Archive for August, 2012

Scrapping Process


I think I mentioned that scrapbooking is my current obsession. My current strategy is to make one scrapbook (with 12″x12″ pages) for each year. Okay, so often this is actually two scrapbooks, because I take a lot of pictures. My books start in 2003, which is the year I stopped putting pictures in regular albums. I might go backwards from there, but first I need to catch up to today. How close am I? Errr…I’m currently scrapping my 2007 pictures. But I’m on track to get 2007 and 2008 done this year. It’s possible I could get into 2009 also, but holiday gift season is coming fast, so maybe not.

Today I did three spreads from my 2007 album, and wanted to share a bit of my process for creating a spread. This time I was doing pictures from a trip to Chicago, and was devoting one page of the spread to a day at the Museum of Science and Industry and the other page to some of the art around Chicago.

My first step is to pick papers and pictures. For the pictures, I usually do between 2-5 pictures per page, so I rifle through all my pictures for the particular event and choose the ones that will work best on the page. Once I have the pictures, I can start playing with how to lay them out on the page.

For this spread, I have two pages from the same trip but of different events, so I wanted the papers to be complimentary, but I also wanted the pages to be distinct.

Here’s what I started with:

Once I have a basic layout worked out, I start to pick out other, larger, elements for the page, such as places to put tickets or other things I’ve collected on the trip and places to journal. I also plan out where to put the page title. One important element for this particular spread was the rocket ship on the paper for the left-hand page – I wanted to be sure not to cover it up.

Then I start to glue things in place, always starting with the elements that go under other elements. (That might seem obvious, but every once in a while I forget an element or two!)

For this layout, I wanted to create a pocket for the museum ticket that I had saved from the trip. I used one of the pictures (actually a postcard in this case), and glued just three sides of the image, leaving the top open. Then the ticket sits in the pocket, peeking out the top of the picture.

When I looked at my chosen letters to put the title on my science museum page, I noticed…gasp…I was out of the letter “c”. What to do? No problem, I just took the letter “q”, which I rarely use, and clipped it into a “c”. You’d never know!

After gluing the larger elements, I decided on a few smaller embellishments to enhance the page. Here’s the final result:

I did a couple of things to tie the two pages together, even though they were from different events. One was to use blue jewels on both pages.

I also popped up a few elements on each page to add some dimension and tie the pages together.

Want to see my other pages from the day? Here they are:

A space to craft


We recently moved house, so now I’ve moved from crafting in our family room to crafting in my very own room. I’ve got lots of natural light during the day and a fireplace for the winter. Take a look.

I bought some new shelves with cubes. I’ve filled several of them with baskets for my fabrics, beading supplies, old photo albums, and other crafting supplies.

In the non-basket cubes, I’m displaying my finished scrapbooks and mini-albums – ready inspiration when I need it.

And, of course here is my ScrapBox, filled to the brim.

I’m looking forward to using my new craft room! It’s such a change from what I had before.

What about you? Where do you craft?

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