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100 Days of Summer Scrapbooking {Day 1: Intro}

Even though spring isn’t officially over yet, sunshine and warm weather in my little corner of the world has me already planning ahead for sunny summer days with my family. If fitting in time for scrapbooking has been tough during the school year, I can only imagine how it will be this summer. That’s how I came up with an idea to try to motivate myself to keep up with scrapbooking throughout the summer, while *hopefully* also catching up on summer scrapbook pages I never got around to in past years.  For the next 100 Days (ending on August 26, my birthday), I plan to dedicate all posts here at Scrapbook Ideas to summer scrapbooking themes! I thought it also might be fun to share layouts from some of my older scrapbooks I’ve never shared here before :). I will not be posting every day, but when I do, you can expect to see some summer scrapbook ideas!

Care to join me? I really want to create a great source of Summer Scrapbooking Inspiration here at Scrapbook Ideas. If you have scrapbook layouts (paper or digital) with summer themes (think vacations, camp, VBS, beach, Independence Day, BBQ etc) that you’d like to share with us – please get in touch!  I’m also interested in guest posts with summer themed tutorials and inspiration. This will be so much fun :)!

OK, ready for the first “summer” scrapbook page? Actually, the photos were not taken in the summertime, they’re from October 2003, during my honeymoon in Aruba! I just thought you’d like to see a page from my first real scrapbook (not including the type I used to make growing up). Now you will see where the photo from my “About” page is from :)!

Yes, I know I’m revealing how out-of-date my about page photo is, but now you see why I love it – it reminds me of a very happy time in my life, plus it’s from my first scrapbook – how perfect is that? Gotta love looking back on those early scrapbook pages – it’s fun to see how my style has changed in the past several years :)!

Digital Scrapbook Pages for Spring!

I’m finally caught up with Project SCRAP! Now I just need to stay caught up :). Meanwhile I am also trying to work on several bigger scrapbooks, for travels, weddings and other events. Little by little I’m making progress :). Here is my main layout for last month (April 2012):

I hadn’t intended to make it this girly, but all the pink and flowers fit perfectly for April, don’t you think?

I also have lots of Easter photos, but I’ll save those for another layout :).

Credits: Everything by the Shabby Princess: Project SCRAP April 2012 templates, Whisper and Splendid for the papers and embellishments, and the flowers are from: French Country, Twirl, Promise, Sandbox and Flea Market Chic.

Are you working on any scrapbooking projects right now?

Scrapbook Journaling with Paper Mate InkJoy Pens {Review}

July 2012 UPDATE: As much as I enjoy these pens, I need to come back and let you know that two of them have already “exploded” :(. I don’t know the technical term for this, but ink started pouring out of the inside of the pen and was getting all over the place, so I had to throw two of them away already. I have also started noticing some “clumpy” ink coming out as I write. I really dislike having to come back with a negative report, but I needed to let you know!

I have a new scrapbooking tool to share with you today – Paper Mate InkJoy pens :)! I was contacted by Paper Mate with an offer for free product in return for a review of these cool new pens (everything in this review is my own opinion, not influenced by Paper Mate). Knowing that I would want to use the pens for scrapbooking, my first question to Paper Mate was “Are these pens photo-safe”? I was happy to learn that the pens are acid-free and archival – music to a scrapbooker’s ears :). As soon as my new pens arrived, I had to test them out! I tried writing, and of course doodling too – they work great! Like my little picture? LOL, I’m a nerd, I know! I am totally the type who gets excited like a kid in a candy shop when I’m in an office supply store or craft store. I also used them to make a little doodled quote for the Hawaii Trip scrapbook I’m working on (yes, that trip was in 2010… I am way behind on my scrapbooking, OK?). Here’s the layout with the doodled title:

Here’s a close-up – I love all the bright colors these pens come in!!

Here are some of the claims Paper Mate makes about the InkJoy pens (as seen on the Amazon website):

  • Features Paper Mate’s revolutionary new writing system, giving you the best in effortless writing
  • It starts quickly without dragging, requires minimal pressure from your hand, and delivers crisp, clean lines every time
  • Extended rubberized grip for optimal comfort
  • Metal clip provides long lasting durability
  • Set of 8 Colored Ink Pens includes 1 each of Black Ink, Blue Ink, Red Ink, Purple Ink, Green Ink, Turquoise Ink, Orange Ink and Magenta Ink

I totally agree with the above! The pens are super easy to use. They write very smoothly, much smoother than the average ballpoint pen. You know when you go to write something with a pen, and the ink refuses to come out, so you have to find a scrap piece of paper to scribble like crazy on until the pen starts working again? This hasn’t happened at all with the InkJoy pens! They instantly start writing when the pen hits the paper. They only require a very light touch – even brushing the paper they will draw, so you will ot be experiencing any writer’s cramp with these, especially with the comfy grip! If you’re looking for a new set of colorful pens for doodling and journaling, I think you’ll like these new InkJoy pens, by Paper Mate :)!

Happy National Scrapbooking Day! {Free Paper Pack For You}

According to some of my favorite scrapbooking sites, today is National Scrapbooking Day – so I thought I’d put together a happy little digital paper pack for you :). Will you be doing any scrapbooking today? I may not have time today, but I’m sure I will be at it again sometime soon!

*Click here to go to the download page*

I Love Digital Scrapbook Templates!

