Monthly Archives: January 2009

More Scrapbook Soccer Pages

Soccer Scrapbook Page - Numbers

Soccer Scrapbook Page - Numbers

Yeah…so…I needed to fill that space and the big numbers worked. 🙂

Soccer Scrapbook Page 3

Soccer Scrapbook Page 3

The opposite page you’ll see the journal stamps revived and made their way into this scrapbook!

Soccer Scrapbook Pages 2

This simple 8×8 scrapbook page below could just as easily be adapted for any collage of photos.

Soccer Scrapbook Collage

Soccer Scrapbook Collage

I love how these cut down photos turned out and the action shots aren’t all bad. That font still isn’t right and I went looking all over for the perfect font for her name. It’s not gritty enough for the page and I wish even now that I had mounted them on white.

The contrast between the flourish and “soccer” is so perfect for women’s soccer, don’t you think? I liked using this rub-on here to lead your eye all the way through all the photos and the bracket frames Patti nicely.

Scrapbook Journaling – My Tips!

After yesterday’s post about journaling my thoughts and feelings I thought I’d share with you my best tip for scrapbook journaling.  This little scrapbook journaling suggestion can make all the difference:

Some thoughts on scrapbook journaling...I think that sometimes we write journaling like this: “We went to the park. We ate ham sandwiches for lunch. We slid on the slide.” That may be the most honest and accurate description of what happened, but it says nothing really about your day. Why were you at the park? Why THAT park? What made you laugh? Was it crazy because you were running up the ladder to the slide so fast to try and catch your child/brother/sibling? Do you always take your shoes off and stick your feet in the sand because it reminds you of the beach? Did you use the old picnic blanket your Mom gave you when you got married? Was it a special time just the two of you? THOSE are the things that scrapbooks are made for.

I suggest this exercise the next time you start to journal:  Write down all the who/what/when/where/why.  Then tell a friend about your photo.  What story did you just tell your friend?  Was it about how hot is was that day and how you ran in the sprinklers to cool off long enough to slide down the slide?  Whatever you told your friends is the real-life story you should journal on your page.  Add the location and the date in a note somewhere else.

Soccer Scrapbook Pages 8×8

A few years ago I started 8×8 scrapbooks for my sister-in-laws. They are not very easy to buy for and I thought that this would be a nice thoughtful gift that we could give. This year the soccer star Patti got these pages from me. I took a little trip to see a few games in Colorado and had a chance to catch these moments and try out the sports mode on my camera.

Scrapbook Soccer Page 1

Scrapbook Soccer Page 1

I like using big photos. Big photos can show the size and scope of something that you don’t get from a 4×6. Don’t get me wrong, I print a lot of those too, but I find that I am now printing a lot more 5×7, 8×10, and wallets. Notice that one whole page of this double layout is only photo. I wanted to set off the gloriousness of the location on it’s own. In this little 8×8 scrapbook it was easy to do.

My journaling on this page was a little more personal too. It was a special thing to get to watch Patti play and I didn’t want to put Place/Date again, so I thought about what I was feeling that day and what it meant to me personally. I tried to reflect on our relationship and note the things that made me feel close to her and made her special in my mind.

Altered Mailbox – Valentine’s Day

This altered mailbox is perfect for stuffing Valentine’s in, giving Valentine’s, giving cookies, using for a bridal shower, or wedding. I loved making it and it was just so much fun.

I’m happy to announce that it is also for sale in my shop — www.sugarbearcreations.etsy.com — if you would like to purchase or request a custom mailbox. Enjoy!

Altered Valentine's Mailbox from the side

Altered Valentine's Mailbox from the side

Altered Mailbox Details

Altered Mailbox Details

Altered Mailbox

Altered Mailbox

Altered Mailbox Back

Altered Mailbox Back

These boxes are great.  At 5×7 size these boxes can be covered using just a few pieces of paper.  Utilize pop dots when you create yours to give depth and dimension to your own altered mailbox!

A new use for an old thing…

Tool Tray

This tray for scrapbook tools came from my kitchen!  I cleaned out my utensil drawer and got rid of this organizer–it wasn’t helping to organize anything!  I put this kitchen drawer organizer to good use by organizing my current scrapbook tools-those must-have items while making a page.

I started using this tool tray last week.  I am constantly losing my scissors and adhesive under papers and pages so when I work I put things back in here and I can find them.  It also helps with easy clean up (I can just pop all the tools in there while I wipe off the table) and mobility.  I can grab my tray of scrapbook tools and scrapbook while I watch TV or work in another part of my craftie space.

I suggest that you look around house for unused or poorly used organizing items that you could use to organize your supplies!

Obsessed with Stamps!

These new Inchies by Inkadinkadoo look so cute. Can’t you just picture them…a group of three lined up on a card, punched into a circle and accenting a page in the perfect matching ink, a custom background for your scrapbook page….

Sorry, I got lost in thought there for a minute.

I have been thinking about these stamps since I saw them a week ago. My general shopping rule is…once you’ve said “Gee, I could really use that on this page” more than three times…it’s time to buy! Might be visiting the store today…