Yay for my first scrapbooking post!
I’m not sure why, but scrapbooking is probably the crafting area I am least confident in, which is sort of weird because I have been doing it the longest. I think part of it is because I want to save products for the perfect page or I’m nervous about making a mistake with my only sheet of a certain paper or maybe my brain is just fried from the other thousands of thoughts I have going on at any given moment by the time I get to scrapbooking (usually late at night after everyone is in bed). Whatever the reason, this is the area where I am the biggest copycat. Thankfully, the scrapbooking world seems to encourage “scraplifting” 😉
I’ve posted a little bit about scrapbooking on my instagram account and have already been getting questions. 🙂 I have a few tips and ideas I’d like to share with you in the coming weeks and months, and I will do my best to answer any questions, but for today, I’m just sharing this fun October layout I created for Hudson’s preschool album with one fun, but hopefully very helpful idea.
I don’t know about your kids, but Hudson brought home hundreds of crafts last year. By the last day of school, I had a drawer overflowing and piles of crafts throughout my house. I am a hoarder at heart and was struggling with tossing them out, so I decided to photograph them. I photographed everything, then picked out my favorites (which was still way too many) and tossed the rest.
*One tip I learned the hard way, is to leave space around the art when you take the photos. This will give you more freedom later when creating collages and/or re-sizing photos for your layout.*
I then created a scrapbook page for each month using photos the preschool gave us at the end of the year and the pictures I took of Hudson’s artwork. I used one of my favorite Laura Vegas layouts as inspiration and a variety of Bella Blvd papers and washi tapes. This page is actually quite simple, but I really love how it turned out. I love looking at Hudson’s art on the scrapbook page and it has helped me tremendously in being able to let go of the overwhelming stack of physical artwork I had taking over my house. I took my few favorite physical pieces of art and slipped them in 12×12 page protectors and included them in the photo album. It makes me happy to know that Hudson’s artwork is actually being admired instead of sitting in a box in my garage.