Tag: Scrapbooking

Fruit Picking Album

Two pictures of strawberries.

Pictures that I really like of strawberries but that is all they really are just two pictures of strawberries, they tell no story, they could have been taken any where at any time.

And then I put them into a scrapbook page.

I wrote down the date, 31st July 2015. I added a tag saying it was a day to remember and I put the title Fruit Picking.

That would have been enough really to remind of where we were and what we were doing, but I decided to add another tag. One that explained the two photos of strawberries a little more.

It wasn’t a massive description, it wasn’t a difficult description it was just the truth of what happened.

“A day of searching for the strawberries. After lots of walking, looking and foraging we finally found some decent, juicy strawberries. Worth it in the end!”

No longer are these pictures just two random pictures of strawberries, they now have a place, they have a date, they have a story, they are part of a memory.

A memory that is forever recorded in a scrapbook.

(Scrapbook page was made in MyMemories software, using the Summers Meadow Collection, designed by Clever Monkey Graphics)

The Start of The Isle of Wight Scrapbook

This summer we have done lots of visits, and been to lots of places.

Now the summer is over, it is time to get scrapbooking the photos, and writing down the memories.

I am not doing them chronologically, I am just doing the pages as I am inspired to do the pages, some will be digital, some will be traditional and some will be a mixture of both. But the end result will be the photos and the memories will be stored, and scrapbooked for us to look at over the years and for the boys to have forever.

This page was digitally made, with just one photo and a kit from MyMemories programme, the Sailaway kit.

I gave the photo a mat, and added the anchor embellishments, along with a Bracket Book Plate embellishment.

The rest of the page is a poem from John Masefield, called Sea Fever. It is the perfect poem for this page all of us love the sea. We love being near the sea, and if I am feeling sad or down I head to the sea it is a perfect boost.

This photo was one that I took at Ryde just from the Ferry terminal after we arrived in the Isle of Wight.

I have only written the date and place on the page, as this will be added to the main Isle of Wight album and will be the first page for the album.

A simple but effective page. One where we can remember where we were, what date it was on, and one where we can read the poem and be taken straight back to the sea again.

This page was made while I was making my lunch and took about 30 minutes in total.

 

Back To Work…

 

So today is my official day back at work, I choose to have three weeks off with the boys while Baba was on holiday.

To be honest it paid to have them off, it was lovely creating memories and just being a family, chilling and not worrying about work.

It also allowed me time to make some decisions about work and writing.

I love Scrapbookerry it is my baby along with the boys, and I have made a decision that as well as making the mini albums, and the keepsakes, I want to make more scrapbook pages, and more completed albums, full 12″x12″ albums, 8″x8″ albums, 6″x8″ albums and mini albums. I have always stopped from making the albums all completed because I have been reserved with showing pictures of Baba and Boo, but these three weeks off have made me think about things, and to be honest how am I supposed to show the importance of Scrapbooking if I don’t ever show a completed scrapbook, it is an almost impossible task.

So I need to make a change.

And that change is going to be to do the completed albums, and the completed pages, and show why scrapbooking is so important.

Why telling the story is so important.

Why creating the memories are important.

Why memory keeping is important.

I will be adding pictures of the completed albums and pages onto the blog, I will be adding the completed albums as samples onto the shop pages, and I will be developing a gallery section of all the completed pages and albums.

I hope that this will show why I am so passionate about scrapbooking and will really help explain why I think it is so important and something that anyone can do. Whether crafty or not!

A Non Product Of The Week

Today was the day for the new product of the week post.

But today I have been having a long think about things and have made a decision after quite a lot of deciding and going back and forth.

As you can see there is no Product of the Week today and there wont be for the next couple of weeks.

You see for the last few weeks I have been pulling myself this way and that, and have been getting quite stressed about it all. It is the summer holidays, I have not one but two boys at home, and on top of that I have been trying to work as well, and we are still doing the house.

To be honest, I have just been a bit of a stress ball and I don’t want to be. I want to be enjoying the summer, and right now I don’t really feel like I am, instead I am just throwing balls every where.

So instead of Product of the Week I am writing this post to announce…

My Holiday!

No I am not going anywhere exciting, no I don’t have many plans.

But I am going to relax, it is going to be a three-week holiday, following Baba’s school holiday and I will be back in the beginning of September, actually the 7th of September.

