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The Real Life Scrapbooker's Resource, Issue #027 - Frugal Scrapbooking Ideas
July 08, 2012

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Hey, Ya'll,

It is still yard work and lawn mowing season around here which takes up quite a bit of time but I'm very thankful that I've still been able to scrapbook quite a bit!

What's New?

Scrapbook Sketches

I have had the best time researching great places to find scrapbook sketches! So far, I have 2 new pages posted with 6 great websites for finding inspiration through sketches. In fact, that is how these layouts were inspired. I logged onto and found some fun "Sidemaps" sketches. So enjoy!

Scrapbook Sketches!

More Scrapbook Sketches!

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Chick-Fil-A Fun

This is a fun 8 1/2" x 11" scrapbook layout. A long time ago in my Creative Memories Days, I did work in 8 1/2" x 11" for a while and then I went to 12 x 12 and that is pretty much what I've stuck with for YEARS. And then I got inspired by's Sidemaps and I'm not sure what else. : ) But I've been lovin' it. Last month's layouts were in 8 1/2" x 11" and so are this month's. I think one of the reasons I am really liking it is because I can do 1 or 2 photo layouts and not have to embellish so much. I love lots of bling and embellishment but it also takes more time and more money to fill up a 12 x 12 page with scrapbook product. These layouts are done with almost no "product"...just paper scraps. How cool is that for FRUGAL SCRAPBOOKING! Plus I felt more free to "tell the story" and not feel like I had to put so much emotional energy into embellishments. : )

So anyways, I just used a plain white piece of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock and added the black strip down the right side. Then I used my little flower punch and added those little "cuties" on the left side. And I used the negative space from some square punch-outs on the black strip of card stock. My glue stick worked quite well to stick those little things on without warping the paper. I added the hand doodling around the photos and the journaling around the outer edge of the paper. I plan to journal a bit in paragraph style on the back. I am a wordy person so I feel the need to write more. : ) But I like the clean look of list style journaling on the front.

There really isn't a title for this one

Kind of like last month - one of my layouts didn't have a title. And that is ok! I still documented a LOT of story! I used the arrows (drawn with a Sharpie) to point to the things in the photo that I wanted to talk about. I have a hard time cropping pics because all the stuff in the background is part of the story (the story of our life). So, I usually don't crop my photographs 'cause I want to see all that stuff...even when it isn't "pretty" : ). I used my larger tip Sharpie 'cause at the time I couldn't find my fine tip one and then later I found it in my purse. No matter how much I organize, I just can't do it all. : )

So, for this layout I used cream colored card stock for the background. I used a the floral scrap from my scrap drawer and used my corner rounder on the right side of the patterned paper scrap. I also used the corner rounder on the 4 x 6 photo and the edges of the back ground card stock. I used my ink pad to ink around the edges of the back ground and the patterned paper. Then I added the 3 little stamps on the left. Finally, I did the hand journaling.

What about next month?

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

Until sometime around the middle of August

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