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, April 30, 2010

Pool Fun

In Minnesota, there are far more opportunites for winter pictures and scrapbook pages so you really have to take full advantage of those few sunny summer ones that come your way.
For this page I used two sheets of 12x12 plain pink paper. On the left hand side I added a large circle cut from yellow patterend paper to the background and then outlined it completely with glitterly bug and butterfly stickers. I rounded the corners of the two photos on this page and offset them inside the yellow circle. On the right hand side of the spread I used white cardstock and more yellow patterned paper as mats for photos and a journaling block. The title block is also white cardstock. The title stickers are pink vellum. I scattered a few leftover bug and butterfly stickers to the title and journaling areas.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fore! Caden's Golf Page

Only in Minnesota do you ever have to golf in hat & gloves! I found this great golf ball shaped paper- you can't see the details of it very well in the scan, but it has dimples just like a real ball- and put it on a piece of red background paper. The smaller B&W photos I matted on red paper and the larger color photo I double matted in red and black. The "green" is a sticker that I used a white marker on for my journaling. To make the "fore" I used stickers and cut and pieced them together to make the letters.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Bekah's Daycare Days

My kids are lucky enough to have their Auntie Stephie as their daycare provider and I wanted to document all the fun times they have there. I was picturing a really fun page for this so I choose a busy patterned background paper with bright colors. I used brightly colored striped paper as accents on three of the corners. Both papers are from a D.C.W.V. stack. The "Daycare Days" title is made from a set of punch-out letters by Colorbok. I used two different oranges and layered them in alternating colors, then outlined the top letter to define them more. I had a lot of pictures to fit on these pages so I trimmed the ones that I could and didn't bother with matting them. I journaled on a piece of orange cardstock that pretty closely matched the darker orange of my title letters.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

4th of July 05

This one goes way back- probably one of the first pages that I scrapped:) With three kids getting a nice photo of them all together is just about impossible! That's why I love taking pictures of them from the back- they can make all the weird faces they want and it won't matter:) I printed out a big copy of the picture of them looking out at the lake and cut it into strips and attached to the page leaving spaces between the strips. I ran a ribbon across the top of the picture and added a tag for journaling. On the right hand page I framed out a corner and placed a couple of photos in it and matted the others on red, white & blue paper. I used decorative edge scissors on some of the photos and mats. For my titles I used simple letter stickers

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Camping 2008

We camp, therefore we scrap about camping.

I found the background papers for this page at a scrapbooking store in Bloomington, MN and I thought they were so cute! I used just four pictures on this two-page spread and matted them all on orange cardstock. I added three yellow eyelets to one of the photo mats. The "Clubhouse" title is made from a alphabet set from Oriental Trading Co.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Volleyball 09

I love scrapping my kids' sports pages because there are so many cool products out there to use. I used two different volleyball print papers for this page- tearing one to add contrast. I matted the pictures on blue & gold- our school colors- and added some volleyball stickers. The letters that I used of course didn't have 4 L's in the pack so I improvised and used two exclamation marks as L's. I find it happens a lot that there are not enough letters in a pack to spell what I want. Instead of buying multiple packs just for a few letters get creative! Mixing a few different types of letters for a title is always a good way to use up some odds & ends. I have also cut letters to make them into different letters- make E's into F's, T's or L's into I's etc. Anything goes:)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Don't fear the mistakes

Here's a page I made for Bekah and I didn't notice until I was scanning it that I spelling "fishing" wrong...oops! I was able to pull up the two misplaced letters and fix it. Tragedy averted. I've made mistakes on other pages too, of course, but between my sister and I we can usually figure out a way to fix it. My favorite and the easiest way to fix a mistake is to cover it with an embellisment. If you see a mistake in your hand-written journaling, you can always re-write it on another piece of paper and paste it over the original journaling.

