Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sunday Scrappin'

For many weeks I have been admiring and commenting on fellow-scrapbookers' blogs. Looking at their pages and designs sure do inspire me. I have been especially impressed with the page layouts and designs by Diane at Forgetfulone and Miss Sniz and Mighty Morphin' Mama, along with a few others (sorry I cannot remember them all - but I love them all!).

I am addicted to scrapbooking as much as I am to blogging. I think they are very similar in the fact that both are creative outlets that allow us to explore, explain and capture daily life and those special, memorable occasions. For me, both offer some "me" time, but result in an archive of experiences and memories that me, my family and our friends can treasure for years to come.

There is a great blog for Scrapbookers that has a neat weekly challenge. It is called Sunday Scrappin' and it offers links to many other blogs that are super amazing.

Last night I participated in my monthly blog Saturday and completed a few pages of which I am very proud and I thought I would take the plunge and share them. Hope you like them!

This is layout is Madigan's birth. I have some wonderful photos that my hubby took during the c-section - including one of just her foot sticking out of me and then the exact moment they pulled her out, bum-first!

This is a series of shots from June 2007. I like my banner on the top of both pages I used stickers and paper to make a long beach scene.

We do an annual hike near our house each October as the leaves are changing. We take a photo of the kids on the same rock every year. This is my 3rd year scrapbooking this event and I think this layout is one of my best!

This layout took a long time as I was not sure how to use the poor photos we took!

Though, I do like the 3 photos of DJ on the left page - one with no makeup, one with me applying the makeup and the final Shrek!

In the past I only scrapbooked specific events. But I am slowly starting to do "month spreads". this two page spread contains photos from a series of hikes we took in the months of October and November. I like the foot prints I drew on the title.

This single page spread does not have any journal writing since all I could write about was how Santa did not take one good photo...he was either blinking or sticking his tongue out or something! Man, it is hard enough to get a good shot of a 3 year old, 2 year old and 10 month old on their own!!!

One the left side are photos about my eldest son's annual heart tests. I included a sticker that quotes Mary Poppins and reads, "Perfectly perfect in every way". I changed it to read "perfectly imperfect" since that is exactly how his cardiologist describes DJ's heart!

The right side of the page is kind of cool since it only has two photos of the boys and the rest are produce and parking meters! This is the street market we visit every summer - we usually shop then swim and eat most of our fruits. Twice last summer I fed the wrong parking meter and got a, this page is a neat little summary of our summer marketing.

This was an emotional page! The first day of school for DJ! I love how proud he looks walking to the school bus stop. I drove like a crazy-woman to beat the bus and get a photo of him getting off the bus at school!

Well, I hope you enjoyed a glimpse at what I worked on this weekend. I am hoping to participate in a few more of the Sunday Scrappin' challenges.

Do you scrapbook? Want to share? I would love to see your work.


Family Adventure said...

I have never scrap-booked, but I love the idea of it. Your pages look amazing. What a great way to treasure your memories for yourself and also for your kids when they are older.


Kathryn said...

Those are amazing! I wish I did more of that. I keep meticulous photo albums but I've only done 3 scrapbooks. One baby book for each of my boys.
Your are really wonderful. It makes me want to do it too!

Chrissy said...

I love how you have so many pictures on your layouts and it doesn't look cluttered. I may scraplift the Fun In June layout I have Disney pictures to scrap from the parades and this would be perfect. Can you share with me what size you made your pictures? I would appreciate it. Do you do your own page layouts or do you use page maps or some other source?

Storm said...

You sure got a lot of scrapbooking done. Whoo hoo! I love how you get so many photos on one page/one layout.

The Sunday Scrappin' girls offer lots of encouragement. Glad you have joined us.

A Buns Life said...

Those are great...! Seriously, how do you find the time? You must be wonder woman!

forgetfulone said...

I certainly enjoyed it! I get so much inspiration from seeing everyone else's layouts, and yours are fabulous. You got a lot done! And it all looks great. I'm glad you joined in this week.

Jill said...

Way cool scrapbook pages!
I don't scrapbook, mostly because I know that it's something I could really get in to, and I would end up staying awake all night scrapbooking, and I'm already not getting enough sleep as it is;0)

forgetfulone said...

I also tagged you on my blog if you'd like to play along.

Amy said...

Welcome to SS- I'm so glad you've joined us! I love seeing what everyone does each week-- it keeps me motivated.

I love your layout style- it's so nice to see a scrapbooker who, like myself, uses more than just one or two photos per page. :) I think the Halloween layout is my favorite of the ones you shared today.

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Gorgeous pages girl! I love how you are able to incorporate so many photos in such a pleasing way and your titles are awesome! I love the footprints too.

Don Mills Diva said...

I've never done this either but I too love the idea of it - I DO NOT know how you manage to find the time Laura with working and three young kids - you are my hero!

Barrie said...

Wow, Laura, these pages are amazing! I haven't ever done scrap-booking.

Annie said...

WOW... great layouts... and you asked a question about my Jeff Gordon Layout... and I am guessing your talking about the doodling stamps from Autumn Leaves.

You sure do get tons of scrapbooking done. I try to atleast do two layouts a week. Sad but true!

Kellan said...

Beautiful pages and memories, Laura.

Hope you had a good Memorial weekend - see you soon - Kellan

Janet said...

Very nice!

I don't scrapbook, although I enjoy looking through other people's stuff! I have a friend who is an avid scrapbooker and I see the similarity to blogging. If we're at the beach, I'm writing a blog post in my head while she snaps photos and thinks of page headers and captions.

Motherhood for Dummies said...

i have been liking scrapbooking, but I go in and out of phases... I always feel like I never have enough ideas for pages.

Sniz said...

So did you do all those pages last week? You're a scrapping machine!

I love your clean look and I love the way you fit your pictures together like a puzzle and get a lot of pictures on a page. I need to do that more. Your sense of balance and color is great. I loved the Halloween page and the...well, they were all exceptional!

Be well, Sniz

imbeingheldhostage said...

Aren't they gorgeous! I NEED to unpack my scrap stuff.. my cutting arm is beginning to atrophy!