Before I move on with today’s post, I want to say congrats to Libby. I drew her name as the random winner of the pair of Dixie Belle brushes I’m giving away and Mr. Q is heading to the post office today to get that shipped out along with the desert themed giveaway that Debbie Dee won two weeks ago (I’m so sorry Debbie, I’m terrible about getting things in the mail promptly!)
Last Friday I wrote about losing my mojo with furniture painting, and today I thought I’d post about another creative outlet that I lost my mojo for. I used to be an avid scrapbooker. I feel like I must have inherited the gene for it from my grandmother, based on the scrapbook she made of their 1953 road trip.
I have almost completely given up scrapbooking, although I do still occasionally create scrapbook alternatives like the recipe box scrapbook of our Adriatic cruise.
I still haven’t finished that project. I meant to get to it over the winter, but somehow the winter has slipped away from me and here it is spring already!
While I was out visiting my mom last month, she sent another scrapbook home with me (my mom is at that age where she wants to get rid of things). This is a small scrapbook that I made for her as a memento from a Viking river cruise that we (Mr. Q, my sister, my mom and me) took on the Danube back in 2014.
As I looked through it I was reminded that I kept it fairly simple and uncluttered, so overall it came together pretty quickly. Plus the 8″ x 8″ size of the pages in this book are easier to fill than those in a larger book.
So I thought that I’d share some tips today on creating a simple scrapbook just in case any of you might be inspired to get out your old scrapbooking supplies this weekend.
My first tip has to do with the photos themselves. I print my own photos on a relatively inexpensive color printer and I use matte photo paper. You know me, I’m not a fan of shine, even in my photos. Printing the photos myself as I go allows me to size them to fit the layout on my page.
By the way, that guy in the photo at the top of the page is making something called kürtöskalács or chimney cake and it was delicious!
I also edit my photos using the same program I use for my blog photos, PicMonkey. You can make all kinds of adjustments to your photo for color, exposure, etc and you can play around with fun effects (check out what I did with their “miniature” effect in this post), but my favorite thing to do is to add titles right to the photo.
There are lots of fonts to choose from, and you can adjust the color and transparency of the title as well.
Personally I find PicMonkey fairly easy to work with compared to some of the more complicated photo editing software packages like Photo Shop.
I tried to keep the focus on the photos in this book and I chose plain but colorful background paper to bring out the various details.
I didn’t add too much embellishment to most of the pages, but when I did I just layered a few elements.
I know you all are probably noticing that I didn’t do any journaling other than those titles on the photos. Here’s my thoughts on journaling; it’s more important for scrapbooks that might be handed down to future generations than it is for your own keepsake. When I look back at these pages I am transported back to the places we visited on this trip. I remember quite well how rainy it was in Vienna, and the pretty pastel colors on the buildings in Regensburg.
And I definitely don’t need any more journaling to remember how freezing cold it was sailing through the Wachau Valley, even for a hardy Minnesotan like me. I had on about five layers of clothing, plus two blankets and I was still freezing!
We spent a couple of days in Budapest before our cruise sailed and we hired a private guide for a walking tour which turned out to be amazing.
I have to admit that quote sticker I chose to place beside the photo is a bit tongue in cheek. We walked, and walked, and walked for a full five hours (it was supposed to be 4, but we just kept on going) on that tour and definitely did not sit down a lot of the time. My poor mom was totally wiped out. At one point we offered to send her back to the hotel in a taxi, but she was a real trooper and she hung in until the end.
By the way, if you are ever going to be in Budapest I can’t recommend Orsolya enough. Our tour was amazing. You can check out her website here. At $150 for the entire group for a 4 hour walking tour, I’d say she is still a bargain!
This scrapbook definitely serves it purpose as a memento of a wonderful trip.
Here’s hoping that we’ll all be able to travel like this again soon. I’d love to take another river cruise in Europe one of these days! I have to admit, I’m starting to despair that Europe will never open back up for U.S. travelers, but I’m trying to embrace optimism. Therefore, I predict that one year from now I’ll be writing a blog post all about the trip to Europe that we are planning for Fall of 2022. Fingers crossed!
If you’d like to see more of my scrapbooking efforts, I did post about the full size book I made about this trip for myself here, and if you’d like more details on our walking tour with Orsolya, you can find a post about that here.