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The Real Life Scrapbooker's Resource, Issue #039 - How to Use Ephemera on Your Scrapbook Layouts
August 30, 2013

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Hey, Ya'll,

Fall is just around the corner...crazy! Our home school Monday Classes are about to start and soccer practice too...things will be a bit busier around here probably. : ) But, Lord willing, I'll still be publishing an e-zine once a month and updating my YouTube channel...right now, mostly what you'll find over there are updates on my 2013 Project Life inspired album that I'm working on. Stop by and check it below....

Hope you enjoy the scrapbook layouts this month!

What's Semi-New?

YouTube Videos

Scrapbooking on a Budget

Pregnancy Scrapbook

Scrapbooking TV

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Ephemera from the Dating Years

As I was looking through "old" stuff/photos to try to decide what to work on, I found a list I had made shortly before I met my husband. I was a teenager and my Mom encouraged me to make a list of what I was looking for in a husband. I used 2 categories: "Must be" and "Would be nice if" and that was 15 years ago this month. My husband pretty much fits all the things on the list...well, mostly...but it was really fun to look back on that. So, I decided to scrapbook it but the photo I used was from last Summer so it is kind of a "Then and Now" those!!!

So, I used a blue/purple textured/patterned paper for the background. Then, I cut a strip of paper from the same paper pack (with a lot more pattern on it but still in the same colors) and added it to the left side of the layout. Next, I inked around the edges of the chip board pieces and smeared some glitter glue over the tops of them. Finally, I added the 3 x 4 photo and inked around the edges of the 12 x 12 card stock.


Background paper: DCWV Die Cuts with a View paper pack called The Old World Stack - got it at Michael's

Chip Board Pieces - Big Board Chipboard Paisley Pieces from Fancy Pants Designs. Item #953

Say Cheese - Then and Now

Here's a fun look at my oldest at 9 months or so and also at 9 years and 9 months...very close to 9 years apart. I love "Then and Now" is cool to see the passage of time in photos right next to each other.

I've always tended to work "in series" - that's just what I call it when I use similar techniques and products on layouts that are made in the same "season of life" - so, recently I've been using a certain paper pack and cut-outs from the paper pack for my 2013 Project Life inspired album and I used many of the same products on this layout. The Polaroid strip on the right side, the tickets along the bottom, the "Say Cheese" title are all from the DCWV paper pack I used for this album.


Background paper: DCWV paper pack called The Snapshop Stack

Embellishments: cut-outs from the same paper pack

Blue Letter Stickers: Making Memories 5/16" Chunky Teal Item#12792 - these have been in my stash for a LONG time...not sure if they are still available.

What about next month?

You just never know. We'll see...stay tuned to Youtube to find out.

Until sometime around the middle of September

Send Me Your Layouts...

I’d love to see what you’ve been up to. I’ll pick 2 or 3 for each issue and publish them along with your photo (if you want) and a bio about your real life scrapbooking adventures. So, send them to with “e-zine layout submission” in the subject line.

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