Sunday, August 31
Do you have a pile of holiday and birthday cards lying around? Here is a tip that will save you tons. I don't recommend using these to matte photos as you can never be sure if they are acid free. They will however make great embellishments. You can even treat the items if you really would like to make them acid free. Take a look at the front of that card before pitching it. These days the card companies are really making beautiful cards with glitter, 3D embellishments, funny cartoons and cool pattens. Can you use the colorful pattern on the card as a matte on a tag. Can you cut out the funny cartoon and use it as a thick diecut? What about that 3D element...can it be removed? I never throw my cards away without finding at least some part of the pattern that can be reused. My favorite thing to do is to use it on tags. All the small details really do well with being cropped just right.
Friday, August 29
Before your trip plan ahead. Buy a spiral journal style notebook and stick a paper clip on the top or side of each page. Paper clip a handful of ziplocs in the back. Then when you get back to the hotel each night you can jot down notes about what you did that day, any ideas you had for a layout, places you visited, what you ate, who you saw, etc. If you are able to pick up brochures from the locations paper clip them to that page when you are done. Do the same with tickets. If you have smaller items that you don't want to lose paper clip one of your ziplocs to that page and that way you can put smaller items in there yet all the items are with your thoughts for that page.
Later, when you are home pull out your journal. You can match up pictures with events and you will be able to remember all the details and you will have all memorabilia right there.
The best part about digital photos? You can take as many as you want and worry about only developing the best. I recommend taking photos of signs and location info along your journey. You may not want to scrapbook a photo of the sign in front of the zoo, but when you are sitting scrapping, having that photo on your computer may be just what you need to remember the full name and location. Having a photo of a monument sign may be just what you need to recall interesting information to journal on your page.
Thursday, August 28
You can use tape or glue to adhere the vellum, but it will show through. I recommend using brads or eyelets instead. Even better is using a small amount of double sided tape that can be covered by the brad or eyelet. Whenever possible allow the vellum to overlap under another embellishment or even wrap around the back of the paper so that you can tape it down without fear of the tape showing.
Journaling on vellum is one of the best techniques in scrapbooking. You can run it through a printer, or use a pen. It is HIGHLY recommended that you use a special smear proof pen like Vellum writers. They dry quicker and therefore smear less. When running through a printer it is recommended you set it to 'draft mode' so that less ink is transferred.
Other cool uses for vellum:
Print black and white photos right on heavyweight vellum.
Print quotes on vellum then layer over patterned paper.
Create water elements such as bubbles, ice or even shower curtains in your layouts.
Make keepsake envelopes for things you want to see in your layout, but tuck safely away. Here is a link to a great template.
Cover a blurry photo with vellum for an artsy look that makes the blur look intentional.
Wednesday, August 20
Anyway, here is my favorite of the shaker boxes I made for this contest. If you are from my group....don't read until after Sunday, it's supposed to be anonymous. LOL I used a 3D diecut from a set I purchased at the dollar store for the candle. The cupcake paper (bottom part) is cut from a pink striped piece of cardstock. The cupcake itself, I freehand cut from a piece of white diamond dust cardstock. I punched out the center in the size of the square birthday sticker I was going to display underneath. Pink glitter and beads complete the 'shaker' part of the box.
Another group I belong to, Scrapbook Bingo is hosting an A-Z title swap. Everyone got a letter and has to create 26 titles starting with that letter to swap with everyone else. End result is you get one title for every letter of the alphabet after trading. I picked "M" and settled on "Make a Wish". I have never made anything quite like this so I hope it's up to par with the awesome work I've seen made in that group.
The title is printed on a blue piece of cardstock. It is matted in green and then again in purple. It is attatched at the right side with 2 purple brads. On the left, I have embellished it with a simple shaker box. The paper inside the box has "Happy Birthday" written all over it in purple, green and blue. It is framed in purple and filled with itty bitty beads. I finished it off with green chalking around all of the edges and a birthday sticker in coordinating colors on the corner of the shaker box. If you are in the swap and don't want the surprise ruined....don't scroll down. LOL.
Tuesday, August 19
Monday, August 18
Being a Florida girl, I have done the Disney thing more than my fair share and I have the layouts to prove it. I've done Mickey themed layouts to death so I wanted to try something different with this set. I didn't do anything Disney themed, just picked a color combo and went with it. All 3 were based on page maps.
Sunday, August 17
For those of you who aren't members, I am co-owner (with my awesome co-leader Sandy!!) of a great little scrapbooking group. Click here to check it out. We host a monthly sketch challenge and this is the sketch that was chosen by last months winner. I struggled with this sketch. Man did I struggle. My yearly albums are 8 1/2 x 11 and there was no way I was fitting that many pictures on a page that size. So I decided that I would try it in the original 12x12 that the sketch calls for.
After I finished it occurred to me that the only 12x12 albums I'm working on are the kids albums and this was about my birthday. So I redid it in 11 x 8 1/2 landscape for the digital album I'm working on. It wasn't hard at all altering the sketch to a different size. I had to resize the pictures a tiny bit and change the shape of the journaling box. The circle had to go more at an angle to the focal picture than directly at the side, but the results were pretty similar I think. I do a lot of changing sketches up a bit, because most sketches are 12x12 and most of my layouts are 8 1/2 x 11. The final product below shows you how simple it is to make any sketch work for almost any size layout. Plus the longer layout gave me an opportunity to use the adorable little flip flops embellishment.
Friday, August 15
Thursday, August 14
As usual my sketches are found on PageMaps. They have the very best collection in my opinion. Go visit them. I save sketches I find all over the web to my hard drive for later use. I have a folder labeled sketches, then inside there are folders labeled "1", "2", "3", "4", "5+". Each numbered folder corresponds with the amount of photos each sketch is for. For example the #4 folder has all sketches for layouts with 4 photos. That way when I have a handful of photos to scrap I can go directly to the folder that shows layouts for that amount of photos and find a sketch. I am up to over a hundred per folder. It has completely changed my scrapping for the better.
Wednesday, August 13
I bought a HUGE pastel page kit at Walmart. They had it for $19.99 and it was said to be valued at $120. I kept passing on it because I like pastels, but there was enough to make an entire album worth of layouts and I didn't know if I liked pastels THAT much. Well, when they clearanced it out to $4, of course I snapped it up. I've used quite a bit of it for spring swaps I worked on the past few months, but there is still more to go around. I don't know if I have many more pastel layouts in me. LOL. It seriously came with 50+ pages, 100s of stickers, chipboard pieces, titles, diecuts, 3D embellishments, etc. Despite the fact that I'm not terribly impressed by pastels in my layouts, this is one of my very favorites because I've never done anything quite like it. I loved it so much I had to make this duplicate layout twice. One for each kid's album.
Sunday, August 10
Friday, August 8
Thursday, August 7
Tuesday, August 5
Very late posting these layouts from nearly a year ago, especially since she's the same best friend below in the baby shower shots and the same best friend from our August vacation with the newborn. LOL. I did love them and wanted to share. They are so simple. Her colors were red and black so I picked that as the color theme for the layouts. I was going to go with simple silver accents, but when I saw the BLING letter stickers, they were just too perfect. So very HER!! =) The red matting on the middle layout is handmade paper so it has a 3D feel and reminds me a lot of rose petals.
I thought I'd throw in the bridal shower layout as well. I'm not IN the photos, but it went with this wedding and I loved it. I did pink and grey/silver for the pre-wedding celebration layouts. I loved the heart shaped jewels.