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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Saturday, September 9, 2017

2017 Scrappy Goal Update

Project Status = Complete!

My original goals:
  1. purge photos from my high school years through 2014 from 6,000+ prints, down to 2,000 or less
  2. order photos from 2012 and 2013 to add to the collection
  3. deconstruct the pocket page album I did for 2015 and 2016 and incorporate that into the new albums
What I actually ended up doing:
  1. purged photos down to just under 2,500 including those I ordered for 2012 and 2013 - not too shabby
  2. made a photo book on Mixbook.com of our 2010 South Dakota road trip - there were just TOO many photos to purge down for that trip so I made a book the same size as one I had made for our 2012 Montana/South Dakota trip
  3. kept the 2015/2016 pocket page album.  I was at the point in the project where I would have started a new album at that date anyway (or nearly so), so I decided to keep it.  I just numbered it accordingly and then carried on with 2017 in the next album.  Easy squeezy.  :)
Here is the finished project:
I need Jesse to reconfigure the shelves for me, but other than that, I'm done.  The photo boxes underneath hold small photo books and mini albums, etc.  You can see my two trip photo books on top of them.

Remember what it looked like before?

I am very happy with the improvement.  I may add the dates to the spines of the albums and I still plan to go back and add a bit more journaling/notes and some stickers and small embellishments here and there.  My only complaint about the Pioneer high-capacity albums is that the photos do slip around in the pockets a bit.  Adding stickers will help keep them in place.

I've been incorporating more ephemera into my 2017 album as I've been working on it.  For example, for our trip to Montreal in May, I included a map of the area we were staying in on this page:
On another page, I kept our boarding passes and a map and fare card from the metro.  Those are fun things to help remember the trip by.

Overall, I'm very happy that I took on (and finished!) this goal.  And even though I consider it complete, I'm looking forward to having it as a kind of on-going project to tinker around with whenever I have time and am caught up on my kids' albums.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Joyce Estate

Last Mother's Day I made my kids take about a 6 mile round trip hike to go visit this gem located not far from us in Northern MN.  It is an old family estate now owned by the Forest Service and hiking or boating in are the only ways to get there and explore.  I used paper from the Lewis Family Vacation Stack by The Paper Studio and cut 3 different patterns into squares to run along the top and bottom of my pages. My title letters are by EK Success.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Gavin & Caden's Track 2017

Another set of almost identical layouts for my boys.  I looked in several stores to find some track and field stickers or embellishments to jazz up these page and could find every sport but!  So these are very simple spreads.  They feature the boys' professionally done portraits and team pictures which come together as an 8x10.  I cut them apart to scrap them so they fit better on the pages.  I used my paw punch to add some detail to my title banners.  I created the letters for my title by tracing my Friskars templates made for the circular cutter that I can never get to work- so this is a good way to make use of those.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Rhett & Frodo

How's the saying go?  "I never thought I'd be a crazy (fill in the blank) but here I am killing it"!  Well I think I have become a crazy dog lady!  I take so many pictures of my adorable giant dogs that I just have to scrap them!  I had too many that I wanted to fit on this page even after paring down so I silhouetted some of the photos to save some room.  This takes some time but I always like the way it turns out- it adds a lot of interest to a page I think.  My background paper is from The Paper Studio Stonewashed Stack and the dog stickers are from TPS as well.  The dog print papers were from my scrap file and the title letters from DCWV.