Scrappy Saturday…

Where does the time go?  It only seems like yesterday that I was posting for last Saturday.

Today’s topic is Storing Your DSP.  I know everyone has their own way of storing their Cardstock, but this is the way that works best for me & hopefully will help you in sorting your DSP & storage issues, if you have any.

People store their DSP & Cardstock in a lot of different ways. I think it is best to do it the way you are most comfortable with & what suits you

As my space is limited, my A4 Cardstock is stored lying flat & in SU Colour Family. I have a couple of drawers that are made for A4 Cardstock & about 3 colours of each from the one family are stored in each drawer. On the front I have a small colour sample of each with the name written each colour. I know exactly what colour/s each drawer has & because this has been my system for years, I don’t even read the front any longer, just open.

12″ x 12″ Cardstock Drawers – LHS
My 12” x 12” Cardstock is stored in drawers where each drawer holds a Colour Family, including IN Colours. The Cardstock is not taken out of the plastic bag it comes in, but stays in there so that when I need a colour, I just pick up the whole pack & select the colour I want.
Nothing too fancy, but it does suit me & I have had this system for years.
I love my SU! DSP, although it does take me a little time to purchase some of it! It is stored completely different.
When I purchase a packet of DSP, I open it from the top & leave it in the plastic packet until such time as it there is none of it left. I find this works best for me as I am able to store my scraps inside, AND contain them… Who can toss out a scrap of DSP – NOT ME!!!!!. I also find that there aren’t any bent corners to contend with. Doing it this way, there is NO labelling involved!

Information Form…

When my DSP order has arrived & as I love to co-ordinate, I fill in all the information pertaining to the DSP onto a small form I have created & place in front of each pack of DSP. This way, I find I don’t have to keep going to the Idea Book & Catalogue to see what colours go with the DSP, what stamp sets match, dies, etc. It is all there for me….
It did take me some time to work this system out, but now that it has been refined to suit me, I love it!!!! I could easily just write the information on the back, but I sometimes take the thin piece of white card & use it on my projects.

This is especially helpful once the DSP has retired. All the information is there for you & stays with the pack when filed away for the new range of DSP, including the Catalogue, Year & Mini too!!!!!

All current DSP sits on top of the boxes that hold my retired DSP.

Retired DSP in their boxes with currect DSP sitting on top…

Retired DSP on the other hand is something entirely different.

Once a DSP has been retired, I grab the whole lot & store in 12” x 12” boxes for that year. I mark the boxes with the year & the matching Catalogue.

 Storing DSP & Cardstock as above works for me and is taken me years to refine it. Believe me when I say I have just about tried everything, as has most of us. If there is a specific idea that I have seen & works for me, I will give credit where credit is due.

I hope this helps you a little on trying to sort out the way you store your papers & cardstock.

Okey Dokey, on with today’s sketch & layout!

I took this sketch from a very old layout I had completed about 5 years ago.  I love the simple, clean looks of the sketch, although it is open for a lot more.  It is entirely up to yourself. 
After seeing my photos, you will understand the reason for leaving my pages the way they are.  Mind you, if I come across something that I think will suit the page, I will add them at a later stage.  That is the great thing about scrapbooking, you can add later on!
Because I didn’t want to change the colour of the photos, I decided to stick with the oh so very bright colours & try & work them into the pages, finally deciding to work with the colours of Avatar’s costume – Bonnie!  Please ignore the creases in the DSP.  Since taking the photo, I managed to get the creases out by placing a pillow case over the page & ironing over the top of the creases. 

The photos are of my nephew’s 21st birthday last October.  It was a Fancy Dress with the Theme being “Come as your favourite Hollywood Character or Star”.  Jess dressed as Peter Parker, ailais “Spiderman”.

Once I created the first page, I thought it only proper that I do another page with a photo of his family.

As I stated above, the photos are so very bright that I left them blank intentionally & just embellished with a little bit of Ribbon & DSP….. 

I really love the costumes my brother & sister-in-law wore – Mr & Mrs Potato Head.  If only you knew Michael – it suits him to a “T”!!!!!  Love It!!!!

Supplies –
Cardstock – Textured Pacific Point, Basic Black, Whisper White
DSP – Pink Flamingo 2009-2010
Ribbon – 1/4″ Grosgrain – Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
Accessories – Snail Adhesive
Remember, Scrapbooking is meant to be FUN!!!

Scrappy Saturday….

Great news – I am actually posting this on time & the right day!!!!

