Making a Souvenir Poster of an Event

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When my grandson’s Destination Imagination group won First Place, we wanted to give each participant a keepsake of the event.  It was decided I would make a poster, similar to a movie poster, printed in color.  I made two different posters to let the committee have a choice.  This one is printed 8×10 and will fit into a standard frame.  I have blurred the children’s faces and names because I don’t have permission to publish, but the posters were a great success!

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This one is a 8.5 x 11 You can either frame in a standard 9 x 12  frame or mount on poster board.  You can choose a good 9 x 12 drawing paper to use as background paper in a frame.  If you use poster board, you can trim the board to size using a metal straightedge and an X-Acto Knife.  I used spray adhesive to place the printed poster onto the board and carefully smoothed and patted with a dry cloth.  If you printed with an ink jet printer, you may want to spray with a acrylic finish since it won’t be under glass.  Test it first to make sure it doesn’t make the ink run.  Then I used a very fine sandpaper to smooth the edges.  Use a gently touch doing this step.

To make these posters, you can use your digital scrapbooking skills or make physical poster and take a photo of it to print one for each participant.  The kids love a poster that includes a picture of themselves and their name in bold letters.

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Fun and unique, but functional personal cookbook

You can quickly and easily create the perfect cookbook as a gift or for your favorite recipes.
You can quickly and easily create the perfect cookbook as a gift or for your favorite recipes.

We have looked at a Heritage Cookbook and how to preserve those precious recipes and memories, but what about a practical, fun, everyday cookbook with your favorite recipes? You will have your recipes and special instructions at your fingertips.  You can add a photo or special title in the upper slots, but have a pull out card of the actual recipe or leave it in the book protected by the pocket.  It is also easy to pull out and copy or just reprint another copy when that special recipe is requested.


img_1952For this project I have chosen the 6×8 physical pocket album with one 4×6 pocket on the bottom and 2 3×5 pockets on the top.  I want to always put the actual recipe in the 4×6 slot so it can be removed for use and replaced.  You might want to file these in a special digital folder in case you need to reprint one for someone or need to replace one that got damaged in the kitchen.  The two 3×5 slots will be used for a photo of the person who loves this recipe or contributed it, a title card, or even a photo of the prepared food.  I did use category dividers but did not include an index or table of contents.  I used the Legacy recipe divider pages by Simple Stories.

The reason there is no index or table of contents is that I add recipes fairly often and just don’t want to keep editing and replacing the index or table of contents.  Maybe when I feel it is too big and hard to find the recipe I need, I will remove those used the least and put in a separate book and index that one and add a table of contents, but still keep a book I can add to.

img_1955The recipes can be hand-written, typed, clipped and mounted on a card, or printed from a website. You can handwrite comments or substitutions, too.  I used heavy card stock for these pages instead of photo paper for this reason.


So, what do you say, let’s get that stack of recipes out of the drawer or it’s box hidden in the pantry or stuck in-between pages of an old cookbook and put them in an easy to use and easy to share format?

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Documenting a DIY Project

Have you ever finished a project, stood back to admire and then think “Why didn’t I take a photo before I started?”  That’s when you start digging through your photos and try to find a picture with the area in the background so you have some remembrance of what it was before.  For you next project, as you remove items to prepare the area, take a step back, look at it with your full attention and then snap a couple of photos.

Also, document the process.  If a joint effort, get a shot of everyone who helped during the project and the different steps taken.  When complete, step back and again look at the result with your full attention and take a few photos.

My daughter's kitchen cabinet update
My daughter’s kitchen cabinet update Click to enlarge

On the layout above, I used digi scrapbooking and made a two-page spread.  This project took long hours over several days and everyone helped, even the kids!

My kitchen update. Click to enlarge
My kitchen update. Click to enlarge

This one is my kitchen cabinet update and although it took several weeks, the work was done at a different location so we don’t have in progress, just before and after.  This layout was created by using the new “Click Or Drag” Quick Pocket’s templates by Lauri Callison and Boys Rule journaling cards by Becky Higgins.


It’s also a great idea to always date your layouts.  I know several times we will ask, “When did we do that?” and I can look at my scrapbooks and find it quicker than looking through receipts. It’s so nice to look back and appreciate your hard work and the help of others to accomplish your goals.


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Military Memories Book

My Dad served in World War II and I have a few photos from his service and I want to honor them in a special book.  I will journal and include pictures of his discharge papers, etc. but want to share a couple of pages with you here.

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I chose the 6×8 because it will accommodate both vertical and horizontal photos.  Most of the formal photos are vertical so I can devote a whole page for them.  I scanned them all so all of the siblings could have a copy, but the only originals I have are in frames, so my album will be digital.  I plan to duplicate this in physical with the originals for my brother who has the actual photos.

