Friday, July 1, 2016

My scrapbook: the first pages

Hello, thank you for coming by.

I went to the Project Life kit for the pages that will start the scrapbook. At the time I only had 6 photos so the pages have blanks. I plan on filling in with pictures of family and gifts that family and friends who couldn't be present for the birth sent to Jason.  The tags all color coordinate with one another so it was hard to choose the best ones. I went with one that had lines for journaling, a heart for the baby and a camera art that I liked.

The opposite page is a matching Project Life page with horizontal pictures. I will be sure to photograph once it is completed!  I am very excited to pull out the journaling tags as it makes chronicling memories so easy. That is a big factor for me as I normally do this when the baby is watching from his bouncy seat and Jason only stays there for 20 minutes. Ease of coordination and time saving organization is a big plus for Project Life right now.

The week before last, I worked on cutting photo mats and laying out some Christmas pages. As it will be baby's first Christmas, I'm betting that I won't have a lot of time to craft.  By knowing what sizes and orientation that I laid the photo mats in the scrapbook, I hope to remember to capture photos that will fit the pages.  You may remember that I said that I'm scrapping on a budget- I am using some Christmas scrapbook supplies, 12 x 12 Espresso and 12 x 12 Real Red that Stampin'up! sent out for free one Christmas. Thanks, SU!

Christmas 1, 2 & 3

These are standard 4 x 6 photo mats and designer series paper. This would be very easy to create with current stampin' up! designer series paper. You may be asking yourself what is that black washi tape- that is to pin the elements in place while I design. It peels off of the paper without leaving a residue or harming the paper, so you can rearrange to your hearts content.  I will not adhere the mats down until I assemble them to the photos. If I change my mind, I can use the mats for another page. Make use of what you have and waste nothing is my motto.

You can see that those were very basic drop photo in here pages. For Jason's pages I have been having a little fun.  In this page I include two photos of Jason's Grandmothers, retired Lullaby paper and a current journal tag from Project life.  I use the Made with Love stamp set to add two kitty stamps and I use the single heart to make a background in Hello Honey and Coastal Cabana.

Grandma & Nana

Made with Love is a great set to play with for a scrapbook with those background stamps & sayings. I might start watercoloring on the pages.

The next page uses a full 12 x 12 page of Lullaby designer series paper. I went with simplicity by matting the photos on whisper white, coastal cabana and tempting turquoise.  Jason's first bath was photographed to send a thank you pic to the loved ones who sent the swaddler, winnie the pooh towel and bluebird lovey. I plan on the opposite page to have a journaling tag mentioning Darcy, Grandma and Samantha's gifts underneath a larger 5 x 7 photo.  I think that I'll use the same color and shape banners that were on the Grandma & Nana page to keep a cohesive look to the scrapbook.

I am currently working on matching the layout of Papa & Nana Kat to be a 2 page spread with the Grandma Kitty & Nana Genie page. Little boy is very lucky to have five grandparents who love him and I was lucky to get a pic of him with 4 grandparents.  Somehow my photographer mother is only in one picture.  To rectify that, I had my husband snap a few photos of Nana Kat holding Jason when she did a 2 month photo shoot of Jason.

I am very excited to see these 2 month photos!  Most of these pics were candid shots and I can't wait to see a few different poses in the same outfit. It makes me excited to imagine those scrapbook pages.  Thanks for coming by - I plan on making a how to of the more elaborate Nana & Papa page that I am making.  Let me know your thoughts!

Fast fuse- great for scrapbooking

I had to remind myself how to use fast fuse while scrapping the the other night and I thought that I would share the proper way to use Fast fuse

I hope that you enjoy fast fuse with your scrapbooking! If you need a refil, you still have one more month to order from me.