But between now and then, I am going to be chilling with the boys. I am going to be relaxing. I am going to be armed with the camera and I am going to be making memories and recording them with hundreds of photos.

I may be formulating some plans for the summer, and I may even dip in with some posts, but don’t be shocked if I don’t I will be back in September refreshed and ready to go!

But until then have a fabulous summer, and make lots of memories, take lots of photos and just chill. I know I am going to!

Product of the Week 15/07/2015

Product of the Week is an opportunity when we highlight a product, show what can be done with it and have it on a special price for one week only where that product is 10% off.

This week our Product of the Week is

THE ENVELOPE ALBUM! 

Envelope Album’s are a great addition to any house, and a fantastic way to display your special pictures and memorabilia.

The album is unique in the fact that it is only 6 envelopes large, which all take pictures and memorabilia up to 6″ x 4″ in size, meaning there are 12 spaces for photos on each side of the envelopes.

However all the envelopes are open and are full with a combination of tags, ranging in sizes meaning that your album can take many more pictures and memorabilia depending on what you are using the album for.

Envelope albums are used a lot as hen do albums. They are a great present for the Bride to be from all of their hens, filled with photos and letters from their loved ones before they get married. The above is an example of a custom-made hen do album.

Envelope albums are also great to be used as albums for special cards, from weddings, birthdays, christenings, or birth celebration cards.

Above is an example of an envelope album used for my eldest sons birth celebration cards. This album is nearly seven years old and is always on display in the craft room, holding all of the cards that we were sent when he was born.

Envelope albums are sturdy, hold a lot of photos, letters, cards or memorabilia and are a perfect original album.

All envelope albums are custom-made to your own colours and theme, and include adhesive to attach your photos and memorabilia in the album.

For one week only until Wednesday 22nd July 2015 all custom ordered envelope albums (with 6 envelopes) will have 10% off and will only be £31.50 including adhesive, postage and packaging. You can order a custom-made Envelope Album here.

  • Product of the week applies to all custom ordered Envelope Albums.
  • Each Envelope Album ordered within the Product of the Week promotion includes 6 envelopes in the album for £31.50.
  • Product of the week runs for one week only from the dates shown above and will stop running at midnight on the 22/07/2015.

A Hen Do Envelope Album

A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I could help a bridesmaid with a present for a bride to be on her hen do. She wasn’t sure if I could help but had this idea to give the bride to be a few special notes and photos from her bridesmaids and hens on her hen do.

Straight away I suggested the envelope album.

This album is a versatile album, and is perfect for people to add their own photos, and special little notes. It is an album that can be easily carried, so is perfect for a hen do party as it can be transported well and is also large enough to be displayed beautifully at home, and at the wedding.

It is also an album that can have lots of items added to it and can take more items as each page is made from an envelope so it has the flexibility to grow, and the strength to hold the weight of the added items.

It was the perfect album to make for a bride to be on her hen do.

The information I had to make the album was the name of the bride, the date of the hen do and the date of the wedding. I knew the wedding colours were navy blue, and that the decorations were navy lace, natural hessian fabrics and hearts. The rest was left up to me to decide how to decorate the album.

I decided to go with the lace, natural colours and hearts and just highlight the album with the navy blue.

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The lady that ordered the album loved the finished product, and on Monday morning I received a lovely message, confirming that the bride to be loved the album as well.

“Hi Kerry. Just to say a BIG thank you for the beautiful hen book the bride to be shed a few happy tears and set us all off it was a lovely gift for the end of the hen do!”

Scrapbooking with Fellowes

I love to make scrapbooks in different styles, and to try different equipment to make scrapbooks with. I love the different styles you can do with new products, so when Fellowes asked if I wanted to review their Saturn 3i Laminator, Star+150 Comb Binder and their Neutron+ Trimmer and to make a scrapbook with their products I jumped at the chance.

I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to scrapbook Baba’s photos. In the May half term we had a mummy and Baba day, one that doesn’t happen overly with Boo around, and we went of to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Baba loves history, he loves boats, and he loves anything to do with the forces. So it was an exciting trip for him. He also wanted to take his own photos. A scrapbooking Mummy’s dream, when their child wants to take charge of the camera.

