Friday, February 14, 2020

Scrapbooking the year: 2018

I recently went on a scrapbooking retreat. I do every January, and this year I completed my 2018 albums for the family.

Last summer I did a big reorganization/purge of scrapbook pages. I took every page out and organized by year, tossing those that were not meaningful. (Some I put aside to redo, either to make more concise or to reduce business.) I'm in the processor making labels and tags for the cover and bindings, and I plan to buy some albums to replace ones I have to make the look more uniform and to occupy less shelf space.

Long story, but last fall I went though my photo files from 2018 and ordered photos to finish telling my stories from that year. I made the pages at the scrap retreat. Here are some of the ones I've finished so far:

This one was perhaps my favorite, an amalgam of all the weekend outing photos I took of me and my husband. I love the bright colors in it.

This is a layout of a vivid maybe not great memory. Home opener series in sub-freezing temps. I couldn't make it to the end of the game, ergo chilly colors. Hopefully you get the title.

More and more I'm liking to print photos I love then figuring out what to do with them. I had photos from a few girlfriend weekends at The Manor, so I put them together onto a page. I'm loving using Project Life cards either in full or punched out.

This is a similar layout but more poignant. We recently lost our dog to a sudden and terminal illness. I took three character shots I'd never put on a page and scrapbooked her personality.

This was the first page I made at the retreat. I used up an old Ali Edwards kit for it because I loved the colors.

This page is an example of one I've been making more of recently, one put together with photos my husband or son shares with me. This was from the time I was in Maine helping my parents with my younger son. Here's what my husband did with my eldest while I was gone. Printing photos in standard sizes like 4x3 made this page easy to put together.

And this is what I was doing while I was in Maine! I used an About Me PL card for the page and picked pretty papers.

Here's my youngest around the same time. Not really a story, just my favorite photo I took while I was in Maine.

Finally, a page about my eldest in one of his last piano recitals. He still plays but is too busy for lessons.

Thank you for visiting! I have some 8.5x11 pages to share next time. I've been doing more of those for my smaller stories.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Back again, scrapping again

It has been a year since I blogged, and what a year. Several things have kept me busy: school, which has involved lots of essay reading for larger class sizes; changing to a new computer, which involved moving our photos and files and developing a new workflow with the new computer; visiting my family (my father suffered strokes and has more recently had a hip replaced); my boys getting older and more involved in school, including XC and Nordic for Rowan and theater for Dominic; and the sad passing of our beloved dog Lola.

I've scrapped minimally in this time, mostly reading and cross-stitching.

Recently, though, I've organized my scrap supplies in a way to increase productivity. I also started going on scrap retreats again and joined a Facebook group with long-term friends whom I had met through CK's message boards. These things have helped motivate me to complete pages and seek inspiration and support. I like that.

Here are a few pages I started last fall at a scrap weekend with girlfriends that I recently finished.

This one might be my favorite. At the retreat I had cut apart a Project Life card around the photo, and I couldn't figure out what to do next. I thought about evidence of his growth and told a story on journaling strips. For the rest, I added a flower I took from a greeting card and then added some embellishments I had lying around.

I used the wood in our church and the white robes as inspiration for this page. More and more I'm stitching all things down on the page. I used a lot of Project Life kits for this.

Here I reused a photo from the last page and added two similar friendship photos from throughout the year to document their friendship. For the design, I just used some happy scraps in my scrap bin. I've been doing that a lot lately. That plus Project Life journaling card. So easy.

Here I tried a sideways approach, plus a tilted line of photos. Plus, again, Project Life cards. The colors in the pattern look like a baseball diamond, which I like.

Photos from my youngest son's first foray into theater at the high school level with Tuck Everlasting. I'm liking a base of patterned paper + lots of photos + bold title + verbal embellishments (very few).

This may be the simplest page I made. I'm discovering the ease of creating two-page layouts by printing photos in sizes that work easily together. Here, I used 4x6 in various orientations, which worked well with the pocket cards I had.

I think it's nice for some elements to break free of the grid. Plus the stitching serves a theme of family being sewn together.

The only thing I want to point out on this page is the double meaning in the title. I had the acrylic word UP from an Ali Edwards kit, which fitted grammatically, but we had been meeting in Marquette, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula, so U.P. takes on another meaning.

Thank you for visiting again! I'm going to try to be more realistic about blogging this year, knowing the new reality of caring for children and parents (in a way). I just came back from another retreat, so I do have more pages to share, plus more from my past year in Simple Scrapper.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Scrapbooking family pages

I love to scrapbook important stories in my family. Here are some pages I've done for that.

