A scrapbooking advocate chatting about memory keeping!
Scrapbook Bex is a thirty-something who is passionate about creative memory keeping. A wife and mother, she has plenty of opportunities to explore her love of photography. But one of the things she is most interested in is scrapping the everyday.
I hope you enjoy reading this blog and most of all, I hope you feel inspired to give scrapbooking a go.
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Thank you all so much for sticking with me in my time of transition.
Currently I am in the process of a big move around in my crafting area. I have pretty paper and embellishments everywhere. On the one hand it’s very pretty, but it’s also frustrating to see all the things I can’t use.
As a result of this my YouTube channel output has suffered. I am hoping to restart creating as soon as possible because I’m really missing it.
Thanks for being patient, subscribing, liking, commenting and for all of the support.
And if you haven’t seen my channel yet, please take a look at ‘Scrapbook Bex’.
So, this week I started a YouTube channel and so far I am really enjoying producing videos for it.
The online scrapbooking community has been such a positive place for me and I love playing my part within it.
I had my doubts about how I would go about making videos, if it would cost me any money, were my layouts going to match up to the many fabulous ones already out there, would anyone watch my content?
I thought I am probably not the only person to feel this, so I am going to tell you all how I have found my first six days. Unbelievably in these six days I already have, at the time of typing, 84 subscribers!
This is my scrap station. When I am making a process video I can scrapbook normally. One of my worries was that having a camera overhead would be obstructive. It is worth the time researching the options for what will work for you in the space that you have if this is something that you are interested in doing.
I film with my iPhone 5s. I didn’t have to buy anything specifically for filming except the tripod.
I am using a free app called iMovie. On this I can edit content and create voiceovers. I don’t have to commentate as I scrap and viewers don’t end up having to watch me being indecisive and doing the mundane tasks like applying glue.
Using the iMovie app has been relatively easy so far. I watched a tutorial on YouTube, wrote down the basics of what I thought I would need and picked the rest up as I went along. I’m sure there will be more I need to know, but I’m all set for now.
Editing videos can be quite time consuming at first and is definitely not going to interest you if you don’t have patience! For me, I can sit and do this in an evening easily enough.
I scrapbook by a window. In the UK, particularly when it’s midwinter , natural daylight can be almost impossible to capture. I have my main room light on and a desk lamp. So far these have been adequate, but in the near future I would like to invest in a daylight lamp.
I watched a lot of YouTube videos from other crafters before I started my channel. I still continue to do so. I loved watching kit unboxings just to get an idea of what is in them and see if these match my style. I was able to make informed choices about which clubs would suit me. I belong to a couple of kit clubs and I plan to unbox these on my channel in the hope that it helps other people the way it helped me.
I have some ideas about the types of series I can make. But for now I just want to find my feet.
I have, however, started a series called Selfie Saturday. I am experimenting by starting one series and if it goes well I can start another one. I understand it helps subscribers to know when to expect your videos, I just wouldn’t want to over commit myself to something I couldn’t keep up with.
I have made some low cost titles. I stuck the channel name in alpha stickers on a plain project life card. I scattered some paper flowers around my desk and wrote out my contact information. Maybe I can upgrade my opening sequence when I’m a few weeks in, but honestly I don’t actually mind them.
I have some title music. Make sure to use some royalty free music which you can find already contained in the iMovie app or by searching on Google.
I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of my crafty friends. Their comments and encouragement are have been so uplifting. One person in particular has been like my YouTube mentor and so I extend my thanks to Emma at Pollys Papercrafts.
Below is a link to my channel. I do hope you’ll pop across and enjoy the content there.
As far as my blog goes, this has always been a place I feel I want to come to when I have something to say about crafting. I see this as my place to write articles and opinion pieces. The channel is where I will show craft hauls, process videos and all those kinds of things.
I have almost figured out how to use Instagram. It’s a bit of a work in progress. I am comfortable with Twitter. However Pinterest as yet escapes me. I’m just not sure how to work it. But Rome and social media weren’t supposed to be made and conquered in a day right?
So that’s it from me for now. I hope this has informed you of how easy it can be to get started filming and also you have found me sharing my experiences interesting. Perhaps this may be something you are wanting to consider?
