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A Scrapbooking Marathon

Sometimes a change in scenery is the best inspiration.

My friend Chantel and I spent nearly our entire Saturday scrapbooking at Archiver’s Scrap Mania this weekend. I brought a plastic storage bin, one paper container, and a box of photos that will someday complete the scrapbook I will be giving to my cousin who is graduating from high school this year.

Once I was settled into my workspace across from Chantel in the back of the store, I charged through approximately 10 pages. Considering it’s mid-March and the book should be finished by the beginning of June, I consider 10 pages to be a pretty solid start.

Scroll down to see some examples of the pages I’ve completed so far:
It’s a Boy; page one

Baby photo collage

Happy Days

Thinking spring

I just barely put a dent in photos from Jason’s second year before I left Archiver’s late last night, so here’s to hoping I can complete the book in time!

However, I’m pleased with the amount of work I was able to finish while I was at Archiver’s, not to mention the fact Chantel and I tried some delicious food at Earth Fare, and of course, made a visit to Menchie’s for some tasty froyo during our last break of the night. Good day!


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Confession: It’s hard for me to leave photos behind.

Especially the cute ones, even if several photos I’m including show the same expression or smile.

And I admit I’ll cram the blurry cute ones into a layout, even if it requires a bit of last-minute re-arranging.

Who can relate to this?

Since I have a feeling many fellow scrappers have experienced the same dilemma above – several times – I’ve captured a few examples of layouts I created last year for my brother Matt’s graduation gift. WARNING: Because quite a bit of cuteness appears on each page below, your eyes may need a slight adjustment before moving forward. (Please note it’s not too often I will refer to my brother as “cute.”)

I’m a fan of squares. Photo squares.

Make a full-page collage. This takes a little extra time to plan because not all photos will be cropped to the same measurements, but a full-photo layout is a great technique to use to place more focus on the photos you’re using and to create a break in your book from patterned paper, embellishments, etc.

Make a letter out of photos.

Make numbers out of photos. (“’01”)

And when you have A TON of great photos to use, create a spread. It’s just too hard to pass up so many cute and hilarious vacation photos!

Hope you’ve found these ideas useful! If you’re looking for more ideas let me know!

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Wish List Item #97

Tim Holtz products.

Archiver’s is introducing new products from Tim Holtz, and from what I see as examples on the website and enewsletter, it’s tempting to make a special trip to Fairlawn, just to purchase these pens, stains and more.

Tim Holtz products Techniques Clinic

Unfortunately I can’t make it to the Techniques Clinic today, but I’m willing to bet the Distress Markers will be my new favorite scrapbooking tool once I finally get around to buying them. I’d love to use them with stamps for my cards – the vintage look of the markers is unique and versatile. I can think of many ways to use them already.

Has anyone tried the Distress Markers yet? I’m excited to try them sometime soon!

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She’s a (scrappin’) maniac

scrapbook stackFor such a relaxing weekend, I feel accomplished. The books are getting thicker.

I attended yet another Friday afternoon/evening crop at Archiver’s in Fairlawn with Chantel, where the two of us completed quite a few pages for our books. Since I’m determined to finish two impressive scrapbooks by the beginning of June, each detailing bits and pieces of the entirety of two 18-year-olds’ lives, I figured I have no time to waste now. Although I think the Chik-fil-A and Menchie’s breaks increased my productivity as the night wore on.

I was thankful to have a peaceful, quiet weekend at home as well. Accompanied by bags of unnecessary clothing I packed but never wore, as well as my computer and the school books I didn’t open, the necessary scrapping supplies traveled home with me. Everything I needed was there, so I set to work on a few extra pages when I could.

patterned paperI completed several pages for a few family vacations we took years ago. These layouts, which often take more time to organize and reminisce, feature several photos on one page. I had trouble omitting some photos but then realized I could possibly use them when I (possibly) have the opportunity to finally scrapbook my own memories someday.

For now, I look forward to the moment of organizing all of my completed pages into two (very heavy) books. Although I expect to experience some extreme tension and anger when I attempt to shove every last page into the binding and tighten the screws (who knows what I’m talking about?), I anticipate yet another more meaningful feeling of accomplishment when I can finally flip through the pages, knowing they’re complete, and admire my own hard work.flipping through photos

And then I’ll give them away. (Again, who knows what I’m talking about?)

Which leads me to a question for you: Who has scanned scrapbook pages for personal records and/or printouts? Which services do you use and what is the average cost per book? I’m just curious in case I decide I can’t part with these layouts for good!

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Geometry + pattern = inspiration?

