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, October 30, 2016

Two More Edge Pages

These are the boys' pages from the same Edge Waterpark trip as Bekah's in my last post.

Alarik's page is identical to Bekah's with just a different background paper and title letters.  I did journal a small amount on the photo mat, just date and place info.
I didn't get any good photos of Scott by himself so his page had room for a bigger, bolder title.  I embellished the double-matted photo with punched circles.  I had room for a journaling block on this one so it boasts more journaling than Alark's page.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Waterpark 2015

I feel so off-kilter blogging about these pages out of order!  Sigh...I may have a problem...

For this page about our 2015 trip to the Edge Waterpark, I picked a bright and fun striped background that went really well with the bright colors of the waterpark and Bekah's swimsuit.  I accented the white matted photos with brightly colored alphas forming my short title and some little flowers.  I know what you might be thinking:  there are no flowers in water parks and you claim to be a literal scrapbooker.  Well, I guess I deviated!
At the time of making this page, I didn't feel the need to journal.  This waterpark trip has become an annual tradition.  I felt like I had nothing to say other than, "we went to the waterpark again this year".  I've been listening to older episodes of the Paperclipping Roundtable podcast and one thing that was mentioned in reference to scrapping holidays or other things that happen every year was to think about what was different about the particular year you are scrapping and put that in the journaling.  Especially for pages for kid's albums, the kids are a year older each time so you can include details about new and different things they could try, their differing reactions to everything and the ways their growth was illustrated.  I am going to keep that in mind for future pages because not having journaled is always something I come to regret later.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Moms and Kids

Get a load of that ugly green color in the background...whew!  Sometimes it's ok to use a color that just isn't your favorite.  I think it turned out ok for this page, but I won't be painting my kitchen that color anytime soon!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Yurting - Scott

The last of the 2015 yurting trip pages is Scott's and it's probably my favorite.  I just love the green argyle background.  I was able to use up a few more of my large stash of camping stickers.  Maybe soon I'll be all cleared out and able to buy more!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Scrapbooking, Literally.

I discovered I am very literal when I am scrapbooking.  These are the leftovers of two sticker sheets. The one on the left is a set of camping themed stickers and here are the reasons I won't use anything that's left on it.
1. We don't have a camper that looks like either of those campers and we more often camp in a tent now anyway
2. We cook over an open fire, not a grill
3. We don't use maps, a compass, canteen, Swiss army knife or binoculars when we camp
4. That deer sign is a road sign, not something you'd see in a campground.

The sheet on the right is a summer camp sticker set.  My kids' camp has a lake, not a pool, and they camp in cabins, not tents.
So tell me, am I crazy to be so literal, or is it normal and do you feel the same way?  Anytime I see a layout with embellishments that don't seem to "fit" the page, it drives me crazy!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Yurting - Bekah

These background papers are not something I would typically use, with their pre-printed words and nature elements.  But they worked well for this page of pictures of our 2015 yurting trip for Bekah's album.

This page said "Happy Camper" which I changed to "Happy Yurter" by pasting some Tim Holtz Idea-ology letters over the top
 I added a few camping themed stickers and called this page done.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Yurting - Alarik

This page has a lot of brown - brown patterned background, brown cardstock photo mats, a brown strip behind my bare chipboard title, and kraft tags with my journaling

I didn't do any embellishing on this page other than one stray sticker from an old sheet of camping themed ones that fit the photo of Alarik checking the trail map.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

5th Grade & 3rd Grade

For my kids' first day of school pictures for the 2015/2016 school year, I started with a plain white background.  The cardstock sticker embellishments are Simple Stories "Smarty Pants"

Bekah's title is made from these large scale black and white letters by Me & My Big Ideas.  They are the perfect style for a school themed page.

Scott's title is from letter stickers by Recollections.

When I made these pages, I left my journaling area blank so that I could fill it in at the end of the year with the highlights of that grade.  As you can see, I got Bekah's done but I still need to journal on Scott's page.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Easter 2015 (x3)

You may have noticed a looong break in posting from the end of 2015 until recently.  Steph and I had decided we were tired of scanning pages so we stopped.  However, as with my personal blog, I missed writing about my pages and posting them here.  So I started up again.  I realized as I posted my pages from our most recent scrapbooking weekend that I had missed a batch of pages from that time period. 

