Scrapbook Sunday

If you caught my blog post yesterday and watched the video you already saw today's scrapbook page.  It was one of the make-n-takes for Regionals.  If you didn't read yesterday, you may want to click here to go there now.  I'm giving away BLOG CANDY.  :)

I've been a scrapbooker for most of my life.  Growing up I would add stickers or stationary to my photo albums. (remember the kind that had sticky pages with a clear film you would peel off?)    You could also say I've had a love for pretty paper forever.  I still enjoy getting pretty cards, pens and stationery as gifts.  I love looking through office supply stores for fun post-it notes and journals.  You get the idea.  

After I had my first son scrapbooking was my main "craft" focus.  It became very important to me to document his life.  At the time I asked my SU demonstrator how to add stamps to my scrapbooks and if SU products were safe.  I wanted ideas and inspiration.  She told me she wasn't much of a scrapbooker.  I searched for another demonstrator who could help me, but never really found one.  Last weekend was the first time I had somebody really show me how to mesh the two worlds.  I've done some sponging on my mats on my own, but here is what I learned just by making this page.

1. Use ink in the same color as your background cardstock with a graphic image to make your own background paper.   (note- for an even subtler effect use versamark.  This is also a great alternative if you don't have ink to match your cardstock.)
2. Stamp your title on a strip of paper and cut one (or both) end(s) to make a banner.  The banner can go across your page or tuck under your picture.   (It would be great to have little banners sticking out from different pictures of family that say things like, dad, brother, friend, aunt, etc.)
3. Add color to your page by stamping various geometric shapes onto a neutral paper, such as newsprint/ Special Edition DSP.   Stamp off for a lighter touch.  Use colors that are in your papers and/or pictures.

4. Add texture and interest by embossing elements on your page, such a banner, border or mat.

5. Have all your paper, ink and embellishments come from the same company so they coordinate.  (Ok, so this is just my own perfectionist thing, but it is one of the reason I wanted to learn how to use SU in my scrapbooks.  All their products coordinate so beautifully!
I learned all these things just by creating a make-n-take.  Imagine what I could do if someone would actually teach me how to use SU to scrapbook.  :) 

Creative Blessings,
Heather North

Clockworks Clear-Mount Stamp Set

One in a Million Clear-Mount Stamp Set
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Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons
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Nathalia O'Connell said...

Wow, Heather, thanks for the great tips! And I'm just like you, I love shopping at office supply stores and Halmark for pretty stationery!

CraftySarcasm said...

Oh yes . . . I do recognize this layout from Regionals. Very nice.