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This is a brilliant way to save Christmas cards! The December Christmas Card Scrapbook Album.Don’t you love it when inspiration strikes and you feel like you can take on the world?

This RARELY happens, but if the magic strikes I’m going to run with it!

Yesterday I was hit with a mega dose of inspiration and I was able to create an entire mini album IN ONE DAY!

See the video below!

Here’s the backstory.

A few years ago I’d seen a brilliant idea, probably on Pinterest (but I can’t find the pin), to create a mini album out of the Christmas cards you receive each year. Then you can pull out the album every year and it’s full of beautiful greetings from loved ones. Awe!

I’ve been saving my cards every year with the intention of putting one of these albums together. Let’s be real. It never happened.

I was chatting with my friends from ScrapHappy the other day and we talked a bit about whether or not we’d be doing a December Daily project this year, or about other holiday scrapping plans. I kind of hate talking about Christmas in September, but this is when the companies are releasing all of their gorgeous products so we couldn’t help ourselves! 😉

Yesterday I went up to my scraproom and decided that it was time to make one of those albums. I grabbed the cards, just the ones from 2016, and started cutting the holes with my Cinch.

I had a kit from December Daily sitting almost completely unused on my desk. I thought it was from 2016, but I recently remembered that I did have an album for it that I used for a different project and it has a 2015 tag on it… so it was even older. (Yes, it was still sitting on my desk… don’t judge!)

The products would be the perfect filler for this mini album of Christmas cards. As I looked through everything in the box I thought, “I should just print a few pictures to include. That would be cute!”

lol.

Just a few.

Next thing you know I’d used half a pack of photo paper and replaced the Yellow ink in my printer.

I printed photos from every holiday-related event we’d been part of.

I printed in various sizes, lots of 3×4, a few 4×6 and even a couple of 6×8’s.

Looking at the 3×4’s I thought I’d grab some page protectors and use them too.

Suddenly this project had become much bigger, and much more complicated. I was like a weightlifter in the gym just adding a bit more weight until I was staggering under the mass of it all.

And I still wasn’t worried. I was going to “keep it simple”.

lol.

I started tackling the pile of photos. I went from the end of the month and kept moving forward. After I’d get a section of photos done I’d add some cards and move to the next event.

I was keeping it pretty simple.

It was kind of amazing how smoothly it was going.

Eventually I realized that the beautiful bronze-coloured coil was going to be WAY TOO small. (It was only .75″)

I went digging through my supplies and found a bright pink 1″ coil. Perfect!

Well, not quite. It’s way too small too, but I didn’t have a larger one, so it works for now.

Then I had to take my son off to swim practice. We were gone for hours, but my excitement for this project didn’t wane. As soon as I was home, it was now 11pm, I started back up.

Around 1am I was finished. Every photo, card and embellishment had been placed in the album. I squished the bright pink coil to close the album.

Success!

Flipping through it I could barely believe how well it went. I was holding a finished album in my hand. From the conception of the project, to printing photos, to gathering supplies, to completion took about 7 hours.

Watch the Flip Through:

7 Tips to Get it DONE Fast:

 

  1. Use a kit. Everything is coordinated, matches and is easy to work with.
  2. Gather all of the photos, cards and supplies. Get it all ready first so you don’t get distracted looking for anything!
  3. Just start. I started at then end and moved to the beginning. I think it tricked me into believing I’d finish, since the end was done!
  4. Keep it simple. By keeping every page simple I was able to complete the project quickly. I added most of the embellishments after the base of ALL of the pages were complete.
  5. Break it into mini projects. Each section of the album was based on a single event. I’d complete an event quickly, separate that section with some cards and move onto the next event.
  6. No excuses. When I realized the coil wasn’t large enough that could have stopped me in my tracks. I pushed on and the project is DONE! Even if I never replace the coil it will still be done.
  7. Let nothing stand in your way! Even though I couldn’t get it done in one sitting I kept it in mind and went back to finish up right away!

 

Now I’m looking around my scraproom and I’m wondering which project I should tackle next!

I’m going to try a December Daily album this year too. I’ve ordered my kit and I was excited that Ali re-stocked the supply of the album and transparency sheets so I was able to order them too.

What are you holiday scrapping plans?

Alice.

