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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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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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.’)

Abby’s Christening

After being invited to a friend’s baby’s Christening, I left thee invitation on our fridge for a few weeks. It was super cute so I was okay with that. When I did finally take it down, you know it didn’t go in the trash. Like any good scrapbooker, it sat in my 2013-to-scrap pile until I finally got around to putting it in the 2013 book.

I went with a soft pink paper to match the invitation perfectly, and then found a Lori Whitlock sticker that matched the colors just as much as the paper did. I inked the edges of the mats with pink ink because I wanted to fit as much pink as possible on to this page.

I switched to purple paper to make the title pop, but still backed it with pink paper.

I thought the page needed a little something extra, so I added some pastel translucent heart stickers all over the page.

Tag by K&COMPANY, mat paper is Wasau Textured Cardstock, stickers by Stickapotamus, background pink Cardstock was a gift, title made with SCAL and my Cricut, purple paper by Mambi. Long flower sticker by Lori Whitlock for Echo Park.

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A Summer Haircut for Pancakes

Obviously, Pancakes the Bichon needs regular haircuts to keep her looking adorable ;-). I always smile when I pick her up from the groomers because she can look so goofy with short hair. During the summer though, I’d rather her look goofy than feel hot so we have the groomer shave her pretty close to keep her cool and to give us the most time between haircuts.

I took one photo of her as soon as we got home, and she blinked, but it really looked like she was smiling (crazy dog person over her, obvs), so I fell in love with the photo. I snapped a few other photos and that became my page.

Without any more dog paper (although, I did buy some this past weekend after I did that page!), I looked for some ‘summer colored’ pages and settled with some I had nabbed from Target’s dollar bin.

I cut the title out, and pasted it on top of some scrap paper strips to make sure it was readable. I traced around them with a thin Sharpie as well.

I had some great journaling stickers in my stash (that I had accidentally forgot about. HA!), and they provided a great spot for journaling and for the date. Using a sticker for the date is different than my normal date stamp, so the change was neat. I have to keep that in mind for the future.

Remarks journaling stickers by American Crafts, two stickers by Me & My Big Ideas, background and mat paper from Target dollar bin. Title made with SCAL and my Cricut. Green strips of paper by Me & My Big Ideas.

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Little Chair

I get it, I get it, I’m a crazy dog person. But, seriously, look at these photos. They’re so cute! How could I not put them in my scrapbook?

During the summer, my sister and a garage sale and my mom’s friend added a few of her own items. No one bought this child size chair, so it was left at the end of the day. Naturally, Pancakes, the world’s cutest Bichon, took a liking to it so I brought it home with me.

I don’t know why I thought it was so funny, but the iea of a dog in a dog-sized (or child’s size) chair was just hilarious. Pancakes looked so funny sitting like people and being adorable. I was texting photos to pretty much everyone I know. Because, I mean really. Look at the photos, you’ll see what I mean.

Oh and ten points for Recollections, Talk about the cutest dog paper ever! It’s been hard to find animal-themed paper that isn’t just paw prints so I love it!

I thought the title was a little hard to read, so as per usual, I outlined the letters with my thin black Sharpie.

Paper by Recollections, brown paper strip by s.e.i. and mat cardstock paper from Archivers. Blue letter stickers by Making Memories and letter punch outs by BasicGray.

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Sewing Projects

I’ve always wanted to learn how to sew. I inherited my grandma’s sewing machine and it has just been sitting in my basement for two years waiting for me to learn. Since I’m not there yet, I head over to my mom’s house when I need sewing help.

My mom helped me make a cushion and some curtains. I snapped some photos of the process with my phone (thank goodness for iPhones) and hadn’t done anything with them. So, then I had them printed out when Shutterfly had a 101 free prints sale.

I decided to scrapbook the photos on the same spread, instead of making two separate pages for essentially the same thing. I just made sure to give each page it’s own date stamp and journaling block so that each had their own story.

