Europe scrapbook = done and ordered

Finally.  All 100 pages of the digital scrapbook I have been working on since our trip in September 2012 are completed, uploaded, and ordered.  I did about half those pages in the past few weeks!  I am a little bit procrastinator, but mostly just a perfectionist.  I’ve already found things I wish I had done better…

Usually, I like to make my own page layouts for scrapbooks, but with my time crunch I had to fall back on pre-designed page templates (I use Creative Memories software and artwork for digital).  I spent soooo much time sorting photos and deciding which ones I wanted to used (we took ~2000 photos in Europe) that I didn’t have enough time to be really creative with the actual pages.  But I’m still pretty pleased with the result.  Here’s a few sample pages from the book:

Spring Scrapbooking Retreat

I go on scrapbooking retreats about twice a year–it is so nice to set aside a big block of time to be able to focus!  This time I was down in Amish country at a nice inn, working on my photos from Europe last year.

This album I’m doing digitally using the Creative Memories Storybook Creator 4 software.  I love digital because I feel like I have more options: it’s easy to change photo sizes, reuse the same content multiple times, and there are pre-designed templates for when you don’t feel creative with your layouts.

I got 12 pages done…which sounds awesome until you realize that this book will be 100 pages, and my product credit for it expires soon.  I wish I had gotten more done.

But I am pleased with what I did manage to accomplish.  Here are a couple pages from my Tuscany section:

These pages use some elements from the CM “Traveler” kits.  Fonts are Verdana and Jenna Sue. Click on the images to enlarge to the full dimensions (the pages are actually 8.5×11)

Nothing as satisfying as finishing a project

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!  Being Irish, I love St. Patrick’s Day, but I am a little more…demure…in my celebrating than others.  While most people my age will be chugging green beer, I will probably be baking.

On Saturday I spent the day scrapbooking, and got several projects done.  I finished the second of two scrapbooks chronicling my time spent studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain as a junior in college.  Here’s a few sample pages:

I’ve been working on these Spain albums off and on for about 5 years now.  It’s so nice to have them finally done and sitting on my shelf!

I also  made a little layout for my Everyday Display that I got as a Christmas present.  I hung it up in my living room for decoration.

All my supplies used in these pictures come from Creative Memories.  I have been using their products for about 15 years now; while I think they can be expensive, they do have great quality and cute designs.  The Spain pages were mostly done using the “Reminisce” power palette, and the Everyday Display layout is from the “Welcome to Our Home” display accents.