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Make Your Own Beach Wedding Scrapbook Pages

Summer weddings are full of enchantment and unconventional (or conventional!) traditions. Casual or outdoor ceremonies inspire the most delightful wedding album decorations. When you go to decorate your next beach wedding scrapbook, create a really unique background with some beach inspiration.

nice wedding albums

Here’s what you do:

  • For a beach wedding, gather bits of sand to keep from the ceremony and find a nice wedding scrapbook.
  • For this page, get blue or tan colored scrapbooking paper to decorate.
  • Drip some liquid glue around the outside of the page to trace out a framed area, then fill in the area with a few dots.
  • Spread the glue evenly and thinly, with something like a popsicle stick.
  • Sprinkle the sand evenly across the page, then shake off any additional sand. Let the page dry.
  • Do this with several pages.
  • For some pages, try covering just the bottom half with sand only, to make the impression of a beach.

You’ll have textured, fun looking beach pages to go in your beach wedding scrapbook in no time. It’s so simple, a kid can do it! What’s your favorite part about decorating your own pages?

Decorate a Page Together for “Cheer Up the Lonely Day”

Can you believe there’s an entire day devoted to “Cheer Up the Lonely”? July 11th you can make someone’s day by inviting them over to share in scrapbooking fun.

Many scrapbookers overlook the fun that’s had when you scrapbook with friends. Maybe you’re the “someone lonely” who needs a little cheer. You can make your day brighter by making a group scrapbooking effort.

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Here’s how to start your scrapbooking efforts.

  1. Find a common cause to scrapbook for. It can be a gift for someone, or maybe a fun day you both remember.
  2. Pick a day. You don’t necessarily have to celebrate on July 11th just make sure to do it this month!
  3. Get your scrapbooking supplies together. You can even pick out a new scrapbook to start a project together beforehand – even more fun!

Make your fun and cheerful scrapbook with someone looking for friendship this July. How else can you think to celebrate on “Cheer Up the Lonely Day?”

How to: Decorate with Fabric Photo Albums

Fabric Wedding Scrapbook Album

Take a page from decorating tips involving beautifully bound books – decorate with your beautiful fabric photo albums! You can use what’s hiding on your shelves to brighten dull areas of the house!

Rather than just filling and filing away those fine fabric photo albums, why not leave them out. You can add color to side tables and depth to your walls.

There’s a few ways to use photo albums as decorations:

Stack em! Pile up an assortment of colored albums on a side table. Pick albums of all the same size and stack up evenly against a wall, or spiral slightly in a stack in the center of the table.

Rack em! Mount single level bookshelves along the walls to hold your fabric photo album collection, regularly with binding facing out. Or feature a few select albums, like your fabric wedding photo album and first baby fabric photo album on a few shorter shelves. Place one photo album on each shelf with the cover facing outwards – giving you easy access to all of your most precious moments.

These are just a few of our favorite ways to show off fabric photo albums as part of your décor. There are a lot of other ways to use fabric photo albums in your design. Feel free to share with us your ideas below!

Colorful Scrapbooks and Tie Dyed Scrapbooking Pages to Match!

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There are few things as fun for kids as gathering up a bunch of white clothing, dripping and dipping in rainbow colors and laying out in the sun to dry! It’s all part of immortalizing the colors of summer, and you can do the same in your scrapbooks!

While you’re waiting for the shirts to dry, have the kids help in making tie dye scrapbooking pages with the leftover dye.

What you need:

  • Some form of dye, like from tie-dying (You don’t need to start off with tie-dying, it’s just more fun this way!)
  • Plain scrapbooking pages
  • Eye dropper or spray bottle (More than one is better!)
  • An outdoors or covered area to work in.
  • A fun and colorful scrapbook to put your pages in.

Fill the eye dropper or spray bottle with dye and color different sections of the scrapbooking paper. If you have multiple bottles, you can easily change out colors. Then leave it to dry, either flat or hanging alongside your spiffy new shirts!

These pages will be the perfect thing for you summer photo pages – or better yet as a background for all of your tie dying photos!

Celebrate summer fun with tie dying in your summer scrapbooks and photo albums! What else have you tried tie dying?

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Celebrate Sewing Machine Day with a Stitch in Scrapbooking! Part 2

Beautiful Girl Sewing

Last week we told you ways to use your sewing machine to make brilliant new scrapbooking page designs. Even if you don’t have a sewing machine – or lack the skills to use one – for this little holiday, you can bring stitching inspiration into your scrapbooking page for the day.

Get your stitch on to celebrate with some fun scrapbooking page designs. What you’ll need:

Faux stitch your pages together using evenly spaced cuts and ribbon. Take a ruler and mark out two holes for your ribbon to peak through, every one to two inches. Depending on the width of your ribbon, space the two holes out not more than twice the width of the ribbon. So for a ¼ inch ribbon, try ¾ gaps to show the ribbon and 1 inch gaps between each of those holes.

