Thursday, January 16, 2014

Photo Pocket Page Scrapbooking

Hello scrappy friends,
I have some photos about my Photo Page scrapbooking. I like it a little better now since I found out about We R Memory Keepers Photo Page Protectors which you can purchase at my store http://stores.legacymemoriesinc.com. They offer more "open spaces" to be creative in ways other than journaling cards. I also now own a Vagabond Embosser/Cutter and am trying that out on some embellishments and die shapes. It doesn't feel like such a big production to create some shapes etc for the pages. I have filled up four 12x12 ring binders with pages of photos. I am now up to the older family photos. Thankfully We R offers a 12x12 page that is 9 4x4 pockets. The older black and whites are that size and slide right in there. Makes me a very happy Photo Aficionado (or however you spell it).
Here's some of my favorite photo pages from this summer:
 Our granddaughter has a new "big" girl car seat. This pocket page has 3 places for 6x4 photos and a large 6x12 spot for more creativity or a bigger photo.
 This pocket page has 4- 4x6 pockets and one 4x12 pocket. I added some journaling on a card on the one bottom photo. It was an empty space on the photo.
 This is the same pocket page I chose big words put in the large pocket space and then I picked a tag and stamped the date on it. I'm forever wanting to know dates. The photos speak for themselves. Cute!
I photographed this one to show you that I used a sheet that has all 3x4 pockets with the exception of one. I put my favorite photo in the 4x6 pocket and then I took the other photos and cut them to 3x4 size but matched them together so they look like one photo. This is a Project Life Becky Higgins Packet page. I added some mats and embellished some journaling mats also. Easy peasy!
This page is 8-1/2 x 11. I used it because it had pockets for vertical photos. It has 2-3x4 pockets, 2-vertical 4x6 and 2-horizontal 4x6. I shortened up the 2 vertical photos and added a mat background with a splash and sandels to break up the photos a bit. The top left is the title mat and the middle 3x4 is journaling as is probably obvious. These pockets are Becky Higgins project life. I have them at my store legacymemoriesinc.com

