Traditions are really visable this time of the year. I don´t think that my family has more traditions surrounding any other event during the year than during Christmas time. One of my favorites is acctually a rather new one. Five years ago we started getting together with a friend baking gingerbread. We missed 2012, but other than that I have scrapbooked the event ever year.
This, above, is the first year. I love that my daughter aged 10 is there baking with the 2 year old of my friend! I remember I wanted to make a two page layout since I really wanted to capture all those shapes. My friend has like 200 different cookie cutters! It is so much fun!
This is our second year. One of my favorite things about this project (that of recording the same tradition every year) is to see how the girls grew in just a year. In the journaling you can read that the little girl has a little sister now and that we are hoping she will be baking alongside us the next year.
As I mentioned above, we didn´t get to have a baking date the yer after the third year, but last year the little sister was indeed with us baking! My then 14 year old wasn´t :) Last year I used my December mini to hold this story of tradition. We are having our annual baking date tomorrow and I can´t wait to add another year of this wonderful traditions to my album!
Hi, Sue Althouse here today, with some ideas for scrapping your Christmas. Even though Christmas is an annual holiday, I can always find something that sets each year apart from all the others. Like the year a drunk man in a Santa suit came in off the street and disrupted Christmas Eve service at my mother in-law’s church. (true story) Or the year Dad got roller blades. (we had 911 on speed dial) You get the idea. Now, what will set your Christmas apart from all the others this year? Here are a few more examples.
One year, I had a simple plan to make a few Christmas cards for a few special people. Several weeks later, I had over 60 cards ready to mail! I don’t know where I lost control. Based on the number of people who took the time to tell me how much they loved their handmade card, it was worth it. But I’ve never attempted such a thing again.
Then there was the year I decided to go all out with my cookie-baking and made five different kinds of cookies using brand new recipes. My husband gladly helped me on this one or I never would have made it. The results were very successful, but I don’t plan on doing that again anytime soon.
Two years ago, there were heavy packages for me and my siblings from Dad, who usually leaves the gift giving to Mom. So that got our attention right away. We eagerly opened them to find on the inside...a brick. But we knew they were from our 1884 courthouse that had (sadly) been recently demolished. How many people would enjoy receiving a brick as much as we did? Now that’s some creative gift giving!
So I wonder what will define my Christmas this year. We have a new house to decorate and an 8-month old granddaughter to spoil. Both perfect candidates for a little excess, don’t you think?
Welcome to reality! I want to talk a little about recording life in December, but without it surrounding the Holidays. We all know that life happens very much in December like it does any other month of the year, but a lot of us memory keepers tend to capture the Holiday aspect of the month. Instead here are a few ways I have recorded our everyday life in December.
As our weather typically changes during December, I have done a few weather related layouts in the past. This one above is a new page I did for this post. The journaling talks about how beautiful the sunrise can be in the wintertime, when snow is on the ground and it gets really cold.
This is an older page from when we had the dogs too. I remember how much they loved to be outside in the snow! I am so happy I got this photo of the cats and Dixon watching the outside world, him longing to go out and the cats happy to be inside.
In Sweden the kids get grades at winter break and summer break. This is a page about my daughter´s first grades in Junior high. Even though the photos was taken infront of the tree, it is not Christmas related at all. If anything, the tree shows that it was a winter break grade not a summer one.
So, am I right? Do we scrapbookers tend to focus more on Holiday related stuff in December?
Hello! It's Jennifer Larson. I am sharing an almost photographic tragedy last summer and how I solved it using PSE.
I was camping at Itasca State Park. For most of our trip, I carried my point-and-shoot in my pocket. When I took it out of my pocket to get a shot with my friend, I must have accidentally switched the camera setting, disturbingly to shoot a SNOW scene. Here's what came out:
See how white it is? AGGHH! It's a good photo, though, and one that supports my story, so I set about repairing it. I tried lots of manual adjustments, but none worked well for me, probably due to my lack of expertise. Then, two adjustments did it. First, auto adjust:
For as much as we poo-poo auto adjust it tends to do a nice job, like in this case: It made everything a bit darker. Woot! Still, the outer edges were blown out. Then I got an idea: add a vignette:
Perfect! Now it looks like I made it artsy on purpose instead of accidentally adjusting the camera setting in my pocket while I was hiking. Here's my final page:
Thank for checking out my page! Hopefully, I gave you ideas for fixing photos you love that are not perfect but you still want to use on a page.
*Confession: I made this page last summer. When I tried to replicate my adjustments, of course I couldn't do it exactly the same as last summer. The vignette I used was either Pioneer Woman or CoffeShop Blog. I'm not sure how much I fiddled with it, but I obviously had more time to do it in the summer to get it perfect than I did right now. GAh. Still, photo reparied! Sally forth and fix those photos.
We write summer bucketlists all the time, but have you ever done one for December? Well, lists are one of my go-to techniques for journaling, so it was a no-brainer for me to list things I hope that we get to do this month.
I created my journalingcard on my iPhone 5s using the Rhonna app. But it would also be fun to create one using my scraps!