Today, we will discuss tips on how to organise your photos.  These are my tips & how I like to organise my photos – everyone is different & you have to find the right system which suit you.

Organising your Photos –

The experts will always tell you to start from the most current event. This way it will be much easier & you will not feel so overwhelmed with all the photos in front of you. I am no expert by a longshot, but do agree with this.

I have what I call “A Working Album”. This is an album where I have my photos, papers, embellishments, etc altogether in a 12” x 12” plastic sleeve, including a rough sketch layout, so that when I am ready to scrap this page, it is all there for me. If I am using stamps to complete my page, I just scribble the name of the stamp set on the sketch page. Once this page is completed, I then transfer it to my current album in order that the event occurred. 
It may sound like a lot of work & double handling, but this system works great for me. Everyone is different & eventually you will have a system which works for you.

I also keep a photo album & put ALL my photos in this album. It is in date order. I do not have separate albums for separate events, etc, although a lot of scrappers do this. I often go through my albums & select a couple of good ones that I think would look nice scrapped. I either enlarge these photos or play with them until I am happy with the size I want to use on a page.   These are the photos that go onto a scrapbook pages & then into Scrapbook Albums.

Another way I have heard & seen people do is to sort photos into groups & store them in envelopes. I would then write on the front of the envelope everything about the photos & may even include a start of a layout if you wanted. I would then put these envelopes into a box & mark the box “Photos ready to be scrapped”.  I used to do this with my negatives, when we had negatives.

Mind you, after not doing any for a couple of years, it was great to go back to my photos & find them all sorted with either all the information I needed to complete the page or even bits of what was ideas forming.  All I have to do is follow through on my ideas.

I even found layouts completed just waiting to have the right photo added to the page.  I don’t do it this way very often as I like to scrap to suit my photos.  In saying that, I do know of a lot of friends who scrap pages they have seen or have done in a class, but I am always wondering if they ever do complete their pages with their photos or are they just sitting in their albums never to be used!!!!

Beginners –
If you are just beginning, I would pick a few photos of a recent event, eg birthday party, wedding, picnic, beach, fishing, kids, etc. The photos you select should be enough to finish 1 or 2 pages. Please remember that you do not have to scrap ALL the photos, only the ones that you want. You can always rearrange your pages at a later date.  Don’t feel overwhelmed, take it slow until such time as you feel you can do more.

Special Occasion –
If you have decided that you are going to do an album for a milestone or gift, eg 50th birthday, 25th wedding anniversary, etc collect a group of photos to start with. For this sort of album, they would be best in order, although again you don’t have to scrap them in order. A good starting point is about 30-40 photos remembering that the album will be double-sided.

My introduction into scrapbooking was a 50th Birthday present & boy did I dive in the deep end!  Even though I had only selected a couple of photos from what I thought were important events in the person’s life, it didn’t help that the person had done so much in the 50 years. What started as 1 album turned into 2 & then 3.  I stopped at 3!!!!!!  That was having 1 or 2 photos of each big event!  I must say at the end of the 18 months, yep 18 months, & after presenting it to the person, I was very happy with the albums, received a lot of lovely comments, but more importantly the person was over the moon with it.

That began my scrapbooking journey!

Since then, I have completed another album for a 50th Wedding Anniversary, numerous albums for different people, including many for myself.

I hope the above information is of help in some way to you.

Now on with today’s sketch & page……

I found a lot of old sketches I had drawn up in an old torn, ripped notedbook which had been packed in a box & out of sight.  I don’t even remember doing any of them but thought they would be great to use before being tossed out. 

Don’t forget, when looking for inspiration, go back through your albums, dig out a layout you really like & reuse, reuse, reuse!!!!   You will be amazed at the difference between the 2 when using new papers, embellishments, stamps, ribbon, etc.

Again this sketch is fairly basic, but it is a good place to start.  Once you know your basic layout & where your photos will go, then it is just a matter of selecting colours, DSP & embellishments to finish your page.

For my page, I went with all the colours in the photos, even though maybe just hints of the colours. I didn’t even consider the colour of the dog – which I just realised but palyed a major factor in the “white” – haha.  For my embellishments, I took the vase of shells on the table that can be seen in one of the photos. 

For my journaling, I just typed it on my PC & printed out!

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Seaside (Retired)
Ink – Crumb Cake
Cardstock – Textured Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
DSP – Afternoon Tea (Retired)
Accessories – Snail Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Chalks
Remember, Scrapbooking is mean to be FUN!!!!!

