Friday, February 16, 2018

Organizing Photos


I re did a little file box with My Minds Eye paper, gesso and various trims. The box was a discount box because the back flap was broken.

I used a binder machine to punch holes, added in a few sheets on top to keep a record easily at hand as to what is inside as well as jot down ideas.
Because I have been going through photos, I pulled some of the favourites that are waiting for me to scrapbook and filled the inside.

Now I have a 'pretty' quick to find photo gallery for when I want a project to work on. It sure saves a lot of hunt and peck. I am hoping with all the organizing. I will be getting a lot more layouts done!

 
Here's a little something for  Tuesday morning.
 Have a safe and Happy Family Day!
 


Friday, February 9, 2018

Hexagonigal

Sounds a little like a spell from the 'Potter' movies. This layout is inspired by Kaisercrafts February challenge. Read about that below.
This layout is created with 'UBud Dreams' paper and ephemera pack by Kaisercraft.
This is a photo I rediscovered while organizing the stacks recently.
The two youngest sweet darlings. Sigh, 17 springs ago. Where do the little girls in  rain boots with umbrellas go? The little girls are not gone, they turn into something different that is different and equally as beautiful. Like the snowmen, that melt away, into rain.
Most of the Hexagons are popped up on pop dots. Hard to see in the face on photo. I did struggle with the hexagon shape for the largest paper. Turns out I was overthinking things. I used a 'crafters workshop' stencil template with white gesso initially, then went in with ink and a pen to define the background hex's.
I haven't entered many online challenges. I do quite often peruse the design team creations and use them as a jumping off point. For the month of February Kaisercraft is offering up a challenge to use HEXAGON'S with their papers. Pop on over and see what this is  all about.  This is going to be my entry into their challenge.
If you live in Alberta...you know about these sharks!



Friday, February 2, 2018

Valentine's Fooling around

Here are some Valentines treasures I have been working on for my sweets as well as swapping groups. {Don't get the wrong idea, we do have partners...but, we are swapping art projects, not partners} LOL
Finished box closed

Secured a ribbon so it can have a stand up girl. she will be facing the other way when the box is closed as shown above.

I made two tiny shell books with a simple quote in them.

I am well enough pleased with how they turned out, but won't lie about the unreal amount of time it took to get them to work.
Then I tied them shut with a ribbon woven through lace. It fits inside the matchbox, which is about 1-1/2" X  2" X 1/2".


 

 

Some of the goodies that are inside these tiny boxes.
I also made a tiny fold out book with the following on its pages:
Inside this little matchbox, you will find;
A fairy girl plucked from the Hydrangea flowers.
Shell buttons and tiny shell book given by a Mermaid from her treasure box.
Loves lost perfume flask with WWII bus tickets inside. Locket from a hope chest. A dragons teardrop. A feather from the wing of an Angel to watch over you.
 
 
Thanks Pinterest for keeping it real!

 

Friday, January 26, 2018

ATC Storage Box Tutorial

I am part of a trader group.
 We do little art projects then trade them out around the world. 'Paper Traders'. I have hundreds of ATC size art pieces. I thought this would be a fun way to store some of them.
Always make a template before you do your final cuts on good paper. I do this out of lightweight paper, so I can bend and mark till I get the size and shape I want.
~Cut one sturdy background 14" x 3-1/4"
~Cut two pieces of pattern paper to 'wallpaper' both sides of the background.
~Mark your cardboard  @ 2" then 4" then 8-3/4" then 10-3/4".
~Use a score board to score along your lines and fold so it makes a box with a bottom flap and a top flap. {I used a cereal box that had the exact size folds I needed for the top and bottom "2inches"} 
 
