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Don’t Forget the Postcards! {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 19}

Postcards are excellent for scrapbooking – always be sure to pick some up wherever you travel, even if you’re visiting somewhere near home that you’re planning to scrapbooking about!

Ideas for Scrapbooking with Postcards:

  • Postcards with maps are great for showing each spot you visited in an area. Mark the places with stickers or a pen.
  • Postcards can sometimes capture a more ideal image of the place you visited – like an aerial view, for example.
  • Most postcards have some extra information about the image on the reverse side, which you could use in your scrapbook journaling.
  • If photography is not allowed at an event or location, you can often buy postcards with images to remind you of your visit.
  • Sometimes, I take a photos of the messages I write on the backs of postcards I send home to friends and family. These are a fun and unique way to add journaling to my travel scrapbooks!
  • If you want to have access to both sides of a postcard in your scrapbook, consider placing it in a pocket, or creating a mini page for it using a clear page protector.

I would love to hear how you’ve used postcards in your own scrapbooking – if you have an idea, please share it in the comments section :)!

Summer Travel Scrapbook Ideas {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 12}

Are you planning on traveling this summer? Here are a few travel scrapbook ideas from my Hawaii trip scrapbook and my old favorite – the Aruba honeymoon scrapbook from 2003 :).



Travel Scrapbook Ideas:

  • If you fly, save the flight pattern map from the magazine on the airplane to show the route you took.
  • Save your baggage claim tickets – especially if they’re pink ;).
  • Record how many miles to your destination.
  • Write about how you traveled (by car, plane, train, etc). If possible, include a picture of the vehicle you traveled in.
  • Consider adding embellishments like globes, maps, a compass or the flag of the country you visited.

Do you have some travel scrapbook ideas? Please share them in the comments section – I would love to have some more great ideas for my travel scrapbooks :)!

Vacation Scrapbook Cover and Title Page Ideas {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 6}

Another scrapbook I will be sharing this summer, as part of the 100 days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas series, is our Hawaii vacation scrapbook. Like the Aruba honeymoon scrapbook, this album is also about a fall trip – but summer seems like the best time to share these with you, because we spent most of our time at the beach! Today I will just be focusing on the scrapbook cover and title page.

Scrapbook Cover Idea: The Group Photo!

For each family vacation we take, I always try to make sure we have at least one group photo. These are perfect for the cover of the scrapbook! The group photo instantly shows:

  • Who was on the trip?
  • When was the trip (before the kids were born…when the kids were little…etc.)?
  • Where were we?

This works for digital scrapbooks and paper scrapbook covers. For digital scrapbooks you can usually add a photo right to the cover – or at least place the photo on the first page, so that it will show through a “peek-a-boo” window in the cover. For traditional (paper) scrapbooks, I like to look for a scrapbook album with a photo frame in the cover to put the group photo in.

Vacation Group Photo Tips

Here are some things to think about when taking your group photo for the scrapbook cover:

  • Location – try to find a spot that shows the setting of your vacation. For the Hawaii vacation scrapbook, we posed on the balcony of the condo with the ocean and palm trees in the background. As it turns out, the photo frame was too small to show the palms, but you get the idea :).
  • Attire – If possible, try to have the people in the group photo wear coordinating clothes that fit the over-all feel of the trip. I love the look of coordinating, but not exactly matching. I’m sure this is easier while my kids are young, because I still choose their clothes :).

For each of my scrapbooks, I like to create a title page. The title page is that first page on the inside of your scrapbook. It is different from the rest of the pages, because it typically doesn’t have a “mate”.

Tips for Designing a Scrapbook Title Page:

  • Use the title page to share information about what the scrapbook is about. Consider including information about Who, What, When, Where and Why type questions. In this case, I included the location and date, plus plenty of embellishment to show that it was a fun trip for vacation.
  • You may or may not need/want to include photos on the title page. The only “photo” on my Hawaii scrapbook title page is just an image I clipped from a travel brochure! I saved the photos for other pages in the book, because I want to title page to stay focused on information about the book.
  • The title page sets the tone for the rest of the scrapbook. Feel free to go crazy with embellishments :)!  Or not – it all depends on the feel of your scrapbook. In this case I included tons of tropical flowers, bright colors and a picture of a surfer on the beach.