These photos actually were discovered when we were cleaning out our small house to get ready to refloor one floor of the house. I found an old plastic photo album for my eldest and decided to put the photos on a page. These were the photos he saw his first year.

This was a lovely afternoon with my mother and my sons in the local arboretum. Just a quick recollection of them and a favorite yearly event.

Here was a rarer event: our family trip to see Hamilton. I used staples and a paperclip to affix the program to the page.

We love the Mall of America--my husband and I met there--so any trip is worth a page. Here I was gone, so I scrapped my family's trip there.

Finally, it may seem weird to include a pet page, but she is family. Here are some of my favorite photos of our recalcitrant pet.

Thank you for visiting! I just loaded more pages today and look forward to uploading them this week!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Back again! Pages from October scrap retreat

Hello! Once again I went to a scrap retreat and scrapped a bunch of pages. Once again I was overwhelmed by life and haven'tposted them. Sigh. I'll get it together. Here are some pages about me:

I don't like scrapbooking Mother's Day as a stand-alone page, but I do like scrapping it as an event. Here we are playing the card game Marrying Mr. Darcy. I used an old Studio Calico kit for this.

I told one of my boys' favorite family stories, about the time my hair caught fire while camping. I used some October afternoon, American Crafts, and Pebbles camping products.

This page I love. For the past two months our family has been clearing out the entire living space for our family to put in hardwood floors. (And then we put it back, which has basically been the last two months for me. No scrapbooking for me!) I found a few preschool love notes from the boys, so I put them together on this page with a recent photo. I used a KI Memories envelope on the back for the projects and included some of their bon mots in the journaling.

A page I started then stopped because I wasn't sure what to say. I decided to focus on what made it typical and to take some gusses.

Finally, a page about my husband and me and some of our dates in the past year. I like compilation pages like this. Mostly Ali Edwards on this page.

And Those are some pages about me! I'll be back to share some family pages, then a page that shares something tough from the last two months.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Scrapbooking the youngest

And here's the final pages from my scrap retreat last spring, this time my youngest. Here they are:

Because I was in the market for a new car, we went to the Mpls. Auto Show. While there, Dominic enjoyed a race car simulation. I had to scrap it!

Next us a page showing Dominic reading. He goes through phases where he gets obsessed with reading. This time his teacher, whom he loved, loved Harry Potter, so he went back and finished the series.

And another birthday page, this time for my 14-year-old. I had a lot of fun using products and cards from my Kelly Purkey kits, which I started subscribing to this year. These products worked well for the theme.

Thank you for visiting and seeing the belated pages from last spring's retreat! I look forward to sharing the pages I scrapped from my fall retreat (at a much faster rate than last spring!).

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Scrapbooking the eldest

I wanted to share some pages from the scrap retreat last spring. (I went on another glorious retreat this fall, and I'll start sharing those pages soon!) Here's some pages I made about my eldest.

Last year (and this!) my son ran cross country. After he was done, he decided to join Nordic skiing with his friends from XC, and he found his real passion. This is a celebration of his times skiing last year.

Next is a small but fun story: my son loves putting fruit stickers in hard-to-find places. That's the not-fun part. The fun part: I found some and, instead of blowing a gasket, I stuck one on him. And took a picture. He had no clue. Revenge is a dish best served cold. With fruit stickers.

On a lighter note: Rowan has become enamored with Bob Ross. He was on Netflix, and he couldn't get enough. So a surprise birthday present for him was a Bob Ross Pop figurine. Another earlier surprise: meeting an impersonator hawking the game at GenCon. The triad of photos was completed when I asked the boys to do something creative before asking for electronics in the summer. He asked for my scrap paper and created this collage. The title was an obvious choice.

Finally, a page about his 15th birthday. He wanted to celebrate at Surly Brew Hall (root beer for him, and he loves their burgers), so we had a good evening celebrating his day. I picked fall themed stuff for the day.

Thank you for visiting! I'll soon share page about my other son, the youngest.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Scrapbooking favorite places

If I had to pick some important places in my life, my home state of Maine would be up there, as would my alma mater, St. Olaf. Another big place: the Mall of America. This was, after all, where I met my husband. As a result, we love to go back several times a year.

On these two pages I scrapped this special pace. First, I scrapbooked a time we visited:

I picked some favorite shots, then added some journaling and embellishments. A typical page.

Next I wanted to scrap some favorite stops at the mall. I took pictures of signs and put them together into a grid layout:

I used an Ali Edwards kit focusing on the details to support the page. I found that using my shape punches on Project Life cards adds nice, inique embellishments.

Thank you for stopping bY I hope you make some pages celebrating some favorite places of your own.