happy (scrappy) sunday, y'all! today i have an older random layout to share, plus some more scrap-related Q&A.
this layout is one i've never shared. i made it about 2 1/2 years ago for a memory makers book i was asked to be a part of. the layout somehow was lost and never made it into the book...
and oh how i love this layout.
i hear people talk lots about "using new product" and having to buy new things...but i love timeless beautiful papers and products. like these below. i just feel there's nothing trendy or dated about it.
i actually really love the design of this one and will have to scraplift myself soon. wish i had this still. :(
patterned papers: basicgrey, october afternoon
bingo card: JBS
alphas: american crafts
buttons: autumn leaves
journaling card: october afternoon
these photos were the day jimmy left for his afghanistan year long deployment. i can't look at them without getting a lump in my throat.
how much we've changed, grown, and experienced since then.
now...on to the questions!
How about what albums do you use? Do you use the sames ones all the time or change out depending on your mood!
As I said last week, I use American Crafts 12x12 D ring albums. I also have a few Making Memories 3 ring albums. They do NOT all match...I have all sorts of colors and even patterns!
I'm wondering what your scrapbooking process is? I would love an insight into how one of our pages comes together as I know you are a fast scrapper! Do you have an idea of how your page will turn out before you start? Or do you just play and see what happens along the way? And do you do the journaling last? Do you free style the journaling or pre-plan it? Thanks! Have a great day!
Okay. This is a tough one for me and I never know quite how to answer it. I get this question often. It's tough for me, because I often describe myself as a "fly by the seat of my pants scrapper".I rarely (if ever) plan a page before I start it.
And I never ever plan journaling. How have I not messed up or run out of room yet? I have no idea. HA! I suppose it's only a matter of time.
Let me think on this one some more and perhaps I can do an entire blog post on it. :)
I was wondering how you keep track of 'inspiration'. Story ideas, layout ideas, things you see that you like, etc. I see you are on Pinterest but that is pretty new (I'm following you) so I know you might have other strategies too. I am always, always struggling with this. I store the ideas (in too many places I'm sure) but never really have a good mechanism for accessing/applying them unless I do it immediately.
I am solely using Pinterest these days. To be honest, this is the first time I've ever compiled inspiration anywhere! I've never had a notebook, or a journal, or anything of the sort. I guess I've just subconsciously filed away ideas in my brain.
Pinterest has been a creative life-saver for me. And best of all, I actually USE the ideas I find there. I've used so many of them already!
I was wondering if you make greeting cards of do you buy them?
Buy them. Always. I used to make them, but I couldn't bear the thought of them not being appreciated and simply being thrown directly in the trash. Cards are HARD for me to make!!
How do you organize your photos?
iPhoto. By month.
You always have the best titles for your scrap pages, how do you come up with them?
Why thank you! Lots of times i use a word (or short phrase) from my journaling.
I've wondered if people recognize you when you are in public?
Ha!! Oh my goodness, no. Hahahaha! One of my readers said she saw me at Target here in Savannah, though! So cool, wish she would have said hi.
How do you blog your hipstamic/instagram pics?
I plug in my phone and upload them into iPhoto. I then resize them and upload them to my blog.
What are your favorite iphone apps?
angry birds (oh how i wished i never would have tried this one...it's like crack!)
kids: make a princess, balloons, peekaboo barn,animatch,toddler teasers games, anything by duck duck moose
Do you scrapbook with just kits?
absolutely not! i depend lots on studio calico these days, as my time is limited and it's so easy to have everything already coordinated and put together! but i use lots of "non kit" stuff, too.
Have the girls attempted their own LO's so they can be like Mommy?
they have! they love scrapbooking with me! i give them letter stickers,jewels, photos, and glue sticks and they go to town. i'll have to share a layout. they are so cute.
What do you use for your scrapbook room?
the office room in our house. i know this won't always be the case, but i've been blessed enough to have a dedicated scrap room our past few houses. jimmy has his "office" at work (which he never really leaves anyway, HA!) and he knows how happy crafting makes me.
I was wondering how you store your paper. Not only what you store it IN, but how you put the paper in order so that you can find something when you are looking for it.
I store it in vertical Cropper Hopper boxes. Right now there is no organization within the boxes. I used to do it by manufacturer, but i'm thinking now i want to change to color.
And when do you scrap? Do you do it after everyone is in bed and sacrifice sleep or do you manage to do it during naps?
Wednesdays, both bigs are in school for a few hours. The morning is also when the babies take their long naps. This is my get it done block of time!
Also, I tend to get up before everyone.
Weekends, J takes the bigs on dates. When he's gone, evenings.
what is your favorite adhesive?
3L Scrapbook Adhesives EZ tape runners- which i've heard are going to become refillable. YAY!
Do you do many 2-page LOs? If not, how do you arrange your single page LOs in your albums? Do you worry about the style or the colours in the single LOs you put side-by-side in your albums?
Not many, but I do do them. I do not worry about style or colors with side by side layouts!
Do you ever display your LOs outside of your albums, hang on the wall as art or display in frames?
I do! I display them on plate hangers, a crib bed spring, a pew bible rack, etc.
What is your favourite colour or colour scheme to scrapbook with?
i love using yellow and teal. i don't have a favorite color combination to use on pages, though.
Do you ever make mini-albums?
I think I've only done 3 or so. I love the look of them, but making them stresses me out.
Do you do many multi-picture LOs or do you prefer the single-picture LO?
More often than not, I tend to use 2 or more photos on my layouts (i use lots of 4x6). But since I don't take a zillion photos, I also do many one photo layouts.
Have you scrapbooked your wedding pictures?
No I have not. We barely have any. We married quickly, as J was deploying...and my photographer was not very good. Think staged photos/backdrops. but hey, it is what it is, and i'm lucky i got one at all on such short notice. the photos are in an album.
Does anyone else in your family also scrapbook? I know you have mentioned that your mother is very artistic. Does she scrapbook as well? Or was it something you just discovered on your own?
No one in my family scrapbooks, no. My mom does lots of mixed-media, vintage sorts of projects. I just stumbled upon SBing and fell in love.
Have you ever designed scrapbooking kits based on your pages?
I have! I used to do this (along with directions) for a scrapbooking store. I loved doing it and would totally be open to doing it again, if there was enough interest.
Have you ever taught scrapbooking classes? Would you ever consider offering online classes?
I taught several classes in Waco and one in Columbus. I LOVED it. I totally want to teach more.
Have you ever considered designing your own line of scrapbook paper & embellishments?
No, I haven't...but that sounds really fun!
How do achieve the gorgeous effect on so many of your blog photos, such as the one above of the bigs? Is it an iPhone app?
Okay, this is officially the L O N G E S T blog post ever. I'd be shocked if anyone actually reads it. teehee.
There are still lots of non-crafty questions that need answering, don't think i forgot about you!