Run the ribbon through these holes, around your entire page or small sections. Try different ribbon types and thicknesses on the same page for a mismatched patchwork look!

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Celebrate Sewing Machine Day with a Stitch in Scrapbooking! Part 1

Scrapbook Baby

Break out the big sewing machines! June 13th is Sewing Machine Day – and the perfect occasion to pull out that old machine and make some really unique scrapbooking pages!

Blow the dust off that old sewing machine to make some small decorations to add to your scrapbooking pages.

  • Make your own small and simple decorations! Cut out small circles, hearts and stars in fabric. Then sew along the edges. Try different sizes, and mixing and matching small shapes with slightly larger ones and layering them.
  • Sew your paper pieces together. If you’re an old sewing machine pro, sew images and shapes on the paper inserts for your scrapbooking project, like flowers. Not so pro? Keep it simple by layering papers with a straight or boxed stitch. It’ll still look impressive, especially if you use different types, like those available on newer sewing machines.
  • Forget the glue; sew your photos into pages. Make paper frames or cut out designs to frame your photos in a fun and different way.

Don’t have a sewing machine? Check back in next week for ways to celebrate Sewing Machine Day without a machine!

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Learn with Colors: Scrapbooking Fun for Kids!

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The sky is blue, the grass is green, and dirt is brown! There are lots of ways to learn about colors with kids, and you can make it even more fun by making a colorific scrapbook with your kids.

What’s a Colorific Scrapbook?

Assign one color of the rainbow to each page in the scrapbook. Each scrapbooking page can be a burst of red or green, with all matching photos and decorations. You can even have multiple pages of colors – ei. vivid and pale reds! It’s both educational and fun!

What you’ll need:

  • A digital camera
  • A scrapbook
  • Colored scrapbooking pages
  • Colored scrapbooking supplies

Let the kids take photos around the house or give them all week to find all the colors of the rainbow. Encourage them to look for color in the details. They might find green in the peas at the dinner table and orange in the sunset. Challenge older kids to take photos only in the kitchen or in nature. Match the photo to the page, and decorate with one color to make your colorific scrapbook.

Rather than just learning the colors, apply the concepts in a fun activity and make a colorful scrapbook your kids can hold onto for years!

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Fun Family Portraits!

family photo albums

Everyone on the beach together, whole families gathered around the dinner table – your photo albums are probably full of many great family shots. Sometimes you get tired of flipping past the same old portraits.

Better than Boring

What may be boring you may just be the way everyone is posed. At the next family gathering, try these tips to spice up your family photo album.

  • Crowd in and huddle up! When people aren’t touching, subliminally they look distant. When you make sure everyone is touching in the photo, everyone looks more emotionally close. Get everyone as close as possible for extra love!
  • Fight straight lines by having the parents in the center. Not only are they usually taller, acting as a great center to your photos, but it’ll also bring the whole family together.

What makes each photo special is the people in it, and the memories made. So it doesn’t matter what sort of photos you fill your family photo album with in the end, just so long as you have them!

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Make a Musical CD to go with Your Photo Album

digital photo cd

If you’re wondering why there’s music in the air, you must have not realized it’s springtime! There’s no excuse not to be singing. If you enjoy music, you probably have some songs that have a special meaning to an occasion, group of friends or just what you sang along to on the radio.

When you look through your photo album, how many of your other senses come to life? A musical CD could be a great way to make your photo scrapbook even more memorable!

Make a special CD to tuck into your album and play along when you go through the album. It may be the soundtrack to a road trip, your favorite songs from the past year, or the songs playing at a Easter this year. Find all the songs that played on in the background as those photos were taken, and burn a CD.

You can either keep the CD in the back pocket many scrapbooks have, use a CD album refill page, or make your own pocket on a page.

What songs would make up the soundtrack to your most recent scrapbook?

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Rainy Spring Day Scrapbooking Ideas

Rainy Spring Day Scrapbooking Ideas

Rain,  rain go away. Come again another day… when you’re prepped for scrapbooking! Rainy days can be full of bright possibilities so long as you’re prepared with scrapbooking supplies.  Rather than go out for supplies to occupy your rainy day be ready with some all natural spring time scrapbooking supplies.

Using nature’s supplies you can make beautiful mixed media pages with depth and color. Before the sky opens up, get outside and collect materials to make springy scrapbooking pages. Here are a few items to pick up on your nature shopping list:

  • Fresh flowers
  • Tree blossoms
  • Leaves
  • Feathers
  • Ferns

Once you have everything gathered, press your found items in a heavy book to become scrapbooking accents. Add a dictionary or two for additional weight!  There’ll be no need to drive to the store in hazardous conditions! All your scrapbooking supplies will be ready for your next scrapbooking project, drying in the home!

Get a matching nature themed scrapbook album for your nature inspired scrapbooking project. What other things can you make into all natural scrapbooking accents?

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