Scrapbooking Confessions

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LilyAnn: I get the words on the lines by having a text layer for each line, I so hear you, resulting in me usually not giving a second thought and just writing on top of the lines or brushing them away. It is faster than fumbling with leading.

This is a cool thread. I don’t really get clusters either. I guess my confession is that i’m more about memories than about the actual scrapbooks and as such my pages are all full of photos and journaling with not too much space for anything else except a title.

My other confession: I don’t scrapbook in order or by event or anything as organised as all that. I just grab a photo album (physical or digital folder) and “flick” through it til I find photos I want to scrapbook and do that. And.... I don’t consider myself to be behind. 😳

I hate journaling! But I know that it is such an important part of enjoying the creation in the future. Sigh.

It was fun reading thought all your posts- I can relate on so many levels. I would like to scrapbook from a single kit- seems so much easier. But years ago when I decided how to organize my supplies, I broke up all my kits into separate files. This has it's pros and cons. Sadly, it is only recently that I have started keeping a copy of each kit whole.

Kit- I love that you don't consider yourself behind and that you scrapbook what appeals to you in the moment- with no apologies! That is fantastic!

I have always been hopelessly behind with my scrapbooking and am almost finished with a project that is taking the guilt off of my shoulders. Over 10 years ago, my amazing sister-in-law died of cancer and left 3 teen/young adult daughters behind without even a letter or note. My husband and I have watched the girls experience all the major events (weddings, babies...) without their mom or any of her advice. This inspired me to start a Mother's advice scrapbook. On one of the facing pages I have one photo with space for words of advice, affirmation or encouragement. On the page opposite, I have a collage of random pictures (there is no rhyme or reason, no chronology or event- completely random). It is a very fast way to scrap. And if these pictures never get scraped in a more systematic way, at least my kids have access to the photographic evidence of their life as well as words directly from their mom.

I'm a fan of even at the very least, one sentence and a date on every LO. Someday our actual memories will fade, or someone may not be around to have the memory, so it's nice to put at least a little something down. I actually look at fonts and wording as just another design element on a LO too.

I am NOT a kit scrapper. I know most people are, I actually find it really tough to do! I love plundering through my ten years worth of supplies until I find exactly what I want.

This is a fun read!

My layouts are ALWAYS two pagers. I can't seem to do a single page layout because I need the facing pages to match. Lol

Gosh, I can relate to so many of these points. I should just ditto everything here and say they all make up my scrapbooking confession. LOL

But I guess my biggest one is that I rarely put a single photo on a page. I have so many photos I want to include on pages. When/if I do put a single photo on a page, it's usually the "title" page to another page(s) that has a whole bunch of photos like 4 to 9, maybe. I like using filmstrips or those multi-photo frames. I do admire a lot of single photo pages (in fact, I just finished one) but the next page will have several photos on it. So, I usually scrapbook in spreads - when there are a lot of photos. I'm with April on that one.

But here's my more embarrassing confession...I haven't really scrapbooked or been a part of a scrapbooking community in over 20 years and I'm just now getting back into it. Sooooooo...I really have no idea what lots of things are like: blog trains, Junk Journals, Travelers Notebooks, etc etc etc So, I'm educating myself on new and different scrapbook-y things. smiley

Got to agree with Linda, about the multi photos. Didn’t even occur to me that might need to be confessed!!!

Also, I will say, i’ve only been out of scrapbooking for a couple of years and it’s all different! Fun getting to grips with the new terms styles and ideas though!!

As to the single photo scrapbooking, I think we've seen, that we each do this for different reasons.

For me:

1. Designing so others can create.
2. Creativity. Creating for the enjoyment and stretching of my creative brain.
3. Exploring that creativity.
4. Hobby.
5. Memory keeping. (kinda.....I don't really print anything...I should change that.)

Don’t get me wrong: I love seeing single photo layouts and I do get it, i just never manage to do it. Even when I sit down with a layout to scraplift and a photo the right size, it never seems to work for me.

I just meant that for me, it’s not “confession” worthy. It’s just a thing - personal preference.

My confession is that I find it difficult to scrap a page with more than one photo. Any layout that I do with more than two photos doesn't feel artistic - it just looks like inventory. I also struggle with journaling in an interesting manner. And my pet peeve is a button without thread!

Here's mine.

I often use overlays (ones I've made myself or other peoples') for backgrounds and I usually I pull a colour from the photos rather than using predesigned paper. (Only occasionally now do I use a predesigned background.)

Although I admire layouts with many things on them and the artistry of them, it's isn't my style. For myself, I prefer cleaner layouts with few elements and straight lines.

Journalling is really important to me. I've looked at photo albums that have been passed down from family and I can't always identify the people in them which is sad (I got my mom to identify some of them in the past but she has Alzheimer's now. My mother-in-law can't identify all the people in her late husband's family albums). My mom did a couple of paper scrapbooks herself a number of years ago about her genealogy and childhood before she got Alzheimer's, has them with her in her long term care home and looks at them. (They are really helpful for stimulating memories of the past and they've been read by all her grandchildren.)

I've done layouts even with no photos because I don't have any. For example, I recently did a layout about my adult daughter's love of Beanie Babies when she was a child. I didn't have any photos as we didn't take any of them. So instead I downloaded photos of Beanies she once owned from the website, extracted them and used them as embellishments. (I did the same for My Little Pony although I did have a photo of her with her ponies.)

I really like using photo objects as embellishments and I have an old set of Hemera Photo Objects I often use in addition to other embellishments I've purchased (like brads, stitching, frames etc). I have a a number of Dover clipart CDs I use for embellishments or to make my own brushes. I never stick to 1 kit when doing a layout. I have a weakness for anything with vintage style illustrations.

I don't scrap chronologically and I only scrap when inspired ( never want to feel compelled to scrap Therefore my output of layouts scrapped isn't very high. I'm only now just getting back into scrapping after an almost 5 year break (we lost our son in July 2015 to SUDEP - sudden death in epilepsy so I didn't feel like scrapping for a long time.)

I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Welcome back to scrapbooking.

I also love journaling - but I spoke to my mum about it recently and she was flummoxed by the idea. She often wrote the “who, what, when, where” in the memo section of her photo albums but it never occurred to her to write a story on a bit of paper and shove it in a photo slot.

Even when I mentioned it she just looked bemused and said she never thought of it. “It’s a photo album. It’s for photos” was the best she could come up with in response, although I wasn’t criticising. I was just curious why she didn’t add the stories into her album as she was very interested in scrapbooking but “i’m no good at that kind of thing”. Yet, she does share anecdotes when we look at albums.

Scrapbooking, mostly for me, is creating a glorified photo album. I will spread a subject across multiple pages to allow the photos to have their spotlight. Favorite photos will sometimes get a page to themselves with little ornamentation. This is especially true for photos taken on camping trips, vacations and special events. I like journaling and will use it to tell the stories of places we visit. I really love local history. When we go ghost town hunting, I like finding archival photos and researching these forgotten places. It adds poignancy and depth against the photos of tumble down walls and the wilderness around them.
I have created what call "fancy photos" by choosing a standard size page (8x10, 11x14 etc) layering backgrounds adding the photo and maybe a few elements like a tag or brads. I buy the all acrylic frames to put them in.

My confession is that I still working on our digital scrapbook from our wedding photos. (Married in november 2008) smiley

Yeah i’ve not finished my wedding album either and it’s almost 10 years for me. But i don’t scrap chronologically anyway I just scrapbook whatever I want whenever I feel like it.

Yes Kat that is for me also.