Hello everyone, Cari here! One of the things I love about scrapbooking it that it allows my to express my love. It's so hard sometimes express myself even in journaling, but those few lines give me the space to show my love. Or even when there is no journaling at all, I feel that with one layout with a good photo and pretty colors, papers and embellishments I can show how I feel.
That is the reason why I scrapbook, why I took a time sit down and tell my story, whit word or without them, as Ali Edwards Say: My Story Matters.
Today I want to show some layouts I made that made me think on this post. The first one is my and my sister, I love her so much, but I never say it to her, I made this layout expecting that some day she read this, and also I try to make a layout that would like her and pretty childish, since we were a lot younger on this photo haha.
The second layout I want to show is for my husband, for now our family is only us and our cats, and I'm really enjoying this time our life, I like making layouts that show that, how happy we are now, just the two of us.
And the last one is for my family: My husband, my two, cats and I, I couln't feel happier about the family I have. This layout has no journaling, but I feel that It express what I feel only with the decoration and the photo.
I hope you have enjoyed this entry and tell me, how do you express your love?
This month our gallery theme and our monthly theme are the same! We are trying something new, too! We are so excited to have a themed month and look forward to the continuity of gallery and monthly topics. We thought that with all the preparations for school and all the new things that school's begining brings, that August would be the perfect month to celebrate learning and trying new things.
A Note from Lisa I made this layout without hiding the journaling at first. But then since I really did write from my heart, it felt a little strange to have it right there in my album. So I created a flip pocket on top of the page protector to hide the journaling.
CHILDHOOD DREAM BY KATIE SCOTT
A Note From Katie I love to scraplift to work on some of my scrapbooking skills. I chose Denise M's "Be Brave and Wild" layout from the scrapbook process video while I made this page and in the video I shared my new way of storing die cut paper embellishments in a watercolor sketch book - I am so excited about this scrapbook storage solution!
August Fun Fact When I was growing up I was completely obsessed with horses and I spent my summers riding "Bugles the Little Red Pony" at overnight Camp Farley in the Town of Mashpee in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
POWER TOOL TEAM BY JENNIFER LARSON
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Crate Paper) + die cuts (Jillibean Soup, October Afternoon) + wood veneer (Lily Bee) + stickers (October Afternoon) + pen (Copic)
A Note from Jennifer I do the same back to school pages every year—my choice, it makes it easier—so I thought I would celebrate some everyday learning instead, specifically how I’ve started using the internet and my boys to organize the house a bit more. Our first project—organizing the garage—is what I celebrate here.
August Fun Fact It took me two full days to build the tool holders, purge stuff, and rearrange the garage.
A Note from Becca I've been slacking on my scrapbooking lately with a trying life situation thrown my way. I decided to jump back in and do a page for my kids about our new chapter. I began with a template to make the page come together quickly, even though I modified it a bit and added my own touches. I love the huge painted alpha for the title and all the bright and colorful papers/elements for a positive spin on a tough event.
August Fun Fact My kids and I are currently working through our giant summer bucket list with only 12/36 items left to go! The other day we made giant bubbles in our wading pool and used a hula hoop to put bubbles around each other - it was a blast!
Thank you for stopping by! We look forward to an educational and happy month together!
It's Jennifer Larson again with one final day to show you how to design a simple, classic vacation album quickly and easily.
Monday I shared how I would organize the "chapters" or layouts of the album. Tuesday I showed my photo secret--using templates to fit many photos on a page. Today I begin to assemble the album.
The first thing I do is select products. To make it easily, I use one scrapbooking collection for the whole album. I often pick the collection right after I return from vacation and keep it in the same Iris container I use for memorabilia. I don't pick themed paper per se--no Disney paper in this album--but I go for colors and patterns that remind me of our vacation. For the Disney album I picked October Afternoon's Boarding Pass.
Next I make the title page, which serves as a template for the whole album.
Here's the easiest part for me, which I've blogged about before: I use the same album design every year, and I use the same layout design on every page. Here's a basic sketch (You'll see there's a spot for three photos on the first page; you could also replace it with an embellishment cluster or more journaling.):
And here's the inside layout I've been working on this week:
I had originally planned separate pool and water pages, but I realized I didn't have enough photos for two spreads and instead combined them on the same spread. To do the journaling, I measure the space I have on the page, open a Word document, and create a text box (Insert-TextBox) that will fit. (Note: when I am working on the whole album, I usually put all the text boxes on the same document to save paper.)
On the layout, you'll see that I use a little patterned paper, a few embellishments, and a lot of photos and story. I may switch it up when I change layouts--put the title at the bottom and not the top, or put the title page on the right and the photo collage on the left--or I might rotate the patterned paper every few pages.. Still, it's the same design, which makes assembling this album quick, but with a classic design that highlights the story and photos.
