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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Monday, January 30, 2017

Jade's National Honor Society

And the last of the Senior Year/graduation pages!  I kept this layout simple and did not want to add a 2nd page just to put the program for the ceremony on. So I created a pocket, added a pull tab to the top and tucked the program away out of sight but still easily accessible.  The papers for this layout are from The Paper Studio Stonewashed stack.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Scott @ Jay Cooke

This simple page is just cardstock, washi tape, alpha stickers and few random camping themed stickers I had leftover in a pack.
We took three camping trips this summer and of course I had lots of photos from each that I wanted to include on the kids' pages. I had an idea to purchase an 8x10 photo collage from yorkphoto.com as a way to fit more pictures on the page. I happened across a buy 1, get 2 free coupon so I was able to order a collage print for each of the three kids, for each of the three trips, 9 prints total, for the price of 3.  This was a great way to fit more photos on the page. I simply cut the collage print apart, leaving a border around each photo so I didn't even have to mat it! I also included a 4x6 "main" photo on most of the pages I created with the collages.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Jade's Senior Reception

Senior Reception at our school is where the seniors are presented with all the awards and scholarships they have won/earned.  My background paper is from the Recollections Primary 123 stack and my title letters are once again from the DCWV punch out stack.  I plan to journal about which awards she got but I need to get the list from the school counselor because neither Jade or I could remember! Senior year is a blur for kids and parents alike!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Alarik in the Leaves

I backed Alarik's page about playing in the fall leaves with a tone-on-tone patterned background paper that I normally would not have used. I knew I would be covering most of it up so just a strip or two would be visible and therefore the pattern, which I thought was ugly, wouldn't show much. I added another strip of probably-wouldn't-be-used antique newsprint paper as another layer of my border.  My other border strips, as well as all the other embellishments, are from the Echo Park Refelctions Fall element stickers sheet.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Jade- Senior Sunday at Church

I'll just keep right on going with the graduation theme!  At our Church the women's group presents each graduate with a quilt around graduation time.  I chose this paper because I thought it looked quilt like:)  It is Bright Plaid by Recollections. The letters are from my DVWV punch out stack and I cannot even guess how many pages I have used these letters on.  It was one of the best scrap purchases I have ever made!  I added some interest to the picture with my funky corner punch and the banners are by The Paper Studio.

Friday, January 20, 2017

BB Gunnin'

Alarik was excited for his first shooting lesson with Dad. The stickers are Reminisce Signature Series - Hunting. After I finished this page, Steph said my title should have been "Sun's out. Guns out". I love the idea and am pondering trying to re-work my title. I'm not a fan of re-doing, but this one might be worth it!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jade's Grad Party

The ceremony is done now on to the party!  I used more tearing on this page.  Shocking I know!  Jade likes rustic type decorations so we went with that theme for the party.  I used a rustic wood background paper for the layout continuing that theme.  The title letter stickers were a Dollar Tree find and I used up the rest of the stickers from her ceremony page- those are from The Paper Studio. I made sure to take pictures of the decorations, our helpers helping us set up and then some of guests during the party to try and capture all the memories.  I also put her graduation announcement on this page.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Alarik @ Frontenac

Our family did one solo camping trip last summer in conjunction with a work trip I had to make to Southern MN. This is Alarik's page about that trip. The title and date alpha stickers are a really old dollar store find. I added a border of Authentique "Harvest Four" plaid to my kraft background.The polka dot mats are the b side of that paper. Both tent embellishments and the "campground" part of the title are Huckleberry Pond "camp" cardstock elements.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Jade's Graduation

My very first 4 page spread!  I just had too many pictures from my daughter's graduation ceremony to try and squeeze into a 2 page spread.  I went with the classic black and white color scheme for this layout.

I am not sure where the big corrugated letters came from but they are fun!
"Class of 2016" title letters- Recollections alpha sticker stack
Grad stickers- The Paper Studio Stick-a-bilities
Chevron paper- Recollections Primary 123 stack

I cut the chevron paper into strips and cut the ends into arrows and used them to add some interest to the page.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Alarik @ Jay Cooke

This is one of my favorite pages from our last scrapbooking session.  I used the SN@P Life Documented alphas again for my title.  I ripped some camping themed paper for the left border and the lower right corner.  I also ripped paper to mat my feature photo. I added a strip of washi tape next to the left border and topped that three Paper Studio Stickabilities "Outdoor" cardstock stickers.  I added more of the themed stickers to my photo collage on the right hand side of the spread.  My journaling is written on a ripped strip of cardstock.
I am a big fan of navy cardstock lately and I need to find somewhere to purchase it in bulk. I have been able to find black and kraft online, but only packages of shades of blue, not just a single, good navy.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Father's Day Drive

It has been awhile since I stamped on a title!  The paper I tore (of course) and used for accents on this page is from the Kraft Day collection by My Minds Eye.  I used a chalkboard sticker to write the location on with a chalk marker and I also added the detail around the sticker with the marker.

Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 Scrappy Goal

My 2017 scrapbooking/photo related resolution is to cull down my printed photo collection.  Here is what I'm starting with:

Twenty-eight Pioneer photo albums (200-print capacity each), several smaller albums and photo boxes with random loose prints.
All told, I have over 6,000 photo prints spanning from 1987 to 2016 (missing years 2012 and 2013). They take up an entire shelf in our living room, two books deep, with all the random stuff shoved below the bottom shelf.
What's the problem? Lots of these photos are terrible. In the pre-digital era, photos were precious so you saved them all. Then digital (and kids) came into our lives and I just plain saved too many photos.  There are a few 200-capacity albums that only hold two or three months worth of photos. Yikes. What in the world do I want to save all the bad or duplicates for? They will just be a burden to my kids when it comes time to pass them on.

Photos from my own childhood and that of my siblings are contained in a single family photo album on a shelf at my mom's house. One book. That's it. Would it be fun if there were more photos of us growing up? Probably. But this photo album is not going to be a burden to any of us kids when my mom chooses to pass it on one day.

Using this as inspiration, I set a goal for 2017 to pare down our printed photo collection. I know I love the Pioneer brand albums so I searched for a high-capacity one and found this:

I love it! It holds 500 photos and is about the same size as the Pioneer albums I use for the kids' 12x12 scrapbook pages.  I purchased four of these from Amazon.com and my goal is to purge the photo collection down from 6,000+ to 2,000 or less.

It's only a week or so into the new year and I'm making good progress. It's actually easier than I thought it would be.  So far, I've managed to cull seven of the old albums (1,400 prints) to less than 400, not even filling up one of the new high-capacity albums
I am making notes in the designated area as I go. I had done this in most of the old albums as well (which is why I couldn't simply re-use those). I may also go back and add a few stickers here and there, just for fun and also to help keep some of the smaller sized prints from sliding around in the pockets.

I plan to print photos from 2012 and 2013 which were the years I have no printed photos from (other than what I scrapbooked in each kid's album) and also to deconstruct the pocket page album I did for 2015 and 2016 since I didn't really care for that.

I am very happy with how easy and fun this project has been and how it is turning out so far.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bekah @ Jay Cooke

Here is another page where my scanner's 12x11.3 scanning window drives me crazy! There is a border of the patterned background paper around the perimeter of each half of this 2-page spread, but I just could not find a good way to scan it. I even tried scanning it at all different orientation and then piecing it together, but it was more trouble than it was worth. So, here it is, in all it's poorly-scanned glory:

The title letters and the stickers on this page are from SN@P Life Documented and are meant for planners/bullet journals but they are fun to use on a scrapbook page as well.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Day Tripping

Day tripping with 2 giant dogs, one of which had diarrhea.  In the car.  Quite the adventure!

I got back to my favorite scrapping technique on this page, tearing!  I even tore the edges of pictures. I think it gives a page so much texture when you tear.

Paper: The Paper Studio- Stonewashed stack
Title letters: Recollections- fabric stickers
saying stickers: The Paper Loft- Road Trip

The flea market sign was a picture I took and then I cut the sign out and just used that on the page.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Title Work

We all need a little help sometimes tapping into that creative brain.  I'm certainly not one that always has to have a creative title on my pages.  I am not above using "BIRTHDAY" as a title for...a birthday page!  But sometimes you do want to have your title add a little more to the page.  That is made harder by the fact that I do a lot of similar pages.  Our family does a lot of camping and hunting, and we live in Northern MN which makes for lots of "snow" pages.  I'm pretty sure I've mentioned before how I despise the title, "It's SNOW Fun!".  That's where this cool website comes in to help:
You type in your word ("snow" or "winter", for example) and it expands into this awesome visual word association. This has been a great way for me to come up with some different title words and even some better word choices for my journaling.

Another challenge with titles is finding the right alpha stickers to create it, and making sure you have enough.  I probably hang onto my alpha stickers longer than I should, perusing past various sheets of them time and again because there are no Es left.  There are tons of websites that can help with this.  Try http://wordsolver.net/#! or http://www.wordswithfriendscheat.net/
Type in all the letters you have left and it will crank out a list of words you can spell with the letters.  I recently types in all the letters left from this set:
And found I could spell "deer hunt" or "hunter" which is perfect because Bekah shot her first deer last fall and I'll definitely be doing a page about that for her.
Now, I admit, this one was easier than most because not only was there one E left, there was two, which is rare.

I also tried it with this set that did not have any Es left:
Apparently I can spell "antipornography" with what I have left here.  For sure that will be my next scrapbook page title.  :)  Ok, so sometimes it's helpful and sometimes it's too overwhelming, but it's worth a try if you're otherwise stuck.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Caden's 6th Grade Class Trip

Finally!  I have a kid who will help a scrappin' mom out and take some pictures when he goes somewhere that I don't!  Guess who's going to have the fattest scrap book....that's right- the kid that takes pictures!

The paper is from the Proud to Serve stack by The Paper Studio.  I cut some strips of the stripe paper and made a boarder around the whole 2 page layout.  I scrap lifted this from Ang who was sitting right across the table from me and had just done a page using that technique!  I pieced together the fun and colorful title with letters from my DCWV punch out alpha stack and a Colorbok sticky alpha stack.  I really like the look of the right hand page where I made a square out of 3 pictures and a journaling block all cut to the same size.  I then rounded just the outside corner of all the squares giving it a very finished look.