Sunday, April 30, 2017

Halloween in April: mini album acorss the years

Hello! Spring is definitely here in Minnesota, but I tend to scrap off season, so I decided to tackle some mini albums that were unfinished.

First, I added this past year's photo to the family Halloween album. I thought it would be easier to make this mini with my Bind-it-all so that I could  add new pages every year for as long as my boys dressed up.


I dug into my Halloween Iris container for this mini, mostly using October Afternoon with a little Elle's Studio and Authentique.


This first page was blank. I can see myself journaling a bit on this when they have grown up, but for right  now it's empty.


When I make a mini-album, I tend to use the same pattern for each spread. Here I liked the idea of the boys' photo taking up a full page, then the facing page having a pattered paper background with an embellishment cluster and the year. This next spread is my favorite photo I've ever taken of the boys:


Sometimes being a brother is better than being a superhero.

Here are the rest of the pages:


 

 





(One thing: You'll note that Dominic comes up to Rowan's chin. Since then, he is up to his eyes. Wow. He is growing so fast right now. When he finishes dinner, he asks for a snack.  I'm trying to avoid buying shoes and pants right now because he is growing so fast.)


I left the last page blank. If they get costumes next year, I'll use this as the page with the embellishments and the year. If not, this will be the end.


And the just plain back cover.

That is my mini! I have become enamored with making stuff that highlights the boys across the years. When I finish the next one, I will share it. That one involves baseball.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

May pages for Simple Scrapper

Now that spring has arrived, I'm draw to clean lines and open space on my scrapbooking pages. I practiced that with these May pages for Simple Scrapper. The first celebrates the first time my son flew his birthday drone:


Dominic's grandpa, a retired Navy pilot, has always given him flying remote toys, which he loves. This one we took out to a local park on his birthday to fly. It was windy (check out my husband's beard!) so it was difficult to maneuver, but it was fun.


Because I love stitching, I placed the photos in such a way so that I could draw a "flight" line between the photos to create some motion. The paper airplane I cut out from the vintage piece of Cosmo Cricket paper I found in my stash.

(Side note: my older son picked the patterned paper and the stitching colors. He's got an eye for color!)

The next page involves my dog's secret stash that is hidden behind what we call the magic door:


We keep Lola's food in the front closet, which we have to go into for many things. Any time we do, she is RIGHT THERE, tail wagging, all pert and expectant. She's not a poser, so I couldn't take a good photo of that look, so I found the cutest, most longing look I could find from past photos to scrap.

I'm not sure why, but I think of blue-green-orange as nice pet colors, maybe because they go well with Lola's brown coat. The orange buttons in the title fit that color scheme, plus solve the problem of my having run out of O's. Sigh. Since this page was about magic, I added some sequins sort of as fairy dust across the page.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

April pages for Simple Scrapper

I've been in a two-page layout kind of mood lately. Lots of photos, so I dedicated myself to getting them on a page. Not all of them, mind you, but enough to tell the full story. Here's what I did for Simple Scrapper:


First is the page I made about our trip to St. Croix State Park to go camping. I focused on the weather, which was memorable and hopefully will never happen again. I didn't fit nearly all the photos I wanted to, but I'm happy with the effect.



Next is the page about our trip to THE candy store in Minnesota. So colorful and sweet.


(I won't tell you how much money we spent in here, but my tall son is holding the receipt on page two. I still have it. They had to hand punch the amounts. Wow.)
 


So that is the month of April! I am just sending in an order of photos and am super excited to start creating again.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Birthday scrapbooking layout for my dad

My father recently had a birthday. He is at an age where he doesn't really need anything, so I make him a scrapbook page instead. He and my mom display it in a frame until I send another page, then they put it in an album and display the new page.

This page is sort of special for him. My dad was a Navy pilot, so it was no surprise that he thought to give my son a drone on his birthday so that he too could experience flight--in a way. Here's the page I made about the drone:


I took a lot of photos, but this was my favorite, showing both my son and my husband as they watched the drone in the air. I used an old piece of Basic Grey paper, which had such a lovely pattern I didn't use much else. I also added bits of a Cathy Zielske set of Project Life cards and embellishments I got at Joann's, which paired nicely with the aqua background. I trimmed or punched some designs from the cards to add to the page and used some wood veneer from the kit as well.



My dad's not a sequin guy, but it seemed to fit the page.

Thank you for stopping by! I'll be sharing my April pages for Simple Scrapper soon, so stop by again.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

March pages for Simple Scrapper

March has arrived! This is when my grades are due, and after finishing grading research papers and before finalizing my grades for the trimester, I wanted to share this month's pages for Simple Scrapper.

