Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November page for Simple Scrapper: Scrapbooking photos across time

I'm here with my second layout for this month's Simple Scrapper, this time using a sketch and an old story starter. 

I had started taking photos of the boys next to the big movie displays when we went to the theater. I never tagged them, and I unfortunately deleted at least one from Muppets Most Wanted (argghhh!), but I got a good representation of these posers across the years and put them together onto a page to celebrate this family tradition.

I took color inspiration from the photos, using yellow, teal, and purpley-pink.

What a gift it was to find the viewfinder in my die cuts! Most of the other embellishments I dug out of stash, either die cuts or puffy stickers or enamel. (Note: I've been able to use my die cuts more since I rearranged my storage system. I'll share that this month.)

The vinyl title letters were losing some stick, so I sewed them down.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

November pages for Simple Scrapper: Scrapbooking heirloom photos and memorabilia

Hello! The trimester has really locked in, and I have a been a grading field for the last month. That put a serious dent in my scrapbooking. Fortunately, I made a date with some scrapbooking friends to scrapbook over the weekend in October at The Scrapbook Manor. It was so much fun, and I did quite a bit. I can't wait to share what I made.

Until then, I'd like to share my pages for Simple Scrapper for November. This first is a pocket album I started to make based off of the theme of letters.

After my father-in-law moved to assisted living, his memorabilia of his wife, their families, and their marriage came to my husband and me. It lay in an Iris container for a while, but the letter story starter for the month got me going on creating an album for this memorabilia. I started with the story of their meeting, which reminded me of those quirky how-we-met stories in When Harry Met Sally, so I chose something similar for the title:

I used up the rest of my old Studio Calico 6x8 album and album inserts for this album. Here's the story page with amazing photos of  Don and Phebe to accompany them:

Before I did the project, I dug through my Project Life cards for ones that looked neutral or vintage-y. I mainly used ones from Studio Calico and Stampin' Up (an old line from Liz Tahamana). Then I went through my embellishments and looked for similar neutral or vintage ones. I put them in a Craft Keeper next to the Iris container with the photos and memorabilia and kept dipping into it for product when I needed it. Here's the letters:

I wanted to keep the envelopes as well as the letters, but they didn't fit, so I slit the sides of the pockets, then cliped the letters in.

The letters are beautifully practical and romantic, relics of Don writing to Phebe with care and devotion as she planned the wedding while he was still stationed elsewhere. He was a wonderful writer, and I'm glad we have the evidence of this.

(Check out the price of the stamp!)

The final evidence of their letter success is the wedding, so I finished this section with the invitation and one wedding photo of the couple. Look at how beautiful and dapper they are!

 Thank you for visiting! I'm sorry for the grading hiatus. I still have a bunch to do this term, but I also have many pages to share, and I look forward to sharing them this month. Next will come the other page I made for Simple Scrapper in November, plus the rest of the pages I made on my retreat, including much of the rest of this album.

Monday, September 25, 2017

October pages for Simple Scrapper: GenCon and a piano player

October is almost upon us, so I thought I'd post the pages I completed for October Simple Scrapper. The first is about my son the piano player.

We didn't foist an instrument upon either son, although we think instrument playing is important. In elementary school Rowan, our tinkerer, decided he wanted to learn piano. He switched teachers this past year due to his former teacher taking on a full-time music job and closing her studio, so this age celebrates his new teacher, who has encouraged him to practice composing as well as playing.

Confession: I made this page as a 12x12 page, but it occupied too much space, so I trimmed it down.

I made the scallop border by punching circles and cutting them in half.

Next is a page I made about my sons' first trip to GenCon with Dad. Derick has gone several times before, and I've never scrapped it; this time I did, using some ancient Night Light die cuts from October Afternoon.

I got the pictures from my husband and my eldest son.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy layers on a scrapbook page

The school year has started out. We're not too busy with writing yet, though it's coming soon. Mostly we've been enjoying the start of Dominic's last year in middle school and the start of Rowan's first year in high school. Here's a page I made recently about the two of them and a stint in Dinner Theater:

They'd seen the show for several years and dreamed of being in it, so I want to remember each year they do it. Since it's so dark at the show, I only included one shot of the finale number, which was well lit; the one of the boys I took after.

