Hey, guys! This week I’m starting a new feature, Scrapbook Sundays. Each time I’ll just share the random projects I’ve been working on, big and small. I have a pretty epic goal this year to get caught up on my family photo books. I’ve already got a pretty decent start (completed marriage year 1 and have my photos fairly organized, finally!), but the thing I’ve realized I’m missing is the weekly habit of making time to work on my books.
Maybe some of you feel the same way?
I’m hoping my new Sunday feature will be a way for us to stay motivated together. So let’s grab a cup of coffee and talk about scrapbooking. Shall we?
Today I want to teach you to create cards for your pocket pages that look like watercolor paintings made with stamping ink!
2-3. Smear ink on the acrylic block. 4. Spray water on your inked block until the colors begin to run together. 5. It should look like this. 6. Press a white cardstock card on the stamping block.
Tip: If you don’t have a stamping block, you can use any plastic surface that is wipeable. A piece of packaging would work just as well!
I decided to start my Costa Rica pages because the watercolor impressions reminded me of a tropical vacation. As a bonus, it was REALLY fun to go back through our Costa Rica photos.
I used my new alphabet stamps to stamp the title across two cards. I also did a little bit of stamping on the other cards, used one square for journaling and added the date. All in all, it was a pretty simple page to create, and I love how the watercolor prints mix with the black and white photos.
A note about album size—over the summer I designed an album system for the ABM shop that will be out after the new year. The size is 9″ x 12″ and ever since I made that choice, I’ve been making all my pages in that size even though I don’t have any albums in yet. 🙂 I love the format, especially since I don’t like to crop my photos to squares, and I use a LOT of full page photos.
I’ll share much more about the album system after I start to receive samples. I can’t wait to show you. It was one of the funnest things to design for the shop so far!
Next up, I printed a full page photo for the next page (9″ x 12″). I blocked off space down the center to add stamping and journaling. I probably didn’t really need these guides because I’m OK with “eyeballing it”, but they were helpful.
First I stamped a bunch of words all the way down the page. Then I filled in all the gaps with handwritten memories. They are random. I didn’t plan anything before I started writing. There may be a spelling error (please don’t tell me if there is—I don’t want to know). And I LOVE the look of it!
Here’s the completed page. I think the key here was using a really simple photo. This photo was kinda boring before I added the stamps and handwriting. That’s the type of photo to look for if you want to create a similar page. 🙂
-stamping inks, alphabet stamp, pen: A Beautiful Mess (coming soon!!)
-handwriting stamps: Ali Edwards
-doodle stamps: Ashley G/Studio Calico (I think they’re sold out.)
-photos printed with Canon PIXMA iP8720
And here are both pages together. I’m happy with how they pair together and now even MORE excited to get our new albums in the mail. Hopefully by the time they arrive, I’ll have lots and lots of pages ready for albums!
Wanna talk about goals?
So my big goal is to catch up on our family books this year. We’re looking forward to starting a family in the near future (not pregnant), and so I feel like this is my window to get caught up. Now, I will say that even though catching up is my goal, it doesn’t have to be your goal. Maybe you just want to make some photo books for fun? Or just do one important album like a wedding? Those are great goals.
So after I realized that I am a crazy person and need to have all our albums done, I made a list of all the books I thought I might want to make. I did this on a flight one day. That list includes an album of our dating years, an album for our wedding, an album for each year we’ve been married (we’re in our fourth year now), and a few other occasions that I have a lot of photos from like Emma’s wedding. I also want to make an album about our current home with before/after photos because we dig through our cell phones to show everybody who comes to our house what we started with.
So yeah, I’ve got my work cut out for me. And even more importantly than getting “caught up”, I want to enjoy the process of making a home for our memories. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for so long, and put off. So the last thing I want to do is rush through it and make it into a chore. I want to enjoy it! That’s half the fun, right?
Alright! I’ll be back again next Sunday to talk about paper and scissors and photos. Hope your week is already off to a great start! Elsie
Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson.