Scrapbook Pages From Under My Bed: Part 1

So, I have a lot of old scrapbook pages from when I first started scrapping in 2011. While my style and technique have improved {at least I'd like to think so} since then, it's fun to look back at the evolution and how I learned what works and what doesn't by trial and error. Back then I didn't have a horde of supplies that requires its own space.

These pages were actually made after I made one whole scrapbook for my cat, who was 19 when she died. She only had three legs after she got stepped on by a horse, and until she died and I had my son, she was the one I doted on {my fuzzy wuzzy fur baby}. I posted one of those pages here.

As you can see, I had only two punches: the five-petaled hippie flower and the circle. I bought a pack of paper with a defined color scheme, which helped create a sense of harmony, at the very least. I also bought packs of stickers with no real purpose in mind. I had to scrounge around for a picture on the beach after investing in a sheet of package of 150 beach stickers.

 For this picture of my sister, I still just had the hippie flowers going, but to make them a little more "natural" I used some ink and roughed them up a bit. I thought the papers had a bit of a rusticness to them that fit well. Found a bit of hemp string from my jewelry-making kit and for a little texture, but otherwise this was pretty basic. I did add the leaf to the one flower, which was the beginning of my love for leaves. They really finish a page when it seems like something is missing.

{My questionable handwriting aside} this page is really short on creativity. Still working up the bravery to really distress my flowers, but I did a little tearing to the border around this picture of my sister in Lake Tahoe, deep in thought as she contemplated life while looking at the blue lake waters. I really liked the texture it added, whereas the first page up above seemed really flat.

Again, this page is lacking any real creativity, but I was discovering a little more about techniques, particularly the distressing and color choices. Still have that lone hippie flower in there. In true DIY fashion {aka: what was I thinking} I folded some paper and stuck it onto the flower to make a center and added {weird, random} silver highlights.

The page above is certainly serviceable, but it lacks in personality. It's not the lack of embellishments so much, it's what was lacking in most of my early pages: journaling. I hadn't realized it yet, but it isn't all about the picture. On the page with my sister's senior picture, just that little tag with the snippet about that picture made a huge difference. Unfortunately, it took a lot of practice before I figured that out. So I tried out the same kit again, this time making it a little more unique and personal:

This picture is another one of my all time faves...that's me in the middle, with my dad and sister in the valley where we lived in my teen years. I still look back fondly at that time in that perfect green valley and the blue ribbon of creek winding across it {I probably look back a little romantically, too--after all, it was nine miles away from the nearest town, and half of that was on gravel}. Still, I could hike up through the hills and find hidden clearings, or follow a path through the woods and not know where it led, or climb to the high pastures, where the sky was so wide it seemed to go on forever.

Though this page is pretty basic, I always liked the colors. I've moved away from the stickers, but this page still holds a place in my heart for some reason. Maybe because I don't use color like this much anymore. I tend toward a sort of rustic-traditional style, but it was fun finding that style.

I used some more of the same stickers here as I had used on my sister's senior picture page. This was my first experimentation with multiple photos on one page. I liked how the matting turned out with all the different colors and patterns. I love to mix-and-match prints.

This is one of my favorite childhood pictures of me and my cousin Mollie. My dad was so great at capturing the perfect moment. Keep in mind, this was before digital photography. Nowadays, you can take forty pictures on a digital cam and hope one turns out and ditch the rest {at least that's how it goes for me...} Dad somehow managed to get the perfect moments.


I hadn't yet found my style when I made these pages, but it was fun experimenting and getting more creative every time. Even an experienced scrapper will tell you it can be daunting to start from nothing and build a page that has both style and functionality {remember what I said about journaling?} On the same hand, it gives you that much more of a sense of accomplishment when you end up with a piece of unique artwork.

Check out Part Two and Part Three of the Scrapbook Pages From Under My Bed series. Happy scrapping :)

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