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, March 31, 2017

Alarik - Fall Fest 2016

I just love this stripy background paper, as evidenced by the fact that I used the same paper for Bekah's Fall Fest page!  Stick with what you like, right?
 The die cuts are Imaginisce and my journaling is on a tag from Hampton Arts.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mom's & Kid's Camping 2016

I have this problem where I do one side of a 2 page spread and love it and then can't make the other page as good.  Annoying, and this is one of those spreads.  I really like how the left hand page turned out with the banner and circle with the title around it.  Then I feel like I just slapped pictures on the right hand page.  I scrap to showcase my pictures and family memories though so I try not to sweat it too much because getting the pictures and journaling all in there is the most important to me.

background paper- WJB Collection by The Paper Studio
title letters- EK Success brands
tree paper- 12 days of Christmas kit by The Paper Studio

Don't forget to check your holiday supplies for things you can use on everyday pages!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Alarik's Daycare Days

It is hard to believe that my sister Steph has been taking care of my kids for TEN YEARS, but it's true!  I made pages for Bekah and Scott of their daycare memories, and here it is time to make Alarik's.  My, how the time does fly.

The papers and embellishments for this page are from the Crate Paper "Cool Kid" collection which I scored at scrapbook.steals.com.

Since I am a chronological scrapper, I don't often do pages like this that cover a long time period. I really enjoyed doing this one and showing how Alarik has grown from the new baby at daycare to the big kid helping out with the babies!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

4th of July Camping 2016

I have a new favorite paper stack- the WJB Collection stack by The Paper Studio.  I used paper from that stack on just about every one of my pages on our last scrapping day!  It is full of awesome plaid and stripe prints and I got it at Hobby Lobby.  The red and white paper I used as a background on this spread came from that stack,  I used some old firecracker paper that I had in my scrap file to add some fun to this page. I cut several pieces into "rocket" shapes to mimic the firecrackers on the paper.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Third Time's a Charm

Scrapbooking a separate album for each of my three children has its challenges. One of the benefits though is that when I'm doing a page that I want in each of their albums, I get three chances to do it right.  Take these for example:

This is the first one I made and it had everything going right for it until I added those darn photo corners to the picture. I hate the way the top left one looks on Jesse's head. I tried removing it but it was super-stuck down so that wasn't happening.
Take #2: It's ok but I dislike how my hand-written title looks and I wish I put my round embellishments on the blue patterned paper instead of so close to the circle-patterned paper. I think they would have had more impact as they kind of get lost with all the other circles so close to them.
Last but not at all least because it's my favorite version of the page, this one:
This is the first page I have made that is not all about the kids. I was inspired by some past episodes of The Paperclipping Roundtable where they talked about journaling about yourself and another where they talked about using lists and surveys as journaling. I came up with this idea and thought it would be fun to do it again every once in awhile and slip it into each kids' album. Hopefully they will enjoy this little glimpse of what Jesse and I were like at this particular moment in time.

Supplies Used:
Papers, puffy stickers and wood buttons from AC Shimelle Go collection
Bella Blvd enamel DooDads
Thickers and Recollections alpha stickers

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hunter Safety/Early Birthday

I found a new love in 6x6 paper pads. I may stop buying 12x12 patterned paper altogether. (Someone want to remind me I said that next time you notice me with a cartful of papery goodness?)
But seriously, they are so versatile and I love that the patterns are always smaller-scale on them.

The papers I used here are from the Jen Hadfield Warm & Cozy pad.  There were perfect for this outdoorsy page.  I used two full sheets and then bits and pieces of a couple other sheets for some embellishing.  The title letters are by Tim Holtz.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bekah @ Fall Fest 2016

I combined a sheet of Photo Play's "Autumn Stripe" background paper with Echo Park's "Fall is in the Air" ephemera to make this colorful page.  I added the "FALL" banner stickers to white cardstock and then trimmed around them before adhering them to the burlap. They were getting lost otherwise. I also backed each of my photos with a piece of white cardstock to help them pop away from all the other colorfullness going on here.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Scott @ Bayfield 2016

The patterned papers in my grid-style layout are Richard Garay "Lumberjack Days" 6x6 paper pad. They are such great patterns! My only other supply used on this page is the title letters which I found just before Christmas in the Target Dollar Spot.