2 page spread
2 page spread

My favorite photo of all is the one of my Dad lying on his bunk, writing to my Mom with her photo in the background.  He told us some great stories about that photo that I have written and included in the album.

These are precious photos and I can’t ask questions about them now, so I want to document what we can remember of what he shared with us before the history is lost.



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Songs as Inspiration for your Page

My Wish for You
My Wish for You – Click to Enlarge

Sometimes we hear a song that so says what we are thinking or so applies to a situation we have gone through, that it immediately becomes a favorite.  I like to scrap these songs and keep them special.



Generating a CR code
Generating a CR code


If someone might not know the song, or you just want to be able to listen to it while looking at the page, include a QR code.  Just google QR Code and a box will appear that allows you to put the address of the video on the left and it will create a code on the right. I used the address for the video on YouTube.  Using a QR Scan App on your phone, just scan the code and it automatically brings us the video.  Try it!

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Watching You – Click to Enlarge

Here is the completed page with the code.  Some feel the code makes the page look too commercial, but I love having the song readily available.


You can also use QR codes to go to your private YouTube account for home videos.

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November, the Month of Thanksgiving

1008-famphotos-s2-110The fall months are so full of activities and celebrations. October is nearly over and we will be ending the month with the final Halloween party or trick-or-treat outing.  This is the month of fun, parties and costumes – being whoever we can imagine!

ranch2012-43-1November has a different feel – it ends with a wonderful celebration of Thanksgiving – taking time to stop and be thankful for all the blessings we have. A time to soak in the good in our lives and the one who provided it before we start the hectic Holiday season where we concentrate on giving to others and being thankful for our salvation and again, the one who gave it to us.


Many designers and scrappers have suggested ways to make a journal or scrapbook of the month of November, writing each day of something that makes us grateful – from the air we breathe, to the successful elimination of cancer in ourself or someone we love; from loved ones who have passed and left tremendous legacies to babies born that bring such joy.  We need this time of reflection and renewal.

day-1-and-2_edited-1This will be my first year to officially journal thankfulness for the month of November.  I have chosen to take the class offered by Cathy Zielske, 30 Days of Thankful.  I will use a section of my Heidi Swapp planner for my thanksgiving album.  It would work equally well in whatever album you wish to use.  In the past, I have written 12 x 12 pages of thanksgiving as well as 4×4 and 6×8 -let your style determine your format.  And as I said, in the past, mine have been just pages inserted randomly in my albums, not a concentrated effort like this.

10486351My Heidi Swapp planner comes with a pocket page that has a place for two  (four, counting both sides) 3×3 inserts with each month – so I have 12 of these, holding 48 photos. I pulled these from each month and inserted them all into November and created a template so all entries would be uniform and easy to complete.  Each day, I will write something that I am thankful for – not necessarily in any order – and find an appropriate photo.  The photo just needs to represent the thought, it does not have to be literal.  Don’t omit a reason to be thankful just because you can’t think of a good photo.  Go to google and look at images representing that feeling of thankfulness.

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I started a little early so I could design my template and make sure I was ready to complete a thought each day.  I will definitely do the journaling each day but may wait to add the photos. I can see myself going back while using my planner and viewing these pages and remembering how blessed I am!


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The Unexpected Photo


Photobombs are the rage and can be a lot of fun when you look at the photo and realize an uninvited guest shows up in your perfect shot.  As you can see, Thomas peeks out the window just in time to get into the photo.


How to get Papa to share his orange.
How to get Papa to share his orange. Click to enlarge.

There are other ways to get the unexpected photo.  I had the grandkids in the back yard playing one afternoon and noticed Leea was wandering away from us.  I was snapping photos, so would turn her direction and snap one as I would check out what she was doing.  Later, after they went home, I was going through the photos and found a wonderful story.  She really knows how to work her Papa: “How to get Papa to share his orange”    1. Act like you don’t care 2. Ask “What ya’ got, Papa?” 3. Use those “Puppy Dog” eyes 4. Enjoy the fruits of your labor 5. Thanks, Papa. Gotta Run!  Those puppy dog eyes would have been a great unexpected photo alone, but when grouped with the others, it tells so much more!

So, my advice?  Look through your photos slowly and at full screen on your tv or computer and look at the details.  Once in a while, you will get a great surprise!


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Who Are You? – A Book About You!