Here are all three of my kids' pages from Easter 2015.  I used papers from a Doodlebug Spring collection that I ordered as a kit on scrapyourtrip.com.  I did some good old paper ripping on these pages - can't beat the non-exactness of paper ripping!
I notice I did not journal on any of these pages, my Achilles heel!  But I also notice there is space for it on all of them...to go back and do it, or not to go back and do it...that is the question.

Scanning pages is still my least favorite part of this process.  I am lucky to have access to a large Xerox printer/scanner at work.  It scans up to 12x11.8.  This is super annoying to me because the scan glass is large enough to accommodate even larger than 12x12 but it won't scan that large.  Why can't someone just make an affordable 12x12 scanner, please?  I know a lot of scrapbookers have to scan at even smaller sizes and then stitch the images together.  I don't even know how that works.  If you are one that does that, what program do you use to stitch and is it difficult or does the computer do the work for you?  I prefer to just deal with missing that .2 inches.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Dating Pages

I mentioned in my last post that I noticed a bunch of undated pages when I was looking through Alarik's album and pulled them out to fix them.  Even though my books are in chronological order, I still feel like the date is important.  It shouldn't be a puzzle to flip back to other pages and figure the date forward.
Here are the pages I added dates to with stickers, handwriting or stamping.  I feel much better now.  :)

I added journaling to this page along with the date.
Now I think I will flip through Bekah's and Scott's albums and see if they need any dating or journaling touch-ups.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Adding Doodles

I've had a couple of posts lately where I showed how I added interest to titles with hand drawn embellishing.  As I flipped through Alarik's album the other day, I noticed how bland this page appeared to me. 

I had never like the writing above the two photos on the left side of the page.  It seemed too small and just didn't stand out enough.
So, I pulled the pages out of their protectors and did some jazzing it up with nothing more than a couple scraps of cardstock and a fine tipped Sharpie.  What do you think of the change?
I had started out just flipping through Alarik's album for fun.  Then I started to notice several pages with no date which drove me nuts so I pulled those out to add the date.  I do not typically go back and change or remake pages but I'm glad I took the time to improve this one because I like it a lot better this way.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

21-Photo Layout!

I had a literal ton of photos that I wanted to fit on Scott's page about our trip to Rochester.  This was a trip to bring Grandma Linda to Mayo clinic and since it was nothing life-threatening, we really made a vacation out of it.  You can read the story of the trip on my personal blog here.

My first step, knowing I had more photos than would ever fit on the page, was to cull down my choices.  I still had a couple dozen so my next move was to open up Microsoft Publisher and create 4x6 blocks out of each pair of photos so that I ended up with a bunch of 2x3s.  I saved these as 4x6 ratio jpeg files and then uploaded those to Snapfish and ordered them just as I normally would a standard print.  This is much cheaper than ordering wallet sizes from any of the online photo printing services, plus you don't end up with duplicate copies of the photos that you don't need.

Once my photos came, I still had to cull a few out in order to have room for journaling and some ephemera which included our trolley tour tickets and a cutout of the takeout bag from the favorite restaurant we ate at during the trip.
Side note on the word "ephemera" - I heard it for the first time in the last couple of weeks listening to an episode of the Paperclipping Roundtable podcast.  I really hated it when I heard it but the definition is exactly right for these items on this page.  While they are embellishments, they aren't stickers or something you could buy at the store.  So I used it.  Call me fancy.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Rejuve @ Vermillion

Scott and Caden went to the Elementary Rejuve weekend at Camp Vermillion last March.  I made Scott's page with some frosty blue cardstock for the background and two different snowflake print papers from my stash of scraps.  I also had these frosty blue and gray felt alphas that were perfect for the title.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Happy 11th Birthday, Bekah!

I chose bright, girly colors for Bekah's 11th birthday page.  I had picked up some birthday stickers on our last Hobby Lobby run and I had this great plaid paper in my stash that coordinated perfectly.  And look...I remembered to JOURNAL!!!