To lighten the photos, I picked a light background paper and happy-colored Project Life cards to layer over it. They weren't enough, so I added a couple strips of scrap paper. I put the photos on top, then embellished.

Before I stuck everything down, I added some mist for some texture. Here's some details:

I don't have a lot of the Illustrated Faith line, but I was happy to use it on this page.

Some old and beloved Basic Grey layered flowers worked well for contrast on this layout.

After I was finished, I realized how symbolic, albeit inadvertently, the background paper with crosses was. My son the stickler, however, said, "They're pluses not crosses ,Mom." He obviously won't be the English teacher. Sigh.

Thank you for coming today! I hope this gave you ideas about adding colors and layers to capture the feeling on the page, even when the photos aren't stellar.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Ombre stitching on a scrapbook layout

The September sketches at Simple Scrapper are truly inspiring. After I made my pages for the magazine this month, I made another one based off another sketch, a page about my older boy's favorites from Hawaii. The sketch had a repeated title, and since this was about Hawaii, I decided to make the title ALOHA. And since rainbows were so frequent and symbolize Hawaii, I decided to make a rainbow stitched title.

For more interest, I decided to make the stitched title ombre, with the most intense colors at the top and the least intense at the bottom, sort of like the background patterned paper. I started by selecting rainbow DMC in three intensities:

Next, I cut the title in a blocky font on my Cameo and used the negative space to trace the title across the page.

After this, I used my paper piercer and foam pad to punch holes for stitching. I eyeballed it, but the holes are about 1/4 inch apart. When the letter went under a photo, I made the hole be at the edge of the photo.

To stitch, I did some estimates first: I figured that I would have about 3/4 of a letter for each color. I stitched the brightest first, and that served as a template for the rest of the stitching. Where I shifted into a new color in my first title, I did the same with the same colors on the rest of the page. Here's the final:

I used some Kelly Purkey label stamps in bright colors around the page along with some leftover Primas I have to embellish. Not too much was needed after the titles.

I never used the medium purple since the final A was always covered up!

Thank you for visiting! This was somewhat labor intensive, but it was fun to do while I watched TV, so I hope it inspired you to do some stitching on your pages.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bulletin-board scrapbooking design

When I was in college, I had a bulletin board on which I kept various photos and mementos. Later I put the photos in frames, then albums, but I remember the process of putting down photos then filling in the gaps with stuff. I did that same thing recently with a few pages. First was a year-end review page I did for 2016:

I used several photos from the year. I split the page between two pieces of patterned paper, layered some on a Project Life card and used another for journaling, then used bits of Ali Edwards' kits to fill in the blanks. It works.

I did something similar with a page about my son's recent birthday:

The photos were different sized, which left some gaps when I put them on the page. I dug out some birthday themed stickers and some similarly hued embellishments to round out the page. I think this was mostly Crate Paper.

I adhered some elements, like the camera and frame, with pop dots for greater dimension.

With some stickers, I just layer them flat on top of each other.

As always, I like to stitch some stickers down, partly for decoration and partly for adhesive.

Thank you for visiting! I hope this gave you some ideas for fitting together oddly shaped photos. I'll be back with more pages I scrapped this summer later this week.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Scrapbooking with paper strips

I have trouble getting rid of paper strips. I keep my narrow strips in a spaghetti holder.

Every now and then, I like to use strips of paper to make up the bulk of the page. (When I make these pages, I call myself a stripper. Heh.) I did that with the following layout. I had an 8x12 photo, so I only had some narrow space at the top and bottom of the page, so I dug through my strips and picked them in three hues for contrast: blues, neutrals, and brights.

Blues alone were too blah, so I had to pick some colors for contrast.

And here's my final page:

After I selected my strips, I went through my stickers to find colors and shapes that would match and contrast. Some I stitched down for interest and practicality (some of my stickers only stick with hesitance).

Thank you for visiting! I will be sharing a couple pages I made recently with what I call bulletin-board scrapbooking later this week.