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The Real Life Scrapbooker's Resource, Issue #038 - I used washi tape for the 1st time!
July 17, 2013

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Hey, Ya'll,

I've been cleaning and organizing like a crazy woman this week! Well, it started with my Kitchen. It really needed some organizing. Over the years, my cabinets had gotten really cluttered and there were lots of things I really didn't use any more and the cabinets really needed to be wiped out too. So, I did a "crisis cleaning" as Flylady calls it. This was not baby steps. I just got it done! I stayed up really late 1 night and I really felt it the next day. So, I forced myself to go to bed early 2 nights in a row and get some extra sleep. I'm doing my best not to "crash and burn" but I am working more than usual on cleaning and decluttering.

Yesterday I started on my scrapbook space. It too had gotten cluttered and I had just stuffed things in drawers. So, I got everything out and reminded myself what I actually have. I cleaned out the bottom of my coat closet and put some plastic drawers in there. I rearranged and put like things together. My next project is to go through "spare" photos and match them up with memorabilia (if there is any to go with that photo/s) and have them ready for when I have some baby step time to work on a layout. Recently, I've realized that when I do have some "spare" baby step time, I sometimes get lost in the photos and stuff and I'm not sure what to work on. Lord willing, now I'll have some projects already "thought out" a little and ready to work on.

I do clean and declutter normally and baby steps do get things done but sometimes it feels good to just "dig in" and "get 'R' done" : ) Hope you enjoy the scrapbook layouts this month!

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Girlfriends Scrapbook Layout

This one was so much fun! I dug way back in my memories for this one...about 15 my teenage/girlfriend days. : )

I used a yellow/green textured background paper. Then for most of the embellishments I used cut outs from the paper pack I'm using for my 2013 Project Life Inspired album. I used the polaroid strip and the border strip to form the vertical line about a 1/3 of the way in from the right of the page. Then, I used the principle of visual triangles that I learned from Noell Hyman to make the photo the focal point. Do you see the 3 hot pink embellishments forming a triangle around the photo? The title piece and the camera also came from the paper pack. For the journaling block, I used a stamp I have and stamped with black ink onto white card stock and then cut it out. It was small for what I wanted to say, so I finished my journaling on the back. And then as I was going through some other stuff, I found a photo that goes with this one, so I just attached it to the back as well. : )


Background paper: from the DCWV - Die Cuts with a View paper pack called The Old World it at Michaels

The embellishments/cut-outs are from the DCWV - Die Cuts with a View paper pack called The Snapshot Stack

The journaling block stamp is from Stampabilities - Journaling Block OR1025. I think I got it at Hobby Lobby and it was a long time ago.

Liberty Rollers

Ahhh...more photos from the teenage days. There were 4 of us that hung out a lot. We had fun a couple of times rolling some friend's houses. One night, afterwards we went to Applebees and got Cokes. I had 3 photos I wanted to include but as I tried to lay them out, I just couldn't find a way to make it look good. So, I just attached 2 of them to the back of the layout. I wanted to keep them together and I wanted to remember the things in the photos (the decor of my Mom's house then) but they just didn't make a nice looking layout. So, now I have the best of both worlds...a nice looking layout on the front and all the photos on the back.

I used plain white card stock (actually, I think it is a very thin piece of packaging card board that I cut to 12x12). Next, I added the grey vertical strip...before I attached it, I inked around the edges with black ink). Then, I added the large, black square card stock. I used black photo corners to attach the 4 x 6 photo. I did the title with black rub-ons. I stamped the journaling block with the same stamp as the 1st layout. I used Washi tape for the 1st time!!! See the visual triangle the Washi tape makes? ...the red chevron strips.... I used some glitter glue and smeared it on top of each strip. On the bottom left strip of Waship tape I used the glitter glue to attach the strip of pearls...I got those at Walmart (I think) in the jewelry making section or craft section a long time ago. Finally, I added the super-large silver eyelets/brads.


Background paper: white card stock/packing card board

Rub-ons: Making Memories Hudson black

Washi tape: Recollections brand from Michaels

Eyelets: Creative Imaginations Extreme Eyelets - from my LSS a long time ago

Journaling block: same stamp as the first layout above

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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