I went from way behind schedule to almost caught up in a couple of days! Seriously, if it weren’t for shortcuts like photo books and templates, I would feel totally overwhelmed trying to keep up with my scrapbooking :)! Now I just need to do the April layout, and I will be back on schedule with Project SCRAP. If you haven’t joined in, you really should – the free templates are wonderful, and the encouragement and inspiration from the Shabby Princess team and other scrapbookers will help keep you motivated :)!

 

Credits: March 2012 Project SCRAP Template and Gabby Collection from the Shabby Shoppe.

Digital Scrapbooking My Loves {Project SCRAP February 2012 Layout}

OK, so I did immediately fall behind in Project SCRAP, but I’m not giving up – I am determined to finish my 2012 scrapbook on time this year!

Ah, February was such a lovely month – filled to the brim with Pinterest crafts and recipes!

Credits: I have always loved The Bella Collection, by Shabby Princess, and now I know that it’s especially nice for Valentine’s Day layouts :)! Of course, I also used the amazing FREE February project SCRAP templates :).

Beach Trip Photo Book {AdoramaPix Review}

My New Favorite Photo Book Company!

I was so excited when a new photo book arrived at my door step recently, and even more thrilled when I opened the package to see such a gorgeous, professional-quality book! AdoramaPix had contacted me a while back to offer me a free photo book in exchange for writing a review (I assure you that the following review is my opinion only, and is not influenced by the opinions of AdoramaPix). As my faithful readers know, I have become quite the photo book addict in recent years. Time with my little kids has top priority, so my scrapbooking time is very limited. This is why I always take advantage of every photo book offer I come across :)!

We LOVE Our New Photo Book!

I may not have celebrity clients to present my photo books to, like pro photographer David Bergman, but the look on my sweet girl’s face as she looks through my books is enough for me :).  As you can see by the photos of my cutie pie below, I am still way behind on my scrapbooking – this book was not about this year’s spring break, or the year before, but for 2010 – the kids have grown up so much since then! Luckily, the book was fast and easy to put together, so it was ready in no time :)!

Vivid Colors, Archival Photo Prints 

I looove the print quality of the AdoramaPix photo books! The pages are actually printed on true archival photo paper – they are much thicker and higher quality than the pages of other photo books I have tried; like Shutterfly, MixBook and Snapfish. Even though this book is more expensive, you really get your money’s worth. Check out how well-made this book is! According to the site, the books are hand crafted and each one is inspected by their experts – I believe it!

Versatile, Easy to Use Software

AdoramaPix has plenty of options for pre-made templates, or you can design your own using the design software right on their site. I did a little of both – my 50 page book is a mix of their templates, my own layouts, and their layouts which I’ve tweaked to suit my needs :). I used several digital scrapbooking kits by Shabby Princess to create this book including Island Chic, Miami Beach, and Splash. You can upload digital scrapbook paper to the site right along with your photos,  to use for backgrounds on your layouts. If you want to add digital scrapbooking elements, like the flowers I added to the front cover, you will need to create the page using your own software before uploading.

Lay-Flat Binding, Perfect for Panoramic Layouts

Because of the way the books are bound, the pages lay completely flat, for a beautiful seamless look. I really regret not taking more advantage of the option to span photos across both pages in my book, because they look amazing in the lay-flat layouts. I have experimented with spanning images across two pages in other photo books, but have always had to be careful about the portion of the photo that gets cut off in the “gutter” between the two pages. You don’t have to worry about that at all in the AdoramaPix books, so you can really make an impact by including lots of panoramic shots.

Professional Quality Photo Book at an Affordable Price

I thought you might like to get a close-up look at the binding and pages of this photo book – they’re much more sturdy and polished looking than any of the other books I made. If you look back at the first photo in this post, you can see how the thick photo paper is bound separately from the hard back cover. The first and last pages are attached to the cover, with no blank pages in between. There is also no logo or bar code printed on your book, unlike most other photo books I’ve used. You really get the special features of a professional book, at a very reasonable price for the quality.

Besides my wedding photo album, which was professionally designed and cost a small fortune, this is definitely the best photo book I now own! I would feel totally confident using AdoramaPix for scrapbooking even the most special occasions :). Thanks AdoramaPix!!

Free Template at the Shabby Shoppe Blog!

I can’t believe the Shabby Shoppe blog is already on template challenge number 20 and I this is the first time I’m joining in! They have the BEST templates, seriously! Plus, there is a randomly chosen winner who will get a $25 gift card to the Shabby Shoppe :). He’s what I made using their free template, plus the free Happy Go Lucky kit and the Smarshmallows kit from the Shabby Shoppe! (fonts: Rockwell and Marketing Script)

Don’t you love these cute t-shirts Uncle Michael and Auntie Tanya gave the kids for Christmas? They sure know how to butter us up ;). There were some for Chris and me too, which you can see in our February family photo. LOL!

Scrapbook Ideas 5 Year Anniversary! {Freebie Paper Pack}

Five years ago today, I started this Scrapbook Ideas blog! To celebrate my little milestone, I put together a lovely little paper pack for you :). Enjoy!

*Click here to go to the download page*

Valentine Hearts Digital Scrapbook Paper {Freebie}

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Here are some crazy doodled heart papers I plan to use for Valentine crafts this week with my kids. Thought you might like them too! Please let me know if you put them to good use, that always makes my day :)!! xo

Valentine Hearts Digital Scrapbook Paper

*Click here to go to the download page*

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