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, August 31, 2016

Iron Patriot for Halloween

I used to have such a hatred of boring, cheaply made, store-bought costumes.  Then I had a couple more kids and they suddenly seemed like a God-send!  Alarik chose to be a Iron Patriot last year and there was no way I was making that costume.  I'd rather spend my crafty time scrapbooking than struggling to sew.

I had these rub on alpha stickers that were perfect for the Halloween title.  The cardstock stickers are from Carta Bella's Happy Haunting collection.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Clubhouse Camping 2016

Bekah's shirt, shorts and camp chair made blue a good choice for my cardstock background.  I used some tree patterned paper with cute little woodland animals for some embellishing and to back my vellum "campout" poem.  My mom happened to be crafting with us the day I made this layout and she had these great cardboard letters that I used for my title.  I see I drooped down as I went left though...oops.  Well, the page isn't perfect, but it's done!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Last Christmas 2015 Layout

I may as well wrap up the Christmas 2015 posts by showing Scott's page, again, using the Cozy Christmas Collection by My Mind's Eye.  The papers and embellishments in this collection are just my style!  I featured one of the cute patterned papers by matting it as if it was a photo.  I thought that was a good way to show off a paper I love that maybe doesn't work so well as a photo mat itself.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fall Fest 2015

Before we know it, it will be time for this year's annual Fall Fest for our family and friends.  But for now, I'm happy to have 2015 in the book for Alarik.
I had this busy, earth-toned paper leftover from a pack of camping themed papers.  The colors in this paper matched up beautifully with the Chic Tags Everyday Tags that I used for my title, short journaling area and other embellishing.
I purchased the Chic Tags kit from peachycheap.com.  A lot of times the daily deal on this site is flowery stuff which I'm not into, so when it's something else, I usually jump on it!

And, oh my goodness, I just went to google the Chic Tags to see if they were still available and ended up stumbling across another deal-a-day site, scrapbooksteals.com.  This one let's you view previous days' steals too so you can still buy until they are sold out.  And one of the options to create an account was to link directly to your PayPal account.  Yikes, can you say...dangerous???

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Another Cozy Christmas Page

Alarik's Christmas 2015 page is another one that I used the Cozy Christmas collection by My Mind's Eye for.  There was a time when I never would have done a page with a single photo.  I considered it a waste of a page and just a way to "show off" product.  I've always wanted my pages to be all about the photos.  But I have learned the joy and of a single-photo layout and also realized that I don't always need ALL the good snapshots to tell the story. 
I am not much for following design principles in my scrapbooking.  In fact, the only two I even know of are the rule of thirds and the visual triangle, and I think I used them both on this page!  Guess what is missing though...journaling.  Doh!  And I started out so well with that goal.  I may have to go back and add it to this page because there is a fun story behind the two giraffes in the photo that I should record.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Merry Christmas Bekah - 2015

Bekah's 2015 Christmas page is in the book!  The papers and embellishments on this page are from the Cozy Christmas collection by My Mind's Eye.
In the past, I have been a big fan of the large 12x12 printed paper stacks.  Over the years though, I have found that a 6x6 paper pad and coordinating embellishments works even better for me.  Because I'm more of a simple scrapbooker, I don't often use a full 12x12 sheet of printed paper as a background.  Therefore, I'm always cutting down the large sheets anyway so why not just start with smaller printed papers?  Another bonus is that the larger size stacks are thicker and typically have three of each pattern in them.  I always get tired of the stack as a whole long before I've used up all that paper.  Not to mention the few ugly stragglers in there that I'll never use.  So the thinner 6x6 pads are great for me because I can still get plenty of pages created with them, but then I can also purchase another in a different style so I get more and different options to work with.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Boys and Underwear

