I think a good way to get started is that I should be doing some scrap booking. I don't do it as often as I would like. I tend to mostly make cards and other projects that intend to give away. Making a card can take me as little as 8-10 minutes if I all ready have the idea in my head. This kind of quick project is perfect for me, since I don't always have all the crafting time I want. Scrap booking is very different for me. I do have a dedicated space in my house to craft in, but it is also a mess right now. It is unfinished projects, memorabilia, and too much stuff!! The only way to beat this monster back is to purge and to scrapbook the important things.
I decided to get started by scrap booking the photos and annual letters that came with our Christmas cards last month. I created this kind of layout last year and I loved it. I originally saw the idea on Nichol Magouirk's blog last year. I think it's a great way to do something with all these wonderful annual gifts I get in the mail and treasure them. Here is a link to Nichol's blog: http://www.nicholmagouirk.typepad.com/
Here is a peek at what I made.
The page on the left has two hidden, pull out, tabs that have more photos on them. I was really trying to pack the pictures into 2 pages.
I'm sorry for the poor photos. I'm not used to photographing scrapbook pages. :-)
I think you get the idea though.
The page on the right has a pocket sewn at the bottom. I used my sewing machine and sewed around three sides of the lower patterned paper. I tucked the annual letters, and a few cards I couldn't fit into the pocket.
I cut that pretty swirl piece with my Silhouette. I had it sitting around waiting to be used.
I will be trying to work on some more scrapbook pages and posting what I have done. I really want to get my area in ship shape because I will be making a bunch of baby shower invites soon and needing my desk to be clean and organized in order to make a large quantity of the same thing.
Do you do a similar thing in order to keep all of your Christmas greetings and photos? Do you make a special Christmas album? Maybe you make a special album to take care of all the photos for each year? If you have a tip or great idea, please leave me a comment. I love Becky's Project Life, but just can't seem to spring for it when I already have so much scrap booking stuff on hand.
Thanks for stopping by!!
Yikes! I forgot to say that the kraft cardstock is by Paper Reflections, patterend paper & stickers is by Basic Grey, the tabs on the pullouts were punched with a punch by Stampin Up! and the flourishy swirl was cut with my Silhouette. Sorry! Thanks for stopping in.