Giant Fork

On our trip to Branson for spring break 2013, we stopped in Springfield. I read online that it was the home of the world’s biggest fork. I love those goofy tourist things so we had to make a pit stop.

Besides being a giant fork, that wasn’t really anything else going on, so we posed for photos and went back on our way.

I wanted to make the title feel giant because the fork was so big, but I still had a lot of space left on the page so I cut a big fork out with my Cricut.

The background paper for this spread was really great because it had a cool kind of iridescent shine to it.

Background & mat paper by s.e.i., cut outs created with SCAL and my Cricut, journaling on a free download card.

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Hair Cut

Way back in 2011, I decided to get a lot of my hair cut off so I could donate it. I had wanted short hair for a while so I finally decided to go for it.

I’ve actually got it cut a few times since then because I’ve liked having it short. Of course, now I’ve decided to grow it out again in hopes that I can donate again in a year or two.

Before I got my hair cut, I had my husband snap a quick photo. I meant to scrap this a long time ago, but I just got around to it. I love that I can skip around and scrap whatever I want :)… That’s what is good about having a pile of like 300 photos sitting around.

Printed paper by Adornits, solid colored paper by DVWV, die cuts by S.E.I, letter stickers from Michaels, date stamp from Amazon.

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Pizza Night

You know, the more I use collage prints, the more I like them. They just add a little something different. Instead of creating a collage with a pile of 4×6 photos, I like having them all ready fit to an 8×10 page.

Again, this collage print was done by Walgreens. The quality is great, and I love the crispness of the photos. I usually print with Shutterfly because of the crazy amount of coupon codes they send out, but I’ve been getting more and more tempted to try getting prints done at Walgreens. The images really look great in person, and they were all iPhone pics.

Did a little layering here. I don’t always mat collage prints because they have a nice border, but I think it looks nice. This mat is only slightly bigger than the print, but I like the color it brings in.

That background paper is unbelievable. I bought it at the CK Scrapbooking convention with about five other papers for a dollar. I’ve been waiting for a fun photo to use on it because I love the pattern so much and didn’t want to waste it.

And then put some ribbon on it. Cause why not? :-D

I felt especially daring and did something I never do. Following the style of Elise Blaha, I wrote right on top of a few of the photos! I know, I live life on the edge.

Paper by Adornit, mat paper by Paper Pizazz, title made with SCAL and my Cricut, tag from Target dollar bin, glitter paper strip by DCWV, and stickers by Adornit. Collage print from Walgreens.

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Bitstrips Page

Sooooo, every once and a while you have to try scrapbook ing something different, right?

And, really, I don’t think there’s any rules you have to follow in scrapping anyway.

If you haven’t heard of Bitstrips, they’re these little funny comics generated by an app that include avatars of you and your friends. Naturally, the comics can be shared on Facebook once created (I’m sure they’ve been clogging up everyone’s news feeds).

Some of them are kind of dumb, but a few of them have been absolutely hilarious (especially one from my sister). I really thought these comics would be funny to remember so I did what any crafty lady would do: scrapbook them!

It’s a goofy page, but I kind of love it.

Papers by S.E.I, tag by Recollections, letter stickers by Colorbok, and images generated by Bitstrips of course.

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Grand Oaks

For our Branson trip, I only took two photos of our hotel room. Normally, I take a lot more photos of where we stay (because I’m a scrapbooker, of course!), but there wasn’t a whole lot to our room. The best part was the giant tub so I made sure to get a picture of that.

Having only two photos worked out, because I paired it with a lot of journaling. I journaled about the hotel room and about the trip package we had. I doubled matted the journaling card with paper that matched the background paper.

I used silver stickers to make the title, but I thought it didn’t stand out enough. I tried around the letters with a black Sharpie pen to fix that.

Background paper and green mat paper from DCWV’S The Stack 5, yellow mat paper by Me & My Big Ideas, letter stickers from Michael’s.

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Uptown Cafe

After our very long road trip to get to Missouri, we checked into our hotel and then drove close by to get something to eat at the Uptown Cafe.

Outside of the Cafe was a yellow taxi, and I based my page around that yellow color and the teal of my outfit. The Martha yellow bubbles paper was great for this, and I used fuzzy teal letters with it.

Obviously, everything is better with Washi tape so I added some Washi on the top and bottom, and put it on top of the images.

I matted the photos with blue paper and the two colors really came together through out the page.

Paper by Martha, mat paper by Recollections, Washi tape is Recollections brand, journaling done on free download card, rub on letters by Zipatone, fuzzy letter stickers by MakingMemories.