I let him have my old little basic bridge camera, and he went off snapping away. In total he took over 200 photos, for a first attempt they were very good, but there were a lot that you couldn’t really see what anything was. So we did go through and select the best to put into an album.

Baba didn’t want a normal scrapbook album, in the traditional albums I make but he still wanted it to 12 x 12 in size, so making it completely including the front and back was the perfect alternative to him. I used papers that were travel papers, and older looking pages, ones that had maps on, old log books, and looked like lined paper etc. Along with these papers I went with a very natural brown them, and used this along with some black and white string to embellish the album.

I firstly decided on the paper and the accessories that I was going to use for the album, and went and printed of the photos that we had picked to put into the album.

The next job after this was designing the album. I mainly used the Neutron+ Trimmer for this stage.

I was amazed at how well this trimmer, adapted to what you need as a scrapbooker. Now I am a very fussy person when it comes to trimmers and actually own seven in total, but don’t have one that does everything. I usually alternate a lot between the seven I own when making an album but this was a bit of a revolution.

The yellow dots in the photograph above make this trimmer amazing, basically each of those yellow dots, has another blade underneath them. So this little trimmer, becomes a cutter, scorer, wave cutter, and it also has a perforated cutter, which is a brilliant idea. It did take some getting used to the measurements because they were slightly different to the other trimmers that I use, but it does have angle guides as well. The blades are all in cartridges, which is fantastic enabling Baba to be able to use this trimmer as well. I did all the album with this trimmer, either, scoring, trimming, putting a wavy cut onto the pages and even using the perforated cutter on some photo edges for decoration. I didn’t reach for any of my other trimmers, which really did make the scrapbook quicker, and easier and meant that I could take the whole thing to my Mum’s house and finish the album off their!

Once all the backing papers and photos where cut and cropped it was time to design them on the pages, which I loved doing and then getting them stuck down and in place.

I then decided to make a couple of pages a little smaller. Still 12″ in length but I halved the width making them only 6″ and put a photocopy of the ticket on one side and a collage that we had printed on the other, I also made another page like this for later on in the album, that just had two photos on each side of the Captains table in the HMS Victory. As these pages were a little different to the rest of the pages I put these both through the Saturn 3i Laminator to make them stronger than the rest of the pages, and keep all the photos protected.

I also laminated the picture on the front of the album, as this one is more exposed than all the other photos and I want it to be a little more protected from fingers.

This laminator was super fast, I was really impressed how quickly it heated up and there seems to be no difference if you are heating it to the default setting of 80 or to the 125 setting. It also is very smooth to use, and I haven’t had any problems with it all. Once the laminator sheet is in place the machine moves the sheet through on its own, nice and easily, and with the holder at the back the sheet stays nice and flat, because in the past I have had sheets that bend while they are still hot as they just drop down the back of the laminator. So this is a great improvement.

After all the pages were designed it was time to start using the Star+ 150 Comb Binder. This I was very excited about as I have never used one of these before, and I was concerned it was going to be very difficult to use.

It was totally the opposite.

The whole process of binding the album was super easy.

The first port of call was to punch each page, the binder does say you can punch more than one at a time but I only did one scrapbook page at the time as I wasn’t sure with the photos and photo mats, how thick the pages would be in the whole punch. This was super easy, just putting the paper into the designated space and then pulling the handle down to make all the wholes. The best bit is that all the waste goes into a lovely little drawer that is underneath the binder.

Once all the pages were ready I put in the plastic binder, which again was very simple and just slotted in and pulled the lever to open the plastic up and put the pages onto the plastic. The best thing about this was that if I didn’t like the set up which I didn’t at first you can slide it back onto the binder and reopen the plastic and rearrange the pages. Which is a real novelty as this is not always possible in a scrapbook album.

Once they were all in the right place the album was finished.

Using these tools the whole album took 2 and a half hours from start to finish and made the process really easy, I will be making other albums like this in the future, as it is quick, it is easy and it is portable. A perfect combination.

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Disclosure:  We were provided with Saturn 3i laminator, Star+150 Comb Binder, Neutron +  trimmer to review and received no other compensation.  All of the opinions expressed in this post are my true own opinions and have not been influenced by the compensation I have received

MyMemories Review

As you know from my previous post, I dip in and out of traditional and digital scrapbooking, and love to do both of them.

