(pic heavy)Newbie would love some c/c

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culturedmom's picture
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(pic heavy)Newbie would love some c/c

Hi all. I am new to this board but not to PO. I have been scrapbooking for a year now and I am ashamed to admit that I am still on the same book and only about 10 pages in. My mom and I started scrapbooking right after we went on a big family Disney Cruise in April 2007. It was my mom, my brother and his family, and my family (me, DH, DD, and DS -who both celebrated their b-day's on the cruise). Anyway, we thought it would be a great way to save such a wonderful memory. My mom created a whole scrapbooking room and it's been a ball.

The problme is I think I am being too much of a perfectionist and I am taking way too long with my pages and that combined with the little time I have, has put me in the position where a year later I still have not finished the one book (while my mom and DD, who btw loves scrapbooking too, have done like 10 books).

So, I thought I would come on over to this board and maybe talking with you pros will get my creative juices flowing. I recently moved away so now I don't have all the great tools in my mom's room anymore (bye bye sizzix :sniff:) and that too has really been hard coming up with ideas and techniques when I am really short on tools.

I have posted some of my pics of my book and the rest I will link to on Snapfish. Please take a look and give me some c and c. You will notice that I think my style is more to the chronological journaling type of scrapbooking rather then just pictures and a embellishment.

Here is one of the earlier pages of our boarding photo.

This is a flip out (I love interactive pages) one pic of it closed and one of both sides open. It flips out to three pages and there are pics on both sides. It was a real pain trying to thread the flip out through the holes in the protective sheet.

I'm posting these pages because I hate the one on the right. My idea was to thread the rope through the letters which I think worked on the left. But I ran out of rope so I had
the idea of making the words look as if they floated of the end of the
rope, but it looks horrible. Any ideas to fix it?

This is my fav. I took the cruise prof. photos and used a book type of layout that
opens out to reveal the photo and on the sides is the menu that I found
online and printed out. I would love more ideas on how to incorporate
8 X 10 photos without having to cut them.

There are few more of the book on flickr.com so feel free to browse if you like. Thanks so much and I look forward to picking your brains. I've been lurking and you all are so creative. http://www.flickr.com/photos/9173494@N03/

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You are very talented!!! Biggrin I don't think you need to change anything but if that rope is bugging you for not being long enough to go through all the letters many you could take it off and get a new longer piece?

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"captainswife" wrote:

You are very talented!!! Biggrin I don't think you need to change anything but if that rope is bugging you for not being long enough to go through all the letters many you could take it off and get a new longer piece?

Thank you for the compliment. I tried taking the letters off but the glue is pretty well stuck and I almost tore a letter. My fear is I don't have anymore of the paper since I moved and if I ruin the one page I will have to do the other all over. I'm trying to think of covering it somehow. Is there a way to un-glue something without ruining the whole page?

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Welcome!!! You joined at the right time. Jump right in the Virtual Crop and hopefully that will get the creative juices flowing.

Wow, I can see why your pages are taking so long. The interactive-ness about them is awesome, but very time consuming. I rarely do pages like that for that reason, though the end result is impressive. I would say in order to get more pages done just have fun and not worry about each page being "perfect". I find the layouts I put together the fastest turn out to be some of my favorites. This is the most common way I do a layout:

Pick out 1-4 pics, coordinating paper, and start playing with a design on the page. Add journaling and step back and see if there is some kind of embellishment I want to add, or it may be complete.

Good luck getting your mojo started again! You don't need a lot of supplies to create beautiful layouts.

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"culturedmom" wrote:

Thank you for the compliment. I tried taking the letters off but the glue is pretty well stuck and I almost tore a letter. My fear is I don't have anymore of the paper since I moved and if I ruin the one page I will have to do the other all over. I'm trying to think of covering it somehow. Is there a way to un-glue something without ruining the whole page?

I am not sure about that, but could you stick something over the letters? That being said, I think it's a great layout.

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Welcome. I'm not a paper scrapper so just wanted to tell you that I like what you have done so far.

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Or w/ the rope, just pull it up over the page and tape it onto the back. It doesn't need to go through all the letters. Adds uniqueness! Smile Otherwise, your work is great!!! Don't change anything!

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"catwmn00079" wrote:

Or w/ the rope, just pull it up over the page and tape it onto the back. It doesn't need to go through all the letters. Adds uniqueness! Smile Otherwise, your work is great!!! Don't change anything!

Hey I think you are onto something there! I'm going to try something like and I'll post a pic when I'm done (the way things have gone so far you shoudl be hearing back from me in...oh...say 2 years? LOL)

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There is stuff called "Undo" that will take all your letters off if they are stickers, and I think if they are glued on...and even let you rehook them. GREAT stuff!

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Where would you find that April? I need to get it!

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welcome!!!

I love the pages you shared here (I have to get to bed, otherwise I'd click on your link and look more). I've gone on a couple Disney cruises and I remember doing the book for the last one (almost 4 years ago, hard to believe it was that long ago!). I had to keep it somewhat simple because of how much I wanted to put in it. so I agree with your throughts that you should let go of some of the perfectionism to make it easier to finish.

Aja had a good idea with the rope, sounds like you're running with it.

You are really creative though, and I love how you do the fold out pages. But you don't want to do too many of those if they're keeping you from finishing the book. Wink

and Undo is great for removing stickers (and rub-ons!). I can't remember where I've seen it, but I'm guessing Michael's has it. Walmart might even carry it.

as far as 8x10s, I have a professional photo book for each of my kids, so I scrap them all of the time without cutting. they're the easiest pages to keep simple! I'll probably do a couple more of those pages during the VC so you might see them if you look at the show and tell thread by Monday night. Wink

anyhow, please stick around and post more! maybe take a break from the cruise book and do some simple layouts of every day life with your kids to inspire you to work out of order. Wink

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DP

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An idea for the rope: how about adding a small fish hook to the end so it looks like the letters have been "caught."

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Shelly, I love that idea.