Monday, August 21, 2017

September pages for Simple Scrapper: Journeys

September's sketches/templates and story starters for Simple Scrapper are incredibly inspiring. Here's what I made:

The sketches in particular were particularly inspirational. I chose this one to make a page for my son's album of his favorite memories from our trip to Hawaii. He picked the photos and created the list. The die cuts and embellishments I chose from the file folders that I had created for my die cuts at the start of the summer. Woot!

The title of Heidi Swapp acrylic letters I used my tiny attacher to staple down. Now, I don't have a long-reach tiny attacher, though I would if it existed. Instead, I punch holes 1/4" apart--the size of the staples--inserted the staples by and and closed them. I won't tell you the number of times I poked my fingers doing this.

Next was the page I made with September's story starter. The theme is Journeys, so I scrapped about the states I've been to in the United States.

Right away I thought of the Studio Calico United States die cuts I've been hoarding in my stash. I've been hoarding them because I didn't want to split it apart. I felt like it was meant to be used as one. I mean, beg my forgiveness, Colorado, but you are a square. So, I decided this would be the heart of my page.

I used the tags to do my journaling. Seriously, I debated for a long time about adding photos to this page, but ultimately decided not to. I like the drama of the map. Here's some details:

I used a DCWV 12x24 piece of corrugated yardstick for the background. To make everything stick, I used glue or glue dots.

Thank you for stopping by! Again, a reminder to visit Simple Scrapper. They have truly inspirational classes, sketches/templates, story starters, and a monthly magazine to help inspire you.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

August pages for Simple Scrapper:

Going on vacation last month made me remiss in sharing my Simple Scrapper pages. These two were among my recent favorites. Here's the first:

Last summer both of my boys went to day camp at Leonardo's Basement, a fantastic place in Minneapolis that mixes science and art and socializing. Since it was a summer event, I used my summer products. I've started digging into my patterned paper for the backgrounds and my Project Life cards for the smaller pieces of patterned paper.

Most of the embellishments come from the Crate Paper line called The Pier.

Next is a page about technology, specifically the changing technology of music throughout my life.

I'm the one in the hat with a necklace.

It's amazing what you can do with a circle punch, patterned paper, and stitching.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

An album of me: Part 3

I'm here to share the final album I made to declutter my photos and memorabilia I had kicking around the house. I used Studio Calico's Handbooks for the first two, but whoops! I'd run out at this point. I did, however, have many inserts from a Fancy Pants Brag Book, so I decided to make an album from those. First, I cut some chipboard, covered it, and punched some holes for the covers:

Then I divided my knick-knacks and photos into sections and used the inserts--photo, journaling, and pockets--for the sections.

In general, I made these sections chronological. I started out with scrapbooking by going online, so that's my first section.

Next, I started developing connection IRL, so that;s my next section.

I love that photo of us in blue. It was at the Pine City Scrapbooking store, a retreat as well and one of my favorite spots.

Now, my style developed strongly by subscribing to kits and using their online resources. I saved a lot of cute cool stuff, so I just put it all in here. Why not?

A favorite memory: meeting some SC peeps to scrap IRL!

Somewhere in here I started submitting and getting published. I didn't have much here for memorabilia, but what I had I included. NOTE: for the title page, I just raided magazines I still had for their subscription cards.

Big Picture Classes was another major influence on me, so here's the page that included the memorabilia for that.

Design teams really pushed my style, so this section memorializes them. For the title page, I trimmed up products I had for the companies I designed for, even a bit.

Finally, CHA, which was a part of my story on design teams.

NOTE: In that lower left photo in the spread above, I totally look like a giant. Gah.

I look like a giant here too! Argh!

Thank you for visiting! Mind you, I have never created a whole album for my hobby before, and I probably never will again, but scrapbooking has left me with so many memories and so much memorabilia, I am glad I took the time to put it in one place.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

An album of me: Part 2

In my last post I shared a clean-up project that started my summer. I wanted to clean out the closets--literally!--of all my unfinished projects, but as I went, I discovered that I was making a HUGE dent in my scrapbooking supplies as well. The best way to purge excess supplies for me this summer has been to use them

Today I want to share my second Me album. I had wanted to put everything in one album, but that wasn't going to happen. Here's what I did with the second:

I used three Project Life cards on this title page; the third is a Cathy Zielske card from a mini-kit I got at Joann's. I like punching or cutting elements from the cards and using them as embellishments.

I made this section to highlight a couple important trips in my life, one to Germany in high school and a study-abroad trip to Germany in college.

I had a shameful few photos from the high school trip, so I relied on story for that. I had many more of the college trip, so I enjoyed selecting the ones that best told the story. For this section, I dug into the Iris container I use to store travel themed products.

How happy was I to discover that I kept most of my ID cards from college? Anyone who does so is a secret scrapbooker.

A section on my first year in college, then another section on the later years:

I kept a separate section on my years in the St. Olaf Choir. Because of our tours and concerts, I had many photos and memories.

And my tour guide signed by Betty White of Golden Girls' St. Olaf fame. Booyah.

Commencement, including my induction ceremony into Phi Beta Kappa.

And the sections on adulting: My career.

I started teaching in the mid-to-late 90s, so my first students are almost 40 today. Wow.

A note about that drawing: After student teaching and before full time teaching, I subbed and worked at a bookstore in the Mall of america, a bookstore my husband and I met at! Another colleague drew this for me. It makes me laugh, so I included it.

Meeting and marrying my husband...

And starting our lives as a family.

Since I started scrapbooking in 2002, when we had our first son, I didn't do much with this section photo-wise. I did, however, clean out my memorabilia drawers and stuff the pockets with various events we attended as a family (or a couple, in the case of Macbeth!).

And that's Me Book 2! Thank you for visiting. I hope it gave you some ideas.

When I made this album, I thought the last section would be scrapbooking, but that wasn't going to happen--no room! So I made one final album. I'll share that later this week.