I love the ease of digital scrapbooking, and it the immediate effect of it, there is no printing of the photos before you can scrap them, it is a case of take the photo, edit it and scrapbook. With the ease of the laptop it is something I can do instantly after taking the photos, and can do in front of the TV as well. What a great way to spend an evening!

I don’t want digital scrapbooking to be difficult I am a firm believer that no scrapbooking should be difficult. Which is why I love MyMemories Suite

It is a digital scrapbooking software that is so easy to use and has great flexibility, you can be totally creative and develop your pages from scratch, or you can use pre made templates to make your pages. You can drag and drop your photos into the pages, or you can use the auto fill feature. So basically it is up to you how creative you can be, or how difficult or simple you can make the pages.

And you don’t have to just do scrapbook pages. You can use this software to create scrapbooks, photo books, custom gifts, invites and many more items.

If that isn’t enough you can get your digital pages printed professionally or you can print at home. It really covers everything and is a scrapbookers dream.

I love the ease of the software and that you can make a page, save an album and then add to that album as and when you need to. A great feature as I am not a chronological scrapbooker, I scrapbook pages as I have ideas for them, so always have lots of albums on the go at the same time.

It is quick as well.

Only this morning I made these two pages, within an hour, using the exact same items, but creating two completely different pages.

Such a simple style, nothing too complicated, two different pages that really compliment each other.

The library on the software has been perfectly fine for what I have needed so far, but the advantage of MyMemories is if I wanted some different items, or pages, their shop on the site is vast, and I have been looking regularly at the different items that can be brought. There really is something for everyone there, which I think is an added advantage, and all are so reasonably priced or even free. You can’t get better than that.

I certainly will be using MyMemories from now on for my digitally scrapbooking and will be recommending it to anyone that asks as well. As it is such a joy to work with.

And the best bit is that MyMemories have given me a lovely code for you the readers.

 STMMMS74956

This code gives you $10 discount of the purchase of the My Memories Suite making the software only $29.99 which is a complete bargain as I promise you, you will use this software for many years and for many items.

Just go to this link to buy your software, click on Add to Cart and then enter this Code into the Promotional Code field on the Shopping Cart Page.

 

Traditional versus Digital Scrapbooking

This is a question I get asked regularly.

What is the difference between traditional and digital scrapbooking?

Traditional Scrapbooking

Traditional scrapbooking is using physical products to make a scrapbook. So you use cardstock as the main page and for mats for your photos, you use embellishments to decorate the page and stickers or stamps for headers and journalling on the page. All the items in a traditional scrapbook are stuck onto the main page, via adhesive and all the physical items that you use need to be photo safe, so acid free and lignin free to preserve your photos at their best state for longer.

You complete a page at a time, some are single pages and some are double page spreads and then all the pages are put together into an album.

Digital Scrapbooking

Digital scrapbooking, still includes backing papers, photo mats, embellishments, and headers and journalling. But the big difference is there is no adhesive.

All digital scrapbooking is done on a computer and generally on a photo editing software, I personally use MyMemories Suite (I will be blogging about this at a later date) the adding of the photos, embellishments, and journalling is all done via your computer, or editing programme.

Once a page or scrapbook is completed there are two options at the end, you can either keep the whole thing on your computer (if you choose this option please back up the scrapbook as it could be lost very quickly) and just view it digitally or you can print the pages, or complete scrapbook off. This can be done in a variety of ways. Via a printing company, or at home, (if you have a large enough printer) individual pages, or as a photo book. But once it is printed the page is completely finished and all the designing has been done digitally.

Hybrid Scrapbooking

Hybrid Scrapbooking is a bridge builder.

It is a version of scrapbooking that combines both traditional and digital, where you do most of the page digitally, print it off and then add some traditional embellishments to the page via adhesive.

What is the right way to scrapbook? 

There is no right and wrong answer to what is the better way to scrapbook, it is just about what you are most comfortable with.

People can be very firmly in one camp or the other and don’t feel that the other is as good as what they do.

I am not that type of scrapbooker.

How do I scrapbook? 

