Scrapbook Layout Share

Recent scrapbook layouts

I was fortunate to get to attend 3 crops so far this year! So I accomplished quite a few layouts (for me). When I go to crops, I tend to spend a longer time creating & trying out different techniques since I have a decent amount of time to focus on scrapbooking.

At 2 crops I worked on layouts and a traveler’s notebook from my Hawaii trip last year. At the 3rd crop, I just worked on cards to catch up my stash and prepare for a few card-worthy events coming up.

Here are just a few layouts I didn’t share yet:

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This is just a simple Christmas layout of a family photo.┬áThe photo was edited with Photoshop Elements and printed through Persnickety Prints. I love this Carta Bella Christmas Delivery collection. I add a few of my signature designs with the folded up paper corner, page flags and stapled tab. The busy plaid green paper didn’t need too much embellishment.

Farmers market layout

I love this photo of my farmer’s market haul. Farm fresh brown eggs & flowers. This scene is pretty frequent in my summer. I knew I wanted to add some of the Graphic 45 paper from Home Sweet Home collection. I grew up in the suburbs, but where I lived it was more country, my neighbors had hens and we always had brown eggs. When I see this paper I always think of those memories growing up of my Dad’s huge garden, having to snap beans, pick & weed, Mom making quarts of tomato sauce, cherry pie parties with neighbors, it was truly something out of a Norman Rockwell scene.

I struggled with the title. I did not have my Silhouette machine with me and none of my alpha stickers worked (I kno right!). So I just handwrote the title. It’s probably a little smaller than I wanted, but I was focused on lettering neatly!

I still want to add some white stitching around the outside. It is sitting in my “to-do” bin waiting for a chance to get to stitching on a few layouts.

Gray love layout

This candid snap was taken while placing the phone on the steps and trying to take a picture of us. It caught us in the midst of just playing around smooching. Love the light streaming in and contrast. I wanted to just use some pretty papers, but also have a gray layout. The cardstock is Papertrey Ink, and pattern paper from Simple Stories Heart Collection & another one I can’t remember! The SS Heart Collection is a very versatile one, I’ve used it on several different types of layouts. The colors of mint, black, gold, gray & mustard are a fav combo. The transparent ‘love’ journal card is an old one from Kelly Purkey. I thought of stitching on this layout too, but then decided I liked it as is and slipped it into my 2016/2017 album.

I’ve shared a bit of the layouts below on Instagram, but here they are again:

Celebrate life layout

Green cardstock: Papertrey Ink; Yellow PP: Amy Tangerine Plus One, 6×6 American Crafts Happy Place; Instax photo printed with SP-2 printer; Celebrate Life giant stickers from MAMBI; Clear embellishment: Heidi Swapp Lightbox Icon Inserts

At the one crop, the door prize I picked were the Heidi Swapp Lightbox Icon Inserts. I don’t have a lightbox, but I thought they could make cute embellishments. I challenged myself to make a layout with them, and saw the photobooth props and remembered a photo of my nephew & I with mustaches. I brought my handy Instax SP-2 printer (more to come on that) with me to the crop, which makes it so easy to print photos as needed. A few quick edits in PicTapGo and voila, ready to make a layout!

Hawaii layout

As strange as it sounds, I don’t traditionally scrapbook vacations. It’s just too overwhelming! For my trip to Hawaii I did work on a traveler’s notebook while on vaca and recently finished it up. I also plan to make a digital photobook very soon through Mpix. I used Mpix to make one of their panoramic photobooks for my Euro trip and was really happy with the results. I just finished up another book with them for a graduation gift. So Hawaii will be next.

But I always like to include a few layouts or my favorite photos from a trip into my regular, chronological album. I printed this photo on my Canon Pixma printer just a little under 8.5×11. Punched the palm tree punch in the corner (that I’ve had since I was a kid!) And use the white, Uni-ball Signo gel pen to write my favorite places, memories & events of the trip. And fyi the colors of that photo are not photoshopped, probably just bumped the contrast slightly.

 

Hope you enjoyed my share and were inspired by something. If I didn’t link something you are interested in, leave me a comment.

 

December 2016 // Field Notes

04. Circles // somewhat obvious but I love my boxwood wreath from Trader Joe's. Can't beat it's $10 price tag either. #decemberreflections2016 #traderjoes

‘Tis the season. I have to admit, I am not a huge Christmas lover, but I am actually feeling good about it this year. I think I’ve gotten better at cutting out the stress and just enjoying it. I feel ahead of the game as far as gift buying goes and once I finish decorating (hopefully this weekend) the house will feel more content.

I’ve skipped doing any sort of December Daily or scrapbooking project this year, but am participating in the photo challenge with Susannah Conway for #DecemberReflections2016. I like the bit of getting outside of what I normally photograph and being creative.

There are a few decorations I want to work on making, but I am just doing it as I go and I don’t really care if I actually finish by Christmas or not. Going to just use the time sitting by the fire & watching my fav classic movies to do a little crafting.

I know which cookies I am baking and will probably start next week. I start with shortbread and sugar cookies because those freeze well. I am excited to use my new oven. The old one was not keeping temperature and Home Depot had the right deal around Black Friday. Hoping I can get my baking times figured out without too many fails.

Listening: Joni Mitchell, Polar Express soundtrack, Pentatonix

Reading: Pretty Paper by Willie Nelson (I like to read a seasonal story – so far so good, I recommend it if you like music!)

Eating: Chocolate Chip Dunkers from Trader Joe’s

Watching: Elf, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, White Christmas & the Flyers!

Thankful: for B, who keeps me sane & on target all times of the year, but especially this one where I sometimes lose my mind.

Webster’s Pages Travelers Notebook

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I’ve been a fan of travelers notebooks and mini journals for a while now. I do love the Midori traveler’s notebooks for mini albums or doodle journals. I don’t use a planner, just my bullet journal, which is similar in size to the travelers notebooks.

I recently tried a Webster’s Pages Travelers Notebook Insert from Joann’s for the April Love Letters journaling. It is a good, quality notebook, and held up well carrying it around loose in my pouch.

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I saw the Webster’s Pages leather travelers notebook for sale on Zulily and decided to grab one for an upcoming trip since it was discounted. I chose the mint album.

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I was immediately impressed with presentation, quality, & the genuine smell of leather opening up the box.

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It comes with a blank notebook insert.

When I travel I always prepare a notebook or mini binder that contains all of my travel info, tips, places I want to visit with addresses & phone numbers. I usually research and collect all this information into a Google Doc, then format, print and include in a binder.

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I picked up this mini notebook for my trip at World Market in Las Vegas back in March. I decided to try to see if it would fit in the leather notebook and it did! In fact, it fits nicely with the other insert as well.

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So I will copy my travel notes into the notebook, then have spare pages to journal about my trip or keep receipts, tickets, business cards, etc.

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I haven’t completely decided how much I am carrying with me, because I am trying to keep it light. So it just may be a pen, a small amount of washi, and little tape runner.

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Looking forward to documenting on-the-go!

Do you use a traveler’s notebook system? Which one? What are your likes/dislikes?

Do you actively document as you travel or is it more for when you get back? I am a mix of both.