Telling Little Travel Stories on Your Scrapbook Pages

When you travel, there are always fantastic pictures and big stories of all the wonderful sights of your trip, but what about the little stories? Your favorite meal. The funny shuttle driver. The churro your son HAD to have.

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My youngest son was obsessed with getting a churro on our trip to Disneyland. Of course, the day I told him he could have one, we didn’t see a churro cart for HOURS! It was all that he wanted that day – even more than riding rides. So, when we finally found an open churro cart it was a BIG deal. Not the biggest story of the trip, but it was a big story to my son. It really captures my son at this age. To him getting a churro at Disneyland is a tradition and he is really in to tradition right now. I even kept the receipt to include on the page. Maybe when he grows up, he will marvel at how cheap churros were back in the day! ;-)

For this travel scrapbook page, I was able to use the Jillibean Soup Cold Avocado Soup collection. Back in January, I talked about how versatile this kit was. Today, it was used for travel page, stay tuned for more pages completed with this fab kit. You can pick up this great kit at The Memory Nest.

Quick Boy Birthday Cards

My youngest son and two of his best friends all had birthdays last month. So it was birthday party after birthday party in February. Thankfully, I got wise early on in the month and created a bunch of cards so I wasn’t waiting until the last minute as is my usual way.

So, I grabbed some card bases from my box of Bazzill cards and envelopes. Then I went through my patterned paper scraps and found a fun blue and grey “boy” pattern full of video game symbols. You can see a good portion of the pattern in this first card.

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After I made that card, I had some smaller scraps left over. While none of them were big enough to use another card like the one above, there were enough circles I could punch out and use as an accent on a card. I punched out as many as I could and paired them with scraps of cardstocks and stickers from SRM Press.

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Now some of the circles on the scraps of patterned paper went a little bit off the page. So that’s part of what led to the layering of the circle to cover up the flat sides. I even placed one right at the edge of the card like it meant for it to be cut off.  I used 3D foam adhesives of varying heights to get the layers just right.

It was so nice to have these cards ready to go on party day! I hope you are inspired to create a few cards of your own with some of your favorite scraps. I’d love to see what you create. Link it up here in the comments if you create a card.

Using Less Than Perfect Pictures on Your Scrapbook Pages

We all have ‘em. Pictures that are less than perfect.

Personally, many of my photos these days are taken on my phone. While it’s super easy and accessible, the pictures from my phone are not always the best, especially in low light situations. While I don’t mind deleting bad photos, sometimes they represent a memory I still want to scrapbook. When the prompt came in last month’s LOAD to use a “bad photo”, I had no problem coming up with one.
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I love this photo! It’s taken late at night at Disneyland, but the looks on the faces of my mom and my sister are so genuine and we had has such a good day. I think the photo conveys that even if it’s a little dark. Since it was a happy memory, I paired the picture with some bright and happy papers from Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook Collection. Perfect? No, but it still makes me smile!

Here’s another page I created with less than perfect photos.

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These are not the best pictures from our trip to California this summer, but this was one of my favorite nights while we were there. After a fun day at Disneyland with grandparents and cousins, I took just my 14-year-old back over after a late dinner to close down the park and ride rides until the very last minute. There was no way I was going to lug around my DSLR. I wasn’t focused on taking pictures. I just wanted to enjoy the late night running around with my kid.

Of course, there was no way either of us was going to leave our phones in the hotel room, so we have some no so great photos of riding in the front of the monorail and a fun selfie. It was a great night and a great memory and I wanted to be able to document it even if the pictures are dark.

When I look back at this page years from now, I’m not going to care about the quality of the pictures.

Do you have memories that match up with no-so-perfect photos? Don’t let that stop you from telling your stories! Pull them out today and create a scrapbook page. Leave me a link in the comments. I would love to see your perfectly imperfect photos and pages!

Summer of Selfies

Like many people, we are big fans of the selfie in our house.

It’s hard to escape it with a teenager around. Last summer, I love that my son wanted to take so many selfies together. I wanted to document this slice of life before it changes.

