Friday, 29 May 2015

Simple Scrapbooking: Layout 1 - Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

Now that you know the supplies I use for scrapbooking, it's time to share some pages.

One type of page that I make quite frequently is my least fancy. For the sake of simplicity (and because I'm really tired) I blurred any people and pets in the picture, rather than trying to remember who would be fine with the pictures being posted and who would prefer not to be shown. I've also blurred out my writing but left it smudgy so you can see where it is.

For this kind of page I only add pictures and writing, usually with a few stickers to fill in any blank space. I use a slicer or scissors to cut the photos and attach them with glue tape.

For the writing I always include the date - sometimes the actually date and sometimes just the month and year. I sometimes include a title, and I usually include a short writeup about the day/activities/places shown in the photos. If it's part of a two-page spread, I may only write on one page.

How much I cut the photos depends on how many I'm putting on a page. Sometimes I only cut 1/8 inch off the side and top, and sometimes I cut much more. I do like the spacing to be consistent between the pictures on a page (except where I'm writing) so I keep that in mind when cutting. Occasionally I don't cut them at all.

Hopefully you're starting to see that scrapbooking really doesn't have to be complicated to be something special. These simple pages are fairly quick to put together, can hold quite a few pictures, and are a great way to capture some special days.

Other posts in the series:

Friday, 22 May 2015

Birds at Sunset: Art Class Number Five

Just because I haven't been sharing my artwork with you doesn't mean I haven't been painting. It just means I've been slack about posting. Better late than never, right? 

This piece is one I did a couple months ago. It was actually one of the paintings I was most excited about in this series because I love the colours! It instantly became one of my favourites (Is it ok that they almost all become my favourites?) and immediately found a home in my guest room.

Rather than try to explain how we were led through this painting, I decided I'd just share the photos with you.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Simple Scrapbooking: The Supplies

Scrapbooking can be overwhelming. I get that. Hopefully, however, I can help you figure it out. 
Here's the backstory. I started scrapbooking back in university, thanks entirely to my mom. She thought it would be a great idea one summer to make three scrapbooks - one for her and my dad, one for my brother, and one of myself - essentially dividing all our family photos into three albums. Being the awesome daughter I am, I quickly agreed to help and we got started. That summer we spent way too many hours working on our foldout tables, sitting on the couch and watching entirely too much tv, but we both got hooked and have been scrapbooking for the 10+ years since.

However, I took an extended break. It wasn't intentional but somehow I got 3+ years behind. But that doesn't matter. I spent many hours getting all my photos printed and organized and have spent the last couple months working to get caught up. I'm currently mid 2014, so I'm making progress.

What is important to point out is that my scrapbook layouts are simple. I can appreciate other people's fancy pages but that's just not my style. The most fancy book I've done is my wedding album (which you can see here, here, and here), and even that wasn't too decorated. If you're looking for fancy, there are lots of ideas on Pinterest. However, if you're looking for a simple guide to the basics of scrapbooking, you're in the right place.

The first thing you need to start scrapbooking is supplies. In the beginning mom and I bought things we didn't need and I still have some of those supplies today. This list isn't about those things. These are the things I actually use on a regular basis.

Album - I like the 12 x 12 albums with the hidden binding. I do have a couple smaller ones and a binder-ring style album for my wedding but for my regular albums these are what I use. I buy them at Michaels when they're on sale or I have a coupon.

Page protectors - These have to fit the album (obviously) and typically an album comes with a few but I add a lot more to each of my books. Again, I try to get them when I have coupons.

Card stock  - I use 12 x 12 card stock. Over time I've learned that I'm not a fan of patterned paper and tend to use a lot more plain or textured paper in my layouts, and that I prefer light colours. That's just a matter of preference.

Small card stock - I love using these 4.5 x 6.5 pieces as mats for my photos. They're the perfect size and come in a variety of colours. I sometimes make mats from patterned paper but these are my favourite ones to use to frame a picture.

Paper slicer and scissors - I use both. I first bought a smaller paper cutter but quickly learned I needed one that cuts 12 inch pages. I've been using this one for years.

Glue and glue tape - I use both. Glue tape can be pricy but I buy the stuff from the dollar store and it works perfectly.

Markers - I use thin tipped markers for all my labelling and journaling. 

Edge rounder - This is not essential at all but I've used it a lot over the years, especially when making my wedding album. Mine was from Creative Memories.

Pencil with eraser

Stickers - I use stickers on many of my layouts, especially words and phrases. They're relatively cheap and can add a lot to the finished look of the page. I've shared how I organize them here.

In the spirit of keeping it real, I should let you know I take up a lot of space when I scrapbook. I keep all my supplies in containers and spread them out, open, all over the guest bed. I have one container for solid card stock, one for patterned card stock, one for smaller paper, one for scraps, one for stickers, and one for other supplies. 

I know I've told you all about the supplies you need, but what about actually making pages? Check back next weekend to see one of my favourite types of layout.

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