The Importance of Scrapbook Organization

Hi friends,

While I was in KS my mom-in-law gave me all sorts of scrapbook things that she acquired from garage sales and thrift stores.  I’ve mentioned this before.  It is always fun to get the new to me stuff.  She gave me a pile of old scrapbook magazines.  I must admit that I didn’t read them cover to cover but I did go through all the magazines and gleaned a few tidbits from them.  Over the next few days I want to share some of it.

The magazine that this information is coming from is Creative Keepsakes.  A lot has changed since these magazines were published but some things remain the same.  One of these is why it is important to keep our scrapbook stash organized – it can become overwhelming at times.  I am just giving a real brief hi-light of the article.

  1.  More time to actually scrapbook.    If you know where everything is then it takes less time to find it when you need it.   It also makes cleanup go a lot faster.
  2. Less things (especially photos) misplaced or damage.  The example given is photos in a shoe box – how they tend to get the corners bent and photos damaged.  A lot of times you know that you have a picture but you just can’t seem to locate it.  Ugh!  The same thing can be applied to scrapbooking supplies.  I have bent a lot of stickers.
  3. Not buying duplicates.  I have bought duplicates of different scrapbooking supplies because I have either forgot that I owned them or I can’t find them and really need that Item immediately.  Pretty wasteful.  Usually the duplicate shows up soon after the new item is bought.
  4. Cheaper in the long run.  At first proper storage may seem like it cost too much but it is really economical when considering there is much less chance of damage to the supplies that have already been purchased.  Scrapbooking supplies can be pricey.
  5. Finally, when our supplies are organized there is less stress and more productivity.  Scrapbooking should be enjoyable.  Let’s make it more so by doing what we can to keep our things organized.     My things are much neater and organized than they use to be but I still have a lot of room for improvement.

Hope this helped to encourage you.  What I try to do is every time I scrapbook I try to put everything away and then do one or two extra things to make everything a little nicer.  Doesn’t always happen but it does for the most part.

Hope you weekend is wonderful!

God bless!

Project Life Week 22

Hey,

Another PL week is finished.  This was a big week so I had two pages for the layout.

Page one of PL week 22.

Page one of PL week 22.

The top row and middle row had to do with my niece’s, Ashlyn, high school graduation.  I used the program to fill the first pocket and then the middle two pockets on the second row.  I used a perfect PL card – her future is very bright.  On the bottom row is Tim skating at a skate park close to their house.

Second page of PL week 22.

Second page of PL week 22.

The first picture on the top row is my middle son, Ben, pushing his kids on the swing.  The second pic is of my nephew winning state for shotput and discus in Kansas.

The first two small pics on the middle row is Absey and Matthew at the park.   Of course the big picture on the bottom row is the same.  The third slot on the middle row is the week 22 card.  It is a PL card with two brads for the WK and two stickers for the 22.  I also added a sticker that says, “pretty please don’t ever row up”.  So sweet.  Our kiddos and grandkiddos grow up so quickly.  I don’t think we realize it most of the time.  The last small slot on the middle row is explaining my nephew winning state.  I had two perfect stickers – one of a shotput and one of a discus.

Finally, the last pic of the page is of Absey and Matthew falling to sleep in the car after school.  I find myself writing a lot on the boarder of the pictures.  Sometimes I think it is a shortcut that I overuse.  But….if it keeps me progressing then it is worth it.  I really enjoy these albums.

God bless all of you cyber buddies!

Project Life Week 21

Hi friends,

Back to PL.  I can’t wait to get caught up.  It has been kind of fun looking at the things that we did when the school year was ending and summer was starting.

Week 21 - Memorial Day.

Week 21 – Memorial Day.