And, because it was a ‘mom’ themed page, I had to include some quotes from my ‘Mom to Go’ box. K&Company sold these years ago, but mine is still nearly fully, because, lets be honest, who needs hundreds of quotes of things your mom says to you.

(And, yes, my mom bought it for me as a gift because she thought it was funny).

Just like I’ve done before, my journaling is done on a type of business/ledger paper. It’s great for journaling with all those built in lines! This paper is thin though, and it causes my thin pink Sharpie to bleed a bit. It’s wasn’t enough to bother me, but make sure you put something under it when writing so that you don’t get pen/marker on your table.

I used the same pink Sharpie to outline the inside of my title letters (while Pancakes the Bichon watched.)

Paper by Me and My Big ideas. Chipboard from Michaels. Journaling done on ledger paper, tags from K&Company‘s Mom to Go, title cut with SCAL and my Cricut.

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Holiday Shopping

I know what you’re thinking: Why title this page ‘Holiday Shopping’ when I could’ve called it ‘Santa’s Butt’? I really don’t have an answer for you, it was a very tough choice.

My mom and I were Christmas shopping last December, and Urban Outfitters had a rather unconventional photo prop. I twisted her arm, but got my mom to pose with me. This photo had been sitting on my computer since then, but I figured it would be too funny to leave behind so I ordered an 8×10″ from Shutterfly.

I made this page with some ideas in mind that I learned at the CK Scrapbook Convention I attended earlier this month. This page has all kinds of layering which I normally don’t do, and everything is inked in black which I never do, and, to top it off, I tried fussy cutting a tree, which I’ve never even heard of before. (And it’s crazy how it never crossed my mind to start cutting shapes out of background paper). Yeah, so I definitely learned a lot.

I like how it turned out, but I don’t know if layering is the thing for me. Sure, it looks nice, but I like to scrap fairly quickly so I can get more pages done, and all these layers definitely adds a lot of time. Maybe I should just stick with matting everything and be done with it :-D.

The best part about having a holiday photo, is that I could actually use holiday paper instead of sneaking it into the background of other layouts. With the exception of the red glittery paper, all paper came from DCWV’S The Christmas Stack.

Paper by DCWV, glitter paper & chipboard letters from Michaels, bit of Washi left over from My Mind’s Eye class.

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Moe3 at Michael’s

I don’t know if anyone has heard of the brand Moe3, but the Michael’s by my house was carrying their products in the discount bins at the front of the store (full disclosure, these bins use to be at the back, but our store recently remodeled. If you’re looking for this product, make sure to look all around).

Even better, the Moe3 products were all marked as 60% off. I held myself back from buying everything, but I did buy three packs of 24 sheets of 8×8″ paper for only $.80 each. It was pretty awesome.

And the paper is super cute! Everybody go buy some!

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Pinspiration Fridays | Scrapbook Title Pages

Fridays on Go Crafty alternate between Pinspiration Fridays and Wishlist Fridays. Pinspiration Fridays celebrate my Pinterest-loving heart. Every other Friday, I share some themed inspiration that comes from Pinterest. I will try to keep it craft related, but there’s a chance it could be food related. Mostly because I love food.

As I mentioned last week, I just started scrapbooking Tab’s & my trip to Branson we took in March. I shared the title page for my “Branson Book” and it seems that I’ve had title paegs on my mind lately. There’s something so exciting about that first page of your scrapbook when you give just a glimpse to the who, what, and/or where.

Here’s a few of my favorite scrapbook title pages that are on my Pinterest feed lately. (Images link to the pin.)

And props to this first pin for being particularly creative. Everytime I order photos, I just toss the ‘index’ prints of all ht photos. This pin has me thinking that maybe I need to use them for something.

Pinned by @craiguus

pinned by @aliciamae07

pinned by @foreverdaisies

pinned by @sisa2

pinned by @mamavray

pinned by @flickgoddess