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Checkmate: Fun and Games

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If you are scrapbooking about fun and games, why not have a little bit of fun creating your layout? This post will share a playful way to add journaling to your page.

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If you are hopping along the Make it Monday Blog Circle, welcome! You’ll have arrived from Artful Adventures where Kristie is sharing a technique for spring themes. I’ll share the next post to hop to at the end of this post.

Fun and Games

Scrapbooking allows you to stretch your creativity in many ways. One way to do this is to make sure the tone of your layout fits with the topic you are scrapbooking. Let me explain.

In this layout that shows my son, Ryan teaching my cousin, Emily how to play chess I’ve used paper with a checkerboard/chessboard pattern. This would have been super easy to recreate even if I didn’t have the paper, it’s a simple grid of squares.

Okay, that’s kind of fun. What else?

Creative tips for a fun and games page! #scrapbooking

You’ll also notice that the colour tones on the page are quite muted, not bright and lively. This was done to emphasize the mental aspect of chess. It’s a game of strategy, not a game of lively excitement, and I felt that was suited to a more simple colour palette.

Sure. Anything else?

This particular game of chess was Emily’s introduction to the game. Not only is the game difficult to learn but you have to learn how each of the players move. There were a lot of questions! I thought it would be fun to tell the story and share a sample of the questions asked using speech bubbles. Not all of the speech bubbles are part of their commentary as I used some of them for the journaling I wanted to add to the page too.


I challenge you to get playful with your designs the next time you scrapbook fun and games. Make sure the page you create matches the tone and mood of the game.

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Your next stop on the Make it Monday Blog Circle will take you to see one of Connie’s favourite layered layouts at Clicky Chick Creates. You’ll love the wonder in little faces during Easter egg hunts! 

If you do create a fun layout about games I’d love it if you’d share it! You can post your creation on the Facebook page.

Now go ahead and let your scrapbooking creativity shine!


Scrapbook you SquareP.S. Don’t forget that March 31 is the last day to register for the class Scrapbook YOU! Get more details HERE.

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Confession: I use old stuff!

Confession I use old stuff imageIf you’ve been here before you’ll know that I have a passion for scrapbooking. You’ll also know that I love sharing tips and tricks to help other scrappers make pages that they love.

But did you know….

I use old supplies, and tools ALL OF THE TIME!

I even share old layouts. Layouts I made 5, 10 or even 15+ years ago.

It’s true. Here’s proof.

Fun with Eggs

My Lucky Shoes

Now you might be thinking, “Gee, get with the times!” Or “Why would you show me pages that are dated and old?”

I’ll tell you why.

I share pages that have good ideas, cool techniques, or awesome journaling tricks.

I’m not going to pretend that every page I create is a design masterpiece that is worthy of a scrapbook magazine (if you’re looking there still IS one, it’s called Canadian Scrapbooker and it’s great).

My designs are good. I follow some rules, sometimes. But that’s not the point.

I want you to see real pages. Pages that anyone can make. Layouts that don’t require $20 worth of products. Layouts that share real life.

My life isn’t perfect. Neither are the pages I create.

I consider myself to be a pretty good speller. My grammar is decent, but I certainly won’t win a “best grammar on the Internet” award. But you know what? (Yes, I did just start a sentence with the word ‘but’. Get over it.)

It doesn’t matter! It took me a long time to learn this. I’ve made pages that have glaringly obvious spelling mistakes. I used be very worried about it and I’d go back and fix the mistakes when I found them, but I don’t anymore.

Now, I scrapbook in the present. I don’t have time to go back and redo things I have finished! I’m looking towards the future and capturing the stories from our lives right now. Is a spelling mistake a make it or break it problem? No!

I use old supplies because I have them. I don’t worry about the trends, although who doesn’t like to buy some new stuff? I mix a bit of the new in with the old and keep going. I want to create pages that matter, not pages that are fabulous because they are defined by the current design aesthetic.

If you want to get real with scrapbooking, you want to tell your stories, you want to use supplies that are old, new and somewhere in between, then I think we’ll be friends. I’ll show you the tricks I know to make pages that you love, and we can both move forward capturing the stories of our lives for our scrapbooks.

When I think they are a good fit I’ll share old pages. If you want you can laugh, I do! The great thing about scrapbooking is that it changes with the times. We have new products to play with and new techniques to try. This allows us to get creative and play while we enjoy the beautiful stories that make up our lives.

Are you ready? Let’s get scrapping!


P.S. If you are ready to tell your own story and want to make a scrapbook all about yourself don’t miss out on this: Scrapbook YOU!


