29 January 2008
From time to time I'd like to show you a product that can really add something to your page layouts. One tool I use all the time is Creative Memories' Square Maker. This allows you to punch two different size squares. Most people use punches with paper but I use my punch with photos. If you flip your photo over, you can see where the square will frame the object (obviously you might need to trim the photo a bit to get the punch in the exact right spot). Some of my all-time layouts have been by using the small square to create a photo mosaic. Theses are certainly a bit more time consuming but you often find a really great use for all your left over photos.
I am sure that other companies make a similar punch. I bought mine from Creative Memories over 5 years ago and still use it regularly. Can't say the same for a lot of my "had to have it but now never think about it" tools. (Boy that list is sadly long and a topic for another time!!)
25 January 2008
That is not to say that I don't make themed albums because I do. And I've already said that I make a Year in Review album which is definitely a chronological album. It's just that I don't always create my albums with a clear plan. A lot of times they just evolve into a collection of favorite memories. I trust in my journaling to keep track of when and where the events happened.
Enjoy the ride!
However sometimes the patterns are so beautiful that they deserve to be seen and when I find sheets like this one (see photo right) I can't help but use a very simple layout with few photos. The result is two-fold:
- the background creates a great backdrop and I don't need many (or any) embellishments
- the photos that are chosen have true pride of place and really show off something special
- It helps me gather together all the loose ends of my projects, photos and journaling
- It is a favorite keepsake of all that happens throughout the year (It's embarrassing to admit but I have a terrible memory so if I don't capture it with paper, ink and photo I just might forget it altogether...)
- Some years are so hectic that the only significant scrapbooking I'm able to handle is this one album. And I am always filled with satisfaction when I finish it (even if it is the only I do finish over the next few months!)
Come to think of it, I even arrange photo frames in my house as a collage!
Regardless of your personal philosophy or preferences on page layouts, making collages is a huge time saver. And if you think my pages are too busy, just keep yours cleaner and simpler.
Happy New Year,
24 January 2008
It's a new year and I'm inspired to share some of my best ideas and layouts. In truth I've gained so much guidance and creativity from "scrap-lifting" over the years, that it is only fair that I now offer my own ideas for brainstorming and inspiration. I've been scrapbooking for over twenty years in one manner or another. It's a hobby that has become an integral part of who I am. I am often thinking of layout ideas even before I take the photos! My goal is to add a tip a week for 2008. (I'll have to spend this week catching up a bit!)
Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with me too!