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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Friday, October 30, 2009

Isn't It October?

I don't know about the rest of you, but I thought it was time for a change of pace so I'm posting a 4th of July page for you. After all, you probably aren't actually scrapbooking Halloween pages right now since you haven't taken pictures of your cute little buggers in costume yet.

This is Scott's page from July 4th, 2007. I used some solid red cardstock squares and rectangles to break up the blue background. I scraplifted the photo embellishment idea from a magazine - ribbon accents looped through eyelets. I used clear-background firework and word stickers bought at the dollar store and I mounted an "Independence Day" sticker from the same sheet on a vellum tag as my title.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Scott & Bekah's Halloween - 2008

I have separate scrapbooks for each of my two kids so there are a lot of times when I end up making similar pages for each of them. For the kids' pages from last Halloween, I knew I wanted to include the series of three pictures of the two of them together so I used the right-hand half of each of their pages for those. I used different background papers for each of them and saved the left-hand half of spread for pictures of them alone.

For Scott's page, I simply rounded the corners of the pictures and cut mats for each picture from orange cardstock. The title on Scott's page was part of the background paper I chose and I just now realized that I don't have a date anywhere on the page. Better fix that!
For Bekah's page I used a strip of orange and black patterned paper along the left side of a solid black background. I matted the pictures on white cardstock.
I matted the pictures on the right-hand half of the spread on black cardstock and added a simple title/date with clear epoxy stickers and black marker.
Here's the two pages for comparison:

Sunday, October 25, 2009

What to Wear

My son Gavin went through a stage when everyday was costume day! Cutting pictures out takes some time, but I thought it would really let some of the outfits be seen better. The paper that I used is very textured (it took a lot of adhesive to get things to stick good) and looks like Legos. I used two full sheets of red and then cut squares from blue and yellow paper to make this pattern. The tags on the left page I cut out with a Friskars shape cutter and template. The titles that I put on the tags I printed from a computer. I also used the Friskars cutter and a template to cut the photos into star shapes for the right page. I used bright colored card stock stickers for all the lettering except for Gavin's name. For that I used metal letter tags and attached them with bright colored star shaped brads.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fall Fun

The left hand page of this spread are pictures from a pumpkin patch visit that our family took. There was a slide coming down from the barn loft that I got a good picture of each of my kids coming out of. I arranged them like this to mimic the slide shape. The title letters are real cork and the sticker letters I labeled the slide pictures with are a cork pattern. I used a metal pumpkin embellishment with brown cording tied to it to look like a vine. On the right hand page I used more cork pattern letter stickers to make the vertical title "leaves falling " The stickers are matted on leaf pattern vellum. I used the same vellum to mat pictures of the kids playing in a leaf pile in our yard. I attached the vellum with an eyelet in each corner and ran twine through each eyelet. Down the left side I strung some wooden leaf accents on to the twine.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Caden Halloween

This page covers several years of my youngest son Caden's Halloweens. I used cut-out paper candy corns with the year written on them to label the photos. For the title I used a Friskars shape cutter and letter template. I ran the letters through a paper crimper to get the textured look. The picture in the middle I matted on card stock that I trimmed the edges of with decorative scissors. For Caden's name I used plastic letter tiles and tied on some cording.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Beauty Style

Bekah loves to dress up and be beautiful and her cousin Jade loves to be the stylist. One day last December they put on a fashion show and I knew right away I had to scrap the pictures from it.

It's not very often that I have the patience to cut out pictures, but I needed to fit lots of them on this page and it worked out well. I used papers from a coordinated set and cardboard letters I found at the dollar store. I added some hand-written titles pointing out Bekah the model and Jade the stylist as well as some fashion terms which I think ended up resembling the look of a fashion designers sketch book, though I wasn't clever enough to plan that in advance. My journaling is also handwritten at the bottom of the left-hand page but it's in silver and is a bit hard to read here.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Let Him Sleep

I wanted a sweet, babyish page for this photo of my son napping. The patterned accent paper, word strips and star stickers are all from a scrapbooking set that I was given as a gift. The vellum quote came from a book by D.C.W.V. and the plastic word tile was a 99 cent store find.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Another Fall Fest Page

'Tis the season to take fun fall pictures and scrapbook them!

This page is Scott's page from our Fall Fest last year. You can see my page for Bekah here and you can see Steph's page here.

I used background paper printed with a weathered wood pattern. On each page, I used an oversized orange cardstock mat. The left-hand half of the spread has one large (5x7) picture centered on the mat.

