We are Steph and Angie - sisters who love to scrapbook. We don't know design, we aren't color experts and we usually only get to scrapbook a few times a year. But, we love our families and scrapbooking our memories with them so here we are!

We'll try not to bog you down with long supply lists and explanations (half the time we can't remember what we used or it's such old stuff that you'd never find it anywhere anyway!)

Please feel free to "scrap-lift" any of our ideas that strike your fancy, and if you are a scrapbooker with your own blog, please link back to us!

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fall Lake 2017

I used a subtle red, white and blue theme for this spread since we were camping over the 4th of July.  The plaid paper is from the WJB Collection stack by The Paper Studio.  The star paper is also by TPS and from the Proud to Serve stack. My title letters are DCWV punch out alphas. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Memorial Weekend 2017

Year 21 for this tradition!  I have done so many Memorial Weekend camping pages that it gets tough to make them all different.   I hadn't cut my pictures into circles for awhile and had a bunch of pictures that I could do that with so I did!  The cork letters and arrows are by Recollections and the background paper is from the WJB Collection by The Paper Studio.  I also used some scraps of pine branch print paper to add some detail to this spread.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Effie School

One day last summer I "gained access" into an abandoned school that I happened to attend for 3rd, 4th and part of 5th grade till it closed.  It was fun to explore and reminisce but a little sad to see it in bad shape.  I used paper from the Recollections Primary 123 stack and my title letters are by K & Company.  I thought the alphabet paper and chalkboard look stickers were perfect for this page.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Camp Hiawatha 2017

Bekah's page about her 5th (!) summer week at Camp Hiawath is plain and simple.  I cut a blue and white striped paper in half and adhered it to opposite halves of my grey background paper.  The letter stickers are from the Dollar Tree and I sprinkled just a few enamel dots for some added pizazz.  I plan to have Bekah do the journaling for this page and I think I'll have her write in the white stripes.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017 Camping Trips

I wanted to do something different for the pages about our summer 2017 camping trips.  As always, I had more pictures I wanted to use than would fit on a page.  I decided to order collage prints from Snapfish.  I did one collage per trip, per kid.  Adding the dates and location of each trip to the prints was any easy way to cover the basics of the journaling.  I used papers and stickers from Echo Park's The Wild Life Collection Kit.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

2017 Scrappy Goal Update

Project Status = Complete!

My original goals:
  1. purge photos from my high school years through 2014 from 6,000+ prints, down to 2,000 or less
  2. order photos from 2012 and 2013 to add to the collection
  3. deconstruct the pocket page album I did for 2015 and 2016 and incorporate that into the new albums
What I actually ended up doing:
  1. purged photos down to just under 2,500 including those I ordered for 2012 and 2013 - not too shabby
  2. made a photo book on Mixbook.com of our 2010 South Dakota road trip - there were just TOO many photos to purge down for that trip so I made a book the same size as one I had made for our 2012 Montana/South Dakota trip
  3. kept the 2015/2016 pocket page album.  I was at the point in the project where I would have started a new album at that date anyway (or nearly so), so I decided to keep it.  I just numbered it accordingly and then carried on with 2017 in the next album.  Easy squeezy.  :)
Here is the finished project:
I need Jesse to reconfigure the shelves for me, but other than that, I'm done.  The photo boxes underneath hold small photo books and mini albums, etc.  You can see my two trip photo books on top of them.

Remember what it looked like before?

I am very happy with the improvement.  I may add the dates to the spines of the albums and I still plan to go back and add a bit more journaling/notes and some stickers and small embellishments here and there.  My only complaint about the Pioneer high-capacity albums is that the photos do slip around in the pockets a bit.  Adding stickers will help keep them in place.

I've been incorporating more ephemera into my 2017 album as I've been working on it.  For example, for our trip to Montreal in May, I included a map of the area we were staying in on this page:
On another page, I kept our boarding passes and a map and fare card from the metro.  Those are fun things to help remember the trip by.

Overall, I'm very happy that I took on (and finished!) this goal.  And even though I consider it complete, I'm looking forward to having it as a kind of on-going project to tinker around with whenever I have time and am caught up on my kids' albums.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Joyce Estate

Last Mother's Day I made my kids take about a 6 mile round trip hike to go visit this gem located not far from us in Northern MN.  It is an old family estate now owned by the Forest Service and hiking or boating in are the only ways to get there and explore.  I used paper from the Lewis Family Vacation Stack by The Paper Studio and cut 3 different patterns into squares to run along the top and bottom of my pages. My title letters are by EK Success.