Today I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Arizona Midday Show ! My scrapbooking theme for this segment was fun ways to scrapbook your summer. I highlighted techniques using ephemera from your summer activities as a way to make the projects fun and memorable for your kids to participate in as well. The two little frames shown here commemorate a trip to Hawaii earlier this summer as well as a favorite trip to Legoland a few years back that my son took. Creating a decorative frame is a fun and easy way to get your child involved in scrapbooking summer memories that doesn't always involve making a scrapbook page! To create the Lego frame Lego bricks were glued to a wooden frame from the dollar store using Aileene's Tacky Glue, I like this glue because it dries firm, quick and clear! The Hawaiian frame was created using another dollar store frame, some colorful brads that I snipped the legs off and the flowers from a Hawaiian Lei we got on our trip. I also used Tacky glue to adhere all the items to the frames, total production time for each frame was 30 minutes,( then another hour to allow for complete glue drying). Definitely a fun and kid-friendly project... seashells work great for this too! Speaking of seashells, sometimes it is fun to make a bumpy lumpy layout that you can frame! Alyssa had her 19th birthday at the beach this year so I created a little photo frame around her favorite birthday photo using some little beach shells from the beach. If you don't have any shells most craft stores sell shells very inexpensively in different sizes in small bags. To create the photo frame on the layout I first mounted the photo on heavy chipboard leaving about a 1/4" free edge all the way around, then used tacky glue once more to glue the shells down. I let this frame dry over night before adhering it to the layout. I used two-sided tape to adhere to the layout since it was a little heavier than my normal page elements.Using ephemera from your summer activities can be really fun on your scrapbooking projects, consider saving menues, programs, tickets,placemats anything you can copy on to paper or use as paper on your project! This summer Michael was in his first production with Actors Youth Theatre we cut up pieces of the program showing the production title as well as his actor bio to add to this quick and easy layout. Projects like this are once more easy for your children to create because by using the emphemera from the activity or the event you already have you layout embellishments ready to go, you just have to add pictures! I used this same technique to scrapbook Alyssa's birthday dinner in Carlsbad, California. We loved the Italian restaurant we ate at that night so I printed out a copy of the restaurants menu and insignia onto some parchment paper use as my embellishments All I had to do was add some journaling and photos and the layout was complete. Consider using the colorful placemat from your child's favorite restaurant in the same way! One of my favorite project ideas I shared on the show today was a quick Postcard mini book idea for adults and kids alike. When I am on vacation I always buy postcards but I rarely send them out! I buy them because I love the colorful photos of the places I am visiting. I great way to put those postcards to use is in a quick and simple mini book. Most postcards are either 4"x 6 or 6" x 8", I chose to create a simple ring binding on the side of mine using hinge rings available at most office supply stores. I punched holes and bound my book and added a few extra cardstock pages of the same dimension. Next I printed my favorite photos from this summer's beach vacation and glued them on the back of the postcards and onto the cardstock pages. All that was left to do was a some journaling on the backs of the postcards and cardstock pages. I embellished the front of the book with a label from my Dymo label make and some ribbon with a metal rimmed tag!
I know this a couple days late but definitely still worth mentioning! Every couple months lately I have had the opportunity to do small segments on the Arizona Midday show on Scrapbooking. This month, on Friday the 12th, I was asked to talk about scrapbooking your childs first year. As you all know my children are far past their first years so I had to dig into my photo archives when creating some projects as well as consult some experts I know on baby scrapbooking when pulling together the samples for my segment. The whole process actually turned out to be lots of fun. The little layout on the left uses some fun new paper from PInk Paislee and was a demonstration of a quick and easy way to get a snapshot of of your childs first year all on one scrapbook page if you really don't have it in you to create lots and lots of pages. It was fun pulling all these pictures of Alyssa who just turned 18 a couple months ago! The expert I consulted on baby scrapbooking was the darling Angie Dunn, who teaches with me at Scrapbooks etc in Mesa Arizona. Angie has taught many a class on scrapbooking your childs first year, and she was sweet enough to loan me some artwork to share on the show.
One of Angie's ideas that I just love is writing a letter to your child each month of their first year that talks about what you have noticed in their life and what you have enjoyed and pairing with one of your favorite photos from that month. Another great way to capture all the fantastic firsts that your child experiences that first year is to pre-print some journaling sheets and pair them with favorite photos each month, and use the journaling prompts to help you write down all the good stuff happening each month.
Another great idea and layout from Angie... isn't her daughter Chloe a total doll!!! After creating a project using Alyssa's baby photos I thought it would be fun to bust out some of Michael's baby photos to create an example of a simple baby album using the adorable Animal Crackers line from Making Memories... Oh my gosh this was fun product to work with!
My husband called me from a business trip the week I was working on the projects and asked me what I was working on, he totally cracked up when I told him I was working an a baby album for our baby son Michael,(Michael is now 13!). But, he wanted to see it as soon as he got home, it is really great to revisit all those photos and remember the good times. The final project I brought to the show was one I had done a couple years ago for the last Autumn Leaves book I did artwork for, Designing with Paper. It was a decorative frame that I had created for my sister Tricia to commemorate her daugher Samantha's first six months. I used ephemera and colors that worked with Samantha's bedroom scheme and glued them to a photo matt. The photo mat was paired with a inexpensive frame that I distressed and a favorite photo of Tricia's it has always been a favorite project of mine.