Hello and welcome to my brand spanking new blog!
I’m so glad you’ve popped over for a visit. I’ve blogged before and thought about continuing my previous blog or pulling the content over here, but do you know what? This is new and so everything will be new to match!
Starting with this post detailing how I created a scrapbook layout for week one of 2017. I’ll be sharing tips here on how I create my pages, how I organise my photos, where I get my supplies from etc – but not all in one go or you’d never return!
So, let’s start with the basics; I used page protectors Design A along with the Strawberry Core Kit – both from Project Life® by Becky Higgins.
After much experimenting with a variety of page protectors, this is sort of my ‘go to’ design. As most of my photos are taken on my phone camera, they mainly tend to be portrait and this design works well for me. I did get really hung up at one point that all my pages should have different designs or my albums would be boring but eventually, I got over myself and now use what I feel comfortable with.
The first thing I do is chose the photos I want to use, even if they are blurred or dark I still use them because they are the memory. I’m not a professional photographer, I don’t possess anything above point and click in camera skills when I’m in a rush so what you see is what you get. I edit my photos on the PC using PicMonkey. I’d love to use my phone or tablet but small screens and my eyes aren’t the best of friends. For printing, I’m currently using my Canon CP910 Selphy printer.
I could just print the photos and slip them in the pockets along with the cards I choose but I like to do a little more, just because. So I back my photos and cards onto white card. The cheapest I can get my mitts on in the supermarket usually. I also trim my Project Life® cards because I’m no longer a rounded corner girl – maybe I’ll love them again in the future, but right now I’m all about the straight edges. I also doodle.
My next step is to choose where I want the photos to be placed and then ponder which gorgeous designed cards to use. I love the bright colours in the Strawberry Edition, makes up for the dull photos.
I’ve taken some photos of artwork the Mini Beasts drew at school too. I wish I had a scanner for better quality but I don’t so taking photos of them is as good as it gets.
Here’s the finished first page. You can see I’ve trimmed the cards and stuck them on white card then added a doodled line around the outside with a journalling pen. I’ve added stickers too which are MME Necessities. I got a load of them at Homesense a year or so ago and love them.
I also have a standard weekly diary that fits in my bag that has notes of all key dates and stuff. I also jot down things to remember to add to my layouts – things the boys say, stuff I’ve seen etc so that when I create my page I don’t forget. Because I almost always, never create the page whilst everything is fresh in my mind! I would NEVER have remembered Blake telling me and The Spark about ‘his new job’ at school and how put out he was that he had to do it by himself this week. Oh and Blake is obsessed with Titanic – you’ll see more of that as we go along.
Now I’m keen on getting tips where I can and was keen to find out the best way to photograph my layouts without using an expensive camera, light box and all that so was thrilled to find this tip on Becky Higgins’ blog by Kara. So I just pop my page onto a white canvas near as much light without direct light as possible and snap it with my Samsung S6 mobile phone. I then edit with Pic Monkey.
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