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Some of My Old Favorites February 16, 2008

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Here are some of my pages from back in the day. When I was living in Cyprus, my supplies were pretty much limited to what I had brought with me for the two years I was there. So I was SUPER conservative and so pretty creative with my paper and sticker usage. I did lots of drawing and did some other tricks with paper. I was also using albums that I bought in Holland which have vellum pages in between each page. Oh, and I also had quite a bit of time to spend on my books then!!

On this page, I framed the whole layout with strips cut from closeup photos of the frosty trees.
This is one of my all-time favorite layouts. I cut the “ribbon” looking shapes and then used a hole-puncher for the polka dots.

On this page, I used a closeup photo of the rocks, to cut out the letters.

I really love fitting lots of photos on a page using this “puzzle” method.

Love the sepia colored photos. Makes a really unique page.

Not the most fabulous layout, but I just love Naomi’s pictures here!!


2007 Album Begins

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So I have begun my 2007 album. I basically try to fit all of one year into one album. Because I use the strap-hinge albums, this usually works out okay. However, I am realizing that I have probably about doubled (or more) our photo taking since Joshua has entered the “picture”!!! So we shall see!!!

Here is my opening page with the year in review. Got this layout from my Creating Keepsakes magazine. Charley bought me a one year subscription to 3 different magazines for our year in the states. (which has actually turned out to be a bit longer than we anticipated, but that is another whole, LONG story!!) It actually works out good to just get a year, and then stop, because that is plenty of fodder for the scrapbooking imagination for quite a while. I will just say here, that my favorite of the 3 magazines is Simple Scrapbooks. It is definitely that, “SIMPLE”. Very doable ideas, with not too many accessories!!

Another idea from one of the magazines. I think it was Simple Scrapbooks. I enlarged one of our beach scenery pictures for the background to 11X14 inches and then framed the smaller 3 pics with white paper. I really love the way it turned out!!

2006 Album Continues February 11, 2008

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Okay, lest you think I am absolutely amazing in my speed of scrappin’. No I have not done all of these pages in the past few days. This is actually the album that I had done last year. Well, ACTUALLY now that I think about it, this is the album that I had to REDO because of water damage. But most of the photos were in tact and I really just needed to recreate the pages.

Here is another place where I used the fold out page technique.

And again, the fold out.

On the far left is the folded out page which gives me more space to show some of the amazing scenery from our hike.

And that FINISHES the 2006 album!!! Yahoo!!


More Pages February 5, 2008

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The following 2 pages are the opening pages to my 2006 album. I got this idea from a fellow scrapbooker, Carolyn. I really like the year in review idea and am going to do it in all my albums now.

The next two pics show pages that have extenders. I cut one page in half and then adhered 1/2 page on each side of the outside page edges and these can then fold out as seen in picture below. A really unique thing, also gained from my friend Carloyn.
(Below, the folded out page)

Here, I have cut a page in half and placed it in the center of the first two pages of our vacation layout. I did this because……..
…..I have this panoramic shot of Dubrovnik that did not really work on the regular page.


My Latest Pages February 2, 2008

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One of the ideas I have come up with to deal with being behind, is to do an album that is solely a Christmas Album. Each year, I will develop the pics from Christmas and place them in this album and then put the Christmas Album away until next Christmas. So here is the beginning of this album. I started with last Christmas which was our first Christmas with our little blessing.

On these next three pages you can see I have put the photo Christmas cards that we received from friends and family into our album. I think it is a fun way to save them!


Intro to My World

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I am a SAHM and a fanatic scrapbooker! Well, maybe fanatic is too strong of a word. But I do LOVE to do it and try to get to it every chance I can. HOWEVER, I also have a little 3 yr. old boy who I DO need to spend time with on occasion! So, my time is fairly minimal now. When I was married with no kiddo, I could just stay up half the night, or send my Honey Lumps off for a day of hiking and just srap to my heart’s content. Not so much now though! But that is okay. More of my time is spent making the memories that I will scrapbook later!!

WHY do I scrapbook? Well, it is so much fun to go back through the books and re-live things and see where I have been, but even more than that, it combines my love of photography of all things, with my passion to create and all in all, it is just plain therapeutic to me. A wonderful stress reliever, if you will.

HOW LONG have I been doing this? Well, if I think back, I think I made my first scrapbook when I was just out of high school. I had gone on an exchange program where I spent that summer in Switzerland, working in a restaurant. When I returned I had all these photos taken with my totally cool Minolta 110 camera, (CRAZY TINY negatives came from that thing). They were so neato I just thought I should put them in a book. I had collected all kinds of memorabilia from all the travels of that summer and I used colored pencils and embellished the fire out of that book, totally ahead of my time!!! (HAHAHA)

Anyway, while I was looking at some of my current stuff and e-mailing with friends around the world about this beloved art form, it occurred to me that this would be a cool way to share with friends near and far, ideas and such. I love seeing what others do with their albums and am eager to snatch amazing ideas from fellow srappers. I also love to pass those ideas on to others if I can. SOOOOOO…this will be my attempt to share as I create. I want to post some of my early stuff (unfortunately that wonderful Switzerland Album did not stand the test of time. It has basically disintegrated and that is a bummer indeed). I will post as I work too.

Which brings me to my conclusion. I have decided to make a goal for this year. I am about a year and a few months behind right now. Long story short, I have set my sights on finishing the rest of our 2006 album, our 2007 album and our China Album. (We adopted from China in Oct. 2006) So here is how I began to tackle that goal. I uploaded all my chosen photos pertinent to those albums, to my photo place on line. They were having a pre-paid print sale, which I promptly took advantage of, and ordered every stinkin’ one of those 1,200 or so pics!! YIKES!! I then organized them by date, even wrote down ideas of the page layouts with stickers I have and then set everything up on a table off in a corner of the house. It is a bit messy, but now when I get a 30 minute or more block of time free, I sit down and work for a bit. So far so good. Keeping the balance as far as not doing it too much and letting my other calling (motherhood/wife) slack!! Okay, I will finish for now and get some pics on here.