& Paper Crafts
to Know Me!
In the last year I made great progress with
scrapbooking. For years I have stored my pictures in a very organized,
but not user friendly set of photo boxes. I never felt comfortable letting
people take them out because they easily got mixed up. Then I moved a
great deal of them into photo safe sleeves, the downside of this being
that they were sometimes turned on their sides to fit in the envelope,
and not very fun to look at. Finally this year, I commited to 12 x 12
three ring Scrapbook Albums, got several at a great price from Costco,
and speed scrapped my way through a few years. In addition, I started
at the beginning of my photo collection and worked straight through the
years scanning those images I thought were worth sharing or keeping digitally,
leaving me even more free to do what I like with the originals now. I'm
not caught up, but I have a good method for progressing through them.
I'm more than halfway done with my own heritage album, gathering pretty
materials for an album of my own baby and childhood, and have most of
my kids pictures caught up. Soon, I'm going to time myself through a few
projects so that I can work up a price and service list for other people
who want me to organize and digitize their pictures.
Below are some of my favorite Scrapbook pages along with some cards and
other paper crafts I've made.
I carefully measured the ovals for this paper, then made images to
fit, adjusting the color as desired
I gave this picture extra special treatment, as it is the only picture
of my mother's family all together.
I used some leftover lace trim to frame this copy of my Great Great
Grandmother's wedding invitation. The paper is from Anna Griffith,
something I put on my wishlist (from QVC). I really enjoy using it
in my heritage scrapbooks.
This is Anna Griffith Paper serving as a base for my French Memo Board
My grandmother Ruth in one of my favorite pictures of her.
Here are my Ryan Great Grandparents as young people and then as an
older couple. I like how they are framed almost as if hanging on a
I find that punching frames is a great way to make an inexpensive
coordinating frame. I measure an appropriate thickness (test it out
on scrap paper if you aren't sure how much the punch will remove)
and add it all around the plain paper then starting in the center
of each side of paper, punch along to each edge.
Another lower budget way to use paper to make fancy frames.
This is a facimile report card, crumpled and stained with tea dye
then printed. I found a report card from a similar time period online,
and simply recreated it in Microsoft Word. I used the report card
to help date the photo and the notes section to describe Grammie's
school years in more detail.
Clearly, when I can't think of what to do, I use the old French Memo
Board look. Also a quick, easy way to assemble more random items on
I made this scrapbook for my mother in law and a matching album for
my father in law. His was my first gift album and heritage album.
It was all plain black paper with gold photo corners and Gold Writing.
For Jean's I branched into colors and got a lot more artsy with the
decorative scissors and paper punch.
|A paper pieced birthday card for the contruction
||This is a shadow box I made for Elliot's
1st Grade teacher Miss Hamernick. It's a little fancier than the one
I made last year. Elliot wrote a note which is attached to the back
with his picture. She told me she really loves it.
||This is the card I made to present the
baby dress for Hannah Rose. I think it's also a nice Valentine's Day
I created this card
to include all the "at" words for Elliot, while he was
in kindergarten. Too late, I realized I forgot the word brat, oh
well. I went in to read this to his class dressed up in my witch
costume and they all really liked it.
||A Valentine's Day card I made for Stephanie
and Michael. I just wanted to send them this cute picture I took of
them when they came to visit me. I glued quilled flowers on stitched
red seed beads, pearls, and paper with green embroidery thread.
||This was a shadowbox I made for Elliot's
kindergarten teacher as a thank you gift at the end of the year.
||I made this card to accompany the Wedding
Video DVD I made for my friend Sharon & her husband Vernon, which
I sent as a surprise for Valentine's Day. The roses are made of a
piece of quilling paper, cut with scalloped scissors, sliced along
the scallops, then rolled in a tiny scroll. I used tweezers to bend
the petals into shape.