Learning to Drive – Digi kit: Spread the Happiness by Dawn Inskip – Click to enlrge

I read a book that has stayed with me – Second Glance by Jodi Picout, The main character’s mother had died during her birth.  The character was lamenting the fact that she knew nothing of her mother – her personality, what she thought was funny, what she did and did not enjoy – not even what she looked like.  She didn’t know anything!   This obviously is not our circumstance, but it got me to thinking of what my children and grandchildren will remember of me and how nice it would be if they had reminders or pages that I had written telling them about me. This is especially true of my childhood years to let them know their heritage.

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Quirks! – Digi kit – unknown – Click to Enlarge

Several websites offer “About Me” classes and suggestions.  I used Linda Sattgast’s  guidelines in her class on the Digital Scrapper website – Your Story Brilliant – 2013.  She offered some unique suggestions like this one about “quirks”.  Sometimes we need to ask others their opinion to see ourselves as others see us.


Attitude - unknown digi kit. Click to Enlarge
Attitude – unknown digi kit. Click to Enlarge

I have several pages, but keep adding throughout the years as I get inspiration. I have printed these as 12×12 sheets and slip them into page protectors for a traditional 12×12 album.  This makes the journaling much easier to read and as you can see the journaling is the main emphasis of these pages.


So take a minute and read these scrapped pages and see if you can come up with some ideas of your own.  Or take a class that will give you an assignment each week.  It will be fun creating the pages and then sharing them.


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Scrapping Photos without People

What do you do with those photos taken without people included in the shot?  When you travel alone, you want to document the trip, but don’t want all selfies and it’s a little scary to hand your phone to a perfect stranger to take the photo when you are alone.  Even when you are on a trip, there is that fascinating view of the mountains or cute little gift shop or interesting sculpture that you want a photo reminder.

Grand Canyon
This picture of the Grand Canyon is beautiful on it’s own, but it means so much more to me that my niece is included in the shot!

Some of these photos will be scrapped right along with the photos of the vacation or event, but others will not.  What will you do with those?  Will you remember what they are 2, 5 or 10 years from now? When I have chosen and scrapped the favorite few, I toss the rest.  I have already received the intended pleasure of the photo.

This page tells the story of our hike on one of the Rocky Mountain Park Trails. I did include some of my favorite scenic shots but included people and information on the page. This is a two page layout and the other page will be all photos that include people and activities.


If I am not alone, I try to get someone in the photo with the scene I am trying to capture.  If alone, I really want to enjoy the moment and the scene so I will take maybe one or two photos and a selfie or two and then put the camera away.  Or if I just can’t quit taking photos, I pick out the favorite 4-6 and make a spread with one selfie and the scenic photos.


Being a part of the scene.
Being a part of the scene.

This photo is one of my favorites that puts the person in a wonderful scene.  It shows my grandson holding his flying kite, but his dad was so creative to include the herd of horses in the shot.


So, unless I am taking the photo as a beautiful scenic photo to use as decor, I try to always include someone in the shot.  It seems to ground it for me; gives me an occasion, a time-frame and a location.

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Heritage Cookbook

Mother serving her famous sweet tea to her grandsons.
Mother serving her famous sweet tea to her grandsons.

As I began going through my Mother’s recipe box, so many memories flooded over me.  She used cooking to show her love.  Acts of service was her love language and cooking was a major act of service from her.  Birthday celebrations included a meal of choice by the honoree -even if it was hot dogs and mashed potatoes!  We also got our favorite cake, even if it was pie with a candle on it!  Such wonderful memories.

Crusty Beef and Noodle
One of Mother’s handwritten recipes. Crusty Beef and Noodle

In fact, these are such wonderful memories that I want to document this in a special project of her recipes.  I don’t really consider this an official cookbook, so I’m not going to use indexes and categories – I will place them in alphabetical order with a table of contents.  Most of the recipes are written in her handwriting and I want to display these.  These recipes are the ones she used over and over and had special meaning to each of us.

family and food – She used food to bring the family together The recipes of Goldie ****** Lovingly gathered, created, perfected and shared with her family. Can you take the love in it?

I want to make copies of this book for all the children and grandchildren so I have chosen an office view binder by Wilson Jones – 6 x 8.  These are very reasonably priced when buying in bulk.  I also printed on white card stock and will insert into a 5.5 x 8.5 sheet protector.  The binders purchased are  the ones that allow inserts on both the front and back.  You can use a 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper and cut it in half, use a three-hole punch and it fits the binder perfectly.

5.5" x 11.5 pages
5.5″ x 11.5 pages

Another option is to use a 6×8 album with pocket pages and insert the recipe cards.  This works out nicely because you can remove the recipe card when using it and replace it in the pocket when finished. I will do this for my book and use the original cards for a keepsake album.


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