Friday, December 5, 2008

picture taking

I have found there are times you want to make a statement with just one photograph. I do this by putting a large frame around the picture I want to use. This picture was taken using the timer on my camera. It is very easy to use.

I have also found that if I am taking pictures with scrapbooking in mind. I am not going to get the shots that I want. To get around this I take TONS of pictures. For example, one time I spent 3 hours at the pool with my nephew and took over 150 pictures. After editing and deleting I was able to get rid of some of them that there was no way I would be able to use. By doing this I don't have to worry about getting that perfect shot every time. Plus, when you take a lot of pictures you have a lot to choose from. My family knows that I scrapbook everything so they know I will be taking pictures.

  • Have a large memory card for your digital camera. One so large it would be difficult to fill in one event.
  • Empty your memory card before a day of picture taking.
  • Again, don't worry about the perfect picture. Take a lot of pictures, you will have tons to choose from.
  • Know your camera. I have a burst feature, this will take up to 4 pictures in one click of the shutter button. I love it. However, there is no flash on this feature so that can be tricky.
  • Take time to edit your pictures once you download them.
  • Be sure that other people use your camera to get pictures of you too! It will get frustrating not being in any of the pictures. Use the time if you have to.
Happy Scrapping ~

Thursday, December 4, 2008



Like I stated in my previous post this album has many squares, straight lines and a very minimalistic theme.

While looking at the pictures I had one of my mother-in-law and sister-in-law cooking the turkey and one of my father-in-law and brother-in-law frying the turkey. So naturally it "Battle of the Sexes" became the title of the page.

How To's:
1. The title: Fiscar's Embosser, with alphabet template on scrap of red cardstock and Making Memories dot letters in black. This same technique was used for the embellishment "fried or roasted"
2. Who will win? Guys or Gals, Making Memories dot letters in black and green. (discussed further in challenges)
3. Matting is just basic card stocks that go with the color scheme of the page.
4. Create balance on the page by staggering photos with embellishments and journaling.

I did not have enough black dot letters --I simply used the letters I had and wrote in the rest of the word with a wide chissel tip marker. When you combine stickers and handwritten areas you are really adding your personal touch.


  • Take pictures at different angles. I took the one of my mother and sister-in-law looking up at them. Not always a flattering angle, but work the angle for you. If I never took pictures from an upward angle I would not have gotten that shot.
  • When I cut the pages down to 8 by 8 I had scraps. Iused that scrap to create journaling boxes.
  • Work in pieces. I mat all my pictures and embellishment and journal blocks. I then lay it out on the page before I glue it down. This way I can move things around that didn't look right to create the correct balance.
Happy Scrapping ~

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What to look forward too.

Over the next several posts I am going to be discussing a Holiday 8 by 8 album.

The overall album is about the Holidays of 2006. My in-laws were in need of extra family time, so we created it for them.

Getting started:
1. I went through all the pictures I took of the holiday season.
2. Determine the kind of theme of your book. I wanted to get this one done in a weekend (I was on-call for my job at that time) That meant it would be a minimalistic album. Mostly straight lines, and square/rectangle pictures.
3. I printed the pictures and determined the supplies I needed. -- Since this was a holiday book, I was going to use traditional holiday colors. Browns for Thanksgiving, Red and Green for Christmas, etc. I also decided I was going to use mostly plain cardstock.
4. Went to the store to get what I needed.

I have always found that having a plan when you are scrapbooking is the best thing for your budget.

Happy Scrapping ~

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Incorporaing Greeting Cards into Layouts

I don't know about anyone else, but I save all of the greeting cards I get. I usually have the enevelop, too. (It's useful! Look at yesterday's post.) I have found a great way to incorporate the into my layouts.

I create pockets in my layouts and stick the cards in the pocket. I have thought about sticking part of the card down, but that does not work for me personally. To avoid the card moving around, I created a pocket just big enough for the card. If I am using more than one card they move around at this point. A task I am still perfecting.

How to create these pockets:

Layout one: For our first Valentine's Day I got Keith concert tickets. (I may have to do a post about the gift itself at some point)

The page - I found 2 patterned pages with Music as the theme one pink and one in red. One pink sheet had sheet music on the top and the word music on the bottom. Knowing I wanted to use the "Music" portion of the sheet. I tore the paper to create the ripped edge. I then adhered the sheet music portion to a piece of paper I picked up for pennies at a scrapbooking store. With the red sheet I started a little above half way up the paper and tore the sheet across ending a little below half way down the other side. I glued the edges of the now torn red paper to the pink paper creating a pocket. I also glued the bottom so the cards would not go all the way down. I did the same thing with the music portion, creating another pocket for the concert tickets and other mementos.

Layout two: Another Valentine's Day layout.

These two pages were Love themed. The red sheet had love all over it in white. I simply cut this sheet a little less than in half. I took a red, pink, white and black stripped paper and tore a strip about one inch by twelve inches. Glue this to the red love paper and adhered the sides.