Saturday, October 5, 2013

It's Saturday and I want to review how I have come along on my project life. Well, mine isn't a project life. I'm putting in pictures from years gone by. As I'm trying to catch up to this year with them I'm reliving lots of times. I love photos. I'm so glad I wrote on the photos some of the particulars and that some of them are coming back to me. To give you an example, our granddaughter had this funny thing she could do with her upper lip which was to move it back and forth and not move her lower jaw. It was a sort of humming sound kind of like a humming bird. I had forgotten that until I was adding in these photos. What fun to try to do it myself...still can't. She was so cute doing that motion well she is cute no matter what she does (gramma).
I'm so happy for the paper companies who have embraced the journaling cut outs that they include with their packs. I have been happily cutting those out and putting them in my stash to sort through later. I have purchased a couple desk top sorters (suggestion from a Big Picture Class Teacher) to put them in and to keep them handy when I'm scrapping. I added in some scissors and ruler and I keep my cutters close at hand as well as my tape glider and Zig Glue pens. I also have some washii tape in them as well. On the Becky Higgins style pages someone suggested taping the tops with washii tape to keep the photos contained. The photos like to fall out when moved around or heaven forbid your photo book gets turned upside down. Mine have fallen out a couple times and that is a big pain. I also put my extra empty pocket pages in a D-ring photo book separated by dividers for each type of page so I can easily find the pocket page I want. We R Memory Keepers are my favorite. Did I already say that... 
Persnickety Prints-- I've ordered photos on two types of paper. One is photographic paper that is nice but too thin for me. So I ordered cardstock last time. They round the corners for you if you request it. I like the weight of the cardstock, they have a nice smooth matte finish but they warned me that some clarity would be lost and they were correct. They also seem a bit darker. Now I'm stuck. I guess I will put in a phone call to them and see what I can do next. Their package arrives quickly and so far I'm happy with them over all and if you have Instagram photos to print they do it!
My electronic cutter has been the best at cutting out the papers I want to add to the albums. I use the Cricut Craft Room on line and arrange the sizing I want on the virtual mat and then cut. I have four pages created for cuts now that I've saved (yes I can save them) and with the purchase of the new Artbooking Cartridge from Close to My Heart I have even more options. I'm still fiddling with the sizing for my pockets with the cartridge but we'll get there.You can do flags, folder with tabs, call outs and tags to name just a few!
I'm planning to incorporate my stamps into the  pages but have not done so yet. I created a self made 6x6 book of all my stamps stamped onto sheets and have organized them by the number on the stamp folder then stored them in my case so if I want a particular design I pick it from the book and go right to it in my case. The time it took to do that organizing plan has been worth it in the time and energy I save looking through all my stamps to find the one that works!! Thank you whoever posted those ideas on Pinterest.  O.k. I know I need to add some pictures I will see if I can get some good ones. See you next time!!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hello it's the end of September! Where did August go and now September? Time does get faster the older you get. I never feel like I've gotten enough done in the day so then I'm up half  the night. It's never ending. Aaaaaah!
Alright I'm back to normal now. For the past two months I've been diligently using the Project Life scrapbooking system. I like the idea but it was leaving me feeling like I had gone back in time and was just putting my photos into pocket pages again. I always seemed to need a pocket page with a vertical photo pocket and not horizontal or vice versa or both. I went to the design A Becky Higgins photo pocket pages which is four horizontal 4x6 pockets and 4 vertical 3x4 pockets. These pockets were easier on my frustration level and I have filled up almost three 12x12 D Ring albums but not all even have the 3x4 cards in them nor is anything journaled. I have to go back to them. I tried the smaller photos that some people print from Instagram. The photos were too small for me and I didn't want or need to journal on each photo. I did find a photo printer called Persnickety Prints that will print on cardstock. I ordered some photos on that type of paper and I will let you know what I think. After much trial and error. This is what I've come to:
1.I prefer WeRMemory Keepers photo pocket pages. They are heavier duty, a little thicker and have (my favorite) pockets for a header, a "sider" or an "edger." They have pages with vertical and horizontal pockets on the same page with a space to be creative. I feel like I've broken through a barrier and I can create again.
2. I have to use D Ring albums for ease of use (not storage).
3. I have to cut out my own papers for the inserts 4x6 or 3x4. Part of scrapbooking is picking the paper and placing the photos on it. I have to do that for my Project Life Albums. I use my electronic cutter.
I can truly say I like them, the ones that I have done the above way. I have a fortune in pages by Becky Higgins. Maybe I can sell them used who knows. So this is my story for August and September. Now I have to take time to finish my grandbabies Halloween costumes for this year or I will be in big big trouble. :-)

Hope you are getting some cropping in at lease once a week. You need that time to just unwind with your hobby. Put it in your schedule.
Remember your memories your legacy.
Sue

Sunday, July 7, 2013

It's Hot!

Yes, July temps have been in the 90's this week. Hot for the middle of Michigan. I just finished a productive sale on my ebay store and am glad for a break. Lots of packing and shipping. I love scrapbooking products and am always on the look out for new and interesting items. This item isn't new but I have lots in stock now. The Scrap n Easel. It is a very handy tool for the scrapbookers fatigue. At a recent two day crop, I started out not using it but had to get it out when my pages started getting fuzzy and I got a neck ache. Once I'm on a roll I hate to stop. I finished nine layouts that time! Woohoo!
I've added some photos. It's all about my grandbabies. They are so cute!
Used Echopark paper A Perfect Summer for part of this layout

Close to My Heart paper and embellishments: it isn't a school theme but it was perfect for our girly girl

more Close To My Heart paper

More of "A Perfect Summer" Paper from Echo Park

Hey, that's a Minion!

Cinnamon Core Edition

Blush Core Edition
Honey Core Edition

Speaking of hot! I got some Project Life Kits in, Blush, Cinnamon and Honey. I sold out of the Honey core kit. I'm working on a Project Life Album. It's a paradigm shift for me. I'm back to putting photos in a page protector with a twist. I have completed lots of pages, however. I did make some of my own inserts for a Halloween layout and am thinking of some die cuts to add. I figured out the sizes on my cricut and cut them out that way with rounded corners and everything. Becky Higgins says to do that if you want her kits are so versatile. I did have a 12x12 paper pack that I cut some more double sided 4x6. Her idea was to have lots of journaling. I can journal lots but I don't want to repeat what the photo shows me. As I said, lots to think about. My sister tried it but it still takes lots of thought. She doesn't normally scrapbook but wanted to do this for her grandson graduating from high school. She's love to take pictures though. Here's a couple layouts from my album.
First page of the album-my notes on the bottom left.

