When I first started the On Y Go! Stampng blog back in June, my sister asked me if I would share scrapbook ideas. Of course I said "Yes!" And yet, three months later, today is my first scrapbook-centered post.
Scrapbooking was my first papercrafting adventure. I love to create beautiful things, and scrapbooking gave me a reason to create and keep what I'd made. Scrapbooking serves a long-term purpose of allowing me to preserve my memories and have an inviting way to share them with my kids, relatives, and friends. When I started stamping, I eventually moved more heavily into cards, but scrapbooking still holds a special place in my heart.
However, except for the school albums I finished for each of my kids when they graduated high school, I haven't done much scrapbooking in recent years. I've been overwhelmed by the idea of organizing all my old boxes of photos and figuring out where I left off. And, since getting a smartphone with a decent camera, I haven't been doing a very good job of saving and organizing my digital photos either. It's a little overwhelming!
So, I decided I just needed to jump into chronicling some recent events. I pulled my vacation photos from this summer and my photos from last Christmas, and I ordered prints from Shutterfly. Then I realized, it's fall and I really wanted to do a fall page. Not wanting to place another Shutterfly order for a handful of prints, I printed these myself on copy paper and will replace them after I make my next print order.
This summer, my sister passed down her Cricut which she had gotten as a handy-me-down from my Mom. I finally pulled it out and used it for the first time to create the title with the Printing 101 cartridge. I cut the letters from the See a Silhouette background paper and I cut the shadow from Mossy Meadow cardstock. I trimmed pieces of the honeycomb background paper in the See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper pack and added it as texture on the corners and center of the pages.
I had a lot of fun making this two page spread and remembering this fun trip to the orchard with my grown-up kiddo. Now on to getting those vacation and Christmas photos onto pages!
Heidi Collins, Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator
I have been stamping, scrapbooking, and paper crafting for over 20 years, and I love helping others explore the joy of making beautiful projects for yourself and others.
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