Thinking About My Scrapbook Passion

I was giving some thought about my passion for Scrapbooking. If you are a beginner, thinking about starting or maybe already on your way. here are some things that I was thinking about that may also be true for you.

We tend to think that scrapbooking has to be about that perfect event. I guess that we all want to present our family in the best possible light. But that is far from true. Some of my best memories are when things didn’t go exactly right. Your story can include some disasters. because those stories will be long remembered in your family. Think about the funniest memories you have. These are part of your stories too.

You can’t use every photo unless you like to add real bulk to your pages or books. My husband and I got married 5 years ago. I have been going through his photos and scrapbooking out of horrid magnetic albums for a couple of years now. We all do the same thing…We take multiple pictures just in case one did not turn out. I am guilty too. Then we wind up with 5 or 6 pictures of the same thing. You also , like me may find or have a few pictures that are blurry or not useable. You simply need to part ways with them. Decide what you can and want to use. Give the extras away, or make a mini album with them.

It’s ok to experiment and make mistakes ! Like any other art form,  you grow as you learn and experiment ! I tend to think in blocks. So this year I am going to experiment with layouts that have different dimension. I am also going to experiment with some different products like paint, coloring elements and inks. The point is to have fun with different ideas and products. That is what scrapbooking should be about !

While there are tons of products out there, every product may not be right for you. I have thought doing pocket pages. I looked at the products and the ideas behind them and I knew that it wasn’t my style. You will be exposed to lots of different ideas and products if you stick with it. Not all of them will fit your style or budget and that’s ok.

Just remember what making scrapbooks is all about ! It’s about honoring and remembering people, places, events and things. It’s your investment in the history of your family !img_1386

 

 

Coloring Pages And Scrapbook Design

I have really gotten into coloring pages as part of an element of scrapbook design. Originally when I started with coloring I thought possibly I could use my pages in an art journal. Then I really gave some thought to how I could combine my love of coloring with scrapbook design. Then my imagination started to really give some thought to the process.

The first thing I considered was that I could fussy cut parts of the page that I really liked. Here’s my first attempt at using part o a page as a cut piece.

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One of my colored pages fussy cut down to one element

The next thing that I thought was about the kind of media I could use to color the pages of my coloring book for use on my scrapbook pages. I tried using my alcohol pens but they bled through the paper. Water colors also bled through. So it occurred to me that the only thing I could use were my colored pencils. That was fine, but I really wanted to go farther

 

  • You can scan your coloring pages into  your computer and print them out on watercolor paper or cardstock.  That way you will have a bunch of coloring pages that you can use over and over again. You will also be able to use other media beyond crayons and colored pencils  You can also reprint them as many times as you would like. This is a great idea if you have grandkids.
  • You can scan a colored page into your computer and print it out in color or monochrome ( black and white) There are all kinds of things that you can do with colored pages. Watch here for more ideas.

We will be showing you some more ideas throughout the week. Hopefully you will get your creative juices flowing as we go through the processs.

Design Tip # 1

Let’s talk design today ! The first step in your design process is to look at the picture and think about color. Look at the pictures you are working on and think about the one color in the background or foreground that seems most prominent. Do you want to use that color or contrast it. That is your first design step. Decide a color for your page or layout. More steps to follow