Wednesday, August 18, 2010

San Diego Travel Album

Finally I have found some time to post this travel album now that I finished it and got some pics of it.  This is the infamous San Diego album that has been in the works for the better part of a year {almost} and I have to say that now that it's done, I am very happy with it.  I think that it is probably the most detailed album I have ever done and I will explain why as I walk you through it.
The cover is my favorite of all the covers I've done because it's fun yet simple, I used the Making Memories Passport Line throughout the entire book so if you're curious about a product start there.  For the 'S' in San I used the negative of a chip board punch out, I painted it and then stamped it with a different color of paint.  Once it dried, I wrapped a bit of baker's twine {Martha Stewart} and then used one of the fabric flowers from the Passport line.  The rest of the title is done with black letter stickers and the 'D' is the positive portion of another chip board punch out.  I used a couple of different brads to add the finishing touch, along with the fabric tag, and called it done.
Here's a look @ the inside pages, I love this photo angle, it gives some great hints but doesn't spoil the surprise inside.  As for the pages, I decided on the overall layout long before I ever even left for the trip so that I knew what to look for and what to keep along the way.
My first thought in creating this travel album is that I wanted it to have a ton of personality, so to do this I used clear pages for everyday of my trip.  I used the photos to back each other from one side to the next so that you had something to look at other than the back of the front photos, I think that not only worked out very well but it also gave the book a cohesive line across the board and I am finding that I like for things to have a connection.
Next I wanted my album to have a place for lots of journaling.  It's ironic to me that I have so much to include in a travel journal but can't for the life of me ever figure out what to say on my layouts, so anyways I wanted to go with this tradition I have {every trip I've ever been on I have taken a notebook and pen and journaled almost everyday of the trip - and then again on the way home} and include my thoughts in the book, this is where the line of paper I used really came in nicely, the Passport line by Making Memories has a wonderful ruler pattern and that is what I used to jot my entries on.  Now in all fairness, I don't actually write in it while on the trip, once again I use my notebook, then once I get home and have some time I take my time and just recopy everything that I wrote down, very rarely changing it from the way that I originally wrote it out - I think it keeps it more authentic that way.
My last thought in creating this album for myself, is that I wanted a place to store all the maps & brochures that I know I'll want to keep but not necessarily use on the actual pages.  In doing travel albums in the pass this is usually my most frustrating issue, so I decided to include a 6 X 9 white mailing envelop for each day of the trip that way everything would fit and not get torn up from having too much in an envelop.  I absolutely loved the way this worked out and will definitely have to do this again in my next travel album, it was simply a great solution for me.
Last but not least here are a couple of photos of some of the ephemera that I like to keep {ephemera: paper items not intended for a long time usage}, other things to include would be ticket stubs, postcards, subway pass or bus pass, anything of the sort that 'would help to tell a more complete story' - as Ali would say.
Now don't ask me why I kept what I did, there really is no rhyme or reason for any of it, but boy does it look cool having all those things now just tucked nicely inside, I love it.
Well everyone I hope you enjoyed looking @ my book with me, I always enjoy sharing with everyone.  Would be nicer if I had time to make more stuff to share but oh well, eventually all things come to pass including more scrapbook works from me.  So until next time, thanks for spending time @ my blog and have a great rest of the week!
just B...... creative.......ur way

Thursday, August 12, 2010

the organization continues

So for those of you curious to know how the reorganization is coming...well it is slow.  Everything I do these days seems to take forever, guess that's life with a family, but I'm okay with that.  I'm trying really hard to be really thorough so that the next time I need to purge it won't take near the effort, besides where's it gonna go... right?

                                  
Here is a look at my downstairs floor {which is my scrap space and where we keep our desktop} covered with 12x12 patterned paper and this is just the warm colors, with a few of my blacks & creams showing @ the top... that's a lot of paper
                                      
Here's another look, this is all of my cool colors, blues & greens & teals, etc.  Yeah I know what you're thinking, "What in the hell were you thinking?"  Well...I'm not quite sure, but I like all of my options : )

Here is the last photo of my 12x12 stash, now keep in mind that this pile doesn't include all of my 8 1/2 x 11 papers, nor does it show all of the 8x8 papers I have so in actuality, this is probably only 90% of it all.... patterned paper that is {please don't even get me started on card stock}.  The good news is that in my quest to purge, I have unloaded about 20% of my paper stash, so I am very happy about this progress.  As for how long it will take me to finish this over-whelming process of cleaning out my scrap stash, I have not a clue, but you will hear about it the minute that it is all done.  Now off I go to purge some more, take care!
just B.... and let it go!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

For Today

outside the window....
the kiddie pool that needs refilling is staring @ me

i am thinking...
how I am going to get some scrap time in today

i am thankful for...
the few extra moments of quite before both of my beautiful girls get up

from the kitchen...
trying my hand at banana pancakes

i am wearing...
a new pair of Capri's I picked up last week @ Sam's Club

i am creating...
an organized scrapbook space

i am going...
to get my chores done so that I can play

i am reading...
the lovely bones

i am hearing...
the TV coming on which means my quite time is done

around the house...
the laundry has piled up, toys are everywhere, and my scrap room is a mess

one of my favorite things...
is waking up to fresh brewed coffee

a few plans for the rest of the week...
*finish decluttering my scrapbook room
*do a layout or two if I can find some extra time {have some new Tim Holtz's dies that I really want to use}
*make a couple of birthday cards that are creeping up on me
*post my San Diego travel album

things that can wait...
*the house cleaning
*e-mail
*me...waiting for inspiration to come or maybe I should call it motivation

a photo to share...


Coming later this week:  San Diego Travel Album 
Status:  completed
Rating:  ****

Hope all of you will continue to stop by off & on throughout the month, I don't post often so no need to hurry.  Sure hope you are liking what you are seeing, leave me a comment anytime, until next time take care

just B.....creative....u style