a family photo on this page.

If I have a lot of photos, I don't narrow it down: I make a 4-page layout like I did here.

(On a side note, it was a grown-up DREAM of mine to visit all these Laura Ingalls Wilder sites on this trip. Every winter I reread The Long Winter. Mad props to my husband for scheduling the trip so that we could do this.)

(Sorry for the bad photography--the pages are double sided and were so chunky that they wouldn't lie flat, so when I cropped then, occasionally I had to include the background.)

You'll notice that I print the photo collage smaller than 8.5x11--I think it's about 7x9.5? That leaves a white border of 1/4" that I trim, and then I mount it on a piece of cardstock 1/4" wider all around. This leaves 1/4" all around of the background paper. The piece of cardstock varies throughout the album--here green and blue. 

I tend not to use stickers for the titles throughout because there are not enough E's in the universe. I tend to stamp or die cut. Here I used my Cameo to cut titles using the Wacamoler font. It's free! (Autocorrect, I was not searching for Guacamole font, thankyouverymuch.) Here's the rest of the pages:

You'll notice at this point that I alternate the title and journaling location on the left side, which is on top and which is on bottom. I also come up with about three combos of papers on the left side that I alternate to vary the album a bit. I always like one big strip next to a couple skinny strips.

(That mule photo on the left with my husband in the rear view miter might be my favorite vacation picture ever.)

At the end, I sometimes run out of the background yardstick like I did here. Since scrap stores are so few, and I don't want to buy one sheet online, I tend to use the scraps from the paper trimming I did earlier in the album to piece it together around, not under, the collage. I did this on the above page.

On the last page I usually use a couple photos that didn't make it onto the other pages. At least one will include family members from behind. For me that's a little symbolic, sort of looking back on vacation. I don't always journal this page, but sometimes I pick a quotation that fits our trip. I didn't do that here.

Facing the last page is something I always do: I trim the flap off a big envelope, attach it with Super Sticky Tape, then put maps, postcards, and other memorabilia from the trip. (On a side note, these albums from Archiver's were my favorite vacation albums. I wish I'd bought 10. Sigh.)

Thank you for checking out my album! I hope it gave you ideas. I also did another vacation album this summer, this time a little differently. I'll post it later this week. If it's as hot tomorrow as it was today, I will not be stepping outside much.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Two layouts, same subject

At my scrap retreat this spring, I made two layouts for my boys, both on the same subject, each for their own albums. I almost never do this, but they went to sleepaway camp for the first time, so I wanted their albums to have their own layouts. How did I do it?

  1. I purchased digital photos from the camp. I notice a lot of places do this. I then resized them into smaller photos to fit each boy's page.
  2. I dug into my themed paper. I don't have many themes, but I do have a Camping bucket. I pretty much exclusively used that one bucket to simplify product selection.
  3. I used a dramatic piece of paper for the background. Each layout has a dramatic piece of paper as the background, and the only way to make this work is to leave large portions uncovered. 
  4. I used basically the same design. It's hard to see, but both pages basically have all the photos smooshed to one side, and the rest of the space is open. The side is what differs.
  5. I had the boys do the journaling. When they returned from camp, I gave each boy a piece of paper, and I asked them to write their favorites from camp. That was my journaling, and it should spark some memories. The hardest part was reading the handwriting and understanding it months later.
Here's my youngest son's page, the first I completed:

Most of the products on both pages are October Afternoon, which is no longer releasing its camping line. You might be able to get it in a warehouse sale.

My eldest son's page I finished later since I had to cut the title, and that is a chore for me. I'm a pathetic cutter:

Each boy's page had 11 photos, which is a point of pride for me. Lots of detail and lots of stuff, but the lines keep them from looking busy.

Thank you for visiting! I have more vacation pages for the whole family I am planning on sharing. Stop by later!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Scrapbook layouts from the latest scrap retreat

Hello! I wanted to share the rest of the pages I made at my scrap retreat in April. Here they are:

This one I started at my first retreat and finished at the second. It was sort of my Autism Awareness page I made every April about my son's progress. This year I wrote about a new friend he met this year and went trick-or-treating with.

