Sunday, January 29, 2012

Scrapbooking on the Go

One thing I wish I had was better travel journals. I have digital photos, but somewhere along the line my maps, brochures and sketches all got lost. Now that I've become really involved in scrapbooking I've resolved to make the best travel journal that I can (and not lose them!) I'm not visiting a foreign country, but I want to remember every moment. I've been with my boyfriend for 420 days, but we've only been in the same place for 34 days total (that includes the first time we met!) On top of that I'll be seeing my parents, childhood friends, and celebrating my stepfather and grandfathers birthdays.

Last time I took a bunch of Instax photos, kept a few scraps and put the journal together when I got back to Alaska. It was difficult to remember everything and keep it chronological. I want to be more organized this time, so I prepared a journal and mini kit to keep in my purse so I can scrap on the go!

Key Ingredients:
  1. Journal
  2. Instant camera (Instax Mini)
  3. Film
  4. Pen
  5. Date Stamp (from Smashbook)
  6. Ink (Hero Hues)
  7. Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz)
  8. Binder clips or decorative paper clips
  9. Journaling cards or papers
  10. Labels and stickers
This is just enough to save scraps, date photos, label events and journal without permanently adhering too many elements.

As for my journal, I kept the pages simple without too many big patterns (pretty patterns make me want to not cover the page!) and plenty of pockets. 

The front and back cover...

I'm so excited to work on it! I'm SUPER excited to leave Alaska for a little bit. It's getting to be about -20 up here... yuck!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Grungy Treasures Mini Album

I went and did a little shopping this weekend. It's been getting really cold... down to -18 some days. I almost stayed in my room for the entire long weekend because I just want to be warm in my fuzzy robe and slippers! But instead of suffering from cabin fever, I decided that going out in the cold was worth it for some retail therapy. As soon as I got home I started tearing apart my room to make a new little mini album. This is the first mini where I really focused on the embellishments inside. Usually I get hung up on the cover and then forget about the inside, because of course I don't have photos to put in them yet, so why mess with it? But this time I actually did the cover LAST, and by then I was a little burned out and didn't know what to do with it. I still really love it and I can't wait to add some pictures!

That's all for now! Stay warm!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Card of My Eye Giveaway

One of my favorite scrappers, Drew from Card of My Eye, is doing a giveaway for reaching 5000 YouTube subscribers! Since I pretty much stalk this guy I figured I should give him a shout out on my blog/twitter/facebook. He's a high school student/entrepreneur who is incredibly talented!

I purchased a kit from him a while back and made a Family Album from it. Drew made all the instructions and did a video on Ustream for it. I'm still collecting old family photos and adding them (some are from 1850!) Once I get all the photos in it I'll post a page by page of the album. For now, here's the blank version I made from his instructions...

Check him out:
Card of my Eye YouTube Channel
Card of my Eye Ustream Channel
Scrappy Happiness Blog

That's all for now!
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