Knowing I was about to drive and drive and drive, I was excited to put a sketch together so that we (you & I) could get a layout done quickly and happily! I had so much fun making my gallery layout this month, that I thought if I made it into a sketch then I could remake it into another layout without it looking just like the first.
Here is a reminder what my layout looked like.
This might have been the easiest sketch to make ever with its lovely little boxes.
And here is the layout it made!
I tipped the layout on its side and used many more photos than papers and didn't really add much journaling. I was simply mad that I was able to get 6 full body shots on one layout! So very happy.
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Hello from the road! I am currently sitting in the passenger seat of our SUV having already driven 3000 miles since our departure on June 28th. We have stayed in one adequate hotel, one incredibly scary hotel, my sister's house, her neighbor's camper trailer, my in-laws basement (whilst they are in Spain for 18 months), my sister-in-law's air conditioned home (phew! finally, some air!) and tonight we will hopefully find a cheap hotel in a safe area of Kearney NE, before continuing on down the road toward home. All told, we will log more than 4500 miles. We have eaten drive through, home cooked, and tried to fit in our pants after eating all the foods we miss having left home. We have seen my parents, my sister, her husband, and their three kids; my husband's brothers, sisters, brother-in-law, and five of our cousins. Not to mention friends and loved ones. It has been a whilrlwind adventure.
In fourteen days of vacation, I can amass hundreds of photos. And then I get home. I quickly download, separate into folders, label the folders, and then become overwhelmed. COMPLETELY overwhelmed. So the photos sit. Sometimes I get to a mini book, but more often than not, the photos just accumulate "dust" on my hard drive.
And I thought this would probably be one of those trips.
But no. This year, as we began, my Richard told me that someone that he works with suggested we keep an instagram travelogue. "Wouldn't that be great?" he says? "Then we would have an album for our trip."
Part of my wanted to give him my stinkiest stink eye and say, "What do you think I do with all those photos I take when we travel? Don't you remember I scrapbook them?
But then I remembered, I don't really.
Only in my mind do I.
So instead, I swallowed my pride, and said, "Oh my! What a great idea! Let's do that!" And it was decided. And because it was his idea, he has been completely onboard. Every stop, every meal, every person--he has made sure it has all been recorded. Without any fight, trouble, or complaining!
Thus far, we have more than 200 photos logged. Anytime we get in the car, I work on a few. And before I go to bed at night, I make sure the day's photos are uploaded and commented upon.
(For now, I have been uploading in chronological order, figuring I can switch up the order later if I decide to go topical.)
Here is a sample of our album.
Now, on this final few days driving home, I am writing up a few more notes about our trip. Things that don't really have a photo but are noteworthy even still. As soon as I get home, I am going to send off the instapics and have them bound into a book. Easiest peasiest ever.
A couple of lessons learned:
we started a new instagram account for this endeavor so that we didn't inundate any of our followers with 25-30 pictures a day.
only use one phone. it's a pain to figure out which photos came when if you need to merge more than one.
that said, if someone else's phone has a shot you missed, have them email it to you. then you can add it in. My texting doesn't let me save it to my phone pics.
it's easy to lose steam, but don't! If you find you have a day with slim photos, take a couple of extras the next day.
try to take a photo at the end of the day, or the beginning of the day, that will serve as a natural indicator of a day change as you are looking through your albums.
don't leave out the silly ones! our lives and our vacations aren't perfect. it's fun to remember some of the chaos too! (See that photo in the lower right hand corner? That's me hiding under a blanket as my newly permitted (learners) driver drives 75 mph...)
I'm excited to have an album done and to have the pressure of scrapbooking hundreds of layouts alleviated. I hope this might give you an idea, too!
I love these summertime daily assignments because I'm free to create whatever I would like, with any products in my stash. My most recent purchase is this Maggie Alpha set by Studio Calico. So naturally, I gravitate toward this new item and am super inspired to use the stamps for my next project—the layout below:
I created a background paper with the stamps and some "Surfin' USA" lyrics by the Beach Boys. It was a fairly time consuming undertaking, but well worth the result!
To create the background, I grabbed some blue and aqua colored Gelatos, a mini mister, an acrylic block, and my new stamps. I arranged a couple letters on the acrylic block at a time and sprayed lightly with water. Then, I colored on the stamps with the Gelatos and then pressed the block down on the page for a cool watercolor effect. Once I made it all the way down the page, I misted the cardstock with more water and splattered some Mister Huey's to blend everything together. I blotted the page with paper towels and sped up the drying time by using a heat tool. Once dry, I grabbed a turquoise shade of chalk ink and stamped with the thinner alphas on top of the wider alphas. And there you have it—a fun, custom background paper.
If you try this technique, I'd love to see it! Link up in the comments section.
Hi everyone! It's Aliza here today to talk about some ideas for scrapbook pages, namely, documenting transitions. There are lots of big, noticeable transitions that you are probably already documenting in your childrens' lives; the beginning and (more recently) the end of the school year; learning to ride a two-wheeler; learning to drive. The list goes on and on. Often these transitions are events for which we have our cameras at the ready.
But, often there are slight changes in our children's attitude, personality, and interests that let us know that they are getting bigger, and older, and turning into full fledged people. As a parent, it's fun and exciting to see these changes happening, but they are a little harder to capture on film. But a scrapbook page is the perfect place to get it down.
