A month of scrapbooking – day 5

Here we are at day 5 of my own scrapbooking challenge…“to complete an unfinished layout or create a new one from scratch every day for the next 30 days”.  Check out this first post here to get some more information on my children’s scrapbooks *day one* 

I don’t have a layout to show you today, but heaps of preparation was done so I’m saying that my efforts count 🙂

I was finding that I was getting muddled about where I was up to and so took the time to plan my missing layouts and print my photos.  I find this hard as I get so sidetracked by all the gorgeous photos and memories!

I have a little PictureMate Epson Printer (which I love but they are discontinued) so I can print my photos off as soon as I have found them. This is a game changer for me, I get so much more done this way, I would lose so much momentum by having to wait until I could get to a photo printer.

As they were printed I added their dates onto a post it note and then slid the photo and date into the appropriate empty page protector.  This keeps my layouts in order so I can easily see where I need to catch up.

As I see photos that I want to use I can often match them up with a layout I’ve pinned to my Scrapbooking Pinterest Board.  If a layout seems perfect I’ll print it out and pop it in with the photo in the page protector (I won’t remember which one I liked otherwise).  It saves time when I got to put the page together.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

A month of scrapbooking – day 4

Here we are at day 4 of my own scrapbooking challenge…“to complete an unfinished layout or create a new one from scratch every day for the next 30 days”.  Check out this first post here to get some more information on my children’s scrapbooks *day one* 

Today’s layout is one that is repeated across all four scrapbooks.  As I have mentioned before I love having photos of all the kids in each album, siblings are such a constant part of their lives throughout their childhood and so I want this reflected in their albums too.  I do have photos of Pete and I in their albums also, however probably not as much as I need to (note to self-get some more photos of us in there 🙂 ).

For this page I just needed to add the date, I just added the year in this case.  I added each child’s age also as you can see above the photo, this shows me that the photo was taken towards the end of 2009 which I felt was enough information in this instance.  I simply printed out the details on some vellum and punched it out to layer on the paper already there.  Fast fuse is my pick to adhere vellum down.

The orange is Pumpkin Pie.  The designer series paper was one by Stampin’ Up! and is long retired now.

Any questions please let me know.

A month of scrapbooking – day 3

Here we are at day 3 of my own scrapbooking challenge…“to complete an unfinished layout or create a new one from scratch every day for the next 30 days”.  Check out this first post here to get some more information on my children’s scrapbooks *day one* 

Yesterday I showed you the layouts for each of my daughter on their first birthday.  My son’s needed to be different as they had such feminine floral designs.  I did find that the layout and colours I came up with for his layout did suit pages for my girls and so duplicated the look for them too.

As part of my challenge I simply had to add their “number” and a date, you will notice that Zane’s layout is more distressed around the edges and I have used two greens.  I purchased this paper so long ago I’ve got no idea what the brand or style is, it was just from a  store, not Stampin’ Up! *gasp*

Any questions just let me know!

A month of scrapbooking – day 2

Here we are at day 2 of my own scrapbooking challenge…“to complete an unfinished layout or create a new one from scratch every day for the next 30 days”.  Check out this first post here to get some more information on my children’s scrapbooks *day one* 

Today I’ve simply added dates to a layout that was completed (fun fact – this is a redo layout, I hated the first one I had done).  I know I’m only sharing 3 of my 4 kids here, my son’s page is quite different, I’ll be back with that one tomorrow.

These pages basically do use lots of Stampin’ Up! items but aside from the Very Vanilla and Early Espresso cardstock they are all retired 🙁

Any questions please let me know!

A month of scrapbooking – day 1

Scrapbooking = number 1 crafting love for me.  I think the combination of preserving my family’s memories whilst also being creative is a perfect use of my time.  Kids are always cute in photos so even if I’m having a bit of a rough time with any of them I can connect through the photos and the memories and remember how worthwhile my role as their mother is.

Honestly though my scrapbooking efforts have been dismal of late, however for the next 30 days I have set a goal to complete or create from scratch a page for each of my children’s special personalised albums.  These albums are 8×8 inch (I find this to be a really achievable page size for me).  They will be presented to each child on their 21st birthday.  There is a layout for at least every 6 months of their life – but many extra pages too, such as when it was an especially gorgeous photo or milestones for their siblings.

I’m at least 4 years behind on these albums and many pages are missing dates or journaling. I’m actually not too heavy on the journaling on any of the pages as I write a letter to each child around their birthday anyway (which they also will receive on their 21st birthday) so a lot of information is in them instead.

This is a page that will be included in each album in exactly the same layout. I love making sure they all appear in each other’s album as they grow and change.  Some of the items I’ve used are retired but could easily be adapted with new items.

I’ve added this supply list below.  I can’t find the little butterflies or the tags as they were Sizzlets we had ages ago.  The crumb cake card stock was stamped with Timeless Textures, I adore this stamp set, I think it adds so much detail to the layout.  Everything has been sponged which also easily adds interest to an otherwise simple layout.  The “never stop exploring” was stamped with Versamark and heat set with clear embossing powder.  Any questions please ask!
Product List

Project Life Let's Get Away Photopolymer Stamp Set

Project Life Let’s Get Away Photopolymer Stamp Set
[137157]
$24.00

Alphabet Rotary Stamp

Alphabet Rotary Stamp
[133769]
$26.00

Pineapples!

The pineapple stamp set retired last year, however I had to keep it in my stash as a bestie said how much she did not relate to the Pineapple trend that you see all over the shops right now.

It was recently her birthday.  I felt it was my duty to get her a pineapple keyring

and a pineapple mug

and make a pineapple tag with the retired stamp (plus the new Happy Birthday thinlit)

And wrap it all up in a cute bucket from Kmart with some gorgeous little pineapple lights.

Obviously she LOVED it.  In an added insult the mug was broken along the way and she cut her finger on the glass #winning

Happy Birthday Mel.  I’ll start collecting for next year…..and remember I “hate” diamonds 🙂

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