Monday, July 11, 2011

It Needs More Color!

Back in the middle of June, I tried my second scrapbook page.  The first layout I did was for an old visit to Liberty Science Center.  I had fun doing that one, so I thought, "It won't be that difficult to do another one."  Instead of attempting a trip (I have 2 Disney trips I'd like to eventually scrap!), I figured I'd scrap whatever pictures I liked.  I immediately thought about the first picture that Howard and I took after we got back together in 2008.  This was after our church's encore performance of the coffeehouse.


Well, it looked a lot better in my head than it did when I was done with it.  I initially thought that I didn't have to use many papers and that I could just use plain white 12x12 cardstock as the base.  Um, I think I see why people use colors and patterned papers now!  It looks boring with out it!  Despite how plain it looks, I am happy that I attempted another layout because I need to practice before tackling any bigger projects.  

I'm very glad that I now have a Gypsy because I'm going to be welding letters like there's no tomorrow!  It'll make dealing with scrapbook page titles easier.  Plus, I don't know much about sizes, so at least I can what it'll look like on the Gypsy!  

Just like I use sketches to make cards that differ from my typical same ol' same ol' cards, I think I need to use some sketches for scrapbook pages too.  The only thing is that I want to have more room for journaling than what most people do.  I used a journal template for what I wrote because I wouldn't want to write it freely because it'd be too messy.  I also want to fit more pictures on a page if necessary.  I'm not an embellishment kind of girl because these will be going into page protectors.  

I guess it's all about learning and practicing, right?  Anyway, as weird as it seems, this plain page actually makes me happy because I think about how it'll look years from now after I HOPEFULLY get better at it!  Any suggestions?  Any scrapbookers out there?

10 comments:

  1. I made my first and only attempt at scrapbooking for my 1st anniversary for Randhal & myself. Because I'm crazy, I saved everything from every time that we went out [even if it wasn't a date-date but just reg trip to Panera or getting breakfast at a diner]. My headings were the months of the year and fortunately, we were really into taking pics of ourselves for each "month-versary" so I had enough to make a scrapbook. If only I had my Cricut back then - maybe I'll scan some pages and show you one day!

    I didn't have a lot of journaling in mine so I like that yours has reading material so other ppl can appreciate it & know the significance of each picture.

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  2. @kay: I'd love to see that scrapbook! I think before the Cricut came along, scrapbooking might have been a lot more "fun" in that things didn't have to look a certain way. I remember I thought I'd get into scrapbooking with all of my crazy scissors and some card stock, and that was it! Haha, I never really DID get into it, but now I'd like to what with all the tools I have on handd!

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  3. i am drooling over your blog header. LOL! very sweet layout and wonderful details!

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  4. @Alice: Thanks! I think my scrapbooking still needs a lot of work, but I had to start somewhere! And sushi is rather AWESOME! I actually haven't had any in a while; that should be fixed!

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  5. Rachel, it's fine. I love it. You have the gift for the details even though you don't like how it makes it from your head to your book. Scrap on!

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  6. @Rollerskate: Thanks, Jackie! I hope that this is just the starting point, and it gets at least a little bit better than this!

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  7. @The Accidental Wallflower: Thanks! It's not as good as your stuff, Lindsey! Your baby book is fantastic!

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  8. What a fun second-time-around scrapbook page! Your journaling is great. You have a gift with words, so keep telling your story. There are so many blogs out there with great scrapbooking ideas, so pick out what works for you but don't lose your individuality. I look forward to seeing more pages from you.

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  9. @Cheryl: Thanks! I do think more in terms of words than with creativity, so that's why I think journaling will always be an important part of my pages. Plus, I love readings captions on photos, so I think it should be on scrapbook pages too. Thank you for your encouragement and, of course, the inspiration from YOUR blog!

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