Category: scrapbooking

Layout Share – Crossing off States

Here’s another page from the 2017 trip.

A brief story to go with the photos –

It’s on my list…… cross off 30 States…… We added 5 this trip! Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana. That makes 19. Yay. 

Perhaps the story should also have mentioned how hard it is to get photos of the state signs! These two were the best all of us had. But they are a fun reminder of my quest.

A Scrapbookers Story – The 2017 USA Album

This post has been six months in the writing! Everything I wrote last year about this album and way back here about how I began the preparation for still holds true but I wanted to bring it all together and fill in some gaps and give an idea of the overall album.

After I’d taken the Travel Scrapbook Class from Ali Edwards last August I felt inspired to get this album finished. I knew my task would be a big one so I brought all the photos, ephemera and completed pages together on the patio table (it was so hot last summer!) along with a pad of sticky notes and spent a lovely morning working through the pictures, looking at the ephemera and getting organised. When I was finished in the planning stage I took this photo……

All those post it notes were either layouts to finish (I went through a phase of starting layouts) or indicating a photos tucked into a 12 x 12 page protector waiting for the story to be told.

As it stood right there and then physical album was almost full. Adding another twenty or so pages was going to spill out of that album and I didn’t want to have more that one album for this trip.

It was certainly overwhelming so I split the task of deciding what to do next into a few little chunks.

First, I put most of the ephemera I wanted to keep into divided page protectors.

I used the 12 pocket page protectors from Becky Higgins.

Second, I began to finish all the half made pages. Here is an example of one I had started and not completed.

Third, I went through all the photos I’d designated for layouts and thought about whether they actually needed a 12 x 12 page. This was hard. When I got all those photos printed I wanted to tell all the stories. I was so in love with that trip, it was pretty special and I wanted to remember every teeny tiny detail.

I think something that taking Ali’s class helped with was the reminder that you cannot tell all the stories and you do not have to used all the photos!

Phew that was hard to write but I can see how true it is especially when faced with so many pictures.

Using a technique I’d used before I added lots of photos to 6 pocket pages. Photos where there wasn’t a story to tell but I still wanted to be able to see the pictures I’d taken. Or where I felt the story didn’t warrant a full layout. It’s the fusion of a traditional photo album with a scrapbook album and I like the way it breaks ups the stories and gives a more complete picture.

Here are a few of those pages.

I added words along with the photos where I felt I needed to.

And also had some double spreads too.

I wasn’t precious about side on photos either!

Just popped them in the pockets.

Oh my I love seeing them all.

This technique allowed me to cut back on the layouts which means I can just about fit everything into this one album.

As of today I have two more 12 x 12 layouts to make. Hooray!  Yes, there are less 12 x 12 stories than I wanted but all of the ephemera is in there, almost every photos is included and it gives a great overview of the trip.

It is never a bad idea to reevaluate. There is no right or wrong here just what works for you at that moment in time. Here’s to getting the stories told.

Layout Share – Room Service

Now you know we love a pizza in this house but truly this pizza was the longest planned meal ever!

Room Service

Here is the story –

When I discovered that a certain hotels did pizza deliveries I knew I had to book one of those. This pizza was a longtime planned but I loved it all the more for that. He was such a good host that Mickey Mouse. Always get pizza delivered. 

Oh my goodness. It was a good pizza. Loved telling this story. Such fun.

Update on the USA album……….Over the last weekend I been scrapbooking like a mad thing and have more pages from this album done. I can’t believe how many stories I have managed to tell from a 15 day holiday! I haven’t quite finished but it does feel so much closer. I am tempted to leave it as it is and jot down the rest of the stories and know that I can come back to them anytime. We’ll see.

I have also put together last years  Week In The Life™ album and two years worth of London trips. I told you was scrapping like crazy. It feels great to be getting the photos in the albums. 

Layout Share – Oh Fun

Another story from the 2017 holiday.

Oh Fun

Here’s the story –

Riding on a carousel was on H’s summer list so we had to have a go right? It was a fav. I loved the simplicity of it, the old fashioned ness. It was magical and non scary! I felt young and full of fun. A real treat.

Loved using this bright and cheerful paper to go with the photo of me on that Disney World ride. Gav did a great job catching me as we twirled round and round. Such a great story to have in the books. Simple but perfect for that.

December Daily® 2018 – Day Eight to Day Thirteen

More from this little project.

Day Eight began with this red envelope and a lovely star.

I removed the star and made a spread all about making the Christmas pudding and then going to                    to see the first Star Wars film accompanied by a live orchestra! It was amazing. Would definitely recommend this kind of concert.

Day nine is a photo on the back of the Star Wars picture of the crazy pooch laying as close to the                  fire as he can…..

Day ten began as a velum page.

I kept the vellum and added a big title onto a photo of the back of our house for day ten. You                    can’t really see him but Buddy is sat by the doors looking out at me. Always love a ‘looking in’                photo.

For day eleven I added a picture of making Christmas cakes and slipped the story into the pocket                I’d already made for this day. A strip of washi tape adds a little colour.

Day twelve was all about the purchasing of our T.V magazine of choice for festive telly watching.

Very busy day thirteen which began like this.

I kept the number and made another spread with a couple of photos and in between them I                      added an envelope with the story on the outside.

Love this photo of my Mum and our youngest family member.

