Friday, November 24, 2017

Scrapbook Files: Date Night and Baseball

Ah, summer! Now that the heat is on and the leaves are falling, it's fun to look back on the hottest time of the year.  I can never decide if I prefer drinking inside by the fire, or outside in the sun!

I keep trying to push my scrapbooking comfort zone over the past couple of months (mostly because  my Messy Box subscription ended and I want to use my current supplies before I start a new one).I tend to stay away from oranges with clothing, towels, sheets, you name it.  But here, I knew I had to take advantage of the orange stripe on the journaling card on the top left and use some of the orangey cards that I've had laying around. It paid off, and I love the final look!

What colors do you tend to shy away from?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Scrapbook Files: Bridal Shower!

For some reason, this was a really tough layout for me. I think I tend to put more pressure on myself to create amazing spreads for important events -- this is going to be the only time I document my own bridal shower! I was having so much trouble figuring out a color palette until I decided to focus it around the blue stripped card on the left side. It also helped once I decided to go all out on the marriage/engagement idea with "oui" paper and a diamond motif.  

It's easy to see where I got my paper skills from... did you notice that my mom made a perfect replica of the banner from my invitation to use as a decoration? So cute!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Scrapbook Files: May 2017

May was a good month! I decided document a"week-in-the-life" to use my flair, and to step out of my comfort zone a little. It was hard to remember to take pictures of something memorable each day! It ended up coinciding with my first time having jury duty/being picked, so I was glad that I picked this week to look back on! Side note: jury duty isn't as terrible as everyone makes it out to be, and it was really interesting serving on a jury, so don't try and get out of it like so many people do!

The rest of the month fit into a single spread: spending time outside and my oldest friend's wedding! I ended up using a lot of my favorite Messy Box for both spreads, and I love how the two end up going together. I had been saving some of the kit (specifically, the floral pattern) for "the right time" and this finally felt like it! Does anyone else save (ahem, horde) certain items like this?

How cute is that little stamp set?

My friend did calligraphy on all the place cards: I had to save them. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Scrapbook Files: April 2017 (part 2)

Do you think I like cats?

I took full advantage of my trip to a cat cafe to get full use of my cat-themed supplies.  For you other cat lovers, the flair can be found here, and the stamp set here. My color scheme and use of embellishments is a little over-the-top compared to my usual style, but I had a lot of fun putting this together. 

I was also pretty excited to finally use the full page NYC map from an old Messy Box. As you can see above, I used little stickers to mark off places on the map where we stayed, ate, and visited.  

What would the point of going to New York be if you didn't spend the majority of your time eating? I loved being able to use my "on the menu" stamp to keep track of everywhere we ate. I actually had a lot of trouble figuring out the color scheme/which cards to use, but looking back I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Scrapbook Files: April 2017 (part 1)

Whew, it's been quite a summer for me! I was very busy with last minute wedding preparation in July and into August (I got married August 5th!) so I didn't have much time for scrapbooking let alone blogging about it!  So let's take a trip down memory lane to April, and one of my favorite spreads:

 I think it's the colors that I love about this so much. That, and I felt like a massive genius for using a full page photo with a piece of flair in the middle acting as the letter O in the title. I know, no one else have ever done that before. 

Does anyone else occasionally have layouts that they are super proud of and love to look at? Or am I just a self-involved scrapbooker?

This was my first month of scrapbooking for the Paper & Spool creative team! See everyone else's creations here

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Scrapbook Files: March 2017

Ah, March.  It seems like every year this month is very uneventful. Maybe it's because there were so many events in such a short month right before that it makes March feel extra long and boring? We did do one fun thing: a day trip to Gettysburg! It was my first time there and I enjoyed taking in the sites and the history.  

Maps are always one of my favorite things to save from trips to add to my scrapbook. As you can tell from the upper right pocket, the map of the park is what inspired the color palette for this layout: greens, tans, and the blue from the sky that day.

 Above, I was trying to add some more small details for interest and depth -- my layouts are often pretty flat.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Scrapbook Files: February 2017

I've been so wrapped up with wedding planning and family events that I got behind on my scrapbooking and blogging! In theory, I will share the next few months in quick succession.

February is always a fun month: my birthday, Valentine's Day, our anniversary, and for the past two years, track and field alumni events at my college. I took so many picture that I made a two full page spreads.  The left documents some random occurrences during the month, and I used the right side to concentrate everything we celebrated.  Pink is always appropriate in February, and I was trying to move out of my blue comfort zone.

February was all about stamping for me after buying a new stamp set from Elle's studio, and I became a very quick stamp convert.

I went back to old favorite colors on the second spread of the month, drawing inspiration from the photo of the building on the right hand side.  The first truly gorgeous day of the year.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Paper and Spool Design Team

I am excited to announce that I was chosen to be part of the very first Paper and Spool  design team! I'm one in a great group of women, some of whom I was already following and getting inspiration from on Instagram. Paper and Spool has a ton of great designs, including flair with cats and Harry Potter, so I knew this was a perfect fit for me. Don't be surprised to see it more often around here!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Scrapbook Files: January 2017

I feel like recently, every layout is my new favorite.  When I was working on this one, it was my favorite.  Then once I started working on it, February turned into my favorite. I'm sure once the photos arrive in the mail and I start working on it, March will be my top layout. But before I can show you February (or March), I have to share January!

