Here’s a taste of what’s been going into our family scrapbooks lately.

Fancy Lady

Fancy Lady

This page went together really fast because I used a kit (Thrift Shop Junkies) from one of my favorite scrapbooking kit sellers, Pink Ninja Addicts. I’m a big supporter of my local scrapbooking store, but I also like using kits because I can just pull out the bag and I know everything will coordinate, which saves me the time of thumbing through my oodles of supplies. Perfect for crops.

Kits are also a way to get more bang for your buck if you’re an embellishment junkie. They often buy large packets of embellies and split them up so you get more of a variety.

I’m on the watch for awesome kit clubs (the ones I used to get, Red Velvet Kit Club and Vintage Plum, both stopped making new kits, but you can get some super cool ones at 35% off at Vintage Plum). So if you know of any good ones, be sure to leave a comment in the links!

Fancy Lady

I took this photo with the FxCamera App (Polandroid) on my Android. To mimic the look of a Sharpie on a Polaroid picture, I used the archival safe American Crafts Slick Writer (medium point). I use these a lot to write in the white space of photos, on transparencies, and on glossy stickers. I love them because they don’t smudge!

Fancy Lady

To make this little journaling spot, I cut a Pink Paislee Frame in half. The material looks fancy and plaster, but it’s out of a light, foamy material. I then stuck it onto a scrap piece of paper that coordinated with the layout and wasn’t too busy to overwhelm the journaling. I cut the excess paper off around the frame, so that only the paper showed on the inside and the adhesive backing was completely covered. Voila! Instant journaling spot.

Fancy Lady

To make the embellishment in the corner, I folded up lace and stapled it in the middle to the page. I then glued on the cameo with Zip Dry, one of my very favorite adhesives. Don’t buy it if you won’t breeze through it though- it will dry out if you don’t use it up quick enough. I learned this the hard way when I stocked up on about ten bottles. Ooops.

3 Months

3 Months

Sometimes it’s best to go simple.

I loved how the brown and cream stripped patterned paper mimicked the blanket in the photos, but it was overwhelming as a background. I decided to cut the paper into circle accents to reinforce the photos while still letting them shine.

Notice all of the threes? I’ve got a motif going. The number three, three photos, three striped circles (well… two and a half), and three green felt buttons. The key to page themes is to not go overboard.

3 Months

I always bust out my trusty typewriter for large journaling spots. My handwriting is too big to write long paragraphs (and illegible) and making journaling on the computer is too time consuming for me (though I still do it sometimes if I have a really good design idea). Typewriters are the perfect solution. Though I obviously need to change the ribbon in this one. I go back and forth between a cursive font Smith Corona and a serif font Singer typewriter when I scrapbook.

I inked around the edges of the “3″ to make it pop out. More on that trick here.

Lessons in Wood

Lessons in Wood

If one of your papers is really busy (like the background paper here), turn down the volume by situating your photos on a large block of solid paper.

Lessons in Wood

Those “O”s used to be “g”s. I do a lot of creative cutting to letter stickers, especially vowels. No use discarding used up letters just because you can’t get a word out of ‘em.

Lessons in Wood

My very favorite gel pen to use when scrapbooking is the Sanford Uni-Ball Gel Impact Pen . It is the only pen I’ve found that will show up when writing on both slick and matte surfaces. It writes smooth, inks the whole time (most gel pens have “hiccups”), doesn’t leave a weird line on the middle of the writing, and is excellent for writing on photos. I like using close-up and detail photos as journaling spots.

If you have any scrapbooking questions, let me know! I’ve got ridiculous hordes of knowledge untapped, because I don’t know many people who scrapbook. Upon request, I’ll be sharing pages more here :)

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