I mentioned in my last page post that I am glad I started scrapbooking my kid's lives right away because I don't feel as overwhelmed or "behind" as many scrapbookers do.  But I also pointed out that I don't like to be completely caught up, because I would never want to be without a project!  Well, one of the benefits of feeling on top of those "regular" pages (you know birthdays, holidays, school year, etc.) is that I can make sure I have time to scrapbook those everyday things that we don't want to forget.  This page is a prime example of that:
Winters in Minnesota can get long and the kids definitely experience some cabin fever at times.  The things they come up with to entertain themselves, especially when screens are not an option, can be pretty hilarious.  I mean, who would want to forget the time when they put underwear on their faces and heads and over their pants (oh, don't overlook the bunny ears either)! 
I sometimes get too caught up in the chronology of my kids' scrapbooks but I definitely want to remember to scrapbook these everyday moments as well.  A good reminder for me is when I start to notice that their scrapbook pages go:
winter, Easter, birthday, camping, first day of school, fall, Halloween, Christmas - REPEAT.
Then I know it's time to look back through the photos and my journals and pick out some unique things to highlight in their books.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Frosty Cards

I was inspired by this pin on my "Scrappy Ideas" board.
Christmas card:

While I really liked the non-traditional mixture of red with the snowflake, I had blue scraps on hand so I used those.  Here's what I started with:

And here are the two cards I made.  I left them without sentiments so I can use them for anything.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Alarik's Camping Page 2016

I have a small problem of buying nearly every single pack of camping stickers I come across.  We camp quite a bit, but I don't always use a lot of stickers on my pages so I don't know why I do this.  For Alarik's page of our family July 2016 camping trip, I grabbed a sheet of camping stickers that I've had for quite some time and used them up.

When Steph and I scrapped together last weekend, I completed pages all the way up to this most recent camping trip last month.  I know a lot of scrapbookers lament that they are never caught up, but I actually don't like being caught up.  I get nervous if I think I won't have anything to work on.  I am thankful that I started scrapbooking when our oldest was born, thanks to the gift of an album from a friend.  I'm sure I would be overwhelmed if I had started many years later and felt like I "had" to catch up.

Monday, August 15, 2016

My First Sports Page

For years now, I've been watching Steph make sports pages.  Football, basketball, blue & gold, volleyball, track, gold & blue, and Huskie paws.  She's kind of a master at continuing to come up with new and different ways to document this portion of her kids' lives season after season.

Scott started playing on the elementary traveling team this year so I got to take my first stab at a sports page.  Not only was it helpful to learn at Steph's feet for the last several years, but I had the added bonus of being able to raid her stash for supplies - SCORE!  (see what I did there?)  :)

Saturday, August 13, 2016


Bekah's page about our first fishing trip of the season is on a kraft paper background.  I ripped a muted plaid patterned paper to back my title area and as a photo mat and accent stripe.  I really like these realistic fish stickers I found on a recent Hobby Lobby stop.  It is rare to find fish stickers that are actually Minnesota fish.  Side note to the sticker makers:  stop putting rainbow trout in every package!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Using Pocket Album Cards on 12x12 Spreads

I used 2x3 pocket page cards to quickly make a couple pages for Alarik's album.  I had these random photos of him that I loved but didn't really fit into any other page I was doing, so I plopped them all together and wrote up some quick journaling about Alarik to finish off the pages.
 One card for a title, one card for journaling, bada bing, bada boom...
...two pages in the album!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Silliest Scrapbooking Purchase I Ever Made

Last winter, Alarik decided he loved the letter Q and so he added one to the end of his name.  Like so:

I wanted to do a scrapbook page about this as it really stuck.  When they made projects at daycare, he would always remind Stephie "Don't forget the Q" when she was writing the kids' names on their projects.  So imagine how excited I was when I found this on clearance at Michael's!

I mean, what luck, right?  You hardly ever find anything actually useful on clearance!  Such a deal.

...and then about three days later it occurred to me that I'm an idiot because HOW MANY Qs DO I HAVE IN MY LETTER STASH BECAUSE I NEVER USE THEM???  Ba, ha, ha...joke's on me.

As it turned out, I used them all anyway, along with nearly every Q in my letter stash, to make this very Q-centric page for Alarik.

Steph and I spent all day yesterday scrapbooking and we each finished quite a nice stack of pages.