a random page of grampa and grandson time   


another random page

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hello All,
It's raining here in the middle of Michigan and I can see the grass happily starting to turn green. Seems like it has been forever since we've seen grass. My husband has been busy putting in the stair way that goes into our bedroom area, it's only two steps but looks great and installing the wood floor in the hallway. He is now working on taking the old bedroom doors down so he can put up the new Oak ones. Out with the old in with the new. I love hardwood. Our next project will need to be the master bath, that will be a biggy! It needs lots of help.
I purchased some paper holders that are meant for 12x12 paper and organized MOST of my paper products. I love paper but I am particular about which kind of paper! Bo Bunny for one. They sent me a free sample of their most recent paper release. Trail Mix, Key Lime and Anthem. Love love love them! Bo Bunny has some instructions for making tags and pages with them, I'll check to see how I can attach them to my blog.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Hello January!

Well hello January! Three birthdays down already!! One more to go this month! The fun continues.
I've gotten lots more stock in as I make purchases for the web site store. It is open and operating with some product in it. I still have lots to add. It is rather time consuming initially but it will get to be less.
I keep selling out of the scrap 'n easels. I think I will list half this time on ebay site- sue's scrapbooking haven and order when those are gone. Whew! I think the post office is recognizing Floyd now. He usually drops the boxes off.  I am even getting emails from people wanting to know when I will be getting more in. It is fun!
I had to decline sending an overseas order because the customer had a PO Box and I couldn't send it through the global provider so the shipping was astronomical! I returned her money and added to my listing that I can't ship overseas to a PO Box.
I have in stock now the Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer. It is my favorite trimmer. The whole side comes out with the measurements on it so it helps me see that my paper isn't straight. I have a problem getting the photos and paper I'm cutting straight which makes me annoyed. Must be my "get 'er done personality." It is a good quality product and underneath is a place to store extra blades! Here's some photos:
Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer: All closed up.
 
Opened up a little.
 


Opened all the way.

A Close up of the cutter and magnifier.
I will be putting it up Sunday at http://stores.legacymemoriesinc.com

Wednesday, December 12, 2012




The count down begins! Oh, I guess today is 13 days until Christmas, sorry I jumped ahead. But it is 12-12-12. Got more product Monday. Fancy Pants Designs, Love love love it and Clip it Up Mini and Jumbo. Cool items. I have Clip it Up on my ebay site all the time. It's good to see them in person. Here's the Fancy pants paper. How can you not love it? It isn't listed because unfortunately I've reached my listing limit... Go figure. Blissful Blizzard, Fancy Pants Designs

Love Note, Fancy Pants Designs
I sold several of the "Scrap 'N Easels." Thought people would like it. I used mine at a crop I went to recently and it was really nice to be able to see my layouts before I stuck them down and the best was how easy they were to see and I didn't get the fatigue I usually feel. I worked on my book from 9:30a to 9:30p. The 'Easel' will be more and more helpful as I get used to it. I tended to push it forward while I decided on paper and photos etc. I also had my electronic cutter with me and laptop so I had a full 8' table. It was a productive day, though I had the laminating film in my xyron create a sticker, which means it puts a laminating top on my stickers, which would be fine had I wanted to use it to laminate... So, I improvised and cut the the shape out of the laminate, took time though. Here's one of my favorite pages made with DCWV The Heritage Christmas. Nice paper and my other scrapping mates loved it to. 
One happy Gramma! Remembering..

We only need to purchase a couple more gifts for family so other than wrapping the gifts and decorating the tree...it's been up for a week,we're just enjoying the time. Hope you are too. We went to our granddaughter's first school concert on Monday. She did so wonderful and was so cute, she was practicing her motions on the riser before the song started. Kaiden wanted to go up too but we told him he would have to wait until he went to school. He seemed to accept that but I'm sure he didn't like it. Athena was as comfortable as could be. It was so awesome that as soon as Kaiden saw us he ran over and gave us both hugs!! Melts our hearts!