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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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Gavin Halloween

I am a "behind scrapbooker" that started scrapbooking long after I had tons of pictures of my kids. Lots of my pages span several years. This page covers several of my middle son's Halloweens. I used number rub-ons on the pictures and then made a key so that you can see what year he wore each costume.

Purple Pride

What a timely post...mere days after the Vikings picked up a sweet last-second victory over the 49ers!

For this page, I wanted a football theme, obviously, but I didn't want it to be too boyish since it was about our daughter's trip to the game. I used strips of patterned purple paper as part of each purple cardstock background to give the pages a feminine touch. I placed my titles and journaling on vertical strips of yellow cardstock and added realistic-looking football stickers.

Bekah's favorite part of the trip was getting her hair done at the "Party on the Plaza" before the game so part of my title reads, "Oh yeah, there was a game too!"

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fall Fest 2008 (ala Angie)

Our family has a LOT of traditions and they are so much fun to scrapbook. It's especially fun to compare pages from year to year of the same tradition. This single 12x12 page shows our First Annual Fall Fest. I used busy background paper, which I typically shy away from, but was able to keep the page from looking too cluttered by using black picture mats for one 5x7 and four 3x2 pictures. I made a tag with more black cardstock and a black tag frame, adding my sparse journaling in silver paint pen and topping it off with a twine tie.
See Steph's Fall Fest page here.

Friday, September 25, 2009

I Love Snowmen

Are we ready to think about winter yet?

The top picture had a lot of "dead" space but I didn't want to simply crop it off so instead I cut each of the sides into two strips, matted just the main center portion of the picture and affixed the strips of picture leaving small spaces between to mimick the striped pattern of the accent paper I chose for each side of the page. The snowflakes are beaded, glittery stickers I purchased at my local scrapbooking supply store. The "I -heart- Snowmen" sticker is a vinyl sticker from the dollar store and the tag-maker style word stickers came in a set with the two patterned papers.
On the other half of the spread, I used a busier patterned paper for the background and matted two pictures of my daughter on the same solid pink cardstock as I used for the background on the first page. I matted my journaling block and also punched and embossed the corners of it with a Corner Adorner from Fiskars.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Memorial Weekend Camping


For this family traditions page I needed to fit LOTS of pictures- this is our longest running family tradititon. I picked a few of my favorites from over the years and used bigger sized prints of those. The rest of the pictures that I wanted to include I printed little and made the photo frame border on the right side of the spread. The titles on each page are made from cardstock stickers.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Princess Birthday

This page is all-out GIRL which was hard for me because I'm not a girly-girl. It's always a challenge to scrap something outside of your comfort zone. I made a simple background with two different shades of plain purple cardstock. The picture mat is made of Magic Mesh and I extended it all the way to the edges of the page. I purchased the princess themed cardstock stickers as a set. The two "party" words were pieced together using two different sets of plastic letters and attached with glue dots.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Bayfield Apple Fest

The Bayfield Apple Fest...what can I say. The food alone is worth the drive! The paper I used was part of a pack that I ordered from Oriental Trading. The accents on the right hand page I made with squares of cardstock- 2 layers, the top one torn for contrast- and cardstock leaves wrapped with twine.

See Angie's Bayfield Apple Festival page here.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Movie Night

Movie night is one of our most cherished family traditions. What could be better than sacking out in comfy clothes with a hot bowl of popcorn and a good movie on a cold Minnesota evening:) I used black and popcorn patterned paper for this spread. I also used some metallic silver paper that I used star and swirl punches on and added to the black background paper. I used a square hole punch all along the far left and right edges of the paper to make it look like film strip. The cardboard letters used in the title are from Provo Craft.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bekah & Emily

Early last fall my daughter found a worm friend which she named Emily. She loved that little worm and still wants to look for her each time we go outside. I made this two-page spread about her special little friend.

Supplies: background paper and punch out letters both by Colorbok

The right-hand half of the spread is very basic with just one double-matted picture and the title. The pink and brown theme of both the background paper and picture mats was inspired by the pink of Bekah's shirt and the brown of Emily the worm. The title is made from punch out letters. I added silver eyelets to the picture mat for a little extra detail.

I did a wavy border for the title and journaling areas to mimick a worm shape and I hand-cut a worm (so tough, I know!) from brown cardstock for the final accent on the page. I know it can look a bit messy, but I really like the personal touch that hand-scrawled journaling adds to a page.

Here's how the two halves look side by side:

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Aquarium

Our family's annual President's Day Great Lakes Aquarium visit started because of a half price promotion day. Now we visit ever year on that day. This page is one from my "Family Traditions" album and covers several years of aquarium visits. Most of the supplies for this page were the pictures themselves. I used an 8x10 of my son looking into a tank to make the title. The letters are cut directly out of the photo. You can't see it well in the picture but I used a transparency sheet to make it look like a fish tank. Other supplies included cardstock fish and rock stickers. On each of my family tradition pages I include pictures from various years labeled with the year and also the year the activity was established.