My ultimate goal for this blog is to share my designs, layouts and ideas for scrapbooking with others who find as much enjoyment in this craft as I do. I have visited so many blogs and websites that have inspired many designs of my own that I wanted to try and do the same in return. So here we go, my first attempt at sharing my ideas.
I created an 8×8 album of our family trip to Duluth, MN. We love to visit this historic town on Lake Superior. However, we are usually there for a hockey tournament and it’s usually winter. In Duluth, winter means about 20 degrees colder than our hometown near the Twin Cities. And the wind that comes off the lake…brrrrr. This year we went for a hockey tournament, but it was SUMMER!!! I couldn’t believe our good fortune. We really enjoyed this trip and I found the 8×8 album size to be ideal. It’s prefect for a theme or vacation. Here are some of the pages…
This is the front cover. Instead of using a photo, I altered paper to match the album theme and inked a chipboard “d” and stickers for the remaining letters.
The famous lift bridge can be seen in these photos. I was enamoured with chipboard at this time so the circles are chipboard covered with coordinating papers. I used sandpaper to smooth and slightly distress the edges. *Tip: no need to spend a lot on distressing tools. I went to Home Depot and bought regular sandpaper in the smallest grit available. I spent about $2 and have probably a lifetime supply. Just cut small pieces off of the large strips. It bends easily and enables you to get into small crevises.
This is a rare photo of my hubby and I. My youngest daughter took this photo while we toured a coal ship docked on the pier. I was so proud of her…we both have heads!
We bought huge s’mores candy apples at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory. Yum! While working on this page I just couldn’t find anything I liked to go with the photo. Then I found this terrific textured paper. I initially overlooked it at the store because the front side had wide stripes of a darker green all across it. Then I turned it over and ta-da! It makes the page so much more intersting.
During a lunch of pizza and soda the kids took some time out to play games. To add a little dimension I cut out some paisleys from leftover scraps and added them as you would a sticker or diecut. The green paisley on the boys page is matted in blue and attached with foam dots.
While touring the coal ship my daughter decided to treat me like the paparazzi.
While my third child couldn’t be bothered to pose, my hubby went straight for the captains spot. (Again with the chipboard.)
I borrowed the idea for this layout from a product catalog. I like how it’s simple, but also shows lots of color. The photos were taken from our hotel balcony and the coal ship can be seen behind the boys.
Thanks for taking a look at my first big post! I’m looking forward to sharing more.