I love my cards… love doing card making, but I used to scrapbook and the other day I was flipping through some of my scrapbooks (which don’t think they are complete themed affairs that complete a given year or all about a trip or what not… I’m not that good!) and realized I missed it. So, I want to start back up my Scrapbooking Sundays here on the blog so I can have something that reminds me I need to get my photos in albums on a regular basis. So here is my first for 2015!
Strategy for keeping up with photos:
So, I am guilty of having thousands of photos on my phone and on my computer and on my camera…. but not out where anyone can see them. And where I will totally forget the context for some of the fun pictures I’ve taken. I found a photo album from when I was in high school and while I remember many of the people and general stories of what was going on… I have no idea when the pictures took place or who everyone was. And when I look at photos from when I was a kid or pictures from my parents or my husband’s parents, I have no idea what is going on. *total sad face!*
I didn’t like that and needed a strategy! So, here is what I plan to do
- Once a month, send the photos from the month to Costco. It could be 2 photos or it could be 50… whatever memories I want to keep and be able to share with my family later.
- Use the Project Life journaling pens (since they are archival safe) and jot a quick note on the back of the photo with the date and people in the picture (so if they ever get separated from my album, I know what the scoop is later)
- Drop them into the Project Life photo album page protectors and grab some of the Project Life cards to quickly write out what was happening in the pictures.
- Then, if there are extra special memories or photos, I’ll print extra copies and do a full 12×12 traditional scrapbook layout. I love doing traditional layouts so I want to keep doing them, I just don’t want to hold up getting photos off my camera and into albums because it takes me a while to get a traditional layout done.
Using Up Scraps with Scrapbooking
I always forget that the scrapbooking is “SCRAP”booking. Which means it is great for using up your extra paper scraps. And that was the inspiration for today’s layout
- Use up all those extra strips of paper that you trim off for your card and other projects as a fun accent in your layout. I combined two photos across the page and then placed the Moonlight designer paper stack strips at different heights behind the pictures (don’t forget, this paper is 25% off through Monday!). Sometimes cutting the strip in half so I had enough to go out the top and the bottom of the picture
- Use extra cardstock scraps to make elements for the page like the letters for your page title! I used the Tiny Letters thinlit dies to cut out most of the letters from my Blackberry Bliss cardstock.
- Then to keep it interesting, I used my Metro Alphabet stamps to stamp the word “Hunt” and emphasize it. You could get a similar effect by cutting out a different paper color or pattern to emphasize a word or words in your title.
- Use extra elements you may have lying around to add some dimension, like these Wooden Elements from the Stampin’ Up variety pack. I wanted to add some shine so I inked the top of the circle with my Gold Encore ink pad and then heat set it with my heat tool.
So there you have it. Some ideas for getting those scraps off your table and into some created project!
Want to learn more about Project Life and photo album pocket memory keeping?
You can also email me or give me a call, I’d be glad to chat with you about it and give you some suggestions for getting started! Plus, get free cards as part of the Sale-a-Bration promotion with any $50 purchase! Score!
I’m also happy to set up a Memory Keeping free demonstration with make & take for you and your friends… just let know!
Project Supplies Used:
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