The middle slots on the top row  shows my burnt legs.  Brad and I went to the beach to just walk in the sand with our toes in the water.  We brought chairs (one reclining) to relax and enjoy God’s creation.  I was in the reclining one and I got really relaxed.  I fell asleep.  I woke up to my arms burning.  I had put sunscreen on my face in the morning and I wore a hat so my face didn’t get burnt.  I wore capris so only the bottom half of my legs were burnt.  But they were very burnt.  In the first slot was a card that I cut from decorative cardstock.  It showed 10 beach rules.  On the picture I wrote #11 – wear sunscreen.  In the last slot on the top row is a picture of my sweet nieces on their trampoline in their swimsuits that I sent to them.  So cute!

On the bottom row is a picture of a wreath that Brad and I made.  We have enjoyed it all summer.  In the last slot is my nephew Joe who is currently serving this wonderful country.  He is enjoying his children on his return home.  This picture is a little out of order but I thought it was appropriate since we were celebrating Memorial day during Week 21.  I put a PL card of the flag in one small slot.  On the white stripes I wrote about Joe.  In the last small slot I made my week 21 card using a PL card, and numbers out of chipboard.

Slowly but surely I am catching up!  Hope you are having a productive week!

God bless!

 

Project Life Week 20

Hi  crafting friends,

I am focusing on getting caught up on PL.  I am back in May and it is August.  I don’t like this situation.  I am having a hard time figuring out what week the pictures belong in.   What I have been doing is grabbing my calendar or going to Facebook to jog my memory.  That really helps but it is also time consuming.

Complete layout of PL week 20.

Complete layout of PL week 20.

The first slot is my week 20 card.  I used a PL card and added a soccer rub on.  It must have been an older rub on because the first part (the star with a soccer ball and the “S” ) adhered to the card but the letters T A R  would not stick no matter how much I rubbed.  I ended up putting 3 alpha stickers on the card to replace the bad rub on.  I also added alpha stickers for Week 20.   The two pics on the top part of the page is of Absey’s last spring soccer game.  The journaling card tells the story of the pictures.  I changed pen colors when I started writing about another picture.

The first slot on the bottom of the page is something that I found on Facebook.  It was taken from the newspaper of the town that I grew up in.  The bottom right picture is my sister and I back in 1973.  I had to save it.  What a better place then PL.  The two small pics is actually one picture that I cut in half.  It is something that I found and really liked on Facebook or Pinterest.  I have been doing that to pictures/ideas that I really like.  The final picture is of Brad and two of the grandkids at the park.  We were babysitting for a few hours while their parents went on a mini date.  Win – win.

Pretty laid back week.  Hopefully the next post will be week 21.

God bless!

 

Another Terri Page

Hi friends,

Terri made a page with a lot of complementary colors and layering.

Terri and her hubby on a road trip.

Terri and her hubby on a road trip.

Terri started with her background page and added two diagonal strips of paper in complementing colors.  She then added a piece of paper on the left side of the layout.  (she used some of this paper on her bees layout from yesterday).  Terri then adhered her pictures, tore the piece of numbers paper so that the core of the paper is showing, and then adhered the paper to the layout.  All she has left to do is to add a tag with journaling.

Great job, Terri.  I love how all the papers’ colors are in the number paper.

God bless!

A Fun Terri Page

Hello,

When in Kansas Terri shared a couple of pages that she was working on.  As usual, she is awesome.

Bee time!

Bee time!

Terri and her husband are venturing into the beehive (honey) business.  Terri is still going to add another picture and a tag but look at the cute beehive she made (and the real one that is awesome).  On the tree branch Terri took an actual twig and adhered it to the paper art.  Adds nice texture.  She also added some faux leaves for the texture and fun. This is going to be a great page for her honey of an album.  😉

Thanks Terri!

God bless all of you!

Getting Creative with a Few Supplies

Hello friends,

I was in KS and knew that I was going to scrap with friends.  I brought a few items and intended on buying a few more at Hobby Lobby.  I was so busy that a Hobby Lobby stop just wasn’t possible.  My mom-in-law had given me some things from her garage sale/thrift store hauls.  That is what I used.

The view from the top of the light house.

The view from the top of the light house.

I combined 5″x7″ papers to make a decorative background paper.  I attached them to a thin white sheet of paper.  There were two different patterns.  I attached the two pics together.  I then used some adhesive letters with different fonts below the pictures.  I added two different stickers that I did bring from home.