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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:
We made a rainbow by tearing up patterned paper and making a collage. (I didn’t cry about all that paper, honest!)
We each stamped a different rainbow and coloured it in.
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…
He went to the washi tape drawers…
Here is our finished page that we created together.
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!
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?
All scrappers will face this conundrum at some point:
Double sided paper.
Fabulous A side, fabulous B side. Sometimes we hoard that piece of paper for months, not being able to choose which side to use.
See what I mean? I look at those wonderful papers and instantly have ideas. Then look on the reverse and pause. Maybe this side would be better?
I regularly can’t decide. I often hear other crafters saying the same. On YouTube haul videos and blogs I hear those hard decisions being made all the time.
Have you ever considered using both sides? I’m not talking buying another sheet here, I’m talking about scrapping on both sides of the same sheet.
As long as you plan each layout and the placement of each element then this is completely doable.
I mean it!
Elements like brads and stapling need to be taken into consideration, if you plan to use them. But these can still be carefully covered over by a cluster on the other side.
I had this conundrum recently when using the Wonder collection from Crate Paper. A lovely sheet of garlands and a lovely sheet of pink on the opposite side.
“Oh Crate, why did you do this to me!”
I didn’t want to cut into the sheet, to me both of them suited being a full background sheet by themselves. So eventually I decided to scrap on both sides. I think it worked out quite well and I will be doing it again.
You really can’t tell that there’s a layout on each side of the paper. I’ve stamped, glued, used mists and the like and it has not harmed the opposite layout.
There are some benefits to doing this. You don’t have to buy another sheet, leaving you spare cash to perhaps get another paper from the collection. You may not believe this, but it is actually lighter in your album and takes up less bulk.
When sticking down items like enamel dots, or anything 3D, you may want to consider putting those on last so that you can work flat on the other side.
I hope you consider this method next time you have this scrappers dilemma!
I visited TK Maxx this week. It seems they’re stocking up on craft supplies again. I was weak, I couldn’t resist!
I had seen on Facebook that people had been lucky recently on visiting their local store, so I popped in on the off chance. I thought I would be safe as our store doesn’t usually have many craft things. I didn’t even pick up a basket!
As I walked up to the paper aisle I saw a lady restocking the shelves. And yes: I was that person picking things up faster than she could put them down!
I saw paper pads, I saw brads, I saw embellishments, I saw stamps…
Amy Tan, Dear Lizzy, Heidi Swapp, Pink Paislee, We R Memory Keepers, Snap, My Mind’s Eye, American Crafts, Studio Calico, Recollections, Maggie Holmes…..
What’s a girl to do??!!
As you can see, this girl couldn’t resist!!
One of my favourite purchases were some We R Memory Keepers pocket page cards, birthday ones. Always useful. Also various roller phrase stamps, I am really in to these at the moment. I may have squeaked a little in store when I saw them…Other people get THAT excited don’t they??
Have you checked out your local TK Maxx? I highly recommend it. Great brands are available at bargain prices! Those pocket page cards were only £3.99!
Ok, I have to go and find storage space for all those new yummy supplies.
Well a lot of a rut actually, but you get my drift!
Life has been a bit rough and my creative juices said bye-bye. Scrapbooking has been both the last thing on my mind and also the thing I’ve wanted to do most in order to escape life’s stresses.
Yet, every time I’ve entered my craft room I’ve felt completely uninspired.
Today I decided to think positively. I went in the craft room and found my way out of my scrapbooking rut. I have come up with 10 ways that may help you to do the same:
Think positively. I walked in to my room with zero expectations. I realized I’d been putting myself under pressure to be creative and that’s never going to produce good work. Even if I’d managed to create a layout I would have undoubtedly hated the result and been even more disheartened than I was to start with.
Do an unrelated crafty task. I picked up an unused sheet of acetate tags and cut them up. Seeing and handling the tags started little thoughts of what papers and photos it would match etc…
Look through your photos. I have my photos printed up and store them in photo boxes. Looking at a computer screen to see my photos doesn’t inspire me. Having printed examples lets me match the colours up to papers and embellishments. Sometimes just popping a photo onto a piece of paper is all it takes.