Next a page about a dog we took care of this past winter. Apparently we only dog sit for dogs named Reggie. Heh. I took a ton of pictures of him while he was here, mostly of him sleeping on the couch, but this one was my favorite, so I just used it.

My sons took care of my friend's son last summer. It was a big deal for them all, so I scrapped this. A real simple page. FYI, by the end of the night, only the toddler was awake. He wore out both of my sons.

*You'll notice I used a lot of Project Life on these pages. I brought the cards with me with the express goal of making a dent in them. Concentrated de-stashing.

Just because I took some photos last year when Star Wars came out.

This is a basic design I like to use a lot: a strip of photos, journaling along the side, and a photo on the bottom with the title.

No journaling here. I just wanted to commemorate my husband teaching my sons how to tie a tie.

Finally, a really bad photo to remember something funny: my son LOVES my parents' cuckoo clock. He stops everything to watch it go. Since the photo was so bad (very orange), I printed it with an action--maybe Pioneer Woman's Colorized?--and used warm, vintage colors and products.

I have two more two-page layouts I did, plus a couple albums. I'll share them as the month goes on.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

July pages for Simple Scrapper

I'm continuing my past due blogging--finally! I mentioned last time about getting caught up with teaching. I also had a couple other things that tied me up: 1) getting a newer version of PSE, so I've been transferring photos over and coming to the uncomfortable realization that my computer is too slow and old and I need to start saving up for a new, faster computer, and 2) I got Lasik. It went well, but my left eye got some oil trapped under the lend, which makes it feel like I have a dirty contact on all the time and gives me a bit of a headache. I will have to wait for my eye to absorb the oil for it to get better, which my eye is taking it's good, sweet time on. Sigh. Back to blogging, a bit at a time!

Now that I've shared my last two months for Simple Scrapper, I want to share what's in the hopper for next month:

This is a page I've meant to make for a while, but it took me a while to find the sleepy photos on the right in my computer. I used scraps for the page, aside from the background paper, and I love how happy the colors are. The photo on the left I had lying around after I didn't use it on a past project, and since we were at a breakfast place, where Dominic ordered pancakes, it seemed to fit perfectly, especially since it's a page about his dad teaching him how to make pancakes.

This page came about through the story starter for July, which is about sunshine. We haven't had a lot of it this spring, which has made my garden very happy. I included some of my favorite recent photos of my garden, a couple of which I had taken in the rain. The title popped into my head; it's a song, but I don't even remember who sang it. It seemed perfect for the page. I loved stitching, but it gave me a headache looking for the holes I had punched (&#$@! eyeball).

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

May and June pages for Simple Scrapper

Hello! I hang my head with shame at how late I am with blogging. School got really busy with me this spring, and now that it is out, I am working to catch up on posting my pages that I made on my two scrap retreats. I posted the ones from the first one; now I'll share the ones from Simple Scrapper these past few months, and then the pages I made at my last retreat. Here's the pages I made for May and June Simple Scrapper:

This was for a prompt on the 80s--that old Sassafrass paper was perfect! I enjoyed journaling for this, not so much finding old pictures of me with a perm. Gah.

I love this page. I used a photo from a lunch outing with the boys and journaled about a new tradition we're starting. These are the types of pages I'm doing more and more.

I actually did this page at the second scrap retreat, which I'll write about later this week. There's some hidden journaling that shares the solution of the case; I slit a pocket behind the photo to tuck the card in.

Another page I made at the second scrap retreat; I had struggled with how to use these photos, and the sketch gave me great ideas. I used Seakawks colors on the page. I also think I deserve serious props for scrapping this, since the 'Hawks beat my team.

That's some of the work I've done for Simple Scrapper this past spring! I'll share next month's pages later this week.