Posters and Cards

If you have a layering photo editing program like Photoshop Elements, you can make some really unique cards and/or posters using just the layering and erase functions.

Decorating a birthday cake with posters
Decorating a birthday cake with posters Click to enlarge

For my daughter’s 40th birthday, I put my daughter into several movie posters and made a huge base for the cake.  The theme was “Hollywood – Everyone is a Star”. My favorite website for getting my movie posters is Movieposterdb.  You purchase credits at a very reasonable price and use one credit for each download.


I also made a special movie poster for each guest as a “take home” gift.  It was so fun and I even tried to include their personality in my choice of movies used.  I printed 22×11, mounted on poster board (see poster blog post). I then lined the room of the party with these posters and everyone loved walking around and seeing who they were.

Poster - before / after
Poster – before / after

To personalize the poster, I put the poster on a background layer.  Then I erased the face on the original poster, found an appropriate photo of the person I wanted to place in the poster and layered it between the background and the original.  Then I sized my photo and placed in the appropriate spot.  On this one, I erased all of Harry Potter’s face, but left the glasses rims.  This is my grandson and he thought it was awesome!

Using magazine covers as birthday cards.
Using magazine covers as birthday cards.

This can also be used as birthday cards using posters or magazine covers. There are a few apps that allow you to do some of this but you have to chose their templates, which is great if the cover applies.  Try it, it’s loads of fun to give and receive.

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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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What is your language of love?

I have attended various seminars about expressing your love, but I believe Gary Chapman has about the best explanation on how we express our love to others and how we want love demonstrated to us.  If you don’t know your love language, he has a short quiz to discover which language you use to express love and how you want love shown to you.

Five Love Languages.

  • Gifts
  • Quality Time
  • Words of Affirmation
  • Acts of Service
  • Physical Touch
What I learned from my parents.
Digi Kit -Cherish by JustSoScrappy Click to enlarge.

What I want to talk about, however, is appreciating the love language of others.   My parents both had the love language of “Acts of Service”.  After we reached a certain age, physical hugs and verbal statements of love were rare, but I never doubted that I was loved!  As I grew older, I realized they did things to show their love – they showed their love through “Acts of Service”.



My Mother’s act of service was often in the form of cooking.  I inherited her box of recipes and cookbooks.  I scanned all of the handwritten recipes and the ones in the cookbooks that were favorites and had her notes in the margins.  She also sewed for others, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren – dresses, t-shirts and doll clothes when they were younger and special occasion dresses for the teen girls and pajamas and t-shirts for the boys.  She even made my wedding dress, her dress, and all of the attendants’ dresses.


My Dad’s acts of service were pretty varied – he would do what needed to be done -repair our cars, remodel our kitchens, build unique furniture or rescue us whenever we got in a jam.


So, why am I talking about Languages of Love on a scrapbooking blog?  As I have mentioned before, I want to record our family, not just events.  I want to capture our heritage.  These are not only my parents’ expression of love, it is their character – our inheritance.  I want to document this.

We will explore ways to document our heritage as we go, starting with the project on Saturday – Mother’s Recipes of Love.

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