Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Scrappy Challenges...
to show you how quick&fun&easy it can be!


Because I have SO MANY MANY photos from the Summer to both organize and put into scrapbooks (remember that huge pile of envelopes I got in the mail a few weeks ago?), I have been working on them some everyday (in between laundry, volleyball, softball, and eating!).

I'm so proud that I've actually gotten a lot of them put into albums and onto scrapbooking pages, and I thought I'd share a few of those creations with you.

It's so cool that a few of them also go along well with some challenges I did from some scrapbook blogs. I loved the challenge that Lain gave for September over at her blog; she challenged everyone to do a Summer-themed page, but it needed to use at least three photos and take 30 minutes or less. That's the kind of challenge I like, because it means it will be done quickly! And, yep, this one took almost no time whatsoever. Find three pictures of Sydney that I LOVE from the Summer, glue them straight onto the page, add some paper stips, and then cut out the journaling block from a paper pack. I love how it turned out! (You can click on any of these images and see them larger.)

And then I had to get started on the many other photos from the Summer...namely the HUNDREDS I have from our trip to Ocean City, Maryland. This is an introductory page I did of the pictures we have from the beach, and this one actually goes along with a design challenge from Unpubbed. You had to use Jude's sketch as inspiration, so I did and came up with this page...

And then here are just a few of the other pages I've done over the last few days. I LOVE these pictures of Delaney in her Supergirl cape at my parents' house! Of course, I HAD to scrap those!

And then, I am still catching up from WAY back at the beginning of the Summer! Here is one of the pages I did that's dedicated to our Mother's Day celebrations.

and then from one of Summer get-togethers with my best friend for 25 years (yikes!), Angela...

And then I wanted to share my NEW way of organizing and scrapbooking, which has really gotten me excited because I can see that it will really streamline the process and help me get a lot more photos into my books.

I take a TON of photos throughout the year and sometimes it can really be overwhelming when you think you have to scrapbook them ALL. So, I have come up with this new technique I'm planning on using from now on.

I will be combining traditional scrapbook pages with altered album pages, which will look something like this...

Basically, I am taking my 4x6 photos and putting them into sheet protectors designed for photos only. You can also use the slots to add embellishments and/or journaling, like I did on the pages above.

And then you can combine these sheets of individual photos with a scrapbook page alongside it, like I did here...

I REALLY like this concept because you can see how easy it is to get all of your pictures in an organized plus, and also do scrapbooking with it. I'm doing this for my Summer 2008 album and it's amazing how quickly it's going...and yet how I also feel creative during the process.

I also am a big fan of mini scrapbooks and how much they also streamline the process. I am currently working on two separate albums from Delaney's World Series win (one for me, and one for her).

Thanks for indulging me today with some of my scrapbook stuff. I hope maybe it's inspired you to do some yourself!

20 comments:

Kathy said...

WOW! You are getting a lot of scrapbooking done!

I really enjoy checking out all of the different challenges. I never seem to get up and do them though! LOL!

LOVE your organizational ideas! You will be caught up in NO time. Unlike me, who never even gets any of my pictures printed! UGH! BAD Kathy! BAD BAD Kathy! LOL!

Becky Welch said...

Great pages! I plan on scrapbooking this weekend. I am trying to get my little girl a BAMA dress smocked by this weekend - almost done!! Thanks for inspiring me! Where do you get the pages for the 4x6 pictures - I need that!!!

Adrienne said...

WOW! you got a lot done!

camport said...

LOVE them ALL!! Especially the one of D staring out at the ocean. So cute!

:)

Leah said...

Wow! I can't believe all you've gotten done! Way to go!

hippochick said...

Great!!! I especially like the idea of combining regular picture album pages with your scrapbook. Hey, I LOVE the pic of your mom (at least I think it is) and your girls in the goofy glasses. She is one cool chicka!!!

Thanks for the great ideas.

~hippo hugs~
Pam

beth said...

all of the layouts look great.
thanks for playing along at unpubbed.

Kimberly said...

Love all the layouts. They are so good. I want to scrap so bad but I have to keep my diningroom clean because we are having company this weekend. And then the next weekend is Lilly birthday party...hope I don't go crazy from not scrapping..LOL!

Edleen said...

you've been busy Cheryl! love all your scrapbook pages!!! they're so lovely and agree with you about mini albums :)

hope you're having a great day!

Monogram Queen said...

Boy I love your scrapbooks... Cheeky did a mini one for me of Madison for Christmas and I cherish it so much!

Cheryl Wray said...

Kathy--Cmon, girl, you can do it!!!! You cAN DO IT!! Get those pics printed!!!

Becky--Yay for scrapbooking! And, oh my gosh, how cute will that Bama dress be!

Adrienne-I am SO glad I've gotten started again!

Camport--Thanks!!!!

Cheryl Wray said...

Leah--YOU always get so much scrapping done and you motivate me!!

Pam--Oh yeah, that's my Mom. She is too fun!!!

Beth--Thanks! I love you gals' inspiration!

Kimberly--Don't go crazy!! LOL And have a fun with all that great stuff!

Ed--Thanks!!!! You too!!

Queen--Scrapbooks are so special!!

Linda said...

I love the combo of scrap pages and regular pages. Another idea I saw that is so cute is a pocket on the front or back of the scrapped page which contains unscrapped photos from an event.

I too love minis. I spend more time doing them then just about anything else. But they are great for smaller events and cute to boot. Happy scrapping...love the los.

Auburn Kat said...

You got a lot of scrapbooking done! I still have yet to even start one!

Phats said...

You're so crafty, I should hire you out to do our senior night

NancyJones said...

I LOVE IT! I need to start doing some of the photo 's in like page protector style pages. I have so many that need to be in a book but not neccessarily scrap every single one.
Miss ya chicky

Cheryl Wray said...

Linda--The extra pockets are a great idea too! I'm all about making it as easy as possible, while still feeling creative!

Kat--What's holding you back? :-)

Phats--Bring it on! Let me know what you need!

Nancy--That's exactly why I came up with this solution. It really works well! (Hope you are feeling well this week!)

Jude said...

great job on the lift cheryl... and yes, I was shocked! LOL, just kidding!! ;0

Sheila said...

On your next vacation... would you please come to New York and help me Scrapbook... your LOs are so cool.

Josie said...

I love this idea! I just started doing this with my pictures. I find myself taking so many its overwhelming. This method really helps getting everything organized and completed.