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
(Warning, long post to follow, I’m really passionate about this topic – I think you’ll quickly find that’s obvious)
What does scrapbooking mean to you?
15 years ago it pretty much meant a day with some of the finest humans I know while cutting paper and placing photos on another piece of paper 30 centimetres square. We would pay $20 to cover room hire and refreshments and get busy solving all the problems in our worlds. Many times we would be also caring for babies and these babies did not always cooperate (one of my friends got covered in poop when I asked her to hold a twin “just for a sec”, to make matters worse she was on her first outing away from her own baby who is only a few months older). Sometimes the conversations were so important that the paper crafting needed to put to the side. No matter if the completed scrapbooking pages were a work of art or simply a few squares to be packed away and attempted again next time these days were always valued and our money was handed over without question. In fact if an “outsider” was at our table and would question our “value for money” due to how little paper crafting we may have achieved that session those of us within the inner sanctum would look at this person with horror – absolutely mortified that she didn’t appreciate the depth of therapy gained in that day.
These days I do my best recreate this atmosphere within my classes. I know that you can buy craft supplies anywhere and the internet is bursting with amazing ideas and tutorials. What I can offer is a day that is designed to bring you joy, a day that puts you in the company of other women who love crafting and want an escape from the pressures of daily life. If the need be I also want you to be able to find your therapy in the wisdom of everyone else sharing the space with you that day.
Today my scrapbooking is varied. So many different styles and systems have evolved since I started scrapbooking. I am so grateful for the scrapbook pages I have, they keep my memories and my photos together, reading back through them I am astonished about how much I had already forgotten! Here is a list of the projects I have ongoing and then I’ll discuss them in further detail..
Project Life year in review (using the app)
Project Life style simple scrapbooking pages to fill gaps in my traditional albums (using the physical product (journalling cards sold through Stampin’ Up! in the Project Life kits)
Traditional 12×12 scrapbooks in Creative Memory Albums
Traditional 8×8 scrapbook albums for my kids on their 21st birthdays
Special 6×8 Project Life albums for milestone birthdays.
Physical Project Life year in review albums (not using the app)
Project Life albums with physical product for each of the kid’s school work.
Project Life albums with physical product for each of the kid’s school photos.
Ok here we go…
1.Project Life year in review (using the app).
Becky Higgins is absolutely my bestie, she just doesn’t know it yet, imagine how excited she will be when she finds out!!! Look at us together, it is meant to be… I was unbelievably excited when I heard that Stampin’ Up! were going to carry Becky Higgin’s products – two of my favourite things have come together!
The Project Life App is available for both android and iOS. It has been designed to be very simple to use on either your phone or tablet/iPad. You can print directly from the App (and make photo books if you live in the US). I’ve exported my pages and then printed them through http://www.scrapbookprinting.com.au I’ve asked around and everyone who has printed digital scrapbook pages recommends these guys, they seem to be the best economical solution for 12×12 inch photo printing.
Once you get your photo pages back you slip them into page protectors and pop them into your album, done!
Another awesome integration is the PicTapGo App that works in beautifully with the Project Life App, it is quick and easy to add filters to your photos that can fix common light issues and the like.
So this system works well for me for my year in review as each Sunday night I can go through my photos on my phone and add them to the pages for that week (usually a double page spread for each normal week. If the week includes a birthday or a holiday it may be more, it the week has been very dull it may have to be a single page). The App includes a lot of collections of journalling cards and cute images that add to the appeal of your pages, there are plenty of different themes and you can purchase more if you choose.
Another tip when using the App is to set up something like iCloud photo sharing so that you can access photos from your family members or your other devices, my phone struggles with storage space so this has been invaluable for me. This style of scrapbooking will be my solution for year 2013 onwards.
2. Project Life style simple scrapbooking pages to fill gaps in my traditional albums (using the physical product (journalling cards sold through Stampin’ Up! in the Project Life kits)
I have a lot of physical product, I think hoarder is a very strong word and I’d like to think it doesn’t apply to me. For every year prior to 2009 I will be organising my photos into layouts similar to this simple ones done above and then stuck into the Creative Memories Pages and put into the Creative Memories Albums. These pages will fill the gaps in my traditional albums.
