Teach Me Tuesday: Progressive Scrapbooking

Hey there friends… guess what day it is? It’s Teach Me Tuesday! Today I have a video for my scrapbookers… you know who you are! And even if you’re not a scrapbooker, there may be some hidden tips and tricks in there for project coordination if you want to take a peek, too! 🙂 Almost Two Decades of Scrapbooking! In case you didn’t know, scrapbooking was what got me addicted to paper in the first place. I’ve been scrapbooking for 16 years! Crazy, right? What is even crazier is that I really should have more pages finished… I need to stop giving everything I make away! Seriously, though, I think 90 percent of the pages I’ve made have gone in someone else’s album. Dumb, right?? I’m on a mission to start scrapbooking some photos that I can keep! And first up is to document the three Mother’s Day trips that my sister and I gave my Mom. You can read a bit more about that tradition HERE, but today I want to share with you a tip I use to face the blank 12 x 12 page (and the first page of my Mother’s Day “trips” album). It’s called Progressive

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Breathe….

Let me just say that trying to run a business that has quickly become full-time while having another full-time job during the day is hard. But I love teaching rubber stamping and paper crafting so it is soooo worth it! I’m not complaining in any way, shape or form, as I am very thankful to have a very successful Stampin’ Up business and to have a well-paying day job where I love the people I work with, but some days I feel as though I’m being stretched in six different directions. However, today is a fantastic day. I slept in until 10 a.m. and I’m in my pajamas, catching up on some things that need to get done and then I plan to goof off a bit. I also want to acknowledge any of my new friends from Crop on the Cape 2011. I met a TON of new people and I’m so appreciative of their support. So if you are visiting my blog for the first time (and this goes for anyone not just Crop on the Cape-goers), welcome! I have a progressive scrapbook page to share with you today. I made this actually a few weeks ago and

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Happy Birthday, Hey Hey!

This is my beautiful niece, Heather. It’s her birthday today so I thought it would be appropriate to post this progressive scrapbook page I did recently of her and her first car. I have always named my cars – ever since I lived with a school teacher who used to name EVERYTHING (including the sofa) and now I’ve passed this car-naming characteristic down to my niece. Her parents bought a car for her to use — so it is actually THEIR car that she gets to borrow. However, being the teenager that she is, my niece decided to name the car “Miya” — as in “My-an” or a drawn out — Mine! Nice try, dear… 🙂 I love this picture of her… although it makes me feel old… she is just beautiful… even if I am a bit biased (wink, wink). So I wanted to feature it prominently on this scrapbook page. This is part of a progressive page that I did for a recent workshop. The above is the 6 X 6 make-and-take that all the attendees got to make. Below is the 6 X 6 page turned into an 8.5 X 11 page: Sorry… my cropping on this

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One More!

Hello there my blog friends! So I had been waiting to post to the blog because I wanted to share a card for a change, but I just haven’t had a minute to download some photos I took this week. Of course, I can’t post without sharing a little eye candy so I figured I would show you ANOTHER progressive scrapbook page. I did very well in March with getting some scrapbooking done since I had five workshops. This is is actually a page I did for an April workshop. This photo was taken at Leadership 2010 of me and a new stamping friend I made while I was there. Her name is Susan and she was fabulous! She even ditched her friends at lunch one day so that I wouldn’t have to sit by myself (not that I would have really sat by myself as everyone is so awesome and inviting — I would have just sat with a different new friend!). The journaling reads, “The love of stamps makes strangers into instant friends.” And at convention or Leadership it is so true! You have never seen a crazier bunch of women. lol! I used the Dreams du Jour

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Quick post

I was fortunate in March to have more workshops than normal and that means more scrapbook pages! So I figured I’d share another progressive scrapbook page with you today since I haven’t been able to put together any insightful or entertaining posts recently. This was a 6 X 6 make and take we made at a workshop late last month. I find progressive scrapbooking is great not only for new scrapbookers, but also for cardmakers, too since the smaller size is a similar size canvas to a card. You can’t really see it in the picture but the background is stamped with the flower image from “With All My Heart” out of the Occasions Mini Catalog. The 8.5 X 11 page looked like this: As you can see I just mounted the 6 X 6 on a polka dot patterned paper (from the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack) and added a small strip of Dusty Durango to the side. You could easily add photos along the left hand side or add a title there with some smaller photos under the main photo…. You get the idea. I have to say I even surprise myself sometimes with how quickly these

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Scrapbook update

At the beginning of the year I had set a goal for myself to complete 6 scrapbook pages per month. Well, the results are both good and bad. On the good side, the little quota I set for myself has increased the amount of scrapbooking I do each month (having a lot of workshops where I demonstrate progressive scrapbooking has helped, too!). Sadly, though I have still not hit the six page requirement yet (that’s the bad side). I’ve come close. I completed 4 and 1/2 in March. How do you have a half of a scrapbook page, you ask? Well, I laid it out. Continually looked it over day after day for about a week and I just couldn’t commit to it (I hadn’t taped anything down) so I packed it all up and put it in one of those scrapbook page folders and stored it under my table for a new day. I know, I know. I should just pull it out, tape it down and call it done, but now it is just principal. I will evenutally probably do just that, but for now it remains in limbo. The 6 X 6 page pictured above was a

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Plenty of Personality

Well, I’m still very far off from my 2010 scrapbooking quota (six pages per month), but here is one more towards that goal! Although it’s hard to see, this page is actually a progressive scrapbook page as well. I created it for a workshop I had last week. I unfortunately forgot to take pictures of the page in its three stages – 6 X 6, 8.5 X 11 and then 12 X 12 — but if you look closely I think you can figure it out. I took these pictures of my niece on July 4th last year and actually there were probably at least four more featuring her. I got the idea for the page because each picture illustrated a different side of her — bored, sweet, beautiful are the character traits I showcased here. Here is a closeup of the stamped embellishments: I’ve been rather light on journaling in most of my recent scrapbook pages. I don’t know what’s wrong with me… You usually can’t keep me quiet! lol! Well it is 2 a.m. right now so I really should hit the hay… I’m going to be beat tomorrow (or should I say later today?) Nighty-night.

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I’m on a roll!

I’m still very, very far off of my goal for six layouts for January, but I’ve added another one to the “completed” list. I actually wouldn’t have done it had I not had to prepare for a workshop on Saturday, but it doesn’t matter how I get the layouts done just that I finish them, right? One of my favorite things to demonstrate at a workshop is a progressive scrapbook page. I think it is particularly good for new scrapbookers because it demystifies the process a bit. Of course, progressive pages are not my idea, but one that is commonly used in the world of scrapbooking. However I find not too many people take advantage of this process. Basically, you start with a 6 X 6 page, create a layout on that smaller canvas and then move that finished piece to an 8.5 X 11 piece of cardstock and start fresh. So here is my example for Saturday’s workshop. I started with this 6 X 6 layout, which the group will get to make and bring home with them: Then I turned that layout into this: Once you’ve created the 8.5 X 11 layout, then you use that layout as

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