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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Things I learned on National Scrapbook Day

Thing 1:

  • 12 X 12 Pages are HUGE! I'd forgotten just how big!  When I first started scrapbooking, I couldn't even begin to imagine how one would scrapbook on anything SMALLER than 12 X 12.  I mean...I had SO many pictures! How would I EVER get them ALL scrapbooked if I used anything smaller than 12 X 12?
  • These days, when I scrapbook (which isn't very often), I think 8 X 8 is LARGER THAN LIFE!
Thing 2:
  • Taking pictures of a 12 X 12 layout is hard!!! Getting it all into focus with NO shadows is next to impossible.
Thing 3:
  • 12 X 12 scrapbooking leaves LOTS of room for journalling.  This is foreign to me now.  When I taught scrapbooking classes (before SU!), I would almost literally pound into my students' heads the need for handwritten journalling.
  • These days (thanks to my discovery of 6 X 6) most of my journalling is reduced to a date or a quick caption...sometimes I even let the photos speak for themselves - the horror!!!
Here's my 12 X 12 for the day:

The journalling reads:
  • Happy National Scrapbook Day! What does that have to do with these photos? Nothing really...except that I'm scrapbooking them on Naitonal Scrapbook Day. The photos themselves were taken on July 1st, 2004 when Jonathan had barely learned to walk, Colin still had "baby fat" and Lauren wasn't anywhere near "13 going on 30". We spent the day enjoying a country concert at Sunnyside Beach.
Products Used:
  • 12 X 12 Whisper White Textured Cardstock
  • Celebrations Designer Series Paper
  • Celebrations Quick Accents
  • 8 1/2 X 11 Real Red Cardstock, trimmed
  • Pacific Point Marker, for journalling
And now, my preferred 6 X 6 size:

To note:
  • I don't have a garden - LOL!  But when I do (we live in a high rise condo at the moment) I know I'll enjoy scrapbooking it since I much prefer taking pictures of "nature" than people. (Does that make be a bad momma?) The flowers can at least "stand still"...unlike my children. *sigh*
  • When using a set of Sizzlet Die Cuts, use lower case if the size of the combined letters will be larger than your page - OOPS!!!  Thanks goodness creative license allows for overlapping!
  • This layout uses the colours from the Stamping 411 challenge, which can be found here.
A closeup:

Design notes:
  • I stamped the flower three times and then cut it out to make the different layers.
  • The bottom layer is attached using glue dots and the next two were attached using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • I stamped the stem directly onto the Whisper White Cardstock using Pear Pizzazz ink. 
I hope you're enjoying National Scrapbook Day and that you have managed to get some scrapbooking time in!

Happy Scrappin'!

1 comment:

  1. I love the layered flower on your garden layout. Pretty. :)


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