Fun Friday: This Actually Happened

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Hey! It’s Friday. Normally I like to share a fun scrapbooking quote, but today I have something else that will make you chuckle. I scrapbooked a funny story, and I’m happy to be sharing it here today, with my son’s permission! Lol! ;)

This actually happened.  Funny layout with NO picture! #scrapbooking

Journaling reads: What a kid! I was floored when I opened this email from his math teacher. I guess that’s one way for Ryan to remember his stuff!

Ryan has been completely out of paper for quite a while. He has been having a hard time remembering to get some so we both though it might be a good idea to ask you to help him remember to bring paper. He has been using some plain white paper but it will be much easier for him to keep his work neat and organized with lined paper. 

Thank you, 

Grade 9 Math Teacher. (name removed)

Did you notice that I din’t use a photo on this layout? When you focus on telling a story you don’t always need to use a photo.

Challenge yourself to share a funny story in your scrapbooks this weekend!

Happy scrapping!


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Fun with Eggs

Ah! The delight of an egg hunt! I’m excited to share with you a technique you’ll be thrilled to try for your next layout!

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If you have arrived from Digital Scrapbooking HQ you’ll have seen Melissa’s lovely Easter layout, made simple with with artsy digital papers. (If not, you can pop over and check it out!) I’ll share your next stop on the blog circle at the end of this post.

Having Fun with Eggs

Here’s a fun way to create a title for your layouts!

Use a photo to create your letters.

Every year at Easter I end up with some less than stellar photos of the boys searching for eggs, but the one great photo I do get is of the carton of eggs after the hunt is over.

egg hunt layout double page

Print a large photo or multiple smaller photos to cut title letters.

To create this title I printed one large copy of the egg photo and cut it using a Cricut die cut machine. (These letters are using the “Mickey Font” cartridge.)

You could also print several photos or reprint one smaller photo multiple times.

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Outline the letters.

To give the title letters a bit more impact I traced around each letter with a marker. This is WAY easier than trying to matte each letter!


Cut out sample letters using scrap paper before you cut your photos. This way you’ll know your title fits and what size you’d like the letters to be.

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Obviously you can use this idea for more than Easter. Try photos of other groups of items to create a fun title for your layouts. Here’s some ideas to get you started.

More photo ideas:

  • Flowers
  • Candies
  • Toys
  • Jewelry
  • Office supplies like paperclips
  • Christmas decorations

Do you have an idea of an item that would be perfect for a title like this? Share your ideas in the comments!

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Okay! It’s time for the next stop on this Easter themes Make it Monday blog circle. Your next stop will help you get started with your Easter cards. It’s time! Connie from Clicky Chick Creates shares an egg-cellent shaker Easter card!

Have you created a layout using photos for the title letters? I’d love to see it! Share a link in the comments or come post a page on the Facebook page!

Now go let your creativity shine!


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scrapbooking-inspiration-podcast 150x150I’m glowing with excitement! I was recently interviewed by the lovely Melissa Shanhun from ScrapbookingHQ.com for the Scrapbooking Inspiration Podcast.

You can find the podcast HERE!

(Link will open in a new window/tab so you can refer to the visuals in this post as we talk about them.)

Melissa and I chatted about scrapbooking yourself. I shared one of my all-time favourite tips for journaling. We talked about selfies. I told her about one of the first pages I created that was all about me.

I confessed to Melissa that even though I started scrapbooking in 1999 I really didn’t learn how to add real journaling to my layouts until much later. I looked back at older scrapbook pages I’d made and found myself trying to remember the details that I had failed to record successfully.

Journaling Tip

I shared one of my all-time favourite tips for journaling; making connections.

The way it works is to link something in the present that you are scrapbooking to a story from the past. Often this story doesn’t have a photo of it’s own, so it’s a great way to share that story and still have a photo that you can use.

It’s a great way to tell part of your story in a way that connects to the present time; kind of a ‘now and then’ theme.

You can read more about Making Connections in this blog post HERE.


I LOVE taking selfies. I’ve been taking selfies long before they were even called selfies! I’ve even mastered the difficult task of taking selfies with my Canon Rebel DSLR camera. (If you’re going to do it, do it right!) I’ve started making a mini book that will feature only selfies I’ve taken… how fun is that?!!! :)

Coming soon… my tips for “How to Take the Perfect Selfie”. Thanks for the suggestion Melissa!

Making a Layout about Myself

Me at 26

I started this layout by taking my own photo. I wanted a photo that I really liked of myself. I took a lot! (If you listen to the podcast you’ll find out the funny place this photo was taken!) ;) Then I toned down the saturation on the photo to give it a slightly timeless feeling.

