How I usually scrapbook

I thought I’ll talk a bit about my scrapbooking process after the last scrapbook layout I posted. I usually decide what to scrapbook by choosing a particular event/theme and then choosing the photos. Some times I’ll just print some photos that I know I want to scrapbook some day, so they all go into a small file of my scrapbook stuff, where I keep the things I want to scrapbook. There aren’t a lot of photos in there, because I find it hard to keep track and I don’t want to waste by printing photos if I’m not sure I want to scrapbook them or I’m not sure when I will scrapbook them. Many other scrapbookers  also recommend printing out photos in advance which really facilitates the scrapbooking process (see: Amy Tangerine and Shimelle which unfortunately I can’t find the link again).

I like to sit on my scrapbook pages, and spread out the work across several sessions. On the first time, I would pull out the background paper that would make the photos, and then I’ll try to imagine how I want the photos to appear. I’ll also pull out matching papers to mat the photos if I want the photos to be matted. If I still have energy left after all the decision making process (picking the best paper(s) is hard and tiring!), I’ll think of where I want the title to be, and then look around my alphabet stickers stash to see if any of them work for the layout. Sometimes, they don’t work at all, and I’ll have to think of alternative forms of titling, so I’ll leave them be for the next time I look at the layout again.

The second time, I’ll put down the title. Especially if they are not stickers I would need to work on that e.g. drawing out the title and cutting them out, hand stitching or painting them. If I paint my title, I would practice a few times on a piece of scrap paper, to get used to how I would paint them and work out the size of my title. The scrap paper then become my reference when I actually put paint onto the page.

On the last setting, I’ll work out the embellishments and the journaling. I like to work out where to place all my embellishments first before I start to journal, though the journal spot would have already been planned out. For embellishments I’ll just go to my stash and pull out things that I think might work with the layout. I only use a couple of the things I pull out. Sometimes, I will feel like it needs something particular that I don’t have it store bought, so I will make my own. Usually these would be like frames, enamel embellishments or something round. Occasionally these might be layout specific embellishments like the volleyball I created for this layout here. Once I’m happy with how everything looks, I will then stick everything done and the layout is now complete!

I don’t arrange my scrapbook pages chronologically by when they happen, but just chronologically by when I scrapbook them. So there isn’t a clear order in my albums. It works better for me this way, and also its less work. My journaling style is more reflective rather than descriptive of the event so it doesn’t matter too much. This also frees me to scrapbook whatever that comes to mind rather than follow any specific order!

Hope you enjoyed this little sharing on how I scrapbook.


Scrapbook Circle October Sketch Challenge


Another Scrapbook Sketch Challenge completed for the month of October! Picture taken is a little slanted this time but at least it’s clear (click photo to enlarge)! You can find the original sketch, as well as other take on the sketch challenge here.

This time it’s Christmas theme, a little inspired by the Christmas themed card challenge from SC that I previously mentioned. The photos were printed at the same time and I spent the past couple of days working out this layout. I don’t exactly follow the sketch, because I like to have some freedom but the basic idea is there. I don’t actually have any Christmas themed paper because Christmas isn’t really a special occasion for me (my family don’t celebrate Christmas) so I don’t actually need to use any Christmas themed supplies. I was lucky then that I recently bought the Wonder 12×12 paper pad from Crate Paper and they had this red paper that can pass for Christmas.

There are definitely more photos than the sketch asked for but I was sure I wanted to include all the four photos onto the same layout. I have the darker photos featuring lights decoration from last year’s Christmas Markets in several European cities and then a bright one juxtaposed at the bottom taken on the first great snowfall in Innsbruck on Boxing Day last year. The dark photos don’t show up too well on the picture but it’s possible to make out the details in real life.

I did the titling with a silver Thickers from AC and then journaled in black in the spot to its right. I also framed the photos to make it appears as a layer using a mint green thin washi tape which reminded me of Christmas. The final embellishments just included a couple of heart stickers in coordinating colours (red on the top, and green on the bottom) and then a couple of pearls in a triangle formation at the top right cluster. I contemplated putting a set of them at the bottom left, but it looks too empty so I decided to leave the bottom area less embellished and simple to give the top cluster greater focus.

On a completely random note, I was listening to Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony while I typed this. Always loved Mendelssohn’s work and the 3rd movement in particular is stuck in my mind at the moment. Thanks for sticking to the end, hope you like the layout (:

Products used: Patterned paper from Crate Paper Wonder Collection | AC Thickers Cecily | mt 6mm in mint green stripe | heart stickers from The Paper Stone (no longer selling) | pearl embellishments from my local scrapbook store | Uniball signo 0.38 black pen | TOYO glue tape |

Disclaimer: None of the links are sponsored. Only the mt tape and heart stickers links to the shop where I actually bought the products. All other product links are included for reference only.


Scrapbook Circle September Sketch Challenge

A little late to submit to the challenge but here’s my take on Scrapbook Circle September Sketch Challenge!

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My scrapbook page layout based on Scrapbook Circle’s September Sketch Challenge

It’s not the most well taken photo (my parents took my camera, and how I wish I had bought a printer that is large enough to scan 12×12 pages), and I edited the backing to the layout because I couldn’t get it to not show on the photo without shadows on the page.

But anyway, this is the first time I had stuck to a sketch. I don’t usually start with the sketch, but randomly picking photo(s) that I feel like scrapping at the moment. But the moment I saw the sketch I immediately had the idea to scrap this photo I had wanted to scrap for a long time. I tried to mimic the beach with the layers, so like the sea, the sand and the sky. I originally intended to do a sun up in the top left corner but I got lazy..

Almost all the elements on the page are “handmade”. The “here we go” card is modelled after another journaling card I have but is too big for the page so I scaled it down and scripted with watercolour. If you could tell, the colour I used is dark but isn’t black. I used sort of a midnight blue colour so that it is more cohesive with the colour theme. The volleyball is hand-drawn and coloured with alcohol markers. Despite my limited colours, I was delighted to find the almost exact shade of yellow and blue found on most volleyballs.

The triangle in the top left corner is a white based pattern paper with coloured hearts. Bringing back the white from the “here we go” card and the shirt I’m wearing in the photo. The pinks and reds are also an attempt to draw out the red in the photo as well.

I was having trouble with the title placement because if I go with the horizontal titling on the original sketch I would be left with a lot of space below it which will feel very empty and make it seems as though the title is floating. In the end I managed to avoid all that by forming an arc around the ball. Quite pleased that the spacing worked out too, though now that I look at it the ‘y’ in the ‘volley’ is a little off.

Just a simple design, nothing overboard. Wouldn’t be able to go overboard if I wanted to anyway because it would drive me crazy from all the time I need to put in to think of and make the elements to go overboard with. Still a little reluctant to invest in ephemera packs and stickers and what not because they are ultimately one-use and I find that I don’t have a really cohesive style that I like to scrapbook with.

So yup, that’s my take on the sketch challenge! (Note: you can see some of the other take on the challenge here.)