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.


Memories WITHOUT photos

It seems hard to believe, especially since the dawn of digital cameras, but there are actually events that have not been documented in multiple photographic views. Memories of these events can be strong, funny, important, and ..........undocumented ? How can these memories be translated into a visual story ?

My daughter recently gave me three humorous "badges" for "Herding cats," "Pirate Appreciation," and "Blogging." She actually thought of me and my (quirky) impact on her life ! And she actually remembered to give them to me (eventually). So what to do ? Sew them on my jacket ? Stick them on my bedroom mirror ? Of course not.......scrapbook them ! She agreed to list some of the "requirements" that I can accomplished, and a page was born. We had done Girl Scouts in the past, so the page evoked a sash.

I am delighted with the result of spending a lot of time creating my favorite "Mommy Scout" title. I could not find a digital font, stickers, or die cut that I liked, so in the end I bought chipboard letters that were the "right" font but the "wrong" color and size, so I arranged, scanned, photoshopped, and adjusted. Not all that practical, but sometimes motherhood isn't. (If you have heard about the Cricket, yes, that would have been easier, but I am NOT going there).


New pages with old photos

I always have more fun scrapbooking old photos of happy memories rather than immediately scrapbooking a recent event. I keep my photos in chronological order, and randomly flip through the files, and sometimes an event "strikes" me. I also have a file of "photos I want to do something with when I get inspiration."

Recently my daughter and I escaped the heat by browsing the aisles in Joanns, a dangerous pursuit (but less risky than heatstroke or sunburn). Nothing fit my rule of only buying what I can use RIGHT NOW when I saw some Girl Scout stickers and embellishments. I immediately recalled unused Daisy and Brownie Photos and a few Girl Scout pages, so I could USE them and they were ON SALE. It took a little time to locate the photos, but less than an evening to put the page together. Eureka ! Practical scrapbooking at its best !