The holiday spirit has descended upon us! For the next few Saturdays, we are suspending our Saturday Sketchbooks so that we may bring you the gift of freebies. This week may we present the Gift of Joy!
You may download it here. Please enjoy! Happy holidays...
Welcome back! This is Amy Sorensen with day three of one-topic scrapbooking. (Day one is HERE, or click HERE for day two.) Once all of the planning (and shopping!) is finished, it’s time to start actually scrapbooking. I’ve only been able to scrap for one day this month so far, but I was able to finish two layouts in the morning I had. (I also finished two cups of hot chocolate, but that’ll be our secret…)
To get myself in the scrapping-Christmas mood, I turned on some music (Sarah McLachlan’s Christmas album) and picked a couple of my favorite photos from my stack. For the first one, I went with traditional Christmas colors and embellishments:
Everything I needed was already in my stack of holiday supplies, and I’d been thinking about the journaling for a couple of days, so it came together really quickly. One tip: if you cut anything out with your electronic cutter, spend an extra three or four minutes to cut something else out of the paper or cardstock you’re using. It will use up your awkwardly-shaped scraps and give you some extra embellishments that will quite likely match another layout. When I cut out the title for the above layout, I also cut out a Christmas tree and some ornaments. If I don’t use them on a layout, I’ll make a card with them.
For my second layout, I went with less-traditional colors. I have three boys and one girl, so when I get the chance to play with feminine colors, I grab it. I did have to grab a few things out of my pink drawer to pull this all together, but it added almost zero time to the process. I like that I used a mix of new (the “Naughty or Nice” embellishment) and older (everything else).
I feel like this is a good start on my month of scrapbooking Christmas. I’m feeling hopeful that with this process, I’ll be able to wrap up all of 2004 and 2005 before January gets here.
Whatever holiday memory-keeping process you follow, I hope your December is magical and beautiful and full of great stories!
Hello! Amy Sorensen here, welcoming you back to day two of one-topic scrapbooking!
Once you’ve picked your topic and gathered some stories, you’re on to step three: process your photos. There’s a reason for doing this after you’ve researched your stories. It’s easier to know what photos to print, and in what sizes, if you already have an idea of the stories you’ll be telling.
I do the photo processing all at once just so I can get it over with…Photoshop always gives me a headache so I sort of dread this step! I think about which photos match up with which stories. I also start taking some notes about which photos I want to make single-photo layouts with and which ones I’ll group in a multi-photo spread. I find that as I work on processing my pictures, I start getting ideas for the layouts themselves, which photos to put together, ideas for titles and embellishments, even a hazy suggestion about the layout design. Writing these down helps me immensely when I’m ready to actually scrapbook!
I also tend to think about focal-point photos and supporting images. The focal-point photos aren’t always the best ones, technically. Quite often they’re just the best ones to tell the story. It’s really more about emotion than image perfection. (But when a photo is technically good and emotionally resonant…that is some photograph magic!) Once I’m done, I end up with an assortment of 5x7s, 6x8, 4x6s, 3x5s, and 3x4s:
(I gave up on printing at home a long time ago. I have my photos printed at Persnickety Prints because they always get it right and I live in the same town!) Once I have them all, I cut apart the 3x4s (I have them printed two up on a 4x6) and divide the pictures into piles based on my kids.
Once I’ve recuperated from my Photoshop headache, it’s time for step four (which is a pretty fun step!): gathering supplies.
If you know me at all, you might guess what my first piece of advice is: shop your stash! I have quite a bit of holiday-related stuff. So, for this round of one-topic scrapbooking, I started in my two Christmas drawers. Then I moved on to my red, green, brown, white, and metallic drawers. (You’d be surprised at how many non-holiday-themed supplies you can use on holiday layouts.) Since I’ve already processed my pictures, I have a good idea of the tones and styles of supplies that will work well with my images. I pick out the things I know I’m most likely to use, which are patterned papers and alphabet stickers. I picked an alphabet stamp or two to use. And I also find some more challenging supplies, items I’ve purchased because I liked them but haven’t used yet because I don’t know if they’re exactly me. I might end up still not using them, but there’s a better chance.
Then I think about what gaps I have, product I know I’ll want but am short on, and then I do a little bit of shopping!
At first, all of the supplies are sort of a hot mess:
But a little organization goes a long way. I separate out all of the smaller pieces and put them into a box, and then pile the patterned papers and 12x12 embellishment sheets together.
This group of supplies will stay on my desk the entire month. There’ll be a few times I have to dig into my stash again, but for the most part, I’ll just be working with those supplies. This makes the process go much faster, especially as the month progresses and I sift through the supplies more and more. It also helps me use quite a bit. As the month passes and I make more layouts, I start keeping patterned paper scraps in the embellishment box, too.
I try to get all of the first four steps finished before the first day of the month. It’s true: all of this pre-planning takes up some time. But the cool thing is, once you’ve done it, your layouts come together so quickly. I’m not the world’s slowest scrapper, probably, but I am pretty close, but having supplies, stories, and photos entirely ready helps my creative flow run much more smoothly.
Check back in tomorrow, when I’ll share some new layouts and some other tips and tricks.