Next I stamped my custom background paper with the colours I wanted to work with and found the perfect metal letters to create the title.

Me at 26 layout image

The Tag

The tag is a fold out tag. You simply undo the silver string and fold it out.

I printed repeating words on the background behind each photo. Now here’s a fun detail. If you look closely you’ll see that the photos are translucent. You can see through them slightly. Now, you might be asking, “HOW DID YOU DO THAT?”

It’s called a Packing Tape Transfer. I printed the photos on an ink-jet printer. Then I placed packing tape over top of the photos. I rubbed them firmly with a bone folder. Then I placed the photos in water. Yes. Water. The paper softens and peels off, leaving the image stuck to the tape.

Caution: Not all printer paper works wonderfully for this. You need to experiment. If I remember correctly Epson paper is what I used, but this was done years ago, so best of luck!

Me at 26 layout fold down

More About The Tag

Each of the photos featured on the tag was something I was either proud of or I felt was a great accomplishment.

I included my husband, my two boys, bungee jumping, skydiving, my smile, going to the ballet, going to Hawaii, going to Australia, and me in all the wonders and glories of a scrapbook store. :)

Me at 26 layout fold up

Hidden Journaling

I created a pull out tab of hidden journaling for the layout. I didn’t want the clean design to be distracted by a bunch of words, and I knew I’d need a lot of room… there’s a lot to say about myself! ;)
I created space for the journaling under the photo using foam tape and made an area for the journaling to tuck away. I also made sure the journaling wouldn’t go missing from the page by making sure you couldn’t pull it out ALL of the way. There are hidden tabs that keep it from being removed.

Me at 26 layout pull out


I wanted to share a bunch of random tidbits about my life at 26. I know how quickly likes and dislikes change over the years, so I thought this would be a fun way to have a quick glimpse into my life at the moment.

Some details:

I am a girly girl. I love chick flicks. I listen to Britney Spears and Hilary Duff. I love to get dressed up for opera, ballet and theatre. I love to do my hair in hot rollers because it looks so glamourous.

I am a procrastinator. I always leave things until the last minute.

I love to spend money! Especially on scrapbook supplies and home furnishings.

I am a shy person. My friends don’t think so. I just pretend not to be shy.

I love to wear sleeveless shirts. Even in the winter. I don’t like to wear sweaters.

I am kind of a perfectionist. It often keeps me from getting things done because I don’t like to do it if I can’t do it right.

I eat soup for breakfast almost every day.

I also like to pretend I’m adventurous. I have been bungee jumping and skydiving and rappelling. I have been on a two week holiday in Australia and Hawaii with only one small carry-on bag. We went without hotel reservations.

I get lonely a lot. I usually call my friends on the telephone. I have a lot of telephone marathons.

My favourite foods are soup and turkey. I really like turkey soup.

My hobby is scrapbooking. I can kinda play the piano, but not very well.

My husband says he loves me very much. I like being a mother of two little boys (most days). Three would be too many!

Me at 26 journaling detail


On the bottom of the photo I used rub-ons to add my name. I also used multiple fibres to reach across the photo and added a small shrinky-dink charm I made with the word ‘unique’ on it.

Me at 26 layout detail

I’m still totally in love with this layout and let’s just say that I’m certainly not 26 anymore! ;)

Page Protector?

The biggest question you might still be wondering is how does it fit into a page protector.

Thanks for asking!

I cut a square/rectangular piece of the page protector out right above the tag, so it can be opened while still remaining in the protector. I also cut a long slit along the edge of the page protector so you can slip the journaling out without removing the page. It works great and you don’t have to fiddle with putting the page in and out of the page protector.

Want some tips on cutting page protectors? I made a video for another project I made. It’s HERE.

Scrapbook YOU! Class

Scrapbook YOU! This online class will show you how to create an album all about the person missing from your scrapbooks!If you are ready to scrapbook more about yourself I’ve made it as easy as possible! Check out this new class: Scrapbook YOU!

You’ll learn how to create a whole album about yourself. You’ll find out what should go in it, what to do when you hate photos of yourself, and what to do when you don’t HAVE photos of yourself!

To find out more and to register, visit: http://scrapbookwonderland.com/you

Thanks Melissa!

I would really like to thank Melissa for allowing her to share my joy and passion for scrapbooking with the Scrapbooking Inspiration Podcast audience. I hope I’ll inspire listeners to tell their story. Only you can do it!

Now go let your creativity shine!


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