Friday, April 24, 2009

Mini Scrapbook Albums 1

Why create mini scrapbook albums?
Because they are fun to make, using lots of your creative gene to fit things, re-purpose boxes, containers or invent your own form of albums.
Why use mini pre-made scrapbook albums?
  • Mini premade albums make for a fun presentation.

    Mini albums are smaller in size, making it easy to carry around.

  • Mini scrapbooks can help you focus on a specific subject, as in: our vacation in Hawaii, our trip to Washington, a day at the park, etc.

  • Because of their varied shapes and sizes, mini premade scrapbooks have the surprise effect, making them a unique creation that draws the eye in, searching for treasures.

  • Help the environment by re-purposing boxes, containers and other paper (or plastic, or metal) products, re-using them and preventing waste. Below you can see a tin can mini scrapbook album.

  • Stay green and archival - make sure the materials you use (or, if the album is a pre-made one, materials that were used for you) are archival (acid and lignin free).

  • Connect shape and subject for a more focused message. For example, if your subject is your love of coffee, why not make the album from paper cups or jackets?

Next time I'll bring more samples of mini scrapbooks albums, premade for your photo fun.

If you'd like to see something in particular or have a question, let me know.

Happy Friday,


Friday, April 17, 2009

About Color

OK, it's time I wrote something about my passion for color. I LOVE color. I can spend forever and a half at the paint isle in hardware stores, collecting the little swatches along with my kids; When it's time for clean up I volunteer to put the crayons away because it's such fun doing it :) I can stand in front of the nail polish stand at the nail salon long minutes, until my friend protests or help me choose one (why pick just one?); and I haven't even got to what happens to my budget at the scrapbook stores, with all those rich, vibrant cradstock variety, the yummy patterned papers and embellishments. I usually spend more than I should and buy more than I need...and that leads to stocks of scraps! Scraps I stash and vow to use one day... That day kept slipping by and the stock of colorful, patterned papers piled up too high for my space so I had to do something. In the layout below I used some of my colorful scraps to create a colorful layout of our trip to Maui, Hawaii.

Sorting through all those Maui photos I suddenly realized the light there is just great and the lushes nature scene colors every photos in vibrant, live colors.
Until next Friday, stay healthy and Happy, seize the day and keep scrapping!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Passover Scrapbook Layouts for you

It's Passover. I'm filled with Matzah and extra calories, collecting photos from everyone who took them in the past two nights. I just LOVE Passover. The getting together, the cleaning, the creative cooking (gluten free)...

I used to be envious of the new lines of scrapbook papers and embellishments that came in the market every Christmas, etc. Now I know better - the no-Jewish-themes give me more creative freedom!

So here is a Passover layout for you from the photos I got:

Friday, April 3, 2009

Oddly shaped scrapbooks

Even more fun than the usual albums that are book-like, the oddly shaped scrapbook albums are fun to play with! You can have your memories on an accordion fold, in a tin can:

Have your vacation memories pop up at you from a hand made box:
Tie your 'origami' memories with a nice bow in this squash album:

Have you made any fun odd looking scrapbook? Please add a comment to share with us!

Books I liked

  • A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
  • Almost any book by David Grossman
  • Charlie and Lola books by Lauren Child
  • Clean and Simple Scrapbooking by Cathy Zeilske
  • Creation Companion by Betty Higins
  • Great Design Using Non Traditional Materials by Wendy Lyonsand Sheree Clarck
  • Handmade Cards by Anne Akers Johunson
  • Life Lines by Carol Wingert and Tena Sprenger
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • People of The Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • Thinking of You by Making Memories


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