Monthly Archives: September 2011

Recycle “instruments for good”

We are not to throw away those things which can benefit our neighbor. Goods are called good because they can be used for good: they are instruments for good, in the hands of those who use them properly. Clement of Alexandria

MermaidIn the spring I posted some tips for going green with your scrapbooks, but it turns out that Earth Day lessons extend into the fall and beyond. Being eco-friendly applies all year long. Remember that before opening the new $5 sheet of fancy stickers you bought the other day.

This post was inspired by an invitation I received to a clambake that took place last week. The printing company that prints materials for the communications department at Davey Tree, where I’m currently interning, hosts a clambake for its clients every year. The food was great, the weather was nice and it was great to spend some time with my co-workers, but the invitation certainly impressed me as well.

I love the color combination, the design, the packaging–everything about it is visually appealing. The poster-sized invitation was delivered rolled up inside a 3-D pyramid box printed with the same design. Upon arrival to the event, we received a free T-shirt folded neatly inside a cute gift box–with the same design. I loved the coordination and presentation of the materials, so why not reuse them for something else?

For now, the invitation hangs on our living room wall because quite clearly its a work of art. Maybe I’ll work on finding a frame for it at some point since masking tape isn’t the most respectable way to display such respectable masterpieces. And when life becomes less hectic (wishful thinking?), I’ll eventually get around to cropping the poster, gift box and invitation packaging to use in my books.invitation

Now that I’ve dedicated an entire post to raving about how much I loved that clambake invitation, get out and find something that inspires you.

T-shirt gift boxThe Benefit: Reusing materials in your books saves money in the long run. Avoid spending money on impulse embellishment purchases when browsing the aisles at the craft store. Instead, save your money to invest in a bigger purchase later on, such as a Cricut machine.

Moral of the story: Keep an eye out for materials you can reuse. Wherever you go. Enhance your layouts with items that may have been forgotten otherwise. It’s not only admirable to reuse items for the sake of saving the environment but also for the sake of your creativity. The possibilities are endless.


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Fall into fall imagery

It’s great to have the ability and time to work ahead, but even if that was the case for me, creating cards and scrapbook pages out of season just wouldn’t be the same. Even Christmas in July wouldn’t distract me from the beautiful (occasional) northeast Ohio sunshine and warm weather to get ahead on my Christmas card collection.

Just as I usually make Christmas cards only in December (generally the two weeks before Christmas or so), I like to scrapbook photos during the season in which they happened. It’s hard to create a page that represents your true memories when your current surroundings distract you from what you saw, felt or heard in that particular moment.

So what do you think of when you think about fall? Which images come to mind when you remember the season from years past? When brainstorming layouts, color schemes and embellishments to use on both pages and cards, it might be helpful to first grasp an idea of the image you’d like to portray.

Fall colors

  • Reds
  • Oranges
  • Yellows
  • Browns
  • Beige
  • Maroon
  • Plum

Fall foods

  • Pumpkin pie, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies…
  • Apple pie, apple crisp, caramel and candy apples, apple cider
  • Halloween candy
  • Candy corn
  • Cinnamon doughnuts
  • Kettle corn (are you hungry yet?)

Fall sights

  • Colorful leaves
  • Pumpkin patches
  • Hay stalks
  • Leaf piles and rakes
  • Flannel shirts
  • Morning frost
  • Football games

Fall feelings

  • Cool breezes
  • Crisp air
  • Crunchy leaves
  • Warm jackets and blankets

What’s your ideal image of the perfect fall day?

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Nostalgia: “a sentimental yearning”

Fall makes me feel nostalgic. Like I’ve said, it’s my favorite time of the year; I love the weather, the colors of the trees and I can look forward to my birthday and many other great events during the coming months. Fall reminds me of these great memories from years before, much like the pages of my scrapbooks.

nostalgia [no-stal-juh, -jee-uh, nuh-], noun:

1. a wistful desire to return in though or in fact to a formertime in one’s life, to one’s home or homeland, or to one’s familys and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time: a nostalgia for his college days.

2. something that elicits or displays nostalgia.         

After my first full week of classes, I realize I’ll be busy this semester, but I’ll try my best to fit in some scrapbooking during any spare time I have. Here are some pages I’ve worked on so far this summer:

Summertime scrapbook page“Summertime” | This page will appear in a high school graduation gift for my brother, Matt. The pictures were taken when I was about six years old; we’re playing in the turtle sand box in the backyard. (Remember those?) These outdoor photos remind me of the sunflowers my dad used to plant in his garden, which I tried to portray on the page as well.

“Monster Ball” | I’ll use this page in the college years scrapbook I will eventually complete. I tried my best to depict the outrageous nature of Lady Gaga–her costumes, her character, her fans. What do you think?Lady Gaga concert scrapbook page

“New York City” | This is the second page of a two-page layout from my spring break trip to NYC in March. Of course, I had (too) many photos to work with, so I tried a collage approach. Collage layouts take longer to complete because they require more planning and measuring. However, sometime’s it’s just too difficult to leave certain photos out. Doesn’t that Crumbs cupcake look delicious?

NYC scrapbook page

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