My Scrapbooking Story

I am a scrapbooker.

I absolutely love this hobby. I do make the odd card and off the page project, but really I am a through and through traditional layout girl. 12×12″ is my preferred size, but I do make mini books too.

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Layout using Crate Paper’s ‘Wonder’ collection.

There are scrapbookers around where I live, however, I don’t go to any crops and there aren’t many places to shop. I love being a part of the online community of scrapbooking. I love posting in Facebook groups, on Twitter and here on my blog. I also watch many many YouTube videos, particularly Adele Toomey’s Inkie Quill channel.

I am lucky enough to have a craft room. My husband converted our dining room and I think it’s wonderful. Not many husbands would put up with having a pink room full of paper and stickers in their house, let alone build it from scratch!

I’m a complete American Crafts fangirl: I love American Crafts. The quality is always brilliant, the tools are so reliable and the range of products and styles is great.

And Thickers…who doesn’t love thickers?!

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Like For Ever October Scrapbooking Kit ‘Hello Beautiful’.

I am a subscriber for a monthly scrapbooking kit by UK based company Like For Ever. It is a fabulous way of not only receiving regular scrapbook goodies, but also of ‘meeting’ new people and being part of a wider scrapbooking community.

I love to scrapbook about everything, big moments, little moments, happy moments, sad moments…..all moments!

I always have my camera to hand and love to capture people, scenery, objects, again pretty much everything. I don’t want these photos to sit unloved in harddrives and online storage devices, I want to print them out and enjoy them. If that moment moved me to take a photo of it, then it is worth documenting. To that end, in my scrapbooks you will find everything! I don’t believe there is such a thing as a bad photo.

My pages always include journalling, even if it just details of the date, occasion and who is in the photo. In the main though, there will usually be a handwritten paragraph of my thoughts and feelings from the time the photo was taken or in reflection.

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Layout using the ‘True Stories’ collection by Shimelle Laine for American Crafts.

I guess I’ve always been a scrapbooker. I used to cut pictures out of magazines and stick them into folders. I’ve always loved stationary, I can’t walk past pretty notebooks or fluffy pens without feeling the lure of making a purchase. When I found crafting products I was a gonner!

I’ve always taken an enormous amount of photos. I just didn’t realise that there was a whole hobby devoted to making decorated books out of them. I started scrapbooking as I know it now in January 2011, after receiving some scrapbooking goodies for christmas from my husband….You see he only has himself to blame for it!

I am a craft supply shopaholic. (Aren’t all crafters?!)

Everytime Crate Paper release a new collection my bank balance suffers!! (If you are reading this dear husband, that statement is pure coincidence!)

I hope you have enjoyed reading my scrapbook story, I have enjoyed writing it.

Love and crafty cuddles,

Scrapbook Bex.

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Scrapbooking With Kids

I love getting messy in my craft room. I often emerge covered in glue, glitter, ink and sequins! My son wanted to get in on the act.

So I did what I usually do and set up his little space next to me and got out the bits and pieces I keep aside for him to use.

He has his own stash that I’ve bought from various kids craft ranges and also things that I had in the early days, when I bought everything I saw and inevitably never used.

“No mum, I want to scrapbook with you.”

Now this was a different prospect altogether.

Scrapbooking with me?

I have never collaborated on a project before and although I love him dearly, I was worried the layout would seem messy in my album and not fit in.

We decided we would give it a go. He picked the photographs he wanted to use. Three 6×4″ pics of him drawing rainbows. From this we decided to make the page into a rainbow. We found lots of coloured paper and some stamps.

We got messy:

Really messy!

We made a rainbow by tearing up patterned paper and making a collage. (I didn’t cry about all that paper, honest!)

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Patterned paper collage.

We each stamped a different rainbow and coloured it in.

My stamped rainbow.
My stamped rainbow.
My son's coloured rainbow.
My son’s coloured rainbow.

He wanted to cut all of the background off the photos to make sure the focus was solely on him. (He doesn’t get that from me!)

What about a title? He went for the stack of Thickers.

Oh no! Not the Thickers!

He got several different packets out of the basket…

…And breathe!

He went to the washi tape drawers…

More breathing!

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Thickers and washi tape.

Here is our finished page that we created together.

The finished layout.
The finished layout.

And do you know what? It’s actually one of my favourites. It may not be the prettiest layout I’ve ever created, but it still has pride of place in my album.

There is colouring out of lines. There is a mish-mash of Thickers. Odd-shaped photos. But I don’t care!

What’s more?

We had so much fun being creative together. It was quality time and he got a lot out of it.

While there might not be washi and Thickers going into his craft basket any time soon, it helped me to realize that scrapbooking is not just about the end product, but the joy of being creative. I also realized that all of those hoardable items are better sat on a page than in a basket too.

Perhaps you might let a little one in your life raid through your Thickers?

Love and crafty cuddles,

Scrapbook Bex.