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Top Scrapbooking Tips

I just love scrapbooking!  I find it so relaxing and I spend any spare minute I can find pursuing my hobby although this can be difficult sometimes with a husband and two little boys running around the house.  Brian, my husband understands my love for my hobby and he makes sure that he keeps the boys out of my hair for a little each day so I can pursue my passion.

Scrapbooking allows my creative side to come out and I love that!   I can focus my energy and time into my hobby and produces some amazing pieces.  Of course most of my scrapbooks focus on my family and what we get up to.

Scrapbooking is something you learn and improve at, but one thing I always keep coming back to is a list of important scrapbooking tips that I was given by my good friend Wendy.  She gave me this list when I first started out scrapbooking.  These ideas really helped me and I want to share a few with you.

1. Workspace
Your workspace is extremely important.  If you are not comfortable, do not have enough area to work in or you are constantly interrupted it will show in your scrapbooking projects.  Bear in mind that scrapbooking can take Pendant Lightsintense concentration at times.

Lighting also plays a massive role while you scrapbook.  Remember, you are often working with small objects, pieces of paper and stickers.  The correct lighting will go a long way to helping with accuracy when placing small objects.  For this reason, I have pendant lights in my scrapbooking room which I can switch on and off as I move between my work areas.

My workspace has everything I need.   Other than the pendant lights providing specific task lighting, I have three work areas, storage filled with scrapbooking supplies and a bookcase with scrapbooking magazines and books.  These give me so many great ideas for new projects.

The most important thing in my room is my beautiful wall clock.  It was a

10th anniversary give from Brian.  Not only does it look amazing but it fills the important function of helping me to keep track of time while I am scrapbooking and as you know, time flies when you are having fun!  My wall clock has actually saved one or two meals in my oven as I love to sneak away to scrapbook while I am waiting on something cooking in the oven.

Modern wooden wall clock

2. Organise!

I can’t stress this enough!  Remain organised at all times; it really makes scrapbooking so much easier.

I like to work on multiple projects at once but I make sure that I keep all materials and any notes separate.  I also pack each project into its own storage container when I am finished working.  That way nothing can get mixed together, and believe me, with young boys around, it can happen so easily.

Before you start each project make sure you have everything you may need including materials and tools.

3. Plan your project

Planning your project beforehand really is the best way to scrapbook.  If you know exactly what you want to achieve, you can be sure your end product will be a masterpiece!

I often write planning notes before I start, with lists of materials I might need as well as specific tools I will use.

I have made copies of this list for my students for my first scrapbooking class next week!  I think they will find it as useful as I have.

I can’t wait to teach others about scrapbooking, I am sure they will love it as much as I do.  It is going to be so much fun!

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My first scrapbooking class

The big day finally arrived and I was really nervous but excited at the same time! I could not believe that I was going to teach a group of people about my favorite hobby.

My hobby was turning into an income generator!  I have no doubt that any income that I do receive will be ploughed straight back into scrapbooking!  I think the thing that made me most happy was that I was going to be sharing my knowledge about scrapbooking with other likeminded people.

Time for scrapbooking!

picI was a nervous wreck by the time the doorbell rang, signalling the arrival of the first scrapbookers for the evening!  Of course, my three closest friends would arrive first!  That really helped to ease my nerves.  Barbara, Kate and Mary had wanted to give scrapping a try for a while and they were the first to sign up when I told them that I would be starting a class.  My sister, Annie, arrived next followed by two ladies who had seen an advert I placed at the local library.  June and May were young and full of fun.  They kept us laughing all night and I am so glad that they came.   They said they would bring a few more friends the next time as well!

I decided that we would all sit around my big dining room table, so that everyone would have more than enough space to work.  It would allow us to keep a glass of wine close at hand as well, very important to break the ice!

I recently bought some beautiful blue cushions online and placed one on each seat.  It was interesting to see how each person used the cushions differently.  Some sat down on them, others used the cushions and leant on the seat with one knee while standing and working, while Annie put the cushion on the floor to rest her feet on!  That’s what you get for wearing high heels all day I guess!

To make sure we had enough light, I placed our nice new modern floor lamp in the centre of the table.  Not only did it help us while scrapping, it made finding our wine glasses easier as well.

What an enjoyable evening

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Our first scrapbooking project involved our favourite picture of ourselves.  This would then form the cover for our scrapbook.  After I presented a few ideas and answered a couple of questions everyone got down to business and I am pleased to say that they produced some amazing covers.  They are all so creative!  I was extremely proud of Annie’s though, she really did a brilliant job, and her project looked amazing.  I guess scrapbooking talent runs in the family then.

The class went on for over two hours and we spent the last half an hour chatting, joking and laughing while we drank some coffee.  I think everyone really enjoyed their evening.  We will have two more classes in the next two weeks and then our family is on a week’s break to Italy!  I can’t wait.  I have never been there before!  It is going to be so much fun!

Scrapbooking ideas for a picnic

Happy summer holidays!

I really love this time of year.  The boys are on school holidays, Brian takes a break from work and we get to spend some quality time as a family!  It helps that the weather is perfect as well; we spend a lot of our days outdoors.

As the boys are now getting older and starting to enjoy playing outside, we decided to take them to the beach during the first week of the holiday.   Brian had a great idea and suggested that we should have a beach picnic.  I love picnics, but we don’t go on nearly enough of them as a family.   I decided that if we get a few picnic necessities then it is probably something we would do more often.  No good buying picnic equipment and letting it stand around unused!

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I bought a large picnic basket from Bask Picnic Rugs (there has to be space for some bubbly you know) and a beautiful red and white picnic blanket.   It is massive and perfect for our family and more if we invite someone along.

The morning of our picnic I was up early making sandwiches and packing in treats for our day at the beach.  I invited Annie and her kids to come along and everyone had such a ball together.  Annie’s girls are two years older than my boys but they all get along so well.  Brian, Annie and myself had an awesome time just relaxing and chatting while the children ran up and down the beach, splashed in the water, made sandcastles and ate ice-cream of course.  What’s a trip to the beach without ice-cream?  I think they probably enjoyed that the most!

Annie was really impressed with the picnic blanket, especially its quality and size.   She spent most her time lying on it and relaxing.

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Collecting the goodies

I had some great ideas for a holiday scrapbook so we went for a walk along the beach.  We picked up small pieces of driftwood, some shells, seaweed and a seagull feather.  We also filled a small flat plastic container with some sea water and collected some beach sand.  The boys enjoyed running along the beach bringing back items they had found along the way.  They have boundless energy at times; I don’t know where they get it from.

Along with the 150 photos I took of our day out, the beach mementoes we collected will form the start of the boy’s first beach picnic scrapbook.  I really like to use different pieces to help make the scrapbook interesting and all the mementoes we collected will help with that.  I am also going to include drawings that I will have the boy’s do of their day at the beach.  I can’t wait for out next picnic!  Maybe we will try the forest next time.