The Elegant Peacock is a gorgeously sophisticated kit for all those fancy occasions such as formal dances and dinners, proms, anniversaries, weddings, and other formal affairs. But it also works for everyday photos like in the layout I made below. You'll find everything you need and then some in this huge classy kit full of hand-crafted papers and one-of-a-kind embellishments. Let's get fancy!
Friday, November 13, 2015
When I first started scrapbooking, I focused on the big events: birthdays, holidays, yearly traditions, etc. As I’ve grown as a storyteller, I’ve realized the importance of creating a more complete picture of our lives. Not just the big things, but the little everyday moments, the day to day activities or meals, and even some of the tough times.
Let's face it, sometimes life gives us lemons and we are just plain tired of lemonade. Thankfully scrapping is such good therapy! It can be difficult to find the right words for an event that's frustrating or angering. But scrapping a page and getting that journaling down can not only help you deal with how you are feeling, but also show your family, friends, and future generations that your life wasn't perfect, that no one's is, and how you dealt with it.
I struggled for a long time with potty training my kiddos. The messes were disastrous. My days were spent cleaning every surface of my home; washing every piece of clothing for them, me, and the beds; and scrubbing every crevice of my children. I read every book and website and never found the answer. I felt like I never had a break, that there was no end in sight, and that I might completely loose my sanity before they ever figured it out.
Because it was all-consuming, it found its way into my scrapbooking. Scrapping the tough times is just as important as scrapping the happy times because they are a part of your life, they are honest, true, and real. They show that life isn't always sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows; and that you are a real, complex, fully-formed person who has lived through hard things and not only survived, but thrived.
The birthdays and holidays are important, but so are the layouts about saying goodbye to a favorite pet, chemo treatments, and documenting a divorce. Every moment is worth remembering because each moment helped make you who you are. Your scrapbook will be a real representation, a complete portrait, of you and your life. Messy, hard, yet beautiful.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Introducing my new kit "Shine!" on sale HERE. It makes the cutest cards and layouts and has darling word arts and embellishments. Just take a look at how a neutral hue plus a primary color go so well together to create a gorgeous eye-popping style you’ll love! The intensity of both colors is important and can influence your final result in many different ways. A pale yellow combined with a soft grey results in a calming and serene feel, while a bolder shade of yellow combined with a darker grey becomes a stronger mix. This color combo is a match made in heaven. It is hard to imagine any other bold shade that looks as lovely as yellow when coupled with gray. Take a look at the layouts below...
Friday, October 30, 2015
I've been scrapbooking for as long as I can remember, but in the year 2000 when we came home from our Parisian Honeymoon, I started my first 12x12 inch album. I remember standing in the scrapbooking store looking at the rows and rows of gorgeous scrapbooking papers and feeling a bit dumbstruck. I gathered each piece of scrapbooking paper that I thought was pretty and before long, I couldn't hold the giant pile I had accumulated! I knew I couldn't afford all those scrapbooking papers and I wasn't even sure if I could actually use them. So I went and talked to the lady behind the counter. She helped me realize there are some important things to keep in mind when picking out scrapbooking papers.
First, decide what size album you are going to use. There are albums in almost any size and design you can imagine. I picked the one shown in the picture because I thought it best represented Paris the way we saw it. I picked 12x12 because I had a TON of pictures and wanted to be sure I had plenty of room for all of them. Scrapbooking papers usually come in 8 ½ by 11 inch and 12x12 inch. Larger scrapbooking paper can always be cut down to size and smaller scrapbooking paper can be used for matting or embellishing as you like. Just keep in mind that most of your scrapbooking paper should be in the size of your album.
Second, check out the different types of scrapbooking paper available. Scrapbooking paper is acid-free and lignin-free which means it is archival safe for your pictures and won’t turn them yellow or fade them. Scrapbooking paper comes in every thickness from heavy cardstock to light vellum, and each has its own specific use. If you’re unsure, choose the medium-thick scrapbooking paper, it’s a good multipurpose thickness.
Third, take stock of the solid colored scrapbooking paper you might already have at home. You are more likely to run out of the solid colors because they are great for backgrounds, matting, journaling and even embellishments. Black and white are usually the most popular and can be purchased in single sheets (as can most colors) however, buying colors in a rainbow paper pack is often-times a more inexpensive way to go.
Fourth, consider purchasing coordinating scrapbooking paper packs or even page kits. Packs of scrapbooking paper are a good investment because they are color coordinated, and often theme coordinated (some even come pre-printed with frames or layout templates). This is helpful if you are a beginning scrapper, don’t have a lot of time to pick each scrapbooking paper individually, or if you are overwhelmed by the rows and row of gorgeous scrapbooking paper like I always am, lol! (this still doesn't stop me from buying several sheets of the gorgeous paper though!) Page kits are great too because they come with coordinating papers AND embellishments, so 99% of the work is done for you but you still get to take 100% of the credit after sticking your photos down and jotting down some quick journaling.
Fifth, wait for sales (ok, the lady behind the counter didn't tell me this). Stretch your scrapbooking budget further by using coupons and watching for sales. Find a scrapping group and trade your unwanted papers with other scrappers whose unwanted papers are just what you've been looking for. And finally, resist the temptation to buy paper you aren't sure you will use.
Scrapbooking is a wonderfully fun and rewarding hobby. Generations of your family will appreciate your work preserving a lifetime of memories and you will have done it all in the best way possible simply by starting with the right scrapbooking paper! I'd love to hear about your experiences getting started, leave me a comment below!
Friday, October 23, 2015
All my Halloween goodies are on sale NOW!