Favourites on Friday - Lulworth Castle revisited

People are always telling me how organised I am, and no matter how often I deny it, they still insist that I am.  Their proof is that I make a weekly grocery shopping list!  The only reason I do that is because I have such a sieve-brain that I know I will forget something vital if I don’t make a list … I still forget stuff even with the list!!!

Anyway, my proof that I am not at all organised is the amount of stuff that I want to do yet never manage to.  Case in point, scrapbooking.  Not that I’m timing myself but I’ve fallen so far behind on all the scrapbook projects I’d planned.  When I was going through the photos last year, I decided that I wanted something less involved than a full-blown scrapbook album for some of our outings.  And came across something called a 'Smash Book' by K&Co; it’s like an old-fashioned scrapbook but updated, with acid- and lignin-free, decorated papers in a spiral-bound A4-sized book.

Got a couple to see if they’d do the job … pleased to find that they fit the bill.  Here’s the first one, for our visit to Lulworth Castle back in 2009 – see what I mean about falling behind?

The cover is embossed – there are different designs – and I picked out the design by dragging an ink pad over it.  Because all the pages are decorated, some with words, the hardest part was deciding which pages to cover with photos; some I left unused because they were too pretty to cover.  I used a few scrapbooking papers, and embellishments to decorate.  Then stapled ribbons to the sides of the pages as tabs.  There’s even a pocket on the inside back cover to store extra bits.

2 of the 'decorated' pages of the book

Another couple of decorated pages

Part of the book

One of the activities - painting a shield, which Gordon did; he still has the shield.

This photo (part of the book) has an end-of-the-day feel; conveniently near the end of the book

Stapled ribbon tabs

Pocket at end of the book

Malaysia scrapbook

My mum passed away in 2006 & according to my custom (Hindu), we observe a year of mourning at the end of which we have a ceremony, like a memorial. The plan was that we, as a family, would go back to Malaysia for 3 weeks, like we always do but 7 months after losing my mum, hubby's mum passed away in Feb 2007. Neil understandably didn't want to leave his dad & be so far away... I didn't want to leave Neil alone... so we decided that I'd go alone for my mum's ceremony but only for one week & leave the boys with Neil. I've had to leave & travel without the boys for various reasons over the years, something I've grown to detest but I couldn't not attend the ceremony.

Meantime, my friend Hatty had lost a dear friend then her grandad had passed on... I'd joked about her coming back to Malaysia with me... Anyway, one thing led to another & it turned out that it was feasible, her coming with me. So that's how we ended up going back to my hometown together & despite the emotions, it was fab, seeing the city I'd grown up in through someone else's eyes.

Afterwards, I made Hatty a scrapbook about our trip and that's the reason why its taken me TWO years to make a similar scrapbook for myself! It was fun though, reliving the memories...

I decorated the colourful album (part of a kit from 'Creating Keepsakes') with tropical cut-outs & part of my airline ticket...

In the 'car' card are printouts of the emails & texts Hatty & I exchanged leading up to the trip.

Instead of trying to squeeze in the journaling for each day onto the pages, I wrote it out separately & placed the journaling pages in an envelope glued onto the back cover of the album.

More scrapbooking

When I realised I had pix of almost every month of the year (hardly ever happens) for 2007, I thought it would be a good year to scrapbook, especially since 2006 had been quite a sad year for us...

To increase the number of pix on the page without distracting from main pix, I made a little accordian-fold 'mini-album' & cut into the page protector to access the album.

I had a sheet of scrapbooking paper loaded with words referring to occasions for each month and thought that would be a perfect end-page display...

A selection of pages from the boys' Malaysian holiday scrapbooks. We always went back to Malaysia for our annual hols and stayed with my parents, and after my dad passed on, with my mum. It was great, a real home away from home, with yummy home-cooking and just being with my mum... We'd always take a mini-break & drive to Melaka (steeped in history) which was only about an hour or so away; we'd always stay in the same hotel with its scrummy buffet breakfast & fab pool. The pix in the first couple of layouts were taken in Melaka, the rest in Kuala Lumpur, the capital, where my mum lived.

The layout in the second picture - to make a feature of the buffalo, I cut it out of the main picture, matted it on a piece of cardstock and stuck it back down.

Again, to increase the number of pictures despite the limited amount of space, I utilised the good old accordian-fold...

Notes on Scrapbooking, and Layouts

It occurred to me that I have been very lax in putting more scrapbooking pages on here... I'll be the first to admit that I'm not very adventurous with my scrapbooking, I don't use paints or any mixed media stuff, I tend to stick to paper & related embellishments. Here are some of the techniques I use or am planning on using:

  • Cut out flowers or shapes from patterned papers as embellishments & (sometimes) attach them with 3D foam

  • Cover slide mounts with matching paper to highlight stuff

  • Use ribbon as photo corners

  • Use tags for journaling, hidden behind pictures

  • Mix different alphabet fonts & styles (flat stickers, chipboard) for titles

  • If using lots of coloured photos, change to B&W so as not to overwhelm the layout with conflicting colours

  • Cut out focal point of photo, mount on paper or card, then glue back onto photo

  • Use ribbons or fibres to border an entire page

  • Use vellum as frame

  • Rip & tear background paper; frames; photos & ink around edges

  • Sandpaper to create distressed look especially with white-core cardstock & edge of photos

  • Partially cover with sheer fabric to give soft, mysterious look

Here are some pages from the boys' baby scrapbooks using some of the techniques:

And a couple each from their birthday scrapbooks; most of the pages feature other kids and I can't be doing with tracking down parents to see if they mind me posting pix of their kids on my blog!

This is part of a layout, using vellum as frame & cut-out flowers as embellishments

Shall post more layouts over the next couple of days...