Knowing I was about to drive and drive and drive, I was excited to put a sketch together so that we (you & I) could get a layout done quickly and happily! I had so much fun making my gallery layout this month, that I thought if I made it into a sketch then I could remake it into another layout without it looking just like the first.
Here is a reminder what my layout looked like.
This might have been the easiest sketch to make ever with its lovely little boxes.
And here is the layout it made!
I tipped the layout on its side and used many more photos than papers and didn't really add much journaling. I was simply mad that I was able to get 6 full body shots on one layout! So very happy.
I hope you will give this sketch a try! Please let us know if you do. And if you are looking for a layered template, you may click below and buy one for a mere 99 little pennies!
Hello from the road! I am currently sitting in the passenger seat of our SUV having already driven 3000 miles since our departure on June 28th. We have stayed in one adequate hotel, one incredibly scary hotel, my sister's house, her neighbor's camper trailer, my in-laws basement (whilst they are in Spain for 18 months), my sister-in-law's air conditioned home (phew! finally, some air!) and tonight we will hopefully find a cheap hotel in a safe area of Kearney NE, before continuing on down the road toward home. All told, we will log more than 4500 miles. We have eaten drive through, home cooked, and tried to fit in our pants after eating all the foods we miss having left home. We have seen my parents, my sister, her husband, and their three kids; my husband's brothers, sisters, brother-in-law, and five of our cousins. Not to mention friends and loved ones. It has been a whilrlwind adventure.
In fourteen days of vacation, I can amass hundreds of photos. And then I get home. I quickly download, separate into folders, label the folders, and then become overwhelmed. COMPLETELY overwhelmed. So the photos sit. Sometimes I get to a mini book, but more often than not, the photos just accumulate "dust" on my hard drive.
And I thought this would probably be one of those trips.
But no. This year, as we began, my Richard told me that someone that he works with suggested we keep an instagram travelogue. "Wouldn't that be great?" he says? "Then we would have an album for our trip."
Part of my wanted to give him my stinkiest stink eye and say, "What do you think I do with all those photos I take when we travel? Don't you remember I scrapbook them?
But then I remembered, I don't really.
Only in my mind do I.
So instead, I swallowed my pride, and said, "Oh my! What a great idea! Let's do that!" And it was decided. And because it was his idea, he has been completely onboard. Every stop, every meal, every person--he has made sure it has all been recorded. Without any fight, trouble, or complaining!
Thus far, we have more than 200 photos logged. Anytime we get in the car, I work on a few. And before I go to bed at night, I make sure the day's photos are uploaded and commented upon.
(For now, I have been uploading in chronological order, figuring I can switch up the order later if I decide to go topical.)
Here is a sample of our album.
Now, on this final few days driving home, I am writing up a few more notes about our trip. Things that don't really have a photo but are noteworthy even still. As soon as I get home, I am going to send off the instapics and have them bound into a book. Easiest peasiest ever.
A couple of lessons learned:
we started a new instagram account for this endeavor so that we didn't inundate any of our followers with 25-30 pictures a day.
only use one phone. it's a pain to figure out which photos came when if you need to merge more than one.
that said, if someone else's phone has a shot you missed, have them email it to you. then you can add it in. My texting doesn't let me save it to my phone pics.
it's easy to lose steam, but don't! If you find you have a day with slim photos, take a couple of extras the next day.
try to take a photo at the end of the day, or the beginning of the day, that will serve as a natural indicator of a day change as you are looking through your albums.
don't leave out the silly ones! our lives and our vacations aren't perfect. it's fun to remember some of the chaos too! (See that photo in the lower right hand corner? That's me hiding under a blanket as my newly permitted (learners) driver drives 75 mph...)
I'm excited to have an album done and to have the pressure of scrapbooking hundreds of layouts alleviated. I hope this might give you an idea, too!
I love these summertime daily assignments because I'm free to create whatever I would like, with any products in my stash. My most recent purchase is this Maggie Alpha set by Studio Calico. So naturally, I gravitate toward this new item and am super inspired to use the stamps for my next project—the layout below:
I created a background paper with the stamps and some "Surfin' USA" lyrics by the Beach Boys. It was a fairly time consuming undertaking, but well worth the result!
To create the background, I grabbed some blue and aqua colored Gelatos, a mini mister, an acrylic block, and my new stamps. I arranged a couple letters on the acrylic block at a time and sprayed lightly with water. Then, I colored on the stamps with the Gelatos and then pressed the block down on the page for a cool watercolor effect. Once I made it all the way down the page, I misted the cardstock with more water and splattered some Mister Huey's to blend everything together. I blotted the page with paper towels and sped up the drying time by using a heat tool. Once dry, I grabbed a turquoise shade of chalk ink and stamped with the thinner alphas on top of the wider alphas. And there you have it—a fun, custom background paper.
If you try this technique, I'd love to see it! Link up in the comments section.
Hi everyone! It's Aliza here today to talk about some ideas for scrapbook pages, namely, documenting transitions. There are lots of big, noticeable transitions that you are probably already documenting in your childrens' lives; the beginning and (more recently) the end of the school year; learning to ride a two-wheeler; learning to drive. The list goes on and on. Often these transitions are events for which we have our cameras at the ready.
But, often there are slight changes in our children's attitude, personality, and interests that let us know that they are getting bigger, and older, and turning into full fledged people. As a parent, it's fun and exciting to see these changes happening, but they are a little harder to capture on film. But a scrapbook page is the perfect place to get it down.
My husband and I occassionally commented between ourselves that our older son was turning into a funny and confident , dare I say, young man. When a few teachers and family friends made the same observation, I decided to write it down. I think I had the story in my head for a while until I found the pictures that I needed to tell it.
My younger son is twelve, which I guess makes him officially a tween. Sometimes I see traces of a teenage attitude peeking out, and other times he is still innocent and playful in the way he always has been.
I love that scrapbooking gives us a place to capture these ephemeral moments, awkward and messy though they may be, before they are gone.
The fact that we get to capture these moments with deliciously fun, large, script word stickers is just icing on the cake.