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.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Cleaning our the scrap clutter and an album of me

Hello! Sorry for the wonky photo bucket header. I'm working to get it fixed...

Summer is coming to an end, and mine has been busy. The month of July was spent preparing for and going on a dream vacation to Hawaii. (Yay!) Since coming back, I've been reading, gardening, cooking, and of course, scrapbooking. I want to go back and share my scrapbooking origins for the summer.

First: I had a lot of planned but unfinished projects (actually just plain unstarted). They occupied our front closet, which had been fine for years, but my boys are teenagers now, and they eat like teens, so we've started a Costco membership and need somewhere to put the food. Since we don't have a pantry,  I had to get those projects done! So I got to work.

Here's how my living room looked at the beginning of summer:

SIDE NOTE: While I did this project, I also discovered a couple new ways to organize my materials to better use them. To the left of my chair, you'll see a wooden file folder that I got at Target: I started storing my purchased paper die cuts in there by color. When I needed a small, flat embellishment, I opened the hanging file folder and sorted through until I found something. I also started keeping a cupcake tray near me with small embellishments sorted by color for quick and easy embellishing:

I got this idea from Stacy Julian's Big Picture Classes class Twelve.

Because I had stored the unstarted projects in mostly Iris containers, I spread out the ones I wanted to tackle in order to clean out the closet. When I did so, I also discovered a bunch of photos and memorabilia my grandmother had left me after her death, things she had been sent or given by me or my family. This made me look for my own keepsake boxes and empty them too, and so I began planning an album about me. As I began, I decided to go even farther and pull pictures from the 6+ photo albums I had of my growing up years and put into this project.

Next, I sorted the photos and mementoes into categories for the album: Infancy, Family, Home, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Travel, College, Career, Adulthood (or "Adulting"),  Scrapbooking, and Today. In my folly, I thought I could fit them into one album. I swiftly realized I needed at least two, so I pulled out the Handbooks and Handbook Inserts and dividers I had never used and got to work.

Here's the finished products:

The albums are stuffed with photos, memorabilia, and some journaling. I used a variety of Project Life Cards for this

So here's some of the pages in the first album, which goes from Infancy to High School:

I used the Handbook Dividers to separate each section.

The dividers came with some that were full-page pockets. I tended to cut them in half and sew the edges to store memorabilia. SIDE NOTE: The check was for the hospital at my birth. I cost $35.

This is the family section. I added photos of various members of my extended family, plus family mementoes. The first memento is on the next page, a copy of my grandfather's obituary written by his daughters. I shrunk it to fit the page and paired it with the last photo I had of him. He was a quiet, caring man of God, and I miss him

Facing his page were some treasures my grandmother gave me, little slips of paper filler with memories and love. Her photo is on the next page. I lost her last year, and I miss her so much. She helped shape me into who I am today.

I didn't have enough for a while section on my first permanent home (as a Navy brat, that was memorable), so I just put this section in between.

Next comes elementary school!

When my grown up teeth started coming in, I stopped smiling with an open mouth. Odd how I remember that. I also noticed in a lot of the pictures, I didn't wear glasses all the time either, interesting because I am profoundly nearsighted, and I don't remember being half-blind all the time. Vanity...

Next is junior high! I got braces and contacts here, and also, sadly a perm. #80s

High school: still permed.

I was pleased to see my catechism in the memorabilia. When my boys get confirmed, I'll tell them of the time I had to walk uphill in the snow both ways for my public examination...

Thank you for visiting! I will share my next book later this week, and the unexpected but fun third book later.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A summer of mini albums

I have scrapbooked some layouts this summer, but mostly I've worked on mini-albums. I have a few posts to share.

First are some mini albums I had started but not finished or continued.

The Halloween album I made this year, for example, I had made a mistake on the most recent photo. The ring holes did not match up, so I fixed it by printing a new photo and re-punching the holes. Here it is:

Next, I hadn't recorded the last three years of our family 5K's in the 5K album.

NOTE: I noticed doing this that I had the wrong dates on the album cover. I removed them and will fix it.

The trick about using SMASH! albums is working around the designs. Here's what I did:

I use a few graphic collections: KI, Echo Park, E.G.--to embellish these pages.

Next I added the last couple years of family photos to my Easter album. I should mention I JUST found an older photo I never included This one's not done.

Finally, I made an album with Write. Click. Scrapbook a few years ago about little things that make me happy. I left the last few pages empty, meaning to fill them up but never did. And so I finished it this summer.

I had run out of the brown foam stickers, so I used a similar-toned, similar styled Thicker.

And those are my completed and updated albums! Thank you for checking them out. I made a few more that I will edit and share later. Like I said, this has been the summer of mini-albums.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Fixing mistakes when I scrapbook

This may just be me, but it seems like at lest half the time I spend scrapbooking involves figuring out how to fix my mistakes.

Sometimes I have to redo the whole page--my son swung a water bucket over my already-stitched-down photo grid, which I had to rip stitches from, reprint, and redo. Other times I need to replace individual elements--a photo, an embellishment, some paper. Still other times I switch out my original plan--remove the damaged item and replace it with something else. Most of the time, though, I end up masking the problem, like I did with this page:

I forget what had happened--I had dropped something with adhesive on it onto this photo, and the adhesive stuck quite visibly. Fortunately it wasn't over anything important, like his face, so I planned an embellishment cluster to mask the adhesive. Sometimes design follows principles; other times design follows OOPS. Here's the completed layout:

I used a lot of Project Life materials from Ali Edwards for this. The trim along the top and bottom is actually a 4x6 PL card I tried into strips and stitched down. If you look close in the middle, you can see that the right and left side letters don't match, but I picked like colors on both sides of my strips to make the mismatch harder to see.

I stitched the title down because I didn't trust the vinyl letters to stay.

I love this Venn diagram card, which sort of inspired the story I'd tell with these photos.

Thank you for visiting! I hope I gave you some ideas for fixing mistakes that don't involve redoing the whole page. Go ahead and share some of you most frightful crafting disasters.