My husband and I occassionally commented between ourselves that our older son was turning into a funny and confident , dare I say, young man. When a few teachers and family friends made the same observation, I decided to write it down. I think I had the story in my head for a while until I found the pictures that I needed to tell it.
My younger son is twelve, which I guess makes him officially a tween. Sometimes I see traces of a teenage attitude peeking out, and other times he is still innocent and playful in the way he always has been.
I love that scrapbooking gives us a place to capture these ephemeral moments, awkward and messy though they may be, before they are gone.
The fact that we get to capture these moments with deliciously fun, large, script word stickers is just icing on the cake.
Do you participate in Throwback Thursday (#tbt) on Facebook? I bet if you are like me you have a ton of old photos that need scanning. I have my mother's box of photos. It's more like a really large Tupperware tub. About fifteen years ago, I promised my siblings I'd scan them in. Well, that hasn't happened! I really do not enjoy the process of scanning the photos in. So just this week, I've challenged myself to use Throwback Thursday as an excuse to get some of my photos scanned in. Five every Wednesday or Thursday evening. Not too many to be daunting and enough that over a year I will have been able to get through a chunk of old photos. I have tons!
Here are quick five tips for making the process of scanning in photos a little less painful.
Less it more. Sort through that box of photos and pare it down. I know there are photos in my stack that just aren't worth the time or are so badly damaged that the amount of work isn't justified.
Experiment with your scanner settings. Most scanners come with automatic settings, if your goal is just to preserve your photos, a minimum of 300 dpi should be fine. If your final picture is going to be bigger than the original or you need a higher resolution to create a more professional looking product, go for 600 or higher dpi.
Choose color. If the photo is in black and white, you can either scan it in grayscale or color. The color scan option will give you a greater ability to manipulate the image. You can change it back to grayscale once it's been scanned. If it's sepia, scan it in color.
Clean the platen. Before you start scanning clean off the platen (or glass) by wiping it down with a little bit of glass cleaner sprayed on a cloth. Clean the platen again from time to time as you're scanning those old, dusty photos. I also sometimes notice a little glue residue on mine from scanning layouts, best to get that off before you start too!
Scan multiple images at once. Then learn how to cut them apart using photo editing software. This will save time!
Here are a couple I scanned in last night!
My Maternal Grandparents...
And here is my Papa in a shop class. He's the one with the high ladder chair.
I'm so glad to be preserving these photos for my family!
Hey everyone, Amy here to share some summer journaling ideas. I have to admit, journaling on my layouts is usually the hardest part of the process for me, and I always do it last. I do have an idea of what I want to write about before I start, but that's about it. I create my layout, and then look around to see where my journaling will go, and how much room I'll have. I always use my own handwriting because I'm too lazy to do it on the computer, and I know one day my children will love being able to see my handwriting on the pages.
Summer is a busy time for us. All of our birthdays are in the summer, except for the littlest who's birthday is in September. We also have the last day of school, 4th of July and usually a vacation or two in there as well. Since I usually scapbook everyday moments and not just events, I have double the stuff to get scrapped. Here are some journaling tips and tricks I tend to use to get my stuff done.
I make notes on my iPhone of things that happen that I want to scrapbook--that way I won't forget something I wanted to get in my album. Like this moment I managed to capture of my hubby showing off his gymnastics skills.
I also give myself a pass if there's really not much that needs to be said, and just list the location and date of the photo, like I did here.
If there's an event where I took several photos that I'll be making several pages with, I might just write a sentence and use the title to help tell the story.
These are tips that I use to help take some stress out of journaling. You can also do lists, preplan your journaling, and just relax and enjoy the process! I hope you can use these ideas in your own pages!
What a week! I hope you all enjoyed your Fourth of July celebrations yesterday! I had the pleasure of celebrating Canada Day on July 1st, and now Independence Day on July 4th. Between the parades, the cookouts, and the fireworks, I have had a wonderful week. I wish the same for you.
I am looking forward to scrapbooking some festive photos, but first, we need to have some sketching fun! The week, our sketch comes from Francine's layout from our July gallery.
That giant photo was begging to be incorporated into a sketch. Here it is!
and here is my layout!
I loved the long narrow photo and starting building this layout with just one photo, but then realized I wanted to add a closeup of the kids. So I scooched my big house photo over to the left, and added in a closeup. I didn't add a margin between the photos as I like the even flow without it. I loved that I could easily clip both photos to the layer and work with getting them set properly without having to create a new layer for the new photo. Easy peasy.
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I hope you have fun with this sketch! I am certain that it will make a repeat performance in my book soon, complete with a lovely fireworks picture!
Today is July 4th, Independence Day in the USA. A day for cookouts, fireworks, and parades. Whatever you're doing, wherever you are, I hope you are having a great day!
For today's post I thought I'd do a stamp giveaway. I have a brand new Technique Tuesday Fun in the Sun stamp set designed by Ali Edwards to give away to 1 lucky commenter.
These stamps are so great for summertime layouts!
If you would like to be considered for this giveaway, just leave a comment from now until Sunday, July 6th. I will post the lucky number holder here on this post on Monday morning. Please remember to check back to see if yours was the number chosen!
eta Stacie D is the winner of the stamps: Love, love, love, AE stamps! These would be perfect for my kids' albums I am working on right now!
I have emailed Stacie to let her know she won. Thanks so much for the comments, I will come back more often with stamp goodies!