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I picked out my favorite five selfies of the two of us and left them as vertical 4×6’s. In my stash, I found a sunburst paper. The circle part of the sun made for a perfect place to put my title. I had grey letters to match the grey in the paper. I trimmed down the pictures just a smidge so there would be a little space between each photo. Then I added little tags from Jillibean Soup to add where we were at when we took the pictures.

Super simple and super quick, but such a true part of our life right now.

Have you printed any of those selfies? What’s stopping you from getting them on a page? Grab some paper and get it done! Leave me a comment and tell me what you like to do with your selfies.

Starbucks Scrapbooking – A Lesson in Upcycling

On cold and recent morning, I treated myself to a warm Chai Tea Latte from Starbucks.

Starbucks Scrapbooking

I’m not a coffee drinker, so it’s rare that I stop in there, but I really needed something to warm me up. Since a Scrapbook Throwdown with Messtaken Identity a few months back where she challenged me to use a coffee sleeve in my crafting, I’ve been saving these whenever I go there – however infrequent. (You can see the challenge here.)

Starbucks Scrapbooking - Coffee Sleeve

Through the magic of LOAD, Lain Ehmann somehow managed to have a prompt the next day to use a item on your scrapbook page that you created from scratch. I knew immediately I would use the coffee sleeve. I originally thought I would use whole somehow, but then I thought using a flower punch would be way more fun!

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Fun, right?

To keep with the theme, the background paper is a paper I had been practicing on using Heidi Swapp’s Shine spray. By mounting the picture on a piece of chipboard it tied in the color of the flowers. I added brads to the flowers that were the same colors as on the paper to tie it together even more.

Together - Using Coffee Sleeve Flowers -

Upcycled Coffee Sleeve Flowers -

I love the way this scrapbook page turned out! It makes me want to run out and buy another latte just so I can use the coffee sleeve again!

Do you have anything you like to use on your pages that isn’t necessarily a scrapbook product? I’d love to hear your ideas. Leave me a comment below.

LOAD214 Wrap-Up – 8×8 Scrapbook Pages Rule!

I am pleased to say I completed my 11th Layout a Day scrapbook challenge last Friday!

I did my first LOAD in October 2010 and I have done 3 a year since then. With an average of 30 layouts created in each challenge, that’s over 333 scrapbook pages. Those stacks of completed layouts are what I love about pushing myself to craft a layout every day.

Each LOAD has its own rhythm and its own personality. Every time I embark on a LOAD challenge, I am never sure where it’s going to take me, but usually there is something that pops up in the middle of the month and I run with it. I’ve started and/or finished travel albums. I’ve made a point to use chipboard. I’ve scrapped photos I never intended on scrapping. This month was no different.

One of our challenges in February was to scrap in a size we don’t normally use. I decided to create an 8×8 page.

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I have used this size in the past for a travel album but it’s been a while and I’ve never used for everyday pages. I loved getting back to it. I chose a single picture with a short little story. It was so quick and easy that it became my go-to page style for the rest of the month when I needed a quick page on a busy day.

Here are the other 8×8 pages I created in February:

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LIfe is a Highway by Kelli Panique -

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I have to say I am kind of in love with this size. I will definitely be scrapping more 8×8 pages. It’s a perfect size for those one-off photos whose story might be a little smaller. The ones that are worth documenting, but maybe don’t need a whole 12×12 layout of their own.

I highly recommend trying this smaller size. The pages come together quickly. You can use scraps from your larger pages. You can do it quickly. How perfect would that be for being creative on a stressful day? Just a little slice of happiness in the amidst of every day chaos. My kind of scrapbooking.

So give it a try! You can pick up a 8×8 album like this one to store these little pages. I know it’s on my wish list now! It will be nice to have a little album with these little slice of life pages. Every page counts!

If you like these little pages, give them a pin! If you create a smaller page, link it up here in the comments. I’d love to see it!



The Winner of Scrapped!

