Welcome to my world of the practical scrapbooker

Here is ten years of scrapbooking my photos and memorabilia onto actual paper .....without major art projects or (too) complicated techniques.

I blend traditional paper and "new" digital techniques to tell the stories of my family's fun, travels, and history.

Here are my thoughts as I sort, shop, crop, organize, arrange, journal, and decorate my scrapbook pages.


Don't buy a set of six (or 12 or 16) decorative scissors because you'll only use two or three of them.

I finally gave most of my decorative scissors to the crafts lady at my daughter's after school program. I kept the four pairs I used the most, which isn't often. Trimming photos or mats with a "decorative" edge can be distracting or gimmicky. Edges should not be the highlight of the page.

My favorite scissor is the small jagged / deckle / crinkle edge that really softens the edges of a photo or a mat.

I use my zig-zig / pinking ( I don't know why it's called that) scissor on the least important or boring edge of a photo. Zig-zagging all around looks too much like a school-project for my taste and causes stress because it's impossible to make the corners neat.

I have a perforated / stamp edge scissor that I use to cut white margins or mats for my 1950's or 60's photo copies. Those vintage photos usually have white margins with crinkle edges that I can reproduce with these scissors because I never put originals in my scrapbooks.

I kept the lacey edge scissor because I am sure that I will successfully use it someday on a vintage or princess page. I can't cut a mat on all four sides and get the corners right, and I have not created a one edge design yet. Time will tell if it should have gone to the school too.