A baby shower card, to show off my excitement to be an aunt in three months.
Sometimes a change in scenery is the best inspiration.
My friend Chantel and I spent nearly our entire Saturday scrapbooking at Archiver’s Scrap Mania this weekend. I brought a plastic storage bin, one paper container, and a box of photos that will someday complete the scrapbook I will be giving to my cousin who is graduating from high school this year.
Once I was settled into my workspace across from Chantel in the back of the store, I charged through approximately 10 pages. Considering it’s mid-March and the book should be finished by the beginning of June, I consider 10 pages to be a pretty solid start.
Scroll down to see some examples of the pages I’ve completed so far:
It’s a Boy; page one
However, I’m pleased with the amount of work I was able to finish while I was at Archiver’s, not to mention the fact Chantel and I tried some delicious food at Earth Fare, and of course, made a visit to Menchie’s for some tasty froyo during our last break of the night. Good day!
Resourcefulness is overrated.
I cranked out a lot of work last weekend to stock up on cards for upcoming birthdays, extra thank you notes, etc. As always, I tailored each design to the recipient I had in mind at the time, but I also dug a little deeper in my “scraps” and found something I could use to create several similar cards:
So, I split the front and back of the card in two to create four pieces I could work with to make four different, but similar, cards:
Sometimes my paper cutter and I don’t get along.
I’ll admit, it’s probably about that time to replace the blade for a sharper one. The current one has survived a huge batch of Christmas cards and then some.
The good news: With a bit of extra thought and creativity, you can cover up the little rips and tears you suffer from using a crummy blade.
For example, I added a bit extra to this birthday card in the effort to cover up a tear on one edge of the card stock I used for a border:
When you’re feeling under the weather, as I was for a decent part of last week, sometimes the best cure is a bit of time to yourself. A bit of relaxation. Some productivity, but more unwinding.
For me, that remedy included a lot of scrapping (handmade cards, specifically), quite a bit of cooking and baking (looking forward to trying the oatmeal breakfast muffins, pictured, that are now in the freezer), some yoga, a few hours with the family and even some cleaning, believe it or not.
Confession: It’s hard for me to leave photos behind.
Especially the cute ones, even if several photos I’m including show the same expression or smile.
And I admit I’ll cram the blurry cute ones into a layout, even if it requires a bit of last-minute re-arranging.
Who can relate to this?
Since I have a feeling many fellow scrappers have experienced the same dilemma above – several times – I’ve captured a few examples of layouts I created last year for my brother Matt’s graduation gift. WARNING: Because quite a bit of cuteness appears on each page below, your eyes may need a slight adjustment before moving forward. (Please note it’s not too often I will refer to my brother as “cute.”)
Make a full-page collage. This takes a little extra time to plan because not all photos will be cropped to the same measurements, but a full-photo layout is a great technique to use to place more focus on the photos you’re using and to create a break in your book from patterned paper, embellishments, etc.
Hope you’ve found these ideas useful! If you’re looking for more ideas let me know!