A – Z challenge: S is for…

S is for scrapbooking.

Scrapbooking is too big a topic to cover in one post, but I’d like to give you a little overview of it. I’ve mentioned it before in my ‘J is for journalling’ and ‘M is for memories’ posts, so do have a nosey at those if you haven’t already. I enjoy scrapbooking because it enables you to put your favourite photos into a nicer setting than a standard album. You can personalise, embellish and journal around the photos, adding to them and giving more detail to the event. In years to come, scrapbooked photos will be the ones that are looked back on more often than loose ones, as they can bring sharper focus to your memories of the event.

There are many types of scrapbook. Here are just a few.

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The silver tin in the right of the picture is a mini-scrapbook-in-a-tin. It’s still a work in progress (as is so much of my stuff!) so I can’t show you the insides yet (but I will once it’s done, I promise!). The pinky one next to it is the Family History scrapbook I made for my parents. The pages are 8″x8″, a lovely size for scrapbooking a single good sized photo, or several small ones. The big blue one at the back is a standard 12″x12″ album. It’s a large canvas to work on, and can be daunting if, like me, you’re used to card-making on a much smaller scale. The benefits of 12×12 though are that you can easily fit more than one good sized photo on if you should wish, and there is so much scope for different layouts and embellishments. Scrapbooking paper is usually sold in the 12″x12″ size,too. A (very) small selection of mine is below (I couldn’t lift the rest!).

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There are so many styles of scrapbooking paper available – you can get very decorative pieces like those above (with glitter on too – fab!), or much plainer ones. Try to choose something to match the tone of the photos you’re scrapbooking. Bright papers for kiddie pics are great, but not so suitable for scrapbooking your Gran’s 80th. Unless you have a very funky Gran of course!

Ferreting around in my scrapbook paper file, I discovered this. I forgot I had it, although I don’t know how, it’s so gorgeous! The problem with having such lovely papers is that it’s really difficult to start using them!

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Once you ‘ve got the scrapbooking bug, you start looking at your photos in a different light, even while you’re taking them. My son was in the bath one night, pulling funny faces at me. I grabbed my phone and started taking pictures of him. I plan to make a ‘many faces of Isaac’ page. Here is where I’m at so far…

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…which isn’t very far at all! I’m planning on matting the photos onto card (although I have yet to decide what colour card), then I can arrange a layout, some journalling, and I think I have a couple of bath themed embellishments knocking about which I can incororate. Once it’s done, I’ll put a picture up, and link back here, so you can see the ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots!

I’m quite sure I’ll be writing more about scrapbooking in the future, but if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see me cover, do let me know.

A – Z challenge: J is for…

J is for journalling.

Journalling is the art of writing on a scrapbooking page.

I recently made my parents a very special family history scrapbook. I used family photos going back 4 generations in some cases, and managed to find out lots of info about them from my dad, who has researched our family tree in great detail. The difficulty came in getting the information down on the page. Stamping each letter would be extremely time consuming and using sticky letters very expensive, so writing it by hand is the most sensible option. However, the final result of this depends enormously on how neat your handwriting is!

So, I used my journalling bible, The Scrapbookers Handwriting Workshop

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which provides a variety of fonts that you can practice writing and use for journalling or headings on your work.

I have used this book over and over again, not just on scrapbooking pages, but also on cards and ATCs.

One of my favourite pages in the family history scrapbook is probably the simplest:

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This is my Grandad, who when offered a beer, would always say ‘just a small one’. The font used here is called Easy Peasy and is very simple looking, perfect for a simple layout.

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I used the French Manicure font to journal the heading of this page of my Grandad’s retirement (I’m in this photo somewhere, can you spot me?!). It’s a bit more substantial, which is good as it’s the main wording focus (the names around the edges are my own handwriting).

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I used a more elaborate font, Strawberry Fields, combined with the very neat Society, on this page about my great-grandparents.

The very first thing I used my new journalling skills on was this made-from-scratch Birthday Book.

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It takes a while to get the hang of writing on a different style, but the book shows clearly how to form each letter, and offers practice pages. This way you can write each letter repeatedly, and get used to the style of each font.

I have found this little book indispensable, and well worth the money. It is far and away the most used book in my crafting library.