 

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10 Tips for Using Frames on Layouts

10 Tips for Using FRAMES on layouts - with AWESOME example layouts!!! <3

Do you have a collection of embellishment frames that you’d LOVE to use on your scrapbook layouts but just aren’t quite sure what to do with?

Today I’m bringing you an expert at using frames and she’s sharing all her best tips!

 

Hi, my name is Melinda Greer. I have been a scrapper for almost 21 years. I want to thank Alice for inviting me to share my ideas with you.

Frames frames frames I love them.  I didn’t realized just how many I had until I gathered them all together in a pile on my desk. There are big ones, small ones, chipboard ones and cardstock ones, some are square and others are rectangle. I use binder rings and store them but color. 

Brilliant way to organize frame embellishments for scrapbooking! The post has gorgeous sample layouts too!

I think frames are very versatile item to have in your stash. I hope these ideas will sparked your creativity to use your frames more often. So with out further ado here is the 10 ways I use frames on my layouts.

1. Fill the page with them, some filled with pictures others with acetate or pattern paper. 

10 tips for using frames on a layout

2 To draw attention to one picture in a group of pictures by framing it. 

10 tips for using frames on a layout - LOVE This layout!

3 To add interest to a group of pictures so they all don’t blend together. 

10 tips for using frames on a layout - such a smart idea!

4 As an embellishment, the smaller ones are perfect for this. 

10 tips for using frames on a layout - gorgeous layout!

5 On top of a picture to highlight part of the picture. This was the only picture from my wedding that showed me at a side angle and that was the picture that told my story but I needed to bring the eye to what I wanted you to focus on and not on the cake. 

10 tips for using frames on a layout - great way to use frames... page cracks me up!

6 As a base for an embellishment cluster. 

10 tips for using frames on a layout

7 On a Layout with much going on a bold frame can give the picture to proper importance. 

10 tips for using frames on a layout - FUN idea!

8 Just as a layer, with or without filling the frame, it adds color and texture. 

10 tips for using frames on a layout - sweet!

9 To house the title. In this layout. I cut the frame and added the cut off part at the bottom as a base for the embellishment cluster. 

10 tips for using frames on a layout - FUN scrapbook page!

10 On a busy layout you can use a frame to house the journaling so it does not get lost.  I used 3 frames on this layout, one cut in half and filled with paper to add to the layers, one as base for the embellishment cluster and the one for the title. 

10 tips for using frames on a layout - such a beautiful layout

Here is a bonus Layout that I have done recently for a challenge, Your Stash Video Hop, and the frames saved this layout from the trash can. I used the frames as layers, as the base for the embellishment cluster and to bring attention the title.

Watch the process video HERE!10 tips for using frames on a layout - I love the frames, the paint, the photos... LOVE!!

Melinda has such an amazing scrapbooking style. Please check out her YouTube channel as her videos are as fabulous as her gorgeous layouts. (Don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll see her newest videos!)

Thank you so much Melinda for sharing this blog post with us. It is super inspiring and I can’t wait to use your tips to get some gorgeous frames onto my layouts!

I’ve only used frames a couple of times on layouts but I really love this page that I made using 10 frames on one page. Here’s a sneak peek! Click on the photo to pop over to the blogpost about this layout. 

Do you like using frames on your pages? Do you just LOVE Melinda’s fabulous frames? Leave a comment and tell us about it!

Happy scrapping!

Alice.

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Scrapbook Live August 2017

Yay! Today I scrapbooked. Don’t you love it when you can say that?

I scrapbooked live online for Scrapbook Live. I used the August scrapbook kit and life pages kit from Gossamer Blue.

Today’s layouts focused on a recent trip I made with my family to British Columbia, Canada. (We live in Alberta, so it was a 9 hour car ride.)

Watch the replay:

Here’s a peek at the layouts I created. (Journaling was done off camera, after the Live event.)

12×12 Layout:

During the video I called this page View From The Top. After I decided that I’d rather call it View Of The Top so I changed it. I’m the boss of my layouts so I decided that would be just fine! 😉

I also added a couple more embellishments.

Pocket page: (Left)

I’m sure that watching me create the center card on the bottom was P A I N F U L. It sure felt that way to me. Ugh! As soon as I started embellishing it, as all the journaling was already told on the additional page, it totally made sense and now I think it’s wonderful!

I love to pop up die cuts on a layout. It’s something I do frequently.

