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Patriotic Colors {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 10}

Today is Memorial day here in the USA, so I thought I’d share a scrapbook page with patriotic colors: red, white and blue! I am so thankful for the freedom I enjoy as an American, and especially on Memorial Day I am mindful that freedom is never free. This layout is not about a patriotic holiday, but as I was putting it together I realized that the colors are perfect for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July.

Layout credits: Everything is from the Shabby Shoppe: Summer Cottage and the FREE Easy-As-Pie Template 23. Note: I also noticed that there is a super cute add-on to the Summer Cottage kit, that has lots of patriotic embellishments :)!

Free Beachy Quick Page {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 7}

Happy Friday, hope you have fun weekend plans! Here’s a little freebie for you – a beachy digital quick page :).

This photo is from our trip to the beach when I was pregnant with Julia. I can’t believe she is now the age Gabe was in this photo…and I can’t believe I haven’t scrapbooked these photos yet – LOL!

*Click here to go to the download page*

The download includes a 12″x12″ png file with a “hole” for the photo (to use in Photoshop, etc) and a 12″x12″ jpeg file for printing or uploading to photo book software. Enjoy!

100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas {Day 3: Taking Photos Outside}

I LOVE being a mom, and my two sweet kids are a blessing to me every day! When my second was born, it took us a while to get used to the new dynamic, and my scrapbooking was pretty much put on hold (as were a lot of other things). Anyway, it’s really fun for me as I’m getting caught up, because I’m scrapbooking photos from this year as well as photos from the same time of year in previous years. It is AMAZING how much the kids change in just one year! Makes me really want to cherish every moment with them even more :).

Credits: Digital papers from my free kit, Loveliness. Ribbons, buttons and flowers from my free kit, So Flirty. Template by Shabby Princess.

I realize that Mother’s Day photos are more springy than summery – but the scrapbooking tips I want to share with you today are about taking photos outside – perfect for summertime :)!

Tips for Taking Photos Outside:

  • The best light is actually not in bright sunshine, as you might expect! The bright light tends to create harsh shadows and makes you squint too much. For softer light, try sitting in the shade, like I did with my kids for our Mother’s Day photo.
  • Taking photos on a cloudy/overcast day also works – just try to sit near something bright and colorful to counter the dull colors, like in our photo in a huge blue chair (above).
  • If you plan on sitting on the ground, bring along a blanket or quilt – it’s handy for keeping clean and comfortable – plus it adds extra sweetness :). I found mine at a yard sale :)!

100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas {Day 2: Collecting Summer Favorites}

Is there something you tend to take LOTS of photos of every summer? Why not make a mini scrapbook or photo book with just a collection of photos of that favorite thing? It could be trips to the pool, ball games, or even something as simple as a collection of summer flower photos, like mine from last summer. Sometimes grouping “like” photos together from the course of a season, year or even several years can create more impact and are more relevant together than randomly spread throughout many pages or albums.

I am always inspired by flowers, so I seek them out and photograph them where ever we go. Most of the time I just have too many to put them all into my regular scrapbooks, and they don’t really need any text, so I love to  make picture books filled with some of my favorites! This photo book was created using Mixbook (I used an awesome coupon!), and I uploaded digital scrapbook paper from my freebie kit {Loveliness} to use for the backgrounds. Very simple, but I love the result :)!

How about you? Have you scrapbooked any collections? Something to think about as you’re snapping your summer photos this year :).

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?

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!!

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