Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Styles of Scrapbooking, Using Journals

Ready for another popular style of scrapbooking?  Let's jump right in then.  Today, we'll look at using journals.  If you need a review of the styles of scrapbooking that I've covered so far, just keep scrolling until you've covered it all.  Leave me a comment if you have a question about any of it.

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using journals
--- such as our Epic Day This And That Journal, with coordinating designer stickers, Washi Tape and Rotary stamp.  These are great for taking with you on a trip and adding journaling and mementos as you travel.  This is a modern, more casual style of scrapbooking.  You can also use journals as a way to jot down and keep track of journaling ideas and/or layout sketches for future scrapbooking projects.

Here are a bunch of samples of kinds of journals that I've made and used.  They do not have to be just for scrapbooking, as they are handy for using in many ways.
I love making these little journals.  They are handy just for jotting down anything you need to remember.  Stampin' Up! is coming out with a new, larger version of this one.  I can't wait to plan how I want to decorate it and use it.

This journal helps me keep track of fun things the kids say and do... so I can use them later in my scrapbooking.
This journals helps organize Christmas preparations and record memories.
I made these 2 journals with My Digital Studio and had them printed for me.  I use them for planning and keeping track of ideas for classes and/or projects, including my scrapbooking.
This one is a prayer journal.  We each made one in my Scraps and Prayers class.  It has a coordinating bookmark.
These next 5 journals are technique journals that I've made and find very useful.  They make for handy and useful references when planning new projects, including scrapbooking.




Whew!  That's a lot to cover in one post.  You certainly should have gotten an idea or two to inspire you from all of these.  Now go try your own!  Have fun!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

One More Mini Album

In my previous post, I shared a style of scrapbooking... using mini albums.  I have one more mini album for you before we move on to another style of scrapbooking.  I call this one my Merry Mini Album.  It's made from our Gratitude for Days kit.
This little album would be great to hold Christmas memories.  Each page has a 'pocket' for holding a journaling card.  You could add a photo in with the card to each pocket or attach your photo directly to the journaling card.

For more ideas, check out this video by Sara Douglas.
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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Styles of Scrapbooking, Mini Albums

Mini albums are a big step away from traditional scrapbooking.  They are cute and they are fun and just a totally different way to showcase special memories.  I have a lot of samples to share with you, so sit back and enjoy!

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mini albums
--- using a mini album or squash book type album to showcase your memories of an event.  These can be paper bag books, CS (card stock) mini albums, or even digital albums, such as Swatch Books.  I'll share a Swatch Book when we get to the post on digital scrapbooking.







Below... a squash book mini album opened...


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Friday, December 26, 2014

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

The days after Christmas, for me, are days of reflection, some clean-up, some resting, some thinking about what I want to do the same next year, what I want to improve on, and what I want to change completely.  Looking back over it all, I feel pretty good about wrapping up this year.  It's been a tough year, in many ways, but still full of many blessings and a reminder of how God helps us through the tough times.  My thoughts, looking ahead at this time:
1.  Keep working to spend more time with family and friends.
2.  Keep enjoying the puppies and furthering their training.
3.  Spend more time on personal projects, for creative fulfillment, such as:
     -- sewing
     -- scrapbook albums
     -- my writing
     -- exploring creative techniques in my card making
4.  Get back to my health plan, including more exercise and following the phases of Atkins.
5.  Continue giving of my time and talents to my church by:
     -- still making the birthday cards they send.
     -- helping ramp up the costume department, for our Biblical costumes.
     -- continuing to help donate all kinds of goodies to a children's home we support.
     -- continuing some planning on ways to help support the children's programs of our church.
6.  Continue to hold high quality classes for those wishing to create.

I will have 2 regular classes a month and then add on special classes at times.  My classes will be smaller and super focused on each of the attendees and what we're creating.

I will also make times available, upon request, for special classes.  How does that work?  You get 4 or 5 friends to commit to a time and class and we hold a special class just for your group.  By going this direction, I feel like can be more creative and enjoy it all ... a lot.
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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Welcome Christmas Day!

If you read my previous post, I'll tell you that the poem written there is actually a song and one that my husband sings so beautifully.  He sang it at our candlelight service last night.  It was beautiful and it made my Christmas complete.  As we welcome Christmas day, I have another poem for you.  This one was sung by my husband's Opus 24 group at their winter concert.  May the words of this song inspire us all to keep Christmas... today and every day.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It's Christmas Eve

"And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn."  
(Luke 2: 7)
"Sweet Little Jesus Boy"
- John Mark Hall & Bernie Herms
 
Sweet little Jesus boy
They made you be born in a manger
Sweet little holy child
We didn't know who you were
Didn't know you'd come to save us Lord
To take our sins away
Our eyes were blind, we could not see
We didn't know who you were

Long time ago
You were born
Born in a manger Lord
Sweet little Jesus boy
The world treats you mean Lord
Treats me mean too
But that's how things are down here
We don't know who you are

You have told us how
We are trying
Master you have shown us how
Even when you were dying
Just seems like we can't do right
Look how we treated you
But please Sir forgive us Lord
We didn't know it was you

Sweet little Jesus boy
Born a long time ago
Sweet little holy child
We didn't know who you were 
 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Styles of Scrapbooking, Traditional Scrapbooking

Today, we'll continue our series on Styles of Scrapbooking with a second way of doing it.  Without a doubt, this is one of my all-time favorite ways to scrapbook.  I enjoy variety with it all and enjoy trying new styles as well, but I always come back to this style for sharing treasured memories.  In keeping with the season, we'll add some Christmas layouts, as well.

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traditional scrapbooking
--- using papers, stamping and embellishments to showcase your photos.  You design your complete layouts, using your choice of papers, colors and embellishments, making it as simple or complex as you desire.  Here are several examples of this style of scrapbooking.  Keep scrolling down and enjoy.






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Monday, December 22, 2014

A Merry Little Card

I have a merry little card for you today.  I've used a beautiful color story of Lost Lagoon and Pear Pizzazz.  After embossing (with Whisper White EP), I gently sponged over the image (with Lost Lagoon) to create a really pretty background.
Doesn't it go nicely with the treat box I previously shared with you?
The beautiful snowflake embellishment is from my stash left over from last Christmas.  I love how it sparkles.
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy First Day of Winter

Our church held a special service this afternoon that we call March to the Manger.  It was so beautiful.  I just want to leave you with a special message today, while my mind reflects on the blessings of the season and the joy that music brings to us.
Happy first day of winter.
Happy beautiful and blessed day.

I have been working on finishing up my Christmas preparations.  I think I only have a couple of remaining gifts to get... for my sweet Olive Jane.  I started working on the favors the boys and I will make for our Christmas dinner.



Up next:
More on Christmas... cards, gifts, projects, and Christmas decor...
More, more, more on scrapbooking.

The more I work on preparing for the January class I'll be teaching at our library, the more excited I get about it.  I'm going to share some of the various ways you can work with and enjoy using old photos, with a focus on heritage scrapbooking.  I can't wait to get started!

Here's some Christmas music for you to enjoy today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=cZ-8jYpa1-o

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