On the right-hand half of the spread, I used four smaller sized prints and spaced them evenly on the mat. On both mats, I did yellow eyelets with twine laced through them and pumpkin brad accents.
I finished the pages with a collection of fall-themed words from a sticker pack that I bought at Jo-Ann Fabrics and a grouping of three more of the pumpkin brads.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Jade Builds-A-Bear

This page is all about my daughter's trip to Build-A-Bear for her 8th birthday. I had seen the lacing idea in a book and wanted to try it on something (scrap-lift!). I tore a piece of plain green paper and used it for the guide for the lacing. I randomly spaced eyelets on each side and then laced some cording through the eyelets. The picture on the left hand page is under a piece of vellum attached with a brad in each corner. The title on that page I did with some stencils and gel pens. For the title on the right hand page I used paper layered over mesh layered over paper. The mesh is attached with star shaped brads in each corner and I used bubble letter stickers for the words. On the circle tags I listed some things about the day and on one tag had my daughter write what her favorite part of the day was.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


We do love our basketball in our small northern Minnesota town! I made this page for my daughter Jade who was playing her first year of elementary school basketball. Our school colors are blue and gold so the colors were easy to pick:) I used a tearing technique to create more contrast between the two colors. I accented with basketball print paper along one side- also torn for contrast. I used that same print paper to mat one of my photos. The "Hoops" title I cut out of basketball textured paper with a Friskars shape cutter and letter templates. I finished the page off with some decorative basketball stickers.

Friday, October 9, 2009

A Boy and His Blanket

My youngest son Caden received the ratty blue blanket you see here as a gift when he was born (it wasn't ratty at the time). He is 2 1/2 or three in this page and you can see how loved his "Bluey" is. I found a plaid blue paper perfect for this little boy layout and used some blue ribbon threaded through eyelets as accents. For the "Bluey" titles I used a Friskars shape cutter and letter templates. The letters on the right hand page are the ones that I cut out from the title on the left hand side- waste not! I used decorative edge scissors on the journaling blocks. One journaling block is a Peanuts quote that I printed out on the computer. The "Boy and His Blanket" block I did with letter stickers and the hand written journaling tells the tragic tale of leaving "Bluey" behind when we moved- don't worry Caden has since become attached to another blue blanket he also named "Bluey" (what else?) and we are all surviving just fine:).

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fall Leaves

I don't typically like to crop my pictures into shapes, but I went through a phase there when I did it alot. Many of the results I wish I could change, but this page is one of those that I'm happy with. I cropped three pictures of my daughter in the fall leaves into oval shapes and then made two more oval shaped crops to create the picture inside the ring. I used a streaky orange paper for the background.
On the other half of my spread, I cropped three pictures into squares and mounted them on yellow cardstock. I used orange brads in each corner of the cardstock, affixing the center one as a diamond to set it apart

The realitic looking leaf sticker accents complete the page.

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Perfect Pair

I made this 12x12 layout for some sweet pictures of my daughter with our dog. I used deep purple cardstock for the background and matted the pictures on tan cardstock after cropping two of them. On the largest picture, I added a torn strip of natural-fiber brown paper to each side. I mounted the two smaller matted pictures over a strip of lighter purple ribbon. I added vertical strings of twine with knots tied at various points. Clear stickers make up the lettering on each of the picture mats and the date was done with round cardstock stickers.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Skol Vikings!

Our family cheers on the Vikings every week - you won't find bigger fans than us. It is a special occasion when we actually make the trek to the Twin Cities for a game though. This page records one of those special times when we took our two oldest kids down to a pre-season game. Another thing I rarely do is purchase expensive embellishments for my pages, but these Vikes things were just perfect- I think they are by Jolee. I used the ticket stickers on the I's in the "Skol Vikings" title which I cut out using a Friskars cutter and letter templates. The three stickers on the right page I matted on white cardstock to make them stand out more. I also used the actual game tickets as an embellishment on the page. The circular tag reads "next time take me, I'm a fan" and hangs down from a picture of our youngest son who got left behind at Grandma's that trip. I used decorative edge scissors on three of the pictures to add some dimension and ran a strip of football ribbon down the page.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fall Fest 2008 (ala Steph)

I LOVE scrapping fall pages! Fall fest is a new tradition for us and we had a BLAST at our first annual fest last year. We are looking forward to the 2nd annual in a few weeks. One of the kids' favorite things was the "hay ride" so for the title I cut out a pic of the four-wheeler pulling the trailer and have it pulling the "Fall Fest" title banner. The pieces are all tied together with twine. On the right side of the spread I used busy paper so I also used plain green paper to tone it down a little. I used cardstock leaves throughout the layout and on the journaling block I used cork letters and numbers.

See Angie's Fall Fest page here.