Monthly Archives: March 2011

A Rant about Why You Should Go To a Scrapbooking Event

My workspace. I know, red wine at a crop is a major faux pas. I just couldn't help myself.

I’ve been a pretty avid, maybe not consistent, but avid scrapbooker for about 18 years.  I have attended an evening or all day crop in these past 18 years here and there.  But believe it or not, I have never attended a real-live-get-in-the-car-stay-in-a-hotel-and-don’t-look-back-for-3 days scrapbooking event.  EVER.  That is, until last weekend.  I felt a little guilty about leaving the family for a fun, drink as much wine as you want, tell dirty jokes till the cows come home and scrapbook to your hearts content type of affair.

Well, let me tell you…not only was it good for the album, but it was good for the soul.  There’s nothing like some good old fashioned girl time, sitting around and doing something that we all have in common.  The ideas, the inspiration, the laughing….were swirling all around the room.  The giveaways, the food, the camaraderie, did I mention the wine?  What was I thinking?  Was it that I didn’t have the opportunity?  Was it the guilt of feeling like I was being selfish?  Probably the latter.  Anyone who knows me knows that I suffer from bouts of guilt and for no real good reason either.  Well, I say screw the guilt’s.  I’m sure I’m one of the rare ones who have never actually attended one of these before.   I should be embarrassed (and I am a little bit).  But I’m here to say to anyone who is like me…get your booty to an all-weekend crop as soon as you can.  Besides the inspiration and relaxation, I got a ton of layouts done.  I’m now closer to being caught up and I’m inspired and motivated to continue with my backlog of scrapbooking and to share with my friends all that I have learned. Please watch for the next few weeks, I will share with you some ideas that came across my lap at this wonderful, life-changing event.

Next week…how to make confetti envelopes!  Don’t miss it, it is so much fun and so cool, why didn’t I think of it????  Oh, and thanks to my friend Ann-Marie who organized and hosted this wonderful event!  Can’t wait for the next one — Woo-hoo!

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Winter Layout for your Scrapbook

If you live in the Northeast, you are by now sick to death of the snow.  I do love snow most of the time.  When it is falling, it’s so beautiful and tranquil.  Unfortunately, that beauty and tranquility has now turned into frustration.  How do you get rid of the irritation of slipping and sliding every time you go to the mailbox?  That is, IF you can get to the mailbox.  For the Northeast, this winter is most certainly unusual and may go down in history as being one of the snowiest winters ever.   Use this opportunity to take pictures of the piles and piles of snow and make your own history book.  I’ve created a double page layout, but if you have lots and lots of photos, a mini album dedicated to the Winter of 2010-2011 is a great idea.  This season almost needs its own book, don’t cha think?

Instructions:

Title – blue letters I had laying around (it’s all about the scraps for me!)

Snow – I hand ripped white paper to give it that look of piles of snow, and layered on top of one another.

Snowman – I hand drew and cut out the body and used a medium circle punch for the head, then I cut a piece of blue paper around it for matting.  The nose was made from a piece of orange paper cut into a small triangle. The eyes were drawn in using black marker.

Snowflakes – die cut

Journaling – I matted the main subject of my layout and cut the right side of the mat longer to allow for journaling.  I then typed what I wanted to say and printed out on acid free paper.  Make sure you size the margins correctly in your document before sending to print.