Here it is in full! I have been sticking true to my goal for a double page spread (or more) per month, never a half page. It's a good test in using the pockets spaces more creatively -- I'm slowly but surely getting used to the idea that my spreads don't have to be so photo-heavy. This month has no real theme per se; the right is almost all pictures from when friends visited me, and the left has the rest of the significant photos I took that month.  

My only gripe with this layout is the grid above.  It definitely looked better in my head than it turned out on paper.  I almost added thin pink paper lines between the photos and crossed in the middle, but I took them away at the last second. 

The majority of the items used are from the January Messy Box.  The colors were so inspiring! I was excited when I realized that the chipboard letters I picked out from Studio Calico matched perfectly with the color scheme.  

I've recently begun following more scrapbooking blogs/Instagrams for inspiration (and it's definitely reflected in my February layouts, which I will be sharing soon). What are your favorites? I'd love to check them out! 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Scrapbook Files: December 2016

December is always such a fun month to document (I say with only two years of December experience... but honestly, I see why some people jump on that December Daily scrapbook). I think it's because of the parties and how easy it is to embrace the cheesiness of winter.  

This month was extra fun for me once I figured out my plan for the clothesline-inspired banners.  I got inspired by  this JOY banner that Laura Hager created.  At first, I couldn't figure out how to incorporate that idea since I was stuck with the square pockets on the left, but then it hit me to use a full 9x12 pocket.  I tend to shy away from those because it takes a little more creativity to fill out the page in an appealing way, but man am I glad I did this! It gave me an opportunity to use my red clothespins which go well with my "country" Christmas in my home state. 

I wish I had taken some more pictures during the month and during my visit home so that I could've made two double page spreads, but this small spread did end up capturing the month of celebrations very well.

Almost all my supplies are from the December Messy Box; the clothespins are from Paper Source; the other embellishments are from old Messy Boxes and Studio Calico. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Scrapbook Files: November 2016

I really, really love my November layout. Clean, simple, sharp. I do wish I had taken enough pictures for it to be more than one half of a layout, but that is my goal for the months moving forward. I guess I was too busy eating and chatting during Thanksgiving to have my camera out :)

I got lucky with the matching color schemes of the photos!  Well, sort of. Once I realized I had two photos with vibrant leaves and knew I wanted to keep a funny text conversation between me and Brian, I changed a lot of the photos to black and white. This was my first time using images off my phone (both with the text and with a saved photo from Snapchat) and I'm glad I did -- it's a great way to save memories that would otherwise get lost.

A big shout out to the November Messy Box subscription for this layout!  All of the cards and cut out details are from there. The only additions are cat related word stickers from Studio Calico (these are one of my favorite finds ever), gold enamel stickers from Paper Source and velum from Michael's.  

Sunday, February 12, 2017

New Supplies

I thought I'd do a mini "haul" to show some of the supplies I purchased at JoAnn Fabrics last week.  JoAnn's honestly surprised me when I first started buying scrapbooking supplies two years ago.  Probably due to its name, I didn't completely think of the store as an all-around craft store; I expected Michaels to have a better stock of scrapbook supplies.  Once I ventured into the scrapbook aisle, though, JoAnn's quickly became my favorite chain store for supplies.

Here is an overview of everything I bought.  Unfortunately, I picked a bad weekend to try out the closest JoAnn's -- the store was moving around its scrapbook section, so only about half of the inventory was on the shelves.  I was hoping to find some more fun embellishments, but thankfully all the alphas were out,and you can never go wrong with those.  I hate my handwriting, and avoid using it in my scrapbook as much as possible.  

I was very excited to find the white stamp pad.  I almost bought a white StazOn pad a few months ago because I love my black one.  However, I didn't like that it was a multi step process to get ink on a stamp. This Versa pad stuck out to me because it said it was for leather and wood as well as paper. The ink stays on photos really well and is a nice, opaque white.  Just make sure you give it a little time to dry before touching the ink or putting it in a pocket. 

The stickers above are from Project Life (edit: I previously wrote these were from Heidi Swapp, but I found  the actual backing while taking out the trash).   I think they might actually be from the planner division of the brand, but I think I'll be able to use these all in my scrapbook just as well.  

What are your favorite places to buy craft supplies?  Any suggestions for the Philadelphia area in particular would be very much appreciated!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Scrapbook Files: September/October

I feel like I really started to grow as a hobby scrapbooker in September and October. I started looking up more inspiration online, and getting back to some of the more creative techniques I used when I first started (such as sewing).  Since I didn't have a lot of pictures for September, I really tried to match it to my October color scheme to turn it into more of a cohesive layout.  

I am not generally a huge fan of orange and yellows, but the colors definitely worked for the time of year, and this ended up being one of my favorite recent layouts!  Most of the elements are from the September and October Messy Boxes.

The rest of October continued onto the next page, but I kept it consistent with the rest of the month's layout by using a soft yellow.

My most recent goal, which started with this layout, is to add more depth to my pages.  I sewed paper leaves on (as you can see in photo above) and used my mini attacher instead of using an invisible adhesive.  What I was most excited about starting this layout, though, was my old typewriter.  Laurel & Fern gave me the idea to type on vellum to add some layers to scrapbooking pages (and to avoid having to write in my terrible handwriting).  This technique is starting to be staple for me.