An easy page but two more pictures scrapped.  To be honest, most of what I completed was gabbing with my friends.  A very fun night!

God bless!

Designing Paper with Water Colors and Salt

Hi guys!

When in KS I scrapped with a lovely group of ladies.  My friend’s Terri and Linda helped me to make a couple of videos.  One of them I posted on YouTube and I will provide a link below if you would like to watch it.  It shows how to do what I am going to tell you.  🙂

One of the papers that we designed with watercolors and salt.

One of the papers that we designed with watercolors and salt.

To make the background paper we had watercolor paper that we spritzed with water and suctioned it to Plexiglas which was spritzed with water.  We then spritzed the front of the paper with water and brushed diluted watercolors onto the paper.  Finally we shook course salt (the bigger the more texture) onto the paper.  The salt absorbed the water and paint when it dried.  After it dried we rubbed the salt off and ended up with wonderful texture and design.  I added pictures, stickers, and an awesome compass embellishment to the paper for a really cool layout.

 

Hope you enjoy and don’t mind getting a little messy sometimes.

God bless!

Graduation Page – Year 3

Hi friends,

Yesterday I decided to go ahead and make my annual graduation page. I started making a page every year that holds all of the graduation announcements I receive.  Normally I receive 2-4.  Last year I only received one.  This year I ran above normal.  What I do when I have a lot is crop announcements and pics and then start layering.  I try and make sure that the important stuff is showing.  I start feeling guilty for cutting up announcements and pictures but then I remind myself that if they aren’t in an album they will be in a box somewhere gathering dust and not ever being seen.

My 3rd graduation page.

My 3rd graduation page.

I really like how this page turned out.  I did notice that one of the graduates names did not end up showing so I thought I would go add some alpha stickers to the top of her picture (or something).  I just had a decorative page that I added a border sticker to.  I trimmed and layered all of the announcements and pictures.  One announcement had the saying, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed”.  I cut that out and it ended up being placed over part of the border sticker.  Page complete for the year.

Hope all is going well with you!

God bless!

Project Life Week 19

Hello my faithful followers,

It has been so long since I have had a chance to blog OR scrap.  I am in a hotel on my way back from summer vacation with family and friends.  I have a few things to share so I thought I would get one post written before I hit the sack.

Page one of PL week 19.

Page one of PL week 19.

Week 19 was a very busy week for my family.  The top row is of Ben’s birthday.  His birthday really wasn’t until Monday the 11th (same as his son Matthew) but he wanted a Krispy Kreme donut cake (a family tradition for him started when he was a teenager).  We decided to have his cake on Friday the 9th and then to have Matthew’s on the 11th.  I made a tag using PL colored cards and a sticker that says EAT CAKE.  I marked out cake and using alpha stickers I put the word donuts below.  In the slot below that I wrote about our tradition for Ben’s birthday cake.

On Saturday Tim and I drove to Ashville, NC.  He was going to go meet his birth mom for the first time.  I put the personal info inside the folding PL card below the small picture.  I added a pretty sticker flower to  the outside of the PL card.  The bottom right photo is Tim’s girlfriend, Camila, giving him a big hug.  He didn’t tell her that we were coming (he did talk to her mom) and she was very surprised.

Page two of PL week 19.

Page two of PL week 19.

While Tim was visiting Camila, I went to visit my friends Fannie and Karl.  I was playing table top ping pong with their son in the first top photos.  I journaled about it using a PL journaling card and a sticker that says friends.

The rest of the page is about Matthew’s birthday (and Ben’s) and Matthew’s Avenger birthday cake that I made.  I really love the Birthday Bash tag that I have been saving for such a time as this.   I added a PL card that I added alpha and numeric stickers that told that it was week 19.  I also added another PL card that I added a birthday cake sticker to.

A lot of fun pictures – too much for one page.

Hope to get back on here and be more consistent next week.  A lot of fun ideas coming up!

God bless!