These albums can be a little easier if you already have a stack of photos printed out and you just need to cut them to size and stick them down. The journalling blocks can be a little easier to either hand-write or print onto cardstock.
3.Traditional 12×12 scrapbooks in Creative Memory Albums
My first love, not unknown for it to take days to produce just one page. Sometimes the embellishments take over the photo itself. Not something that anyone who didn’t love craft would consider. These pages are mostly before 2009 and each year is not complete, hence why I am having to fill the gaps with my system above in number 2.
You’d better believe that’s real stitching on that page, we take this craft very seriously!
Hand cut letters mean you really care…
Nothing says attention to detail like ribbon that coordinates with your photos (and too many stickers are never enough)…
4.Traditional 8×8 scrapbook albums for my kids on their 21st birthdays
These albums were started so that the kids would have a snapshot of their childhoods on their milestone birthday. These albums will be given to the kids along with a collection of letters written to them each year around their birthday. The letters talk about what they are like at that age and what is going on in our lives at that time. The albums feature a photo of them about every 6 months as well as pages that highlight various family moments (these include births of siblings or particularly special family photos). The 8×8 size is a bit easier to work on, each album is becoming quite large and may in fact end up being two or three albums per child.
The actual album itself will no doubt change before I give them to the kids….as you can see one of them was within reach of a toddler at some stage…
This is an example of a shot of the kids together that I just couldn’t resist adding.
I wanted to honour the relationship between their Dad and I so that they strive for someone who is worthy of them in their adult years.
I wanted to capture family moments and I will occasionally include a page where we are all together, we don’t get photos of the six of us often enough. Pages like these are made identically for all four albums.
These individual pages are really what the album was initially all about. In flicking through the albums I have noticed that I really need to add more dates onto pages like this. Remember that a letter for each age is to be given at the same time so a lot of journalling is not included on these pages.
5.Special 6×8 Project Life albums for milestone birthdays.
An example of this is the albums I made for each of my twins when they turned 13. These albums are hybid, meaning that they are a combination of some elements completed in the app and some physical product and embellishments. These albums are meant to be a bit of a “cheer you up” after a challenging day, a little something to look at and know that you are loved.
In preparation for making this album I created a Pinterest board that anyone can join and add to, you can check it out here.
Sorry for the quick snaps, I’ve actually put these albums away and can’t find them, when I do locate them I’ll update the photos.
6.Physical Project Life year in review albums (not using the app)
These albums will be for the years 2009-2013. I have a lot of printed photos and I have a lot of divided page protectors as well as a lot of kits. This will help to use all of these up but still get my pages done quickly. I got a whole year done one weekend.
Products required are the same as below in number 7,
7.Project Life albums with physical product for each of the kid’s school work.
In our previous home we had a massive shed that I could store multiple plastic crates full of the kid’s school work and other memorabilia. Since we have moved I have found that we simply don’t have that storage space anymore. I have also realised that paintings don’t last well, they disintegrate and get quite smelly. Big plastic crates full of bulky art work and scrunched up certificates are not appealing when reminiscing either.
To collate all of these special memories I have been scanning or photographing the art work. I then print it out as a photo on my Epson PictureMate (They are not available anymore but the link will tell you about it so maybe you can find something like it. I know that the Selphy is popular). I find that being able to print the photo instantly keeps me in place with my project and I get more done. Once the artwork is photographed and in the album the original artwork is thrown out *gasp* shocking I know!
Gets turned into this…
Much more appealing to look at and more likely to last the test of time…
For this project you need divided page protectors and an album (I needed two albums to fit all of this school work and craft into for Tegan). You could add embellishments with a kit if you wanted to.
8.Project Life albums with physical product for each of the kid’s school photos
The professional school photos that are done through the Primary School are large and difficult to display. This year I purchased a Fuse Tool (I have a love/hate relationship with it, mostly user error, if you don’t touch the red-hot metal end you’ll be fine.) The Fuse Tool means that you can convert a 12×12 page protector into a divided page to your own custom specifications.
Here’s a bit of a look at how it works….
For these albums I added printed title cards (that I made in the Project Life App) and just printed as a photo on my PictureMate.
I also added any school related photos I had for that year. All of these photos fit into one album. Do not even get me started about how much my matchy heart loved how these backdrops coordinated with each other in each line. This is the first page in the school photos album.
Each double page has the class photo, the individual photo, a title card and assorted photos from the year
The next double page spread is the mirror image of the one before due to the way the page pockets were fused
As we got into high school I needed to change the layout as instead of full class photos you get a book full of every student’s individual photo. I now have a single page for the year and then a pouch for the book.
This album and the school memory one, along with folders full of school reports and certificates were given to Tegan on her second last day of school (the actual last day was going to be super busy with the formal).
I found these lovely folders (for school reports and other important certificates, I needed two for Tegan) at Officeworks…
Thanks for reading. Contact me if you have any questions. I’d love to show you more whenever you are here so don’t hesitate to let me know what you would like to see.
Calling me Becky was always only for my Nan and my parents, in the last year Pete has really embraced it, now if I don’t get a “Becky” from him I feel like I’m in trouble! To make the name even better one of my papercrafting gurus is Becky Higgins, it’s pretty cool to share the name!
Spotlight hosted a visit from Becky Higgins last year, I of course was the first one there that morning and acted like a complete moron around her. I launched into a rambling speech about how we have the same name, who calls me Becky, why I like being called Becky, blah blah blah. Have you ever heard yourself talking and desperately wanted to stop but can not make it happen? Well that was me this day. You can even see it in our photo…
To complete the entire stalker thing I had going on I didn’t leave until Becky left, I had gifts not only for her but also for her husband, her three children and her employee travelling with her.
I had a magazine for her to sign (she was Creative Editor at Creating Keepsakes for many years, I brought along the issue with her and two of her kids on the cover) and she also signed a canvas for me (which now hangs near my studio). Tragic.
Anyway, I think she’s pretty great, she seems to have her priorities in order and I love using the Project Life App. Can you imagine my delight when I found out that Stampin’ Up! would be carrying her Project Life items, brilliant. I’m currently working on a blog post that will detail my scrapbooking in more detail so I’ll talk about that more there.
Here is another page that I did about 6 years ago when we were celebrating our 10th Wedding Anniversary…
We didn’t have Zane back then, I’m not sure how you could include a son in this type of activity?
The girls were really excited to have a turn of putting on my dress and I love the way the photos turned out. Sorry once again about the quality of this photo though, I’ll have to get that new light box made I think!
The page is also simple with a bit of machine stitching on it.
I hope you feel inspired to do a page like this with your daughters if you are lucky enough to have one, two, three or more!
Today my husband and I celebrate 16 years of marriage. I thought it was a fitting time to share this scrapbook page, one of my most favourites. I did it 6 years ago on our 10th anniversary to finish our Wedding Album that I was working on at that time. This page was a case but I have no idea where to even start looking to give the original artist credit…
The photo isn’t the best, my new light box isn’t big enough for scrapbook pages, I’ll have to make a bigger one! Hopefully you get the idea. The wedding photo was scanned in and printed out on textured cardstock to give it that muted look (no I don’t have a 12×12 printer, the ribbon is hiding a join in the paper, the text was printed out “sideways”. I think it is a simple page but very effective.
This is the journalling, which I also copied the format for but just obviously personalised it for us…
Here is some more scrapbooking using Nursery Suite Designer Series Paper….
This page features my Grandmother with my eldest child Tegan. I am grateful that she was able to meet Tegan but of course I wish that she was still here with us.
This paper has a Regal Rose background and also uses some of the Designer Series Paper from the pack “Nursery Suite” which will retire on August 31. The pennant flags have been punched with a new Punch that is just about to be released in our brand new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue that will start on September 1st. I have also used butterflies cut with the Big Shot, the “stitching” has just been done with a pen, not sure if you can tell in the photo. I would love to use my sewing machine more on my cards and scrapbooking, however when designing this page I knew I would be teaching it away from home and felt too lazy to lug my sewing maching along 🙂
The boy version….
Zane loves this page. Whenever he sees it he copies the way he has his tongue in the photo, and then has a bit of a giggle about seeing his little bare bum.