Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Weddings! New pages for my portfolio

I realized recently that I don't have enough wedding pages in my portfolio. I reached out to my friend Joy who owns After The Wedding Day, a wedding registry company and she in turn got in touch with some of her recently married friends who were kind enough to share their wedding photos with me. Below are some of the pages I've been working on. I started with black and white photos and decided to use an antique style of scrapping, using lots of inked edges, fabric, and fabric flowers, to add texture and interest around the photos. I also used one of Scrapperlicious' techniques (see links to my favorite blogs for more of her work) for distressing photos using several different sized hole punches. You can see this technique if you look closely at the corners of the pictures on the second page. Check back soon for some color photo pages!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sewing machines and scrapbooking you ask? Yes, I say!

I was brainstorming ideas for wedding album pages and I thought of this layout that I did a couple of years ago. It came to mind because several of the wedding photos I plan to use are black and white. I remembered this layout because the photo is black and white and it really popped on the page with the addition of the machine stitching on the black paper. The title of this page is "10 things I love about you." I got the general idea from a scrapbooking magazine and adapted it to the size and shape of my photo.

On the second page of this layout I used the same technique of stitching on a black background, but instead of the structured layout of the previous page, I decided to go a little crazy. I also added some ribbon for a little color.

The stitching technique is super easy with a machine. I have also done some hand stitching, but it's more labor intensive and the stitches are more obvious.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Check Out the New Elements on Scrapbook Fairy's Blog

I recently added some new elements to my blog which I thought might be of interest to readers. In the toolbar you will now find "Scrapbook Fairy's Favorite Blogs" and "Scrapbook Fairy's Favorite Articles.

One of my favorite blogs which I've been following for about a year now is Scrapperlicious. I decided to add a link to this blog because Scrapperlicious' work is so amazing and beautiful that it deserves to be shared. I've actually had a lot of inspiration from the new techniques that Scrapperlicious introduces in her blog. Check out the first image on my Baby Gallery 2. This page was directly inspired by Scrapperlicious. I shamelessly copied her idea to ink the edges of fabric flowers and also to layer many flowers to add depth to the page.

In the section of my favorite articles I posted links to three articles which I believe readers will enjoy. These three articles can also be accessed through my website,, on the Links page. I think the most important article of the three that I posted is "How to Take Care of Your Scrapbook Heirlooms" because many people may not know that their most precious memories can be easily damaged. Read the article for simple, yet important, steps to preserving your photos.