~Repeat the entire measure and folding with your decorative papers for inside and outside.
~Next wall paper inside and outside, make sure you secure it down really tight with glue. Let it dry overnight.
~Find the center of each end and mark about one inch down from edge to secure a button or toggle on each to close. The assembly took a bit of patience because I did it in two pieces so I could use the folds to their full potential. I glued clamped and let it dry.
I used some scrap pieces that were about 2" wide  and random length for the bottom. {this is where you will secure your ATC pockets}
Score at 1/2" intervals, then score in between your other score marks and accordion fold everything.
Each valley will hold a card holder, so do as many as you like. I have one that holds 12 and one that holds over 30. Your choice.
secure the accordion as pictured along the back spine.
Draw glue lines front to back along the floor of the holder.
Secure the front to the front flap then gently press the folds into the glue. Weight and allow to dry overnight.
Now make the pockets cut as many pieces as you desire at 6" x 4".
Score at 3-1/8" in from both ends. Fold to the center to form a pocket. Glue the bottom flaps and center back flaps at the same time. Cut a half circle out of the top center of each pocket so you can get your ATC's in and out easily.
Layer a quick grabbing glue in the valleys. Just do 4 or 5 at a time so your glue doesn't dry too fast.

Start at the back carefully securing each pocket. Stack them carefully making sure you center each one, so they all line up uniformly.
I then went in and placed about an inch long piece of double sided tape just down from the centers and snugged each one to the one in front. This way when you open it, it fans nicely.
NOTE: I made three of these at once. I found I could just use the double sided tape and skip the accordion folded bottom step. Tape them all together first, making sure they line up perfectly. Make sure you secure the front and back pocket in securely if you do this.
 
 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Pirate

Paper background by Reminisce and Gorjuss stamped girls
I buy the stamps meant for card makers...I am not a card maker, I am a scrapbooker. I LOVE the way these two stamps by Gorjuss fit this project. I am also so happy that I can color match the stamps to match whatever I am working on.


 
Thanks Pinterest for the grammar lesson

Friday, January 12, 2018

Update from Last week

or as I like to call it...Frozen Friday Minus 32, YIKES
I FOUND THE PHOTOS!.....
After going through some 18 boxes it hit me that maybe the photos were in an album...It has been years since I have put photos in a dedicated album without scrapbooking them first. So lesson learned and quite a lot of organizing of photos has been accomplished in the finding.
I used the logo in the cut off strip to make the tiny sign.
This is the only tittle. I am scrapbooking for myself, so my rules say that not all pages need a clever title.
Close-up of the journaling. It reads;
'Some Grandmas wear army boots, Dartanian's Drives a Lawn Tractor'
Then his name and age in the other  flower.  I was able to put the year on the bottom of the left hand LO using existing numbers and pop dotting the add ins. I snipped some of the numbers previously cut out into his name on the bottom of the right hand page. I did highlight with a yellow marker to pop it a bit.
and just because....you know you want to try this



Friday, January 5, 2018

Nostagia

Feeling very nostalgic about Bo Bunny lately. I had discovered these unusual papers by them {Zip-A-Dee-Doodle} and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. I snipped the center numbers out of each page.
Next I fussy cut each number individually. They will be inked around the edges then pop dotted over a matching number around the layout.
I got this far...then went in search of the photos that I want for this double page LO. I thought 20 minutes to find. Well 2 hours later, I packed it in for the day. The next day, I searched ALL day, still not luck.
So now I am in the middle of a major overhaul on the photo files. As you can see by the existing boxes, I do have a system that works for me most of the time.
I do an immediate once over when I get a new batch printed. Dates, groupings, events. I have labeled box files for all the major holiday's. All Easter, All Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Road Trips and Vacations. I group all the kids birthday and school photos into 'child name' then separated by age or grade. {they will usually fit in one box} so if I am searching events, all the kids are in that box under that event.
 I am sorry to say, I still have stacks and packs of  photos. Most are labeled with sticky noted bits, dates, names, ideas for journaling.  Things like that. But alas the photos I need NOW are elusive. I have run amok with the random photo shoots...to many, no particular order, it is just sit down with a random box and search....sigh... I will get the layout completed when I find the photos.
 
In the mean time,
How do you organize your photos?
Because I am not laughing...here is some serious help by people way more organized than me. Warning, they talk about tossing some out...GASP...