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Dr. Bob Scrapbook Page

April 15, 2015 / No Comments

My husband is a big fan of the Twelve Steps. He lost around 175 pounds and has kept the weight off for about 10 years. He feels that he would never have been able to do it without the “program”.

So, off course when we were driving through Ohio, we HAD to stop off at Dr. Bob’s house. Dr. Bob’s kitchen is where much of the history AA took place. We toured the house, watched a video and bought a couple of things from the gift shop. Right before we left we took this picture of my now slim husband.

I’d love to give you a tutorial for making this page, but there’s really nothing to it. All I did is mount the photo on white cardstock and glue it on scrapbooking paper. Then I printed the title, cut it out and glued that down too. The whole thing took less than 10 minutes.

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Flyers Scrapbook Page

April 6, 2015 / 1 Comment

I made this page to celebrate when my husband completed his model airplane. The plane cost over $200.00 and took over 3 months to finish. You can just imagine how thrilled I was when the project was over!

To make this page, first I mounted a sheet of white cardstock on a slightly larger sheet of orange cardstock. This created the “frame” for the page.

Then, I mounted each of my photos on slightly larger sheets of orange cardstock.

I cut out each of the letters to make the title and glued them on to the page using acid-free glue.

I dress a freehand picture of the outline of an airplane and cut it out. I used a black marker to draw some details onto the cutout.

Last, I mounted the airplane onto the page using puffy tape. This made the plane look a little like it was floating. I felt it fit in well with the flying theme.

The whole project took about an hour, and I really like the way it came out.

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Scrapbooking Tips

April 6, 2015 / No Comments

Scrapbooking Tips

Don’t try to save money by using non acid-free paper. Acidic paper will ruin your pictures after a few years and is just not worth the savings.

Never throw out your scraps. Scraps can always be used on another project.

Know what you have. You don’t want to run out to the store and pay full price for yellow fibers when you already have some buried in your stash somewhere.

Avoid lettering only with stickers. Alphabet stickers can be costly. Instead try doing hand lettering or printing out letters from the computer. A one time purchase of letter stencils is also economical in the long run.

Trade with your friend. What is old for her, will be new to you.

Make your own embellishments. Serendipity squares, bottle caps, tags and shakers are expensive to buy, but cheap to make.

Don’t buy to many books and magazines. The internet is full of patterns, how-to’s and inspiration. And, what you can’t find on the internet, is available at the library.

You don’t need to need to purchase every new supply or tool that hits the market. All you really need is a good pair of scissors, some kind of adhesive, patterned paper, cardstock, templates and a couple of punches. Everything else is gravy.

Scrap with a friend. This doubles the number of tools available.

Take a look at your local dollar store. Mine has wonderful, but cheap, packages of vellum, patterned papers, fancy scissors, punches, stickers, rubber stamps and acid-free glue sticks. All of these products would cost at least 50% more in a scrapbooking store.

Target has very reasonably priced packages of patterned paper and cardstock.

Consider purchasing from ebay. I frequently by large lots of used products. The pricing is very good and I get a wide mix of stuff. The last lot had fancy scissors, papers, cardstock, letter templates, shape templates and stickers. All for about $16.00 dollars, including shipping.

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Shades Of Blue Scrapbook Layout

March 24, 2015 / No Comments

 I love the colors in this layout. The blues go great with my son’s cap and gown. The whole effect is bright, cheery and a little bit scholarly!

To make this page, I cut out white stencil letters and glued them onto a blue rectangle. Then, I cut out out a light blue cap and centered it onto a darker blue cap. Finally, I alternated light and dark blue squares with square cropped photos.

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Ballerina Girl

March 20, 2015 / No Comments


I made this scrapbook page to celebrate my daughter’s ballet recital. I’m so glad I did, because this was the last time I saw her in pink for many years. Black is the color of choice, nowadays.

The interesting feature in this page (beside my daughter) is the beading. This was done with a novelty scissors. I cut along one side of a very thin strip of paper, turned it over, and cut along the other side. The result was a perfectly flexible strip of paper beading.

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Changing The Engine

March 4, 2015 / No Comments


When we were youn­ger my hus­band used to do all his own auto­mob­ile re­pairs. He took photos of many of the jobs and I had half a box of pic­tures of dir­ty en­gines sit­ting around. After a lot of thought, I decided to make a scrap­book page doc­umen­ting one of the big­ger proj­ects.

Materials and Equipment:

thin cardboard
grey cardstock
white cardstock
white printer paper
black marker


1. Cut 3/4″ off the length and the height of the grey cardstock.

2. Glue they grey cardstock onto the cardboard, making sure that the border around the cardstock is equal on all sides.

3. Mount the photos onto white cardstock, allowing a 1/4 border on all sides.

4. Position the photos onto the grey cardstock and glue into place.

5. Cut out several car and tire shapes and glue to the grey cardstock. Attach the brads so that the appear to be the center of the tires.

5. Print out the title using an outline font. Using the black marker, fill in several of the letters.

6. Attach the title to the page, using glue.

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MS Paint vs PicMonkey vs Photoscape

February 9, 2015 / No Comments

Photo Editing

I do a LOT of photo editing. On average, I probably spend 5 hours a week resizing, lightening, cropping and troubleshooting pictures. I don’t try for artistic results, just clean, serviceable photos.

Since I haven’t had the patience to learn anything difficult, I use  a combination of three utilities/programs.  They are: MS Paint, PicMonkey and Photoscape. Between the three of them, I can accomplish just about any fixes I care to do.

Why three programs? Because each of them have good and bad points.

MS Paint is a very beginner level program. It has only a few features and the results are frequently pixely. On the other hand, MS Paint is extremely fast.

I use MS Paint primarily for resizing photographs, making quick and  simple line borders and for occasional fix-ups that only require drawing in a few pixels. It works very efficiently for those adjustments and it only takes a few seconds to open, save and close.

For more complicated photo repairs I use my free Photoscape program. Photoscape is a lot harder to use, but it has a lot of useful features. It includes Bloom, Backlight, White Balance, Color Balance and tons more.

The features I use most are often are Contrast Enhancement, Deepen, Brighten, Darken. None of these features require any real knowledge of digital art, because they each have three pre-programmed levels to choose from. Plus, a very useful undo button.

When I want to get a bit artsy, I use PicMonkey. Picmonkey is fun to use and has lots of special effects, fonts, overlays and more.

I have purchased the upgraded plan, in order to get a few more tools. The plan is about $30-$40 dollars a year and you get the addition of collage plus some other extras.  However, the program is quite usable, even without the upgrade.

I use PicMonkey for the nice frame selection, the collage feature and some really cool special effects. PicMonkey is easy to learn and very enjoyable to use.  I sometimes play with it for hours, just for the pure pleasure.

Is it difficult to switch between three programs?

I don’t think so.  85% of my editing is done just using MS Paint. I then switch to one of the other programs only if I need to. So far, I’m quite satisfied.

Nonetheless, satisfied or not, I am considering trying out other programs. My choices are Lightroom, or the free versions of Pixeluvo or  TwistedBrush Pro Studio. If I do start using something new, I’ll post an update to let you know how I incorporate it into my workflow.

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