First is a page that uses a new story starter and an old sketch:


This month's story themes evolve places, so I wrote about one of our favorite places at a local attraction, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Hedge Maze. This, by the way, is my first panorama photo I took on my phone. Woot!

Next is the new sketch and old story starter:


We like visiting my husband on our days off from school. Partly we miss him and want to visit, but mostly we want to eat in St. Paul. Yum! I used some products from the Ali Edwards Story kits for this page.

Thank you for visiting! Now that my grading is done for a while, I am looking forward to digging into the photos I've had knocking around for a while. I also look forward to printing vacation photos from Glacier and Maine--I am almost caught up with those albums. Hooray!
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Scrap retreat: Two-page layouts

I'm back to share the two page layouts I made at my scrap retreat last month. One I can't share: it will be published in the Spring issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today. Woot! Here's the other pages:


I think this might be my favorite. We went to an orchard when my mom was here this past fall, so I put together wallet-sized photos with my favorite in a 4x6 photo. I used some newer products by Jen Hadfield and some Cathy Zielske stamps and chalks for the title (I'm trying to use some long-neglected products). Bonus: I had forgotten to put two photos on the page, so I managed to put them on the right side and still not make it look busy.

Next is a page about my last spring break:


We visited two places: Chicago, which is the page that is published, and Holland. I loved picking traditionally springlike colors for this page, paired with some vacation embellishments. Plus: I love the stained glass photo in the middle. The circle is nice in the middle.

Next is a summer visit to the Science Museum:


This was a surprise when we visited: we got the opportunity to visit the storage stacks, where they showed all that they had in the vaults. I tried to keep the book Relic out of my mind while we were there, and it mostly worked. The boys had a blast, and I recorded our favorite parts. Highly recommended if your Science Museum offers a visit behind the stacks.

Finally, another old haunt, the Arboretum:


I mentioned before that I've been trying to use some Project Life products and kits. On this page I used some of my Ali Edwards story kits. I think it worked. I used as background some beloved Fancy Pants old paper. I had to retool the background paper to make the flourishes match more.

Thank you for checking out my pages! I love doing two-page layouts, and I hope this gives you ideas for how to make them work.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Scrap retreat: Single page layouts

Hello! It's been a busy month: two birthdays (mine included), plus the research paper at school where I comment on the process writing multiple times (collecting the final drafts right now), plus my eldest registering for high school. Sigh. So I'm going back a month to share some pages I made at a scrap retreat back when it was cold. I'm focusing on the single pages first.

This first one celebrates Mother's Day, plus the fact that I get to spend the day with my boys watching superhero moves every year (thanks, Marvel--for real!):


At the retreat I brought my Project Life cards to make a hole in my stash. It worked!

Next is a page about my eldest's birthday last year:


I found I was more inspired to scrap when I got regular product in the mail, so I subscribed to Ali Edwards' story kit. You can see some of the product on this page, plus the glorious chipboard floppy disk photo frame that I finally had a use for.

Next a page about my son attending summer camp at Leonardo's Basement, a terrific place that focuses on science, art, and social skills:


The arrow was from the Ali Edwards kit, part of a pad of shaped paper. I find it easier to work with when I mount it on white cardstock (it's see through otherwise), though you can still see the edges a bit. Sigh. Love this older Heidi Swapp architechture paper on this page.

Another page about my younger boy, with his favorite shirt from last year (try not to be mesmerized):


When your son comes home with a recipe he wants to make, it must be done.

Another scrap weekend from last spring with my talented friend Tina:


At this latest scrap retreat I challened myself to use long-neglected products in my stash. Here you see a mask and some mist, along with my circle cutters, which are dying (Farewell, Coluzzle. I loved thee well.)

And a page about a funny story at the Arboretum last summer:


I used lots of girly products on this page, since it was about nature. I think the wood gran and print paper as the background subdue it enough for a boys' page.

Finally, what may be my favorite:


A few years ago we went to the Boston Aquarium. When there, the boys and I had fun trying on some funky fish hats. At the Sea Life Aquarium at the Mall of America last year, we did the same, so I put them together on this page. On this scrap retreat weekend, we made a jaunt up to Pine City to the Scrapbooking Company, where I got this nautical product. I thought of using it for our last trip to Maine, but I cracked it open and used it for this page. So glad I did!

Thank you for checking out my pages! So, so sorry about the neglected blog this past month. Soon I'll be sharing my two-page spreads, plus my March pages for Simple Scrapper.