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Pickles Deli

When we started our road trip to Missouri, we knew we would want to stop somewhere in the middle-ish for lunch. We ended up turning off into St Louis, and thanks to my iPhone, I knew we were close to a bunch of little places to eat. Since people online seemed to like it, we grabbed lunch at a little deli named Pickles.

Since I only had one photo at Pickles, I was happy that I nabbed everything else I could. I got their menu, post card and business card. I matched the green and yellow of these pieces by letting the green stand out and using a bright yellow background page that had a ledger pattern on it. I didn’t mat the extra pieces, which is unusual for me, but I really like the background paper and wanted to show a lot of it so it made sense.

And it’s clear from the photo that Tab was enjoying his sandwich, so I would say that Pickles was a winner.

Paper by DoubleDot for BoBunny (12″ Buttercup Journal), date stamp from Amazon, letter stickers by Doodlebug Design Inc, tag by Martha, and mat paper by WasauPaper.

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Disney Wedding Shower

My future sister in law had a wonderful wedding shower earlier this summer. It was a really good time and I really enjoyed. I had to travel a bit for the shower, and I somehow managed to forget my camera. It worked out though, because my iPhone really saved the day and I took quite a few photos with it. I even took a risk and ordered an 8×10″ print and I think the quality is fine. I mean, it’s not as good as my camera, but it turned out way better than expected.

The shower had a loose Disney theme, so it was really easy for me to choose background paper. I went to the Disney part of my stash (left over from the behemoth known as my Disney Book that I finished in July). I picked the comic background paper because I loved the subtle print and it was the only paper I had four sheets of. Easy choice there ;).

The title letters worked out great because I only have random letters of them left. Lucky for me, I had enough to make “shower”. I wanted that title to stand out, so I made the rest of the title letters small and black. I think it worked.

The pages are also covered in Disney themed paper “confetti”. I cut all the confetti out with SCAL and my Cricut, and we used it to decorate all the shower tables. It only seemed right to steal some back at the end for my scrapbook.

Paper by Creating Keepsakes. Rub on letters from Freecycle. Mickey letters & Disney stickers were all a gift. Paper confetti designed by me and created with SCAL and my Cricut, cut from Recollections Cardstock. Mat paper from DCWV’S mat stack. Washi tape is Target Brand.20130922-212906.jpg20130922-212913.jpg20130922-212947.jpg

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Creating Centerpieces

My brother in law is getting married to the best girl ever. I am super fond of the bride to be, so when my mother in law asked me to help with the centerpieces for their wedding shower, I was alllllll over it!!

I wasn’t planning to scrapbook the “making of” photos, but I really liked them and thought it would be nice to remember because I had so much fun creating them. The reason I have the photos is so I could text them to my MIL so she could she the progress. I’m so happy I kept them and decided to print them out.

I was given the Disney paper from someone, and I think it’s super old as I’ve never seen it before, but I love it. I love that it matches the Disney theme without the ‘traditional’ Disney colors of red, yellow, and black. Those colors are fine but they would not have matched my centerpieces at all :-D.

I really am so happy I made this page!

As per usual, I created the title with SCAL and my Cricut. It was hard to read because of the busy paper,so I traced around the insides of the letters with a Sharpie pen.

Paper by Paper Pizazz, Disney ears & character stickers were a gift, tag by K&COMPANY, mat paper from DCWV’S brights mat stack.

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Newspaper Page

This was a different kind of scrapbook page for me.

I had a newspaper article that I wanted to save; but seeing as it was from a town a ways away from ours and we don’t actually receive the paper, I only had the digital version.

The newspaper website had a place where you could view the printable version (without all the ads and sidebar banners), but it would still print out as three pages.

I made it my goal to fit everything on one 8.5×11″ page (with exception of the title). I copied and pasted all the text, as well as the image, into InDesign. I played with the number of columns and font size until I made everything fit (with a .325″ border that I eventually cut off so I could mat the page).

Originally I wanted the title and everything else to fit on the one page, but after I realized that was impossible, I just decided to go big or go home and I made the newspaper title the same size as the article.

I chose paper that looks like magazine cuts outs because it was the most newspapery thing I had, and I wanted some color because everything else is black and white.

I didn’t worry about journaling this time because there was no room for it ;-) and because I had nothing personal to say about the article, I just wanted to save it.

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Background paper by K&Company (‘Danny O Magazine Words Flat Paper.’)