Go back to a favoured collection or kit. I had a new and untouched kit ready to go, but sometimes that first cut just won’t happen. I went back to my previous kit, “Oh So Lovely” by http://likeforever.co.uk featuring Crate Paper’s ‘Wonder’ collection. The last layouts I made were from this kit and I had enjoyed it. So I decided to revisit the kit to see if I could get going.
Have a tidy. Now, we all have days where all we do is move things around and reorganize our craft space, without getting any real crafting actually done. This can be counter-productive. But in times of zero inspiration, sometimes going through your stash or clearing an area big enough to actually craft in can help.
Have a clear out. I have to admit I’m not one who easily parts with their prized stash. But I also should admit to having a lot of stuff. For some of us having huge amounts of stash can be daunting. How about clearing out all those things you eagerly bought as a beginner but in reality, now that you are more aware of what you actually use, will never touch again?
Scraplifting. Searching the internet on sites like Pinterest can definitely work out to be counter-productive. We can all find hours have gone by while pinning ideas to various boards, without getting those ideas anywhere close to actually being produced. Step away from the internet for a short time. How about looking through an old book or magazine? Better yet, scraplift yourself! Have you created a layout that you instantly loved or have had many people admiring? You can do it again! Sometimes we just need a starting point, you may find that you start out by scraplifting and end up with a different layout altogether. The point is you have made something.
Tell a story. Is there something on your mind? You don’t need to have a photo to tell a story. Use your art as a kind of therapy. Are you grieving? Maybe make a layout of happy memories. Are you deciding whether to go back to work after having a baby? Make a page of pros and cons. Who says this has to wind up in your scrapbook? Although you may find it an interesting memory in years to come.
Stop guilt tripping. Scrapbooking is a fun hobby, yes? We are not supposed to be a slave to our crafting. Go outside and take some new photos. Is the season bringing a change of colour? Falling leaves, puffy white clouds, Xmas lights in windows? Has it been a while since you had a new photo of a family member? Combine a visit with a mini photoshoot.
Blast those tunes! If in doubt, play a CD you know every single word to. Those kinds of songs that you can’t help but sing along to. Let the good vibes flow and see where it takes you. Hopefully it takes you to a new layout! This often works for me.
I hope you manage to find your way through your particular rut and get back to productive and enjoyable scrapbooking.
Like most scrapbookers I am the one behind the camera in our family. It took my husband a long time to get used to the fact that he would have a camera pointed at him, a bit more than he would like, and be asked to smile.
However, my ten year old son loves the camera and requests his photo be taken in this pose and that pose.
Outside of our household I can feel reticent about requesting to take someone’s picture, however much I am wanting to do so.
Last week our family had a major shock. My brother-in-law passed away suddenly. The grief we hold in our hearts immeasurable.
Nick, my husband’s older brother, was truly a lovely man. I happily dropped the in-law bit and saw him as a brother.
Along with a death comes all the formalities, including a funeral. As his parents are still alive the responsibility to organize everything has fallen to them. Obviously, we all want to help in whatever way we can, but nothing we do will ever feel like enough.
But I have found my own way to help.
I take pictures.
Lots of pictures.
Suddenly everyone wants to see my pictures, requesting print outs in different sizes, emails to various family, because we all want to remember Nick.
None of us have as many photos of him as we would have wanted to have. Of course we don’t! Everybody loved him, everyone enjoyed their time with him at this event or on that particular day, but we don’t always have the photos to show for it.
Memories will never be taken from our minds, but now he’s gone, the realization that we can not take another picture is far too real.
I have pictures.
Pictures from Christmas Day, pictures from my wedding, pictures from a barbecue….
I am the girl who takes pictures.
I have found my own particular way to help. I can help others by giving them copies of my photos. Pictures that I have will be going on Nick’s funeral order of service, will be going to his son, will be going to his parents, his brothers and his partner.
I can’t get any of those times back to take more pictures.
What I can do is make sure that I am not reticent about taking photos again. If I hadn’t have taken those photos of Nick, we would have less to show of how much we loved him. By taking his photo on various occasions I hope he knew that he was worth remembering.
My camera is now going to be used so much more. Not just within my house and not just because it’s a birthday, or because it’s the first day of term etc.
My camera will take a picture….
I hope if you’re reading this that you too may grab your camera before a visit to your friends house, your parents, your in laws….