So here's what the page looks like all fixed up:And here's a similar page I did for Scott of the same fishing trip: For each of these pages I used a single 12x12 sheet of printed paper with an ice-fishing theme. I silhouetted the kids out of a few pictures and then used a pic of our fishing holes that I really liked. I added one strip of paper to put the title on and then hand-wrote my journaling. Easy, squeezy.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Camping at Clubhouse, July 07

This is a very random page that I used lots of different material on- a great way to use up some scraps! The pictures are all matted and framed in and on different papers. On the left hand page I used a tag maker to turn one photo into a tag, another photo I cut in the shape of a tag. I used another tag for my journaling area. The "sign" strung across the bottom of this page is a picture of a sign that we made to play a practical joke on some fellow campers. We strung the sign across their camp site so I did the same across my page. I embellished the pages by scattering some eyelets and camping themed stickers on them.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Purple Princess

This page shows pictures of Bekah in the princess dress-up clothes she received for Christmas one year. I used two sheets of 12x12 purple plaid paper from a stack by D.C.W.V. for my background. I jazzed it up by adding triangles of purple polka dot paper (from the same stack) to the outside corners and edging those with purple ribbon. I trimmed some of the pictures into ovals and matted all of the pictures onto purple handmade papers. (purple, purple, PURPLE!)
I dangled the metal flower charm (a dollar store find) in the upper-left corner from purple and white ribbon and used more of the same ribbon and a jeweled brad as an embellisment to one of the photo mats on the right-hand half of the spread. The only other embellishment is an "imagine" word tile (another dollar store score).
The title is made from pink (NOT purple!) sparkly self-adhesive letters from Oriental Trading Co. I mounted them on more of the purple polka dot paper to make them stand out more.

Friday, April 9, 2010

North Shore Lake Superior

Our family spends a lot of time on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Whether we are camping or just on a day trip, it is one of our favorite places. It is not often that I just scrap scenery pictures but we have so many from there that I wanted to make a page of some of my favorites. I started with some "woodsy" background paper and also some scraps of rock print paper. On one of the scraps of rock paper I placed a die cut of Split Rock Lighthouse that I picked up in a scrapbook store in Duluth. The titles on each page were printed out from my computer. To tie together all the lighthouse photos on the left hand page, I placed eyelets in the corners and ran cording through them. In the journaling area (which I cut out of one of the photos using my Friskars shape cutter and templates) I listed the location of each photo. The section of the photo that I cut out is one of the pictures on the left hand page. I also used a map of Lake Superior as an accent on this page

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I Wanna Be A Cowboy

As you can tell, my youngest used to like dressing up as a cowboy! I started this page with some western themed paper. The title is made from chipboard letters. I had Caden help me color the "cowboy" letters- kids LOVE being involved in the making of their scrapbook pages! To accent the "i" and the "c" in the title I wrapped them with some cording. The lasso accent is made from the same cording. I used the cording yet again to string through some eyelets and "hang" the pictures on the left hand page. Lastly I added a few western stickers including the bandanna print letters to the chipboard "cowboy".

Monday, April 5, 2010

April Fun

It's already April, can you believe it?

Here's a couple of single-page spreads I made with pictures of the kids enjoying a nice April day in 2008. All the patterned papers used are from a coordinated stack by Colorbok.

For Scott's page, I centered a square of white paper on piece of 12x12 patterened paper and then used small squares of different patterened papers to create my background. I trimmed and matted pictures of Scott swinging, riding his trike and blowing bubbles onto green cardstock. I used a couple of punch-out embellishments that came with the paper stack. I cut two simple boot shapes from yellow cardstock and detailed them with a black marker to look like Scott's boots in the pictures. I added my journaling to one of the white spaces in the background.
For Bekah's page, I used a paper crimper to add texture to the mat for the main picture on the page. The background was created using different elements from a number of coordinated papers. I trimmed the three smaller pictures into squares, rounded the corners, and mounted them in a row along one of my patterned paper strips. I added my journaling to the large flower embellishment (also cut from the coordinated paper stack). I cut the bottom flower embellishment from the blue-green papers to add a punch of different color to the page.
I love buying coordinated stacks of papers because it makes it easy to create cohesive looking pages. I often get sick of the colors and patterns before I use the whole stack up but mixing and matching different parts of the papers is a good way to get some more use from them. Then you can always swap with a friend for something new!

Friday, April 2, 2010


I modeled this layout after one I saw in a scrapbooking idea book. I free-hand cut the letters for the main word of the title from thin, handmade light green papers and then outlined them with a black pen to make them stand out more. I cut the three tags from green cardstock and then cropped a 5x7 picture of my son sitting in the grass looking at our garden so that 1/3 of it fit on each tag. I hand-wrote the rest of the words for the title on the tags and finished them with blue and green fibers.
On the other half of the spread, I used more of the thin handmade papers as photo mats and another tag with fibers for my journaling block.