Thursday, June 16, 2011

Birth Story's are completed!!

I am so happy I was able to get these done. I did not add every little detail, but the basics are there. The birth experience for each child was very different, and when they are older, they can compare how they came in to the world. I went with a very simple approach, nothing to fancy. The layout and idea for the page, came from a blog post by Ali Edwards about the baby album she had made for her daughter Anna.

My pages are hybrid, I used my computer to print off the paper and the oval embellishments. I used cardstock and border punches to create the strips of paper lying across the photos. An oval punch was used to get the perfect little ovals. On the page for Joshua, I ran the paper strip through the big shot with an embossing folder. The majority of the products I used for these pages were Stampin' UP! The background paper and little ovals were downloads that I purchased and added to "My Digital Studio™". River Rock Card stock was used to create the booklet for the birth story. Basically everything, except for some adhesive and the matte photo paper I printed the images on were all SU supplies. The font I used for the stories is an Ali Edwards handwriting font. I found it on her site as a free download.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Memory Keeping

I was just looking at my iphoto software and I have 10,993 photos that are just sitting on my computer. In addition to the photos on my computer, I have shoe boxes full of photos before digital photography came to be.

I have tried numerous times to get my memories "scrapbooked". I started out with paper and scissors in 1998 and I do have a few scrapbooks done that way, but then around 2004, I decided to try digital scrapbooking. Well, I made a number of layouts, but most of them still remain on the computer, as I never actually printed them out. Maybe two or three made it off the computer. Although digital was less messy and seemed less destructive, I could never seem to get anywhere with it.

I am going to embark on a journey to get my photos in to albums the easy way. Instead of trying to create elaborate pages, I just want to get my photos and my stories preserved. The longer I wait, the longer it is going to take.

I am inviting you to follow me on my journey. My goal is to start with albums for the kids. One album for each year. I also would like to do a family album as well. I decided to go with the three ring binder type of album. I am going with the 12x12 size so I can add as many pages as needed and also vary the style of pages inside. For example, I can use 12x12, 8.5x11 and some that hold 6 4x6 photos and so forth. There are a number of different companies that manufacture these types of albums, including Stampin' UP!

Let the journey begin!