I haven't yet affixed the journaling because I may ink the edges. (I actually planned the journaling first and printed it on my printer for one album I made, but that kind of attention to detail sort of sucked out a bit of my soul, so I prefer printing and affixing it on the page, even if it's tone-on-tone.) And I may pull out my sewing machine to stitch in between each photo on the collage. I am willing for some odd reason to torture myself in that way.
One final note for the back of the album:
On the inside cover of the back I glue a big envelope with a lot of strong adhesive, and I put the memorabilia that I want to keep in there. I satisfy my need to keep mementos without worrying about archival quality of the products or how to fit them in the design.
Thank you for spending the week with me! I hope this gave you ideas for how to tackle a big project like a vacation album and spend less time creating something you'll treasure for years.
Hello! It's Jennifer Larson again, continuing to share with you how I build a vacation album. Today I'd like to share how I select photos for the layouts and fit many photos on the page.
Yesterday I determined the subject for each layout in the album. Next I open up my photos in Photoshop Elements Organizer, scrolling through my vacation photos and opening every photo that fits that category:
Once I do, I select 2 of the best photos that I will print 4x6, though I will probably trim them to fit the page. The rest I will use to create a photo collage. Side comment here: I usually make my vacation albums 8.5x11, so the photo collage I usually make that size with a white border. I then trim it and affix it to cardstock.
I used to make photo collages to keep on hand forever year's vacation, but it's easier for me to size the template to the photos I select for each page. Here's a video showing how to create a collage (ignore the part where I forget if I should use control, option, or command. Gah.):
And here's the finished collage:
As I mentioned on the video, I like leaving a spot or two empty for patterned paper and embellishments after I print the photo. I have also found that with an 8.5x11 template, I can comfortably fit about 6-9 photos. More than that, the photos are so small they lose all details. If I want to fit one or two more, I might print it in a 4x6 format and then circle punch the subject out and add it on top of a corner of the collage with dimensional stickers, plus some embellishments.
Thank you for visiting today! I hope you now have ideas to easily fit many photos on a page. Come back tomorrow so that I can show you how to finish up the album with a very simple design.
Happy Saturday! July is skipping on by--here we are with our third sketch for the month! This week we found inspiration from our December 2009 gallery from a layout by Cheryl. She showed us two options for her layout
and now we have a sketch to help you find even more ways to put a layout together.
Here is the 8.5x11 sketch
and the 12x12.
Marnie used the square sketch to create a layout.
She stayed very true to the sketch, with the exception of needing more room to journal. And gratefully it was digital, lest it be stained with tears. ♥☺
We hope you find this sketch useful and helpful as it can take just a few photos, or quite a few if need by. Happy weekend!
In April I packed up my entire house to move to a much smaller apartment. When I realized just how much scrapbooking supplies I was hoarding I downsized quite a bit, but as you might know there is always more! Mainly I downsized on all those supplies I had been holding on to forever, you know if I ever would have the perfect project for them. I had boxes and boxes in my garage that now has a great new home with several charity and second hand stores. It felt great to clean out!
Today I´d like to show you an easy way to use up those rolls of washi tape that I know most of us have all too many of.
I started out selecting a few rolls in a color palette I liked and then started lining them up on my background paper. For this layout I went about 1/3 down the paper and used the fun washi colors as my upper background.
Lucky me that the proom dresses had so many peach and pink colors this year! It was so much fun pairing products with the colors.
I had so much fun that I did one more right away. Or actually I made two of these with the white/aqua/black washi tapes because I loved how they looked together!
I often scare away from using patterned paper for my backgrounds because I am afraid the layout will look too busy. But I did like these.
What I learned from having the washis being the background is that you might want to have double or atleast a little bit more of whatever you use to adhere your embellishments with. Atleast a few of my tapes had a more glossy surface that made the things I added on top of them fall of easily. I ended up using my regular double sided tape and two staples just to secure it a little. But don´t let that scare you!
I mentioned making two of those backgrounds above. My second one I used as my background for one of my Pocket Letters I send out. If you are new to Pocket Letters you can read more if you click on that link, but here is what the lady behind it says:
I created Pocket Letters™ as a new way to send letters to your new or existing penpals. Basically, you fill all the pockets of a 9 Pocket Trading Card Protector and send the whole page to someone who wants to swap with you. This can be a one-time exchange or you can keep exchanging Pocket Letters indefinitely. You fill the pockets with anything you like (stickers, tea bags, a note, washi tape samples, pictures, etc.) A short note or letter is included and tucked into one of the pockets. Then the Pocket Letter is folded up and sent in a standard 10 size envelope. It's the perfect way to send and collect letters from other Pocket Letter Pals (ie people who are sending mail in this format) around the world and a convenient way to store them. They fit perfectly in a binder!
I have been sending these out for a few months and it is so much fun! You can see a few more of mine here!
So there you have it; a fun way to use up your rolls of washi tape (you know, so you can buy new ones!).
Have a wonderful weekend!
Ps. Here is one more layout I had previously made using washi tape as background!