It’s Oscar night! While I won’t be presenting any Oscars tonight, I am presenting the winner of our Scrapped! Giveaway!

Scrapped by Mollie Cox Bryan

And the winner is…

Missy Hawkins Starliper!!

Congratulations, Missy! Please email your mailing address to and I will send you the book!

Thank you to everyone who entered. Enjoy your Oscar night!

Saturday Showcase – True Stamp + A Discount

It’s Saturday! I’ve got exciting news to share!

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If you’ve been lacking in the creative mojo, or wondering how you can get more life from the stamps you already own… or you just want to spend a day with a bunch of super-cool crafty people, then look no further!

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My friend Lain Ehmann of True Scrap has pulled together six of the hottest stamping companies around to offer a full day of inspiration and fun, such as Technique Tuesday, Lawn Fawn, Simon Says Stamp, and three more. They’ll be revealing all their best stamping tips, tricks, techniques, and secrets in the ground-breaking True Stamp event.

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True Stamp is a one-day, online, LIVE event on April 5. Yep, that’s right – all six instructors will come to YOU via the magic of the Internet in a state-of-the-art web room. You’ll watch class demonstrations, chat with instructors and other students, and have the time of your stampy life – all without leaving home (or even changing out of your PJs!).

Regularly priced at $97, if you register by 3/17/14 and use code LOVE, you can pick up True Stamp 2014 for only $49. Almost 50% off.

Don’t miss this great deal – Register here: TRUE STAMP 2014

You’ll learn from experts such as Shari Carroll, Kelly Marie Alvarez, Nichol Magouirk, Bev Grey, Bobbi Lemanski, and Kim Hughes, with a few surprise instructors.
If you’re tired of just staring at your stamping supplies or creating the “same old” projects, then check out True Stamp.

Boy Birthday Scrapbook Page

My youngest son is pretty lucky.

His birthday is in February during the Layout A Day (LOAD) Challenge. So every year since 2011, he’s had a birthday layout done with that year’s pictures on his birthday. For me, it’s fun to document those memories when they are so fresh. For him, he loves seeing his birthday pictures so quickly.

This year’s prompt around birthday time was to use black and white. Our pages tend to be full of color but Lain challenged us to see what our results would be if we left out the color. I have to say I was not terribly excited about the prospect of doing a birthday page with no color. Birthdays are bright and colorful and should be fun. Isn’t that what color conveys?

Still unconvinced, I went searching through my black/grey/tan patterned paper. (To see how I organize my paper, check out this video.) What did I find? A black, grey and white paper full of stars! Exactly what I needed for this birthday page. Stars are a go-to for my boy pages and Ethan is my little superstar. I paired the paper with some color photos of his birthday party and here’s the result.

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The grid design is a favorite of mine. The double mat of grey and white helps the pictures stand up to the busy star design. I softened up all those square shapes by adding chipboard stars. The stars pop against the little stars of the patterned paper and an element of fun to the fun of the layout.

So in the end I was able to create a fun birthday without colorful paper. Who knew?

Well, Lain did! This is one of the many reasons I love LOAD. I am constantly challenged to try something new and experiment in ways I never would have before.

Have you created any pages that go against your norm? I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments below!







Scrapped! Book Review and a Giveaway!

I recently finished reading the second book in the Cumberland Creek Mystery series.

Scrapped by Mollie Cox Bryan

Scrapped is a fun mystery as we continue to get to know the members of the Cumberland Creek Scrapbook Club. Their newest member Cookie Crandall is more than she appears to be. When two local girls are found murdered, it is up to Annie to follow the clues where the police don’t want to go. I found this read entertaining and enjoyed getting to know the residents of Cumberland Creek even more the second time around. Mollie Cox Bryan is starting to hit her stride and always has an interesting trick up her sleeve with the addition of a few supernatural elements that keep you on your toes.

This scrapbooking mystery was sent to me from Kensington Press and I want to share it with one you lucky readers! Enter the Rafflecopter below by Saturday March 1st for your chance to win this book! Winner will be announced Sunday, March 2, 2014.

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