Frugal tip: I built this grid layout on a really ugly piece of patterned paper that came in a large stack. I knew I would never use it for anything else. I actually built the layout on the back of it, knowing my grid wouldn't be perfect and some of its color might peek through.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Alarik @ Apple Fest 2016

Alarik had a fantastic time on his first trip to the Bayfield Apple Festival last fall.  I had my photos scattered across the kraft paper and was just starting to flip through some stacks of patterned paper when Alarik arrived on the scrapbooking scene. He picked out the background paper for his page and it is just perfect for a fall/apple page! Maybe I have a future scrapbooking buddy?
I picked a small scale red polka dot paper for another accent piece. The apples are from a back to school sticker sheet and I added the title letters to the ones on the left side of the spread.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Football 2016

More blue and gold for another Fall sports page. Being in 4th grade, Scott was old enough to play Puppy League football this year. I'm lucky enough to have a photographer friend whose son also plays so I had some great action shots to scrapbook from his first season.

My favorite part of this page? A hidden pocket where this gem is tucked away:

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Volleyball 2016

I had quite a bit to journal about Bekah's first season of volleyball so there was no chance of me forgetting to leave a journaling space this time. The short list of supplies for this page include black, blue and gold cardstock, glittery volleyball stickers, and some arrows leftover from a pack of Steph's road trip-themed stickers.  I doodled arrows around my journaling block as well.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

This is How We Roll

I've been greatly inspired by The Paperclipping Roundtable podcast over the last many months. I am sad that they are calling it quits so soon after I found them. Good thing I have 200 or so older episodes to go back and listen to still.

One of the things I've been inspired to do by the Paperclipping crew is to document all the different aspects of our lives and to think outside the box. I do first-day-of-school pages for the kids and they are fun for comparing how much they've grown. But they don't cover all the everyday things about their school days. This page is about how my kids get to school. Since I work from 8am to 2pm, I drop them off and pick them up from school. I thought it would be fun to take a selfie from the sunroof of my vehicle and then another silly shot of the two older kids and put them together on a page about our school day transportation.

These pages were fun for me to do and I'm glad I have this little slice of their elementary school days documented.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

4th Grade & 6th Grade

I did a single-page layout for Bekah's and Scott's first day of school pages.  Bekah's is based on a DCWV Stack 8 patterned paper with additional background layers of kraft and the leftover Authentique "Harvest Four" paper from Alarik's Frontenac page.  the circular embellishments are from Chic Tags and I customized one of them with a number sticker for her grade and another with a little more info about her year such as teacher's name, etc.
 Scott's page is cream cardstock on a background of dark brown patterned paper, leaving just a narrow strip on each edge. I matted my three photos on brown cardstock and filled the gap with some of the leftover plaid paper from his Frontenac camping page (so frugal!).  The cardstock sticker embellishments are from the Echo Park Reflections Fall stick page (also used on Alarik's fall leaves page). I am all for getting maximum mileage out of kits and other supplies.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Giver

The strips of orange paper with the lemon slices are just about the last scraps of paper from the Fancy Pants Beach Babe kit that I ordered from PeachyCheap.com long, long ago and have made dozens of pages with over the last several years.  I had pitched the last remnants of the kit into my "scrapbooking castoffs" bin which I then use for charity scrapbooking projects and/or donate to the thrift store.  I picked these out of the box knowing they'd be just right for this page about Bekah's lemonade stand benefitting the charity, Alex's Lemonade Stand.  My main background paper is from DCWV Stack 8 and I used pink cardstock for some additional flair on the background and as my photo mat.  Those great glitter Thickers make up the title again.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Seekers 2016

Look at that, another navy blue background. Well, what can I say? I stick with what works.

The accent background papers are from Richard Garay "lumberjack days" 6x6 paper pad. I had never heard of that brand/designer before. I found the pad at a scrapbook store in Pine City, MN, one of the few left independent stores left that I know of anywhere in the state.  This was a great find and fits so perfectly with this summer camp page. I just rounded the corners of the 6x6 squares and placed them diagonally. I added my title along one's edge and then finished off the page with a few dimensional stickers from Jolee's Boutique.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bekah Yurting

I thought this pink patterned paper was just right to go with Bekah's pink hoodie in my main photo. I used it for my photo mat, my journaling block mat, and to back my cropped photo that I used for my title.