Do you have any other ideas or tips for designing scrapbook covers or title pages? If so, please share in the comments :)!

100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas {Day 4: Travel Scrapbook Idea}

Travel Scrapbook Idea: Document the Unique Details of Your Surroundings

Are you planning any travels for the summer months this year? Here’s a little tip to keep in mind for your summer travels scrapbook: keep an eye out for details about your vacation destination that are unique and different from your daily life. Try to get some photos to capture what makes the location special. One thing we noticed right away on our honey moon to Aruba was that there were grass huts called palapas on the beaches – we had never seen them before in person, so I took lots of pictures of them and added a little paragraph about them to my scrapbook :)!

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 :)!

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!

Making Some Updates!

Hello, friends! It’s time for a much-needed update here at Scrapbook Ideas! I haven’t posted in a loooong time, because I was too busy enjoying life with my two little kiddos. But, now that my oldest has started kindergarten (Already? How did that happen??), I am finding little bits of free time here and there, so I thought I’d try to share some of my scrapbooking again from time to time. First things first, I am going to try to update the site a little, so please don’t worry if things look a little funny until I get it just right :).

Meanwhile, here’s a scrapbook layout from an album I made about our trip to England in 2009. My husband’s grandmother flew us all over there from America so we could celebrate his grandfather’s 90th birthday party, what a huge blessing – it was the first time Gabe, Julia and I had ever been to Europe and our first time meeting all the English relatives! We were there from the end of October into November, so here’s my Halloween scrapbook layout from 2009:

Wasn’t Julia such a cute little pumpkin baby? I can’t believe she’s two already!

Free Printable Candy Box Crafts

Here are some last-minute crafts you can make this weekend – just in time for Valentine’s Day!!

I whipped up the printable candy boxes this afternoon with some papers I had designed recently. They are by no means perfect, you can kinda see the fold lines etc, but they are still fun to make. I also included one without the message box plus a .png template and a plain .jpg template so you can create your own if you like too! Oh, and I stuck 3 pink papers in there too :)!! If you are new to printable crafts, just ask your questions in the comments section and I will try to answer them asap :)!

CLICK HERE to see the folder with all three downloads inside :).

Now, THESE are the printables designed by Kelleigh Ratzlaff the PRO printable designer, so you can rest assured that they will not be flawed like mine :). PLUS she has some pointers in there to help you along the way. If you love her work and hybrid projects in general, you will want to go see her in action along with all of the other talented ladies at The Hybrid Chick.

And last, but not least is the free candy bar wrapper by Brooke from Oregon, which I offered here a few years ago, but might be new to some of you!

Free Printable Photo Box and Tutorial

Just wanted to let you all know that I updated an older Christmas tutorial from 2008 with a new freebie link (originally only available in the DST Insider)!

Click here to see the Printable Christmas Photo Box tutorial.

*Click Here for the Free Printable Photo Box Download Page*

Handmade Christmas Craft Ideas!

The holiday season is a wonderful time for crafters. Amidst all of the busyness and hustle bustle I love to slow down and make pretty things with my hands. Making crafts during the holidays gives me a chance to get together with friends and family, listen to cheerful music and create gifts from the heart!

Christmas Craft Ideas, Tutorials and Freebies!

I plan to share lots of Christmas craft ideas and tutorials this month. I will keep an updated list here at the top of this page with links to the Christmas crafting articles as I add them. Some are new, some are from previous years. Check back often for more tutorials, ideas and freebies, or Click Here to be added to my email list :). Merry Christmas!

Christmas Craft Ideas List

Faithbooking Your Christmas (Dec 2010)

Stamped Gift Wrap Tutorial (Dec 2010)

Christmas Gift Bag Craft (Dec 2010)

Free Printable Gift Boxes (Dec 2010)

Free Christmas Heart Digital Scrapbooking Kit (Dec 2010)

Free Christmas Templates and Quick Pages (Dec 2010)

Free Printable Photo Box Craft and Tutorial (Dec 2008)

3 Ideas for Photo Calender Gifts You Can Make Yourself (Dec 2007)

Christmas Digital Scrapbook Pages and Tin Album Project (Dec 2007)

How to Photograph Christmas Lights and Tree Lights Page Idea (Dec 2007)

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