Pocket page: (Right)

I did think of one more thing I hadn’t included in the journaling that I wanted to include so I was glad I had a space for it.

Journaling:

I decided that there just wasn’t going to be enough space on this layout for the journaling I wanted to include. Instead I decided to type my journaling and create a 6×12 page for the journaling. GREAT NEWS… I used my Fuse tool for the first time!

I bought a Fuse at the beginning of the summer and hadn’t taken it out of the packaging yet. I decided that I’d make a custom page protector and I was SO HAPPY with how it worked.

Are you ready to join me LIVE next time? Subscribe to the Scrapbook Wonderland email list!

Happy scrapping!

Alice.

 

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Every gal should have one. A friend you can laugh so hard with tears pour from your eyes and you start to choke and snort.

Okay, you might want to leave out the snorting.

Luckily my friend Wendy won’t judge if I happen to snort a bit, so I’m fine. 😉

Wendy and I laugh, drink wine and scrapbook together. Often all three at the same time… aren’t we talented?

How Do I Rescue this Photo?

I had this adorable photo of the two of us from an event we’d attended last year. It was taken with a cell phone, in a fairly dark room. The colour was not awesome. The photo is not great resolution, it’s grainy, very grainy.

What do you do when that’s all you’ve got?

I decided to see if black and white would rescue the photo. It was a big improvement. It’s not perfect, but it’s much better. It allows you to see our faces and the first thing you notice is how the camera has caught Wendy in the middle of laughing, that’s awesome!

Hooray for Black and White!

Now that the photo was handled I realized that by making the photo black and white it really opened up the doors for my scrapbooking options too!

I could use any colour palette! I didn’t have to worry about matching anything to my photo. EASY!

Scrapbooking Steps

  1. I found some gorgeous paper and printed vellum from Webster’s Pages to use.
  2. I arranged the vellum paper in layers and created a focal area for my photo.
  3. I die cut a frame for the photo, so it looks like a Polaroid. (I actually used a die cut machine… yay me!)
  4. I gessoed the background. I thought I’d write on the background. Later I changed my mind. Oh well. It just made part of the background a bit softer.
  5. I added strips of washi tape.
  6. I found some cute letters that I’d NEVER used before… they were finally perfect for this project!
  7. I grabbed random embellishments from beside my desk. Sequins, die cuts and the little box for the journaling.
  8. I finished by dropping Heidi Color Shine in gold on the page. Heads up: it took a while to dry on the gesso. I also rubbed a bit on some of the die cuts.

 

Voila! This scrapbook layout went together very quickly and I have a lovely page to celebrate my friendship. Now… where’s the wine?

 

Alice.

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Scrapbook Live June 2017

After a nearly a month without scrapbooking it was time to get back to it!

I loved the kits from Gossamer Blue this month and my layouts came together easily.

First up the traditional 12×12 layout using the Gossamer Blue June Scrapbooking Kit.

Here’s the replay video:

I started by showing the end of school photos I had of my sons. I had very nice pics… and then I had this one. It was obvious which one needed to be used! My older son was making fun of my younger son… Joe was graduating and won’t have to go back in the fall, while Ryan will.

I considered a couple of options for the background. I liked the idea of doing half and half and almost chose a different paper. After getting some feedback from the live audience I knew that the green and yellow together were the right choice.

I went on a quick hunt for Thickers and loved these ones. They seemed perfect for a page about teenagers. I added the Na na na na boo boo with Teresa Collins sticker letters. I’ve used these a million time and they are awesome!

The lower right embellishment cluster has chipboard stickers, rubber embellishments, puffy stickers and enamel dots. I used scor tape to hold the rubber embellishments, and one has a mini staple too.

I also stamped alongside the photo.

I drew the lines using my ruler and added my journaling. I like to repeat the title in the journaling, I think it ties it all together.

Using a kit is a great way to speed up your scrapbooking process. You don’t have to go looking for supplies as everything matches and works well together. The designers that design the kits for Gossamer Blue are great at making sure all of the colour tones and patterns are great for mixing and matching too!

After creating the 12×12 layout I moved on to the pocket page using the Gossamer Blue June Life Pages Kit.

 

Hope you’ll join me live next month. Sign up for the Scrapbook Wonderland email list HERE.

 

Happy scrapping!

Alice.

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