Scrapbook Layout Mayhem

In this Friday episode for my YouTube channel I show you what it is like when I create.  Interruptions, changing my mind on photo placement, hating one element that I permanently glued down and know that taking it off would be disaster.  Getting an idea that seems, at first bloom, to be the best idea I ever had in my life then find out it was not such a good idea at all.

When I first started making scrapbook layouts I binge watched YouTube videos on how to do it.  It looked so easy!  Being a “semi” perfectionist I would beat myself up and get really frustrated with the results before me.  Why couldn’t I get things to look like I saw in the videos?!  What was wrong with me?

I almost gave up because most of the people I watched on YouTube had a college background in graphic arts or art theory.  I never went to college.  I told myself that I was a total loser and would never figure this out.

I may not have a college education but I make up for that by sheer persistence and always searching for answers.

At the present time, I am trying to become “friends” with lace.  I thought a top border of pretty lace would be a really good touch on the layout for my twin granddaughters.  As soon as I glued it all on I regretted that decision.  It was too late by that time.  The paper would roll backwards from the application of the wet glue if I took the lace off.  Also, some of the areas where the glue had a thin application would be dry and the paper would tear.  So each time I looked at that flaming “Fabulous” idea I would cringe.

Application of lace.  Hate it.

Application of lace. Hate it.

Just move on….pretend like nothing is wrong.

I knew the title of my two page layout would be “Mischief”.  I knew where I wanted it to go.  I used my Original Sizzix Machine and thin alpha dies to create the title.  That turned out good.  Just get it adjusted before I glue the letters down permanently.

Title for the layout

Title for the layout

My “brilliant” idea was to create word bubbles for the mischief the girls got into.  I have an old desk top publishing software that I used for this idea.  I printed this out on regular printer paper to see the size and test on my Stampin’ Up! Word Window Punch.  When I saw this working on the printer paper I put a piece of card stock in my printer to be used on the layouts.

Word bubble idea

Word bubble idea

Well….application of the word bubbles make the layout look like I had a couple of turkeys show up 😦

I had also fixed my problem with the bad lace at the top of the layout.  So now I have lace festooned turkeys.  :/

A couple of turkeys show up

A couple of turkeys show up

I then moved the word bubbles to the outer edges of the pages.  Crowding the title distracting it from the impact I was going for.

Crowding the title

Crowding the title

Take the word bubbles off and place them around the outer edges of the layouts in a better pattern.  Giving each page the balanced weight they deserved.    I just placed the words where they would fit and wasn’t paying much attention to how they would read.  Oh well, my daughter will have a good laugh as she thinks about the girls “hiding in toilet” that can be read at the bottom right of the left page.  You can click on the above photo, or the one below, to see the “hiding in toilet” bit.

Pages deemed finished.

Pages deemed finished.

For the newcomers to creating scrapbook layouts I say to you….keep going.  Don’t stop just because you don’t think you are talented enough to do this art form.

If you want to watch the video I made showing the reality of creating scrapbook layouts I have added it below.

Leslie

 

Scrapbook Layout – Library Pocket Tag

Library pocket tags for journal spots on layouts

Library pocket tags for journal spots on layouts

My twin granddaughters turned one in June, 2015.  They are so cute.

My twin granddaughters

My twin granddaughters

When my daughter was pregnant with them she would tell me, during phone conversations, how much she was looking forward to them being born.  She was so excited to be a Mom.  She read books about child birth and child rearing.  She read everything she could get her hands on preparing to become the best mother she could be.

When these precious girls were just a couple days old I told Carissa, “Now it will be milestones”.  She looked at me like I had started speaking in an unfamiliar language.

You will, I told her, think you had passed out from total sleep deprivation and didn’t hear their cries the first night they sleep more than two hours between feedings.  Fear will grip your heart and panic will set in.  NORMAL.

The next milestone will be when the babies try to hold a hand still before their eyes so they can see this marvel of human construction.  They will, often, hit and punch themselves as they inspect this odd thing.

The next milestone will be when the babies learn how to hold their heavy little heads up while on their tummies.  The weight of their heads on the weak neck muscles will cause them to bang their little noses and faces on your shoulder bones, the floor, or whatever surface they are laying on.

The next milestone will be when they roll over on their own.  I told her “You will be giddy with excitement when you see this for the first time”.  This, I told her, is the harbinger of doom to you as a Mother.  Carissa whipped her head around and looked at me as if I had suddenly become some kind of demon.  “Why do you say that?!” she asked in a voice tinged with anger.

Because, my love, it won’t be long before they begin crawling and getting into everything.  You won’t believe how fast those little tiny bodies can move.  When they begin crawling your vocabulary as an adult woman will consist of one word.  “NO!”

The next milestone will be when they begin to pull themselves up to a standing position using furniture to steady them.  Oh boy.  Being higher off the ground will mean they have access to everything within their reach.  Exploration of their world really begins.  Your vocabulary will change a little bit.  It will become “No, no, NO!” instead of just the single “NO!”.

I then told Carissa what she needed to pay attention to was “Total Silence”.  That will NOT be good.  She laughed at me.  She actually had a belly laugh at that.  Hmmm, we’ll see.

So, at this time I am creating a scrapbook layout titled “Mischief”.  I have a video showing you how to make Library Card Pocket tags.  This is so easy to do.  You don’t need a template.  You don’t need to download a PDF to cut out a template.  You don’t need specialty tools.  You only need a pencil, ruler, scissors, adhesive, and paper.

So here is the tutorial on making the Library Card Pocket tag and the tag insert for journaling.

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