Kitchen tiles with geometric patternI’m not much of a math person, so I try to avoid numbers, formulas and theories at all costs. It’s a good thing scrapbooking doesn’t involve much of that, right?

But it turns out a little bit of geometry may work itself into your layouts this season. Geometric patterns are in.

We’re surrounded by patterns each time we walk outside, when we pass through the kitchen, the bathroom and living room, and every time we pass by the clothing racks at retail stores, especially this spring. Buildings, tiles, counter tops, shirts, skirts, clutches and more display the geometric patterns that may inspire us to create beautiful scrapbook pages and even handmade cards. Skyscraper with clouds

So take a good look around. Find some refreshing new sources of inspiration and incorporate these ideas into your layouts. Try something different, even if angles, proofs and polygons haunted you in grade school.

I look forward to working with some new patterns in my layouts, too. Let me know your thoughts on the geometric pattern trend, and happy scrapping!

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The Everyday Scraps

Every day matters. 

The students who entered Chardon High School on Monday morning most likely didn’t expect the shock, terror, mourning and loss they’d feel within minutes of walking onto the campus. They probably didn’t expect that an otherwise normal day might affect the rest of their lives.

Because I’ve never experienced a school shooting any closer to home than Chardon, I can only imagine how it would feel to experience one. I do not know any students who attend Chardon High School, but I know people whose children do. Whether you approach the event with the perspective of the high school students, their parents, or even the shooter’s family, it’s hard to avoid such an overwhelming feeling of uneasiness.

I don’t know how I would react if my friend, sibling or cousin was laughing with me over lunch one day and then shot and killed the next. It makes me sick that some people do experience such awful tragedies. But in light of finding even a mere positive out of negativity, violence and hate, the rest of us can learn from this situation.

Take advantage

No matter how big or small, take advantage of the good things in your life, each and every day. These everyday, routine and seemingly normal scraps of life do matter – you never know when to expect your last opportunity to take it all in. So cherish the things that make you happy. Acknowledge them, document them and finally, appreciate them.

I can’t think of a better way to cherish, acknowledge, document, appreciate and of course, remember, the things that matter most in life: scrapbook them.

Don’t be ashamed of even the silly and simple things you love so much. Love coffee? Dedicate a page to your caffeine addiction and include a coffee sleeve from your favorite java joint. Do you run a lot? Write about your passion for fitness and paste your ramblings on a page with a photo of the running shoes that support your feet through every step. Scrapbook your pets, your friends, your favorite Pinterest pins: You name it, there’s a place for it in your scrapbooks and, naturally, in your heart.

My thoughts are with the families of Chardon High School students and community members this week. I wish them well as they grieve the loved ones they lost too quickly and rejoice in the miracles that helped other victims survive.


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Home sweet home

Stones, crazy cat eyes

He's always so playful. These eyes look like he's about to attack!

Between classes, homework and job hunting, I’ve experienced quite a few long days lately. But after I spent almost a full weekend at home, catching up with old friends, watching old live concerts on TV with my dad and, of course, enjoying my “cat fix,” I realized how comforting and refreshing home can be.

While I sat in front of the fireplace in the living room, sorting through old photos for my graduation gift projects, Stones and Delilah were either sleeping or snooping nearby. I had a lot of photos to sort through, which naturally takes a lot of time once I begin reminiscing and getting up to show my dad particularly funny pictures. (My favorite funny photo in this particular batch was my then two-year-old brother looking angry/frustrated that he couldn’t find any Easter eggs during a family egg hunt in our basement. I think this is the same anger he often exudes toward me now.)

So as I spent hours warming up in front of the fire, I spent many hours with the cats, observing their odd behavior.

1. The Hunters: Hiding behind pillows on the floor, pouncing and tackling each other

2. The Attention-Deprived: Delilah (annoyingly) meowing a fraction of a second after I stopped petting her

3. The Crazy: Stones racing up the stairs into the dining room and kitchen area as soon as he heard the kitchen door handle rattle (I occasionally heard him slip and slide on the hardwood floor and slam into the wall.)

While I observed them, I snapped a few photos. Stones is clearly more photogenic, but I love Delilah because she has a pretty color and I must admit her annoying mewing is cute. For the sake of not being labeled as a “Crazy Cat Lady” by certain family members and friends on Facebook, I posted a few of my favorites here:


He's too fat to fit on the piano, but he sits on it anyway.

Stones on cat perch

They ripped a hole on the top, but that doesn't stop Stones from sitting on this either.


She is pretty. And pretty annoying, at times.

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