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Friday, January 27, 2012

Project Scrap 2011

I’ve been meaning to post this project all month, and I want to get it done today! This is a project I found on The Shabby Princess Blog. The premise is to take 2 photos per week (that you want to scrapbook), then consolidate them into a two-page scrapbook layout at the end of the month. You end up with a 24-page yearbook. They could not make it simpler for digi-scrappers.

Each month there are two free downloads for the templates, which you then make your own by changing papers, embellishments, etc. and adding photos, titles, and journaling. It’s a great way to learn about digi-scrapbooking, if you’re a little interested but intimidated. The blog has tons of great tutorials, as well.

For the past few years, we’ve been giving all the grandparents these books as part of their Christmas gift, so this is perfect for that. I also make three copies of each year for the hooligans to take with them when they move out. I mean, of course, when they are all grown up with families of their own and we’re missing them terribly. Yeah, that’s it.

This is my favorite layout of the year. You can click on the link to see our entire book, if you’re really that interested in the hooliganism that goes on at our house!



Our 2011 Adventure Book

According to the Shabby Princess Blog, the new Project Scrap 2012 will be posted tomorrow…I’m so excited to see the great layouts! Oh, and if you do look at their blog, I did not use one of their covers. I just used a standard cover from Snapfish, because I wanted to get them done during Christmas break and not wait until the Shabby Princess ones were posted. I’m impatient that way sometimes.

The last time my GI Joe was deployed, I took a photo a day, for the entire 365 days he was gone. Each Sunday, I would make a scrapbook page of our week, little events and big, make an 8x8 copy at Costco, and send it to him in his weekly CARE package. I sent an 8x8 album with lots of empty sleeves in his first package, so he just slid the pages in each time he got a new one. He loved seeing the day-to-day life back home, and I stayed caught up on scrapbooking!

It also allowed me to be a little more creative than normal with my photography. Instead of just taking photos of special occasions or the kids, I took time to see things more artistically, things that were aesthetically pleasing to me, and that I thought he would miss. Some days, it was a book I was enjoying, or the first pumpkin spice latte of the season. It served as am amazing reminder to appreciate the little things, knowing that he was giving up all those moments and pleasures for the year.

And that’s enough droning on about that. The point I’m trying to make is, record your memories in a way that works for you. Different years, different levels of intensity works for me. We’ll just have to wait and see how I do this year. But, grandparents be warned…you will be getting these books every year, so brace yourselves!


  1. I am so impressed with your scrapping skills. You have a real eye for capturing those special, fleeting moments and putting them together in a meaningful, artistic format that will be only be more precious in years to come. I'm so jealous! You should send them in for publication. They're as good or better as any I've seen being published.

    I really hope you'll be able to teach me how to use my camera when you come home. As you've seen, my skill--well even using the word is a joke. Any chance you guys can come back earlier? I really need you. Besides, I miss my little fence climbers. Tell 'em "hi" from the goofy old lady next door.

  2. Thanks! You are always so encouraging... I'm so glad for the friendship and know you're entirely responsible for my taking the plunge and starting to blog!


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