The more fun pocket on this page was for the ticket stubs. I had a picture of the roses Keith gave me. I took some scrap paper, folded it in half and glued it to the picture, sealing the sides. I glued it to the page and stuck our ticket stubs in it. Very cute effect.

1. Know what you are shopping for.
2. Find pages that coordinate
  • they do not have to match
  • if you like two really different patterned patterned pages find a striped page that has both colors in it and use that to tie them together.

3. If you are doing these pockets on a two page spread, make sure you get enough for both pages. I know that one from experience.

I will answer any questions that are posted.

Happy Scrapping~

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Organization on a Budget

I have always been a budget scrapbooker. I will spend $5 on a sticker if that is what my book calls for, but I will not spend $5 on a box to store my pens.

When I started scrapbooking I was given a scrapbooking kit for Christmas by my parents. One of those that come with enough to make 6 pages, embellishments, stickers, a glue stick, a scissors and the 12 by 12 album. I was also given some other very basic supplies, a scrap pack, a pack of primary colored card stock and some markers. Everything fit in the box. I stored it that way for a long time. As I got more I just took the album out and kept putting more in the box. Well my collection got too big. I looked around the house for something I could store things in. My parents had a clear container slightly bigger than a shoebox that I could have. I put everything that was not paper in this container, kept the paper in the original box, and moved my scissors and pens to a makeup case I was no longer using.

This worked for me all through college.

I started dating my husband and I started saving more things, I knew I was going to scrapbook this stuff. Well my collection again started growing. I had a place of my own now so I could organize things better. I started with shoe boxes. I separated stickers, scraps, full sheets of paper, markers, and other tools. I was still using that original box for my 12 by 12 papers. But now I had a place where I leave my things sit where they would not have to move to do homework or anything like that. In addition to my supplies being in shoe boxes so were my mementos. I kept them separated by year at first, then I realized that I did not need as much space for the mementos so I combined two years in one box.

However, I took this one step further. In the boxes of mementos I took envelopes - either ones cards came in or regular envelopes and labeled the event. This way everything was kept together. When it came to make the pages I did not have to sort through everything. When I got pictures developed (at the time) I would label the pictures and then put them in the appropriate envelope.

This system is basically what I still use. A few Christmases ago my parents gave me a cart to put all my supplies in that I would be able to move around. It worked for my sister, but this changed my whole system and I didn't like it. I had asked my parents if they would be upset if I returned it and got other storage things instead. So I took it back and upgraded some of my shoe boxes to photo boxes.

I use photo boxes for embellishments (which are in smaller boxes or envelopes inside), Tools (adhesives, eyelet tools, scissors) Pictures (grouped in envelopes and labeled) Colors (chalks, oils, markers, pencils) I still use shoe boxes for mementos (Pre Wedding, Wedding, Honeymoon).

I also upgraded to two 12 by 12 clear containers. One is for my stickers - again organized with envelopes. These however are the 9 by 12 large manila ones. These are organized by theme, holidays, seasons, family, love, events, sports, letters etc. The only stickers not in here are my small letters, they are in an accordion file separated by color. The other is for patterned paper scraps. I have another larger container for scrap packs and card stock scraps.

I no longer have my original box for 12 by 12 papers, they are now in a large accordion file (also a gift). They too are organized, patterned (sorted by color) striped, themed (themes are kept together with file folders in the accordion section) and white.

Some tips on organizing on a budget.
1. You have to do what works for you.
2. Shop around your home first.
3. What can you use in a different way.
4. Organize what you have and label it (with a marker or a pen)
5. Determine what you really need.
6. Ask if anyone has what you need and will give it to you.
7. If you still need to purchase determine what you need, make a list and how much you have to spend.

Places I go to save.
1. Dollar Tree (I think it is the best Dollar Store out there)
2. Old Time Pottery
3. Wal-Mart
4. Target
5. Craft Stores

-- I go in this order too. In my area the best times to shop are Late Feb, Early March and Late August (super clearance sales)

One last tip on Sticker Organization. If you like to be able to easily see what stickers you have you can keep them in clear plastic sheet protectors and in a binder. This will easily store where you store your supplies and you will be able to quickly see what you have to work with. This can also be easily done with your 8 1/2 by 11 and 8 by 8 card stocks and papers.

Happy Scapping~

Friday, August 22, 2008

Centsible Scrapbooking


Are you new to scrapbooking? Do you not have the time to scrapbook? You are at the right place. This blog is dedicated to you. You will find tips and techniques, budgeting and organization, layouts and sketches.

A little about me. I am a career scrapbooker. I specialize in custom scrapbooks for others. People like scrapbooks. Many people want to scrapbook, but don't for several reasons. They include time, knowledge and skill. That is where I come in. I take all of the photographs and mementos my customers have and create the book for them.

Happy Scrapping~