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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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jade's Grad Party

The ceremony is done now on to the party!  I used more tearing on this page.  Shocking I know!  Jade likes rustic type decorations so we went with that theme for the party.  I used a rustic wood background paper for the layout continuing that theme.  The title letter stickers were a Dollar Tree find and I used up the rest of the stickers from her ceremony page- those are from The Paper Studio. I made sure to take pictures of the decorations, our helpers helping us set up and then some of guests during the party to try and capture all the memories.  I also put her graduation announcement on this page.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Alarik @ Frontenac

Our family did one solo camping trip last summer in conjunction with a work trip I had to make to Southern MN. This is Alarik's page about that trip. The title and date alpha stickers are a really old dollar store find. I added a border of Authentique "Harvest Four" plaid to my kraft background.The polka dot mats are the b side of that paper. Both tent embellishments and the "campground" part of the title are Huckleberry Pond "camp" cardstock elements.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Jade's Graduation

My very first 4 page spread!  I just had too many pictures from my daughter's graduation ceremony to try and squeeze into a 2 page spread.  I went with the classic black and white color scheme for this layout.

I am not sure where the big corrugated letters came from but they are fun!
"Class of 2016" title letters- Recollections alpha sticker stack
Grad stickers- The Paper Studio Stick-a-bilities
Chevron paper- Recollections Primary 123 stack

I cut the chevron paper into strips and cut the ends into arrows and used them to add some interest to the page.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Alarik @ Jay Cooke

This is one of my favorite pages from our last scrapbooking session.  I used the SN@P Life Documented alphas again for my title.  I ripped some camping themed paper for the left border and the lower right corner.  I also ripped paper to mat my feature photo. I added a strip of washi tape next to the left border and topped that three Paper Studio Stickabilities "Outdoor" cardstock stickers.  I added more of the themed stickers to my photo collage on the right hand side of the spread.  My journaling is written on a ripped strip of cardstock.
I am a big fan of navy cardstock lately and I need to find somewhere to purchase it in bulk. I have been able to find black and kraft online, but only packages of shades of blue, not just a single, good navy.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Father's Day Drive

It has been awhile since I stamped on a title!  The paper I tore (of course) and used for accents on this page is from the Kraft Day collection by My Minds Eye.  I used a chalkboard sticker to write the location on with a chalk marker and I also added the detail around the sticker with the marker.

Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 Scrappy Goal

My 2017 scrapbooking/photo related resolution is to cull down my printed photo collection.  Here is what I'm starting with:

Twenty-eight Pioneer photo albums (200-print capacity each), several smaller albums and photo boxes with random loose prints.
All told, I have over 6,000 photo prints spanning from 1987 to 2016 (missing years 2012 and 2013). They take up an entire shelf in our living room, two books deep, with all the random stuff shoved below the bottom shelf.
What's the problem? Lots of these photos are terrible. In the pre-digital era, photos were precious so you saved them all. Then digital (and kids) came into our lives and I just plain saved too many photos.  There are a few 200-capacity albums that only hold two or three months worth of photos. Yikes. What in the world do I want to save all the bad or duplicates for? They will just be a burden to my kids when it comes time to pass them on.

Photos from my own childhood and that of my siblings are contained in a single family photo album on a shelf at my mom's house. One book. That's it. Would it be fun if there were more photos of us growing up? Probably. But this photo album is not going to be a burden to any of us kids when my mom chooses to pass it on one day.

Using this as inspiration, I set a goal for 2017 to pare down our printed photo collection. I know I love the Pioneer brand albums so I searched for a high-capacity one and found this:

I love it! It holds 500 photos and is about the same size as the Pioneer albums I use for the kids' 12x12 scrapbook pages.  I purchased four of these from Amazon.com and my goal is to purge the photo collection down from 6,000+ to 2,000 or less.

It's only a week or so into the new year and I'm making good progress. It's actually easier than I thought it would be.  So far, I've managed to cull seven of the old albums (1,400 prints) to less than 400, not even filling up one of the new high-capacity albums
I am making notes in the designated area as I go. I had done this in most of the old albums as well (which is why I couldn't simply re-use those). I may also go back and add a few stickers here and there, just for fun and also to help keep some of the smaller sized prints from sliding around in the pockets.

I plan to print photos from 2012 and 2013 which were the years I have no printed photos from (other than what I scrapbooked in each kid's album) and also to deconstruct the pocket page album I did for 2015 and 2016 since I didn't really care for that.

I am very happy with how easy and fun this project has been and how it is turning out so far.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bekah @ Jay Cooke

Here is another page where my scanner's 12x11.3 scanning window drives me crazy! There is a border of the patterned background paper around the perimeter of each half of this 2-page spread, but I just could not find a good way to scan it. I even tried scanning it at all different orientation and then piecing it together, but it was more trouble than it was worth. So, here it is, in all it's poorly-scanned glory:

The title letters and the stickers on this page are from SN@P Life Documented and are meant for planners/bullet journals but they are fun to use on a scrapbook page as well.