While my sister was visiting last week, she and I went on a weekend-long scrapbook retreat. I know scrapping isn’t for everyone. Plus a lot of people have gone totally digital with their pictures. But I am still an old fashioned scrapper. I like to play with paper, scissors and glue. I love pretty papers in gorgeous colors, with different textures and patterns. For me scrapbooking is just another creative outlet.
So Debbie and I spent three full days focused on scrapping, and although I didn’t quite finish with all of the pics from my Danube river cruise last November, I did get quite a lot done.
I tried something new this time around with my photos. I printed all of them on matte photo paper and I love the results. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The most frequent comment I heard was that they don’t look like snapshots anymore, which is sort of true. They may not look like snapshots, but yes, all of the pictures shown on these scrapbook pages are my own (or my sister’s). I added titles to some of them (like the one above on the left) using picmonkey. I print all of my photos myself on an inexpensive HP printer. I just find it easier to print my my own, but I’m sure it’s not cost effective. I like to be able to determine what size photo I want, and plan my page layout a little in my head as I go.
I try to hang onto things like the key cards from our hotel in Budapest (above) to add to my pages.
I also try to add a few vintage touches to my pages, like this fragment from a vintage French dictionary with the definition of the verb dormir, to sleep, on my hotel page.
You can see that my favorite shade of aqua plays a big role in my scrapbooking as well as my furniture transformations.
I’m still cutting up vintage books too. If you are wondering, the ‘tin pins’, such as the “see the world” pin below, are from October Afternoon.
I often use pages from a 1963 etiquette book for my background. This next page has a section about proper behavior in public while sightseeing. The photo itself was taken at the Thurn & Taxis palace in Regensburg, Germany.
My pages tend to be a bit less cluttered than some. I like leaving some room for the eye to rest. I’m also trying not to overwhelm my photos on the page.
I took over 1,200 photos on this trip, but when I first got home and went through them I felt like I only had a handful of good pictures. We had some dreary weather, plus it got dark so early every day. The lighting just wasn’t optimal. However, after I started monkeying around with my photos (in pickmonkey, of course), I realized that I could work with the lighting instead of against it. In the end, these photos of Vienna that I printed in black and white are some of my favorites. I scrapped them on a grey background and added some pops of bright pink.
The brads I used (that’s what those round things are below, for those of you not familiar with the term) are from My Mind’s Eye.
I use a lot of different techniques on my pages. For instance, on this next page I painted the chipboard letters that say “Altstadt” (which means Old Town in German, by the way) and I used a rubber stamp with ink for the cursive writing that is behind the paper on the bottom right of the page. The photos on this page were taken in Melk, Austria.
One of my favorite techniques is to paint the chipboard, and then add a rubber stamp with some pretty french writing on top like I did on the arrow on this page.
Here is a close up.
I also like to use these vintage looking ‘slide’ frames to focus your attention on a particular part of a photo, like this picture of Mr. Q and my sister with Melk Abbey in the background. I’m also using the frame to help disguise some ugly construction equipment that was behind them.
I used another slide on this page of photos from the Castle Hill district in Budapest.
I hope you weren’t entirely bored with a post on scrapbooking! I just had to share what I’ve been up to, especially since spending time scrapbooking means that I’m not spending time painting furniture.
If you are wondering about any of the elements on my pages that I didn’t identify, feel free to post a comment asking about them.
As for future travel, we’re thinking maybe Belgium for our next trip. Specifically Bruges and Ghent.
Looks gorgeous, right? Has anyone been there? Have any tips for me?
But first, I have to save up some money, which means I’d better get back to painting furniture pronto!