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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Sunday, February 14, 2010

First "Real" Haircut

Other than the pictures, everything on this two-page spread is from a coordinated stack by Colorbok. I used a couple of different sheets of 12x12 paper, mixing the patterns and using some for picture matting and accent strips. I punched out some tags and titles that fit and Voila! How easy is that?

This is Bekah's first "real" haircut because prior to this, she had only had a trim here and there. Bekah's Great-Grandma Helen runs a beauty shop so that's where she had her hair cut. My favorite part of the page is the picture of Great-Grandma's sign for her shop.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Bekah Is 2!

I actually made this page twice because I hated how I did it the first time. Sometimes I look back at the early pages I did and cringe because they are "awful" compared to the style I like now, but this is one of the few pages I have taken apart and redone. I can't even remember what it looked like the first time, but here's what it looks like now: I used a blue polka-dotted background from a stack by D.C.W.V. The pictures are matted on white cardstock and the title and journaling block are on orange cardstock. The rub-on photo captions and title letters are from Memory Makers. Bekah's party when she turned 2 was Nemo so I used Nemo stickers I purchased at Michael's as accents on the page.

Just as a side note, I'm really not an advocate of re-making pages. I've only ever done so a few times, though, like I said, there are pages I cringe at and would like to re-do if I had the time. But I try to remind myself that the reason I scrapbook isn't to have every spread I do be of award-winning quality. My goal is to document my kid's lives and to preserve the memories for them to have always. I think the "bad" pages show where I was at in my scrapbooking skills at that time so I shouldn't try to re-do everything every time my style changes a bit.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Camping at Clubhouse

I printed the picture of my kids racing down the fishing pier out in four different sizes and arranged them smallest to biggest so it looks like they are getting closer. I made the star cut-outs using cardstock and used some bubble alpha letters for the title. On the right hand page I added the "Happy Camper" strips to the bottom and top of the page and used the same bubble letters for a "We Love Camping" title. Under that title I wrote all of our favorite things about camping in silver gel pen.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Scott's First Fall Page

This is the first page of many I have made and will make of Scott in the Fall - Fall is my very favorite! This is also the first page I ever used the ripping technique on and I apparently never looked back. I purchased three different Autumn shades of handmade papers at my local scrapbooking store. I tore and pieced them to make the background.

On the left-hand half of the spread I used one 5x7 print of my son in a pile of leaves. I created a custom border for the photo out of twine which I knotted at random intervals. I then took brown embroidery thread and wound it around the twine, using it to string the leaf beads onto it. The beads are from Oriental Trading Company. When the accent was finished, I attached it around the picture with big fall-colored brads.
On the right-hand half of the spread, I used the same technique to create the matching twine accent in the upper, left corner. I printed three copies of another leaf photo of Scott, progressively zooming in on each print. I placed them overlapping up the page. I added the date with stickers from a fall sticker stack by D.C.W.V.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Gavin's First Day of Kindergarten

The paper & cut-outs for this page came from the same paper stack, but this is an older page and I don't know the brand or where I got it. I chose my favorite picture of Gavin on his first day and matted it on cardstock. I put three hinges down the left side of the photo and attached the "first day of school" tag with an eyelet. I used the same cardstock to make a journaling area and used a school themed sticker on the bottom. I cut out letters to make the kindergarten title and added the "ABC" & "123" to the bottom of the page. To complete the page I had Gavin write his own name on lined paper, added the date and ran it across some "empty" space in the photo.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Footprints in the Snow

Here's a page of winter pictures from 2008. I used a snowflake-print paper from a stack by D.C.W.V. for the background.

On the left-hand half of the spread I placed three pictures on a strip of dark blue cardstock across the center of the page. The letters for the first three words of the title are from a punch-out set by Colorbok. The metal letters that spell SNOW are from Oriental Trading and I strung them on a double strand of wire which was strung through two eyelets.
I used the same dark blue cardstock and also a lighter shade of blue for matting the pictures on the right-hand half of the spread and making a journaling block. The accent stickers I used are from Jolee's.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Jade's Birthdays 2-10

This is another of my "catch-up pages"- since I didn't start scrapping until my kids were older, I am going back and scrapping some of the highlights. I did a separate page for Jade's first birthday but didn't really want to scrap 9 more pages of birthdays 2-10 so I did it all on one two page spread. The paper I used in this spread came from a DCWV paper stack. I used some coordinating paper from the same stack and ripped some strips to run across each page. I then ran the photos up one page and down the next following the paper strips. I used a silver pen to write how many years old she was in each pic and silver alpha stickers to make the title "Happy Birthday 2 Jade". The only other things I used on the page were a few star shaped brads and a few present shaped card-stock stickers. A very simple layout that covers many years:)