Monday, February 20, 2017

Scrap retreat: Single page layouts

Hello! It's been a busy month: two birthdays (mine included), plus the research paper at school where I comment on the process writing multiple times (collecting the final drafts right now), plus my eldest registering for high school. Sigh. So I'm going back a month to share some pages I made at a scrap retreat back when it was cold. I'm focusing on the single pages first.

This first one celebrates Mother's Day, plus the fact that I get to spend the day with my boys watching superhero moves every year (thanks, Marvel--for real!):

At the retreat I brought my Project Life cards to make a hole in my stash. It worked!

Next is a page about my eldest's birthday last year:

I found I was more inspired to scrap when I got regular product in the mail, so I subscribed to Ali Edwards' story kit. You can see some of the product on this page, plus the glorious chipboard floppy disk photo frame that I finally had a use for.

Next a page about my son attending summer camp at Leonardo's Basement, a terrific place that focuses on science, art, and social skills:

The arrow was from the Ali Edwards kit, part of a pad of shaped paper. I find it easier to work with when I mount it on white cardstock (it's see through otherwise), though you can still see the edges a bit. Sigh. Love this older Heidi Swapp architechture paper on this page.

Another page about my younger boy, with his favorite shirt from last year (try not to be mesmerized):

When your son comes home with a recipe he wants to make, it must be done.

Another scrap weekend from last spring with my talented friend Tina:

At this latest scrap retreat I challened myself to use long-neglected products in my stash. Here you see a mask and some mist, along with my circle cutters, which are dying (Farewell, Coluzzle. I loved thee well.)

And a page about a funny story at the Arboretum last summer:

I used lots of girly products on this page, since it was about nature. I think the wood gran and print paper as the background subdue it enough for a boys' page.

Finally, what may be my favorite:

A few years ago we went to the Boston Aquarium. When there, the boys and I had fun trying on some funky fish hats. At the Sea Life Aquarium at the Mall of America last year, we did the same, so I put them together on this page. On this scrap retreat weekend, we made a jaunt up to Pine City to the Scrapbooking Company, where I got this nautical product. I thought of using it for our last trip to Maine, but I cracked it open and used it for this page. So glad I did!

Thank you for checking out my pages! So, so sorry about the neglected blog this past month. Soon I'll be sharing my two-page spreads, plus my March pages for Simple Scrapper.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

February pages for Simple Scrapper

Last week I finished my February pages for Simple Scrapper, and these pages are two of my all-time favorites. Here they are:

First is the new story starter and an old sketch. The theme is celebration, and I celebrated a sort of low point when it came to homework: my youngest learned his lesson too late that putting off big homework assignments won't help. I enjoyed digging out the school supply products for this page!

The ruler sticker wasn't actually 12", so I cut it underneath the embellishment cluster and placed it so that it would span the whole page.

That school-themed sticker by Webster's Pages with the word "Celebrate" on it was a prize find in my stash.

Next is a page using a new sketch with an old story starter. My son turned 14 last year, and the sketch had a number on it, so I used the design itself as inspiration. I started making a list of my son's 14 favorites right now, and he finished it. The photos are ones my mother took on his birthday.

These wood veneer sequins are perhaps some of my favorite embellishments of all time. They're from Chic Tags.

Miracle of God, I still had enough R's, A's, and N's to spell his name in veneer.

Mad props to my son for listing nature as a favorite.

Thank you for checking out my pages! I hope they inspire you to go check out Simple Scrapper to see all that the membership has to offer.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Scrapbooking wish lists

Scrapbooking Christmas is not always my favorite thing. For one, the stories often seem the same. For another, I'm not truly fond of Christmas colors. That said, I found a Christmas story I wanted to scrap recently, so I made this page:

For the last few years, we took to wish listing at the mall by taking pictures of ourselves with the phones, then figuring out what we really liked later. I normally delete the photos after we wish list, but last year I didn't, thinking I might want to scrap it. I never did at the time, but I'm glad I kept the photos, because this year my boys took their own photos to wish list, and none of themselves.

