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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Yes, I know I’m revealing how out-of-date my about page photo is, but now you see why I love it – it reminds me of a very happy time in my life, plus it’s from my first scrapbook – how perfect is that?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 :)!

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*

Heart-Shaped Mini Scrapbook Album Idea

Here’s a quick and easy project I made with all of my favorite Valentine’s Day photos from last year – a fun little scrapbook my kids love to look through!

Shaped Mini Scrapbook Tutorial:

Supplies:

Shaped mini scrapbook pages (you can make these or buy them)

Fastener to hold album together

Pretty scrapbook paper (I used two 12×12 pieces; one patterned, one solid shimmery one)

Photos (mini size works best)!

Adhesive and scissors

Steps:

1. Based on the size and number of pages, decide on which photos you will need for your album. Because my heart-shaped album didn’t leave much room for photos, I re-sized all of mine to 1.5×2.5 and printed them out on one 8.5×11 sheet of glossy paper.

2. Use one of your mini scrapbook pages to trace the shape onto the scrapbook papers. I made some of my hearts solid and some patterned.

3. Cut out the shapes inside the line, so you won’t have any over-hanging paper. Adhere them to the scrapbook pages.

4. If you have left-over scraps of paper, you can add them to the pages too, for a little extra decoration.

5. Adhere your photos on top of the scrapbook paper.

6. Add a title and/or some other words if you like, then assemble the scrapbook and you’re finished!

Floral Springtime Scrapbook Pages

I may be keeping up with my 2012 scrapbooking with Project Scrap, but I am still pretty far behind on my 2011 pages, so I will be working on those little by little throughout this year, too. I DID get my winter 2011 book finished and printed, so next up are some SPRING scrapbook pages! I have to say, it is so nice so be looking at bright floral pictures and scrapbook papers – it makes me excited about the days to come :)! Anyway, here are the first two pages in my Spring 2011 book:

I used all Shabby Princess products for theses pages, check here for credits :)!

Ideas for Valentine’s Day Scrapbook Pages

Happy February 1st, my friends :)! I LOVE Valentine’s day, and thanks to my Valentines, Hearts and LOVE board, on Pinterest, I have sooo many more great ideas for celebrating this year :)! We had lots of fun last year at Valentine’s Day too, here are a few digital scrapbook pages from my winter 2011 scrapbook using two of my freebies:  the So Flirty Kit and the papers included in the Printable Candy Boxes.

I did a little photo shoot with the kids in their “I Love Daddy” shirts before Valentines day, then on Valentine’s morning the kids wore the shirts to breakfast and gave the photos to their dad :). Later, we had a little family Valentine’s party – complete with red roses for me, from my loving husband :)! Hopefully, we’ll get to do something like that this year, too. What does your family do for Valentine’s Day?

Christmas Faithbooking Verses {Free}!

Christmas is coming very soon! I hope you’re enjoying the season as much as I am :). I am so happy people have enjoyed the Christmas verse word art I shared! I made three more Christmas Bible verses for your scrapbooking, faithbooking, cardmaking, and crafts, and put them together with the original one in this little freebie set. For each verse there is a .jpg version with the background, and a .png version with no background. All are 12×12 inches, but you can resize them to suit your needs. Have fun with these! If you use them, please let me know – I LOVE hearing how they’re being used :). Merry Christmas!!!

*Click here to download the free Christmas Faithbooking Verses*

14 Fall Photo Book Tips and Over 35 Autumn Scrapbook Pages!

Wow, I can’t believe the autumn leaves are almost all gone and Christmas is right around the corner! I have had a super busy, yet completely wonderful fall. Between enjoying outdoor “leaf-peeping” activities, church activities, school activities, and helping with my sister’s wedding preparations, there hasn’t been much time for my favorite hobby. How do I fit scrapbooking into my packed schedule? Photo books! I have become a big time fan of making photo books to help preserve our family memories these last couple of years, since my second child was born. I still make traditional scrapbooks, but it is usually just one per year that I work on slowly at a bi-weekly crop held at my church. The rest of my photos have been going into my growing collection of photo books :)!

Simple Fall Photo Book Ideas:

I created this photo book called “Autumn in New England”  (click here to see the full 24 image gallery) back in 2007, and it’s still one of my favorite fall photo books!

Quick Photo Book Tips:

  • I used digital templates to help me easily place my photos in a pleasing way.
  • The backgrounds are simple neutral digital scrapbook papers, keeping the focus on my photos.
  • I created the digital pages in Photoshop Elements, then uploaded them to Shutterfly to print my photo book.
My family scrapbook for 2007 had SO many fall layouts! When I only had one baby who went to bed at 6 pm and took a 3 hour nap every day, I had a lot more time for scrapbooking!
Fall Photo Book Tips:
  • Use fall-themed digital scrapbook kits and templates to compliment the feel of your autumn scrapbook pages. The pumpkins and hearts on the following two pages were created using  shape templates (available for free, click here).
  • Beyond the obvious things to include like pumpkins and fall leaves, don’t forget about regular digital elements in fall colors (notice the buttons, ribbons and other rustic elements).
  • Try using a decorative font with leaves and acorns like  Acorn Initials. If you “rasterize” the text in Photoshop, you can then use coordinating fall colors to fill in the letters.
Here’s a cute fall scrapbook page I made in 2008:
Autumn Scrapbook Tips:
  • I used my favorite fall photo for inspiration to create my own digital scrapbook papers and elements in Photoshop! The colors and textures came from Gabe’s fall sweater and jeans :).
  • Since this kit is a few years old, it is now offered as a freebie :)!  Click here for my free “Fall Fun” digital scrapbook kit and templates. 
  • When you have a great fall photo, let it dominate the page – it doesn’t need lots of words or embellishments competing with it.
In 2009 and 2010, life was getting pretty busy with two young kids and lots of travelling, so I went with the basic photo book templates. Here are some layouts from my 2009 family scrapbook:
I actually went into labor with Julia on Labor Day 2009 :)!
And here are photos from 2008 and 2010 as seen in a Snapfish photo book I made which covers the past 5 years of visits to our favorite pumpkin patch:
Quick and Easy Fall Photo Book Ideas:
  • Use the themed photo book pages available at most photo book sites, they will have fall colors and decorations that will highlight your photos without overwhelming them.
  • Most photo book software allows you to rearrange your photos on the page, add new photo spots, and adjust the sizes of the photos. Make use of these features to put the focus on your favorite photos.
  • You can fill up most of the pages with photos, then place all your journaling about the events and memories in large columns of text on just a few pages.
  • Many photo book sites have autumn backgrounds, titles and digital elements you can add to your pages – no Photoshop needed!
  • If you have digital scrapbook papers you would like to add to your pages, but don’t have the time or ability to create digital scrapbook pages, try this technique I blogged about: (click here, then scroll down).
Do you have fall photo book tips to share? If so, please share in the comments section, I love new ideas! I hope you’re having a fabulous fall!
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