Scrappy Saturday…

This is today’s scketch – another easy one!!!!!  As it is now too dark for a photo to be taken of the page I did, it will be posted tomorrow.  So be sure to head on back to check it out!

Today I am going to share with you the Tools that I find are a Must Have to do any sort of craft, whether it be for Scrapbooking or Cardmaking. 

So you haven’t done any scrapbooking before? 
How do I start?
What do I need?
It is too expensive to purchase all the products & supplies

Yes, it can be overwhelming….  Over the next couple of weeks, I will try to answer a few of the questions people ask all the time & are always shocked by the answers.

I’ve coplied a little bit of a list to help you along your way.  Mind you, if you are a crafter, cardmaker, etc, you will find that you have most of the “Must Have” stuff anyhow.  In fact, you will be surprised at how much “stuff” you will have & then forgotten about!

Basics –
Paper Trimmer – A great investment & a necessry “must have“.  Scissors are grea, BUT over time, you will discover that Paper Trimmers will save you heaps of time, cut much straighter AND faster.  Always ensure your Trimmer has an extendable arm as this is great for 12″ x 12″ Cardstock or DSP (Designer Series Paper).   I always say to my customers, invest in good quality tools & you will have them for life!!!!

Adhesives/Glues – Ensure they are salways “Acid Free”.  This means that your photos will not discolour over time.  A great example are the old albums we all had when we were kids with the plastic film over the photos.  Remember how the film peeled & how your photos turned yellow over time.  If you use “Acid Free” adhesives & glues, this will not happen.   You will find so many different adhesives, glues, etc out there that it can sometimes be confusing.  I know I get confused by choice we have, but I tend to stick to a couple of different ones that I use time & time again.

Snail Adhesive – Glides over the page, just like White Out!  They come in Disposable or Refillble.  Stampin’ Up! have a fantastic one, which is refillable.

Multipurpose Liquid Glue – Temporary or Permanent.  Dual Tipped – small amounts using the small tip or larger amounts using the larger tip.  Excellent for adhering DSP to Chipboard, Stampin’ Glitter to surfaces, Flowers, Buttons, etc.

Stampin’ Dimensionals – Double-sided, self-adhesive foam mounts.  These little things are excellent for layering or giving that 3-D effect, eg making greetings stand out, attaching Bow, Tags, etc. 

Scissors – A great pair of scissors is a necessity.  Please do not skimp on this or you will be cursing every time you use them.  Fine tip is a good idea, especially for detailed cutting.  I have 1 pair for paper only, 1 for stamps, adhesives, etc while my Ribbon Scissors is just that – Ribbon Only!!!!

Embellishments – Ribbons, Flowers, Brads, Stickers, Rub-Ons, etc.  Please remember to use all your embellishments before purchasing more.  You will be surprised at how much you have in your “stuff“. 

Journaling Pen – Ensure your pen is always Acid Free.  There are all sorts around on the market & come in so many different colours that it is mind-blowing…..  If I don’t type my journaling on the computer, I use my Stampin’ Write Journaler.

Albums – Come in 12″ x 12″, 8 1/2″ x 11″, 8″ x 8″ or 6″ x 6″.  Majority of DSP come in 12″ x 12″.  The size you like to scrap is a personal choice.  I like to do the 12″ x 12″, although I have done & do do
8 1/2″ x 11″.  Best bet is to think how many photos you have to scrap & then make the decision based on that.  Do you like to have multiple photos on one page?  Maybe you only have a few to scrap?  Then a smaller size would suit you better.   Remember, most scrapbooks are expandable, with refills pages available.  There are also different types of albums, most popular being Post Bound & Ring BoundPost Bound are held together with screw posts.  When purchasing refills, the post extenders do come with the refills.  Ring Bound are 3 ring bider style albums.  I must admit I use both, but much prefer the Ring Bound.
Cardstock – Comes in Cardstock & DSPCardstock is your single colour card & is thicker than DSP, Textured or Smooth.  DSP is just that – Pattern Paper.  It is either single or double sided.  SU! DSP is all double-sided – better value for money! 
Please remember this information is purely my opinion.  Everyone is different & I am sure there are people out there thinking I have left items off the list or put too much on, but it is only the basic tools which I find helpful & which I use every time.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to check out how I created my page using the sketch provided.  Why not have a go yourself!  Not into scrapbooking, then create a card using the same sketch.

Remember, scrapbooking is meant to be FUN!!!!