Here's the details:

It's only a year ago, but Dominic looks so young!

Thank you for visiting! I hope you consider recording a small Christmas habit instead of just the big stories.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

New year, new memories: January pages for Simple Scrapper

Hello!  It's been a cold start of the year here in Minnesota. This week should be warmer, but them it will chill down again in time for me to leave town with some friends. Until then, here are some pages I made for Simple Scrapper January:

This page uses a January story starter, which is about friendship.  I wrote about friendship as a military kid, which could be challenging because of moves. Since I grew up in the 70s and 80s, I picked warmer colors, which reminded me of the seventies.

The sketch for January inspired me to scrap the mammoth rain storm we got in Maple Grove this fall--10 inches!  I had taken a photo from a weather app from my phone and printed it for the page--it showed the epicenter of the storm over my house. I took many photos of the aftermath the next day, but I only picked one for the page from my favorite walk, now flooded over, and I recorded the story of the night before:

Thank you for checking out my page! I just finished a page about Christmas, so I'll share that later this week. 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Scrapbooking vacation stories: Five vacation faves

Last summer my family visited New York and Maine. For once, I didn't make the Five Vacation Favorites album right away. I'm sort of glad because now that it's REALLY cold out, I like revisiting the warmth of summer.

I had gotten this camper mini-albums years ago at an October Afternoon sale, so I decided to finally use it. I painted the outside covers, then used the already die cut inside pages for the album.

I keep an Iris container filled with camping supplies, so I dug into it to find some products that would go. I used mostly chipboard and stickers from October Afternoon's camping line.

Some of us in our family had such fun, they couldn't restrict themselves to just five favorites.

I didn't take a photo of just me this vacation, so I used a photo of my mom and me. I like that even more. We're in front  of the giant LLBean boot at Bean's in Freeport.

Another one who didn't restrict himself to five faves!

And that's our vacation album of our favorites. I'm so happy to make this album every year, and I look forward to collecting these mini stories after we go.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Scrapbooking Christmas: December pages for Simple Scrapper

A confession I've made before: I don't really like scrapbooking Christmas. I feel like every page, every year is the same. That said, I've enjoyed getting back into documenting Christmas now that our family has developed some of our own traditions. Here's two pages I made using sketches and story starters from Simple Scrapper:

This first page uses a new sketch and an old story starter. It's my favorite thing to take some snaps of the morning and record our calm time together. I loved pulling out vintage products for this.

Next is a page where I record our evolving Christmas tree topper tradition, using one of my favorite old sketches and a new story starter:

Again, I loved digging into my Christmas bucket of supplies to find the perfect fit. It felt good to use up my old Making Memories ribbons for the starburst on the right. Here's some details:

Thank you for visiting! Please check out the terrific membership available at Simple Scrapper, which will keep you scrapbooking, inspired.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Finishing details: sewing on a layout

Since my sons have gotten interested in RPG, I've wanted to scrap about their interest, particularly my youngest, who is particularly obsessed. I took some photos and put them together on this page:

I used some old travel paper from Basic Grey, plus a few other random ephemera from the travel bucket of supplies, but it still looked unfinished. That's when I decided to add some sewing. Here's the final page:

Hard to see, but I added some machine stitching, on the top, left, and right, plus on the letter stickers. Here's some details:

I often like stitching down border edges and letter stickers. I've also started stitching down photos as well, on both sides of the page for balance.

A funny story about that cluster of embellishments:I lost the bottom photo while I was scrapbooking. I eventually found it in the bucket of vacation patterned paper, but until then, I stuck down the top photo and put down some cork arrows, figuring I could lift them up and slide the lost photo under it. The reality, though? Cork doesn't unstick well. It actually crumbles. So I had to try to remove crumbles of cork, then figure out how to cover it up. I used a border sticker, some other cork, and a few embellishing stickers. Plus stitching, of course.

That's my page, without stitching and with! It is hard to see but I like the texture it adds. Do you sew on your pages?