Memory Keeping, Scrapbooking

Scrapbook Process Video: Our Little Gandalf

This week I created another 12×12 layout that will go in my daughter’s Love Letters album.

I’m going to be honest and say I’m letting my nerd flag fly in this layout (because Gandalf is seriously awesome, and there’s nothing like a 1-year old with a giant stick to make me think of an old wizard and his staff), but that’s exactly the kind of thing I want my daughter to know about her mom, and that’s why I think these love letter layouts are so important.

A scrapbook layout and YouTube process video featuring the Jolly Holiday kits from Studio Calico. Lots of scrapbooking tips, techniques, and inspiration!

Check out the full process video for all the details, the story behind the photos, and a closer look at the journaling.

Your turn! Do you write lengthy journaling at times, like I do, or do you prefer to keep it simple and succinct?

Memory Keeping, Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking Process & Tutorial: Frame A Beautiful Face

I had this gorgeous photo of my parents, taken when they were dating, way back in 1978. They were walking through Dracula’s Castle in Romania, where they’re both from (and where I was born). They stopped to set up the camera on a timer (who knew cameras had timer features back then?) and then captured this magical moment of the two of them frozen in time, poised for a kiss.

I adore this photo. I’ve been wanting to scrapbook it for a while now, and I’m thrilled to have finally had the opportunity to do it.

Immediately, I knew I wanted to draw my viewer’s attention directly to their bright and beautiful faces. So that was my inspiration for creating this layout.

A scrapbook layout and YouTube process video featuring the Jolly Holiday kits from Studio Calico. Lots of scrapbooking tips, techniques, and inspiration!

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Memory Keeping, Project Life, Tutorials

A Step-By-Step Look at How I Select my Project Life Photos for the Week

Last week, I posted a video showing you my step-by-step process for going through a week’s worth of iPhone videos and figuring out which to toss, which to keep – and of course, how to organize those.

But even once I have all my photos in folders, there are too many great pictures for me to include in a single week’s Project Life spread. So then comes the fun part: choosing the ones I want to incorporate into my spread that week. I should mention that I tend to err on the side of printing too many photos rather than not enough. I don’t mind having leftover photos – I tend to decide as I work through the spread which of the photos will make it in, and which won’t. (As for the ones that don’t, I simply use punches on those and cut out smaller sections to use in my planner.)

In today’s video, I once again take you, step-by-step, through my entire process.

I hope you enjoy this peek into my process! So tell me, how do you go about selecting your Project Life photos?

Memory Keeping, Project Life, Scrapbooking, Tutorials

A Step-By-Step Look at How I Handle a Week’s Worth of iPhone Pics

Let’s face it – we’re all drowning in photos, right?

I don’t know about you, but I typically take hundreds of photos every single week. I have a feeling your numbers aren’t far off from mine. And then we wonder why we’re so overwhelmed when it comes to choosing the “best” photos to scrapbook.

Seriously, is it any wonder that some of us are completely paralyzed by the idea of going into our digital storage folders and figuring out what photos to pull out?

Well, I hope today’s video will help you with that. I filmed my process for dealing with a week’s worth of iPhone photos. I promise I didn’t leave anything out. Come along with me as I prune my photos (you can see the good ones, the bad ones, and the really terrible ones), and then as I organize them into folders that will make each photo easily accessible to me later.

How do you organize your digital photos? Does your system look anything like mine?

Memory Keeping, Reviews, Scrapbooking

Die Cut Club – May 2016 – Review

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a lovely lady named Melinda, who runs the Die Cut Club. She was wondering whether I’d be willing to receive the May 2016 subscription package in exchange for an honest review. It sounded great, so I agreed.

The package arrived a couple of days ago, and I dove into it on camera. I must say, I wasn’t disappointed!

Die Cut Club May 2016 Review

The kit description states you’ll receive between 10 and 15 die cuts, but I ended up with a whopping 24! These were super cute, and this month included lots of florals, some hearts, butterflies, and cute figures like pandas and adorable children. Continue Reading