And of course my darling niece. We went to see Bohemian Rhapsody at the cinema.

And finally for this update day fourteen.

I added the two labels from a new little tree into a pocket page. I thought it was interesting that                      they told you on the label how to look up where the tree had been grown. It was something that                needed to be kept.

Okay back with the rest soon.

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December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

Layout Share – Good Times on the People Mover

Way back in October I shared a layout from our 2017 USA trip and said I was hoping to wrap up the album by the end of the month. Seems that no goal setting stuck in 2018!

But…… A new year brings new enthusiasm and while I was putting all the Christmas things away and getting December Daily finished I found the aforementioned album at the bottom of piles of festive stuff! I hadn’t so much forgotten about it just one of those phases of doing other hobbies and putting scrapping to one side.

I have tidied my desk and have photos and post it notes laid out up there. I also have Project Life all over the dining room table…………. I’ll get there.

Anyway I thought I’d share a page that is complete.

Good Times on the People Mover

Here is the story –

So glad we waited in the queue for them to fix this sweet little ride. I remember I loved it the first              time in 2013 with Bev etc. And really loved taking Gav on it this time. A perfect vantage point above the crowds to see all around. One of my favourite moments.  

Love this page and the story. Looking forward to getting the rest of this album finished! Onwards.

December Daily® 2018 – Day Three to Seven

Well December you have done it to me again. I blinked and it’s the 20th! How does that happen?? Still wanting to share the days I have managed to complete so here are a few more days.

At the time of writing we are having computer problems so I can’t access the original pages from my post in November…… hey ho.

Day three was all about my new bottle brush tree and the house I made during our girls crafting day.

Day four was a fold out page and it stayed like that. I stamped ‘the story of the tree’ in red ink on the page.

Added a photo of a silver star that is hanging on our little tree then wrote the story on the fold out portion of the page.

A few words for the fifth.

More moaning about my cold on the sixth but a lovely story about H making her cards. The white pen was a challenge!

A two page spread for day seven. Above is a photo of my sister and my brother in law (who’s carrying my tree) And later H and I went to my Mums to decorate her tree. It is a tradition I love.

I hadn’t added any words when I took the photos. Wasn’t sure where I wanted to add the stories. As it turned out I wrote directly onto the photos. Seems that’s my go to this year.

And there we have a few more. Hope your December is going well.

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December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

December Daily® 2018 – Day One and Two

At the start of the month I thought it might be tricky to get this album made day to day but it has been more of a challenge than I thought! December always does it to me. But with the hectic and rushed comes the good too I just need to keep reminding myself about that.

Anyway here is day one and two.

As you can see I wrote about my feelings for the spirit of Christmas on day one and the traditions that get the month going. If you recall the only prep for this day was the white page base and the number ‘1’. That starburst circle is actually the negative bit from an Ali Edwards sheet of silver die cuts. I backed it with more white card and added a one on top.

I’d gone along to the local photo shop last Saturday, the 8th, and printed a weeks worth of pictures. All 4 x 6 some portrait and some landscape and all taken with my phone. The above photo was a portrait one so I cut it down to fit the page which is about 5 x 7. Love having the photo run up to the edge of the page on the right hand side. The words strip is also and Ali design from a past December Daily kit.

Day two was changed from the original which looked like this.

I wanted to include the snow globe because it’s sooooo cute so I cut it out of the paper and simply adhered it to my photo.

I added a tab page turner on the right and wrote (rather messily!) my words on the mirror in the photo. All about another wonderful tradition, girls crafting day.

Hoping your holiday season is going well and will be back soon with more.

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December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

December Daily® 2018 – Album Cover and Foundation Pages

At last I’m sharing the set up for this years album. What with Gav moving the site and then my laptop crashing a few days ago I thought I’d never get the chance to share my album before the beginning of the month!

But I made it, just!

I made a change this year and have gone back to a smaller sized album. The main reason for this is to do with my photo printing issues. After struggling with poor prints on my home printer last year I have decided to use my local photo printer instead of doing it at home this year.  It isn’t my preferred option but I’ll give it a go and in this spirit I have down sized my album so I can include mainly 4 x 6 sized pictures.

I have also returned whole heartedly to red!

Using up lots of older supplies.

And a couple of new ones. Love those transparent stars from Ali Edwards.

Also love some fold out pages.

Leaving lots of pages loose and including a few pocket pages cut down to size.

Envelopes are a true favourite.

Like I say very loose!

I even found some cast off paint projects! I may cover all of this up but we will see.

So there we have it. A foundation to build this years stories upon. I’m very excited to begin this lovely tradition once again.

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December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

Layout Share – Remember This

Another one of those photos that I snap and then simply must scrap to capture that moment in time.

Remember This

I used a numbered list for the journalling this time. Just a couple of details about where and who.

  1. We’d been to St Petersburg. Him for the Dali Museum, us for the craft shop.
  2. Every time we went through the barrier back to Caribbean Beach the driver had to remove their MAGIC BAND to open the barrier. 
  3. He loves to drive.
  4. Just love this photo and all that it reminds me of. 

Ages ago I promised an update on this albums progress. I have failed in that so far. But I do hope that I can round up this trip soon even if that means I come back to some stories. There are several pages already made and a few stories that I MUST tell and I’m setting myself the challenge of doing all that by the end of the month!

Wish me luck.