I started scrapbooking as a traditional scrapbooker, and to be honest most of the time I still am. But I dip into digital scrapbooking, more and more now a days to be honest, purely because I don’t always print my photos and it can be a more spur of the moment thing. I can have a bit of time free of an evening and decide to complete a page in MyMemories, and then will get it printed at our local printers.

My albums have both options in them, they are traditional and digital, I don’t add embellishments etc to my digital pages once they are printed, but I do have hybrid albums. Some pages are completely traditional, others are completely digital, but in total they make a stunning album.

So it really depends what you like, and what you feel comfortable with. I am totally of the thinking that as long as you are scrapbooking whether it be traditionally, digitally, or hybrid then that is a good thing as you are preserving your photos and passing them onto your future generations.

A Catch Up and Some Plans

As you may have noticed Scrapbookerry has been very quiet recently. We have been doing a lot of work at home these past few weeks, and we still have a lot of work to do. We have been in our house for nearly 8 years now and for the first time ever we don’t have children on the way, or tiny children in the house, or a wedding, or dogs moving in. So now is the time to actually get the jobs that we have always wanted to do done. The first job has been the kitchen, which is a huge job and is still in the process of being finished, after that a wall will be coming down downstairs, and another is being built and a new doorway is being knocked through. They are big jobs, but they will make the downstairs look amazing and it is the best way to get the most space out of our area. Especially with two boys who are getting bigger and bigger by the day and need more space every few minutes.

What has been done so far is amazing, what still has to be done is huge. I promise to share some photos when the kitchen is all finished. But the work and the children have been keeping me massively busy at home.

We have been making lots of memories, lots of photos have been taken and we have been having trips out every day, but time has run away with me.

Although one thing that the break has made me realise is that I have missed the business.

Really missed the business.

I started this business because I was passionate about keeping your memories alive, and sharing your photos, memorabilia and your memories with your future generations.

I will be totally honest and admit, somewhere along the way, I am not sure if it was happening for a while, or happened quickly, but somewhere I lost that passion. I lost the faith in what I do. I questioned what I was doing, and why I was doing it.

The thought of actually closing the doors even entered my head, mainly because I had lost the passion, secondly because the sales had become low.

I lost the enthusiasm, and that developed a ripple effect, people started talking about my hobby, not my business, I got told about jobs that were going nearby, all because I wasn’t acting like my business was my business. I lost the drive.

But having this break has shown me even more that I have the drive.

I have the passion.

I want people to understand Scrapbooking, Memory Keeping and Keepsakes.

I want people to truly understand the importance of Scrapbooking, Memory Keeping and Keepsakes. This isn’t just about making you photos and memorabilia pretty, this is about passing down the moments. Keeping them for yourself so you never forget that special moment, place or person, but also protecting your photos and memorabilia and passing them onto future generations.

We are a throw away society, sometimes this is good, sometimes it is really bad.

It really is a disaster for people not to pass on their memories, photos and keepsakes and I want to show people this, make them understand this and help people to scrapbook, memory keep, and make keepsakes.

While I have been in the depths of entertaining children and living in a building site I had a think, a very long serious think and after doubting my products, and I really have this year, I now believe I have been doubting the wrong thing. (Well I truly hope so anyway, I do believe the products are good products they are great albums, mini albums, journal jars, and keepsakes)

However the marketing for the business is not great. I am a one woman business and it isn’t possible to do it all. Some things have got to change.

I can do all the work, make all the albums, but unless I am seen on the internet and tell people about what I do no one knows I am here, no one will buy from me and no one will learn about scrapbooking and memory keeping.

So I have made some marketing decisions.

I will be keeping the website, I will be sorting out the SEO on the website, and really tweaking it to be the best it possibly can be.

I will be making some new ranges, I have a lot of ideas but I need to put some feelers out to see what you as the customer really want, and what you think is a good or bad idea. Keep looking out for the market research questions, as these will give you a clue to what is coming.

One thing I am going to be doing is not solely rely on Facebook and my website. I need to really develop the marketing of the business so I will be joining a selling site, something along the lines of Etsy or Crafty Magpie and I will be spreading my wings across social networking sites.

There will be lots going on behind the scenes and with two children things can happen slowly but I am in this for the duration and will be helping people to protect their memories and photos for as long as possible and I hope you will continue to join me.

Oh and if there is anything you really want to see in the business then now is the time to shout leave any ideas or suggestions below.

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