Monthly Archives: June 2013

Choosing Photos to Scrapbook: Back of the Closet Edition

Choosing Photos to Scrapbook: Back of the Closet Edition

Anyone here have old photos? As in photos taken with a film camera? As in most of the visual record up until the turn of the century?

Me too.

What should you do with all those old photos? (and negatives, let’s not forget the negatives!)

First, bring them all together. Get all your photos in one spot. Get them out from under the bed, and the back of the closet, the photo album you had planned to put them in but never got further than slipping the envelope of pictures behind the front cover.

If you have negatives, and they are still packed with the associated prints, make a quick note on the envelope that describes what the prints are about, pull out the prints, and start stacking the negatives, still in their envelopes, together. Don’t worry that the negatives are no longer associated with the prints. What you are accomplishing here is creating a quick archive that you are going to get out of your house. Take them to work, or have your spouse take them to work. If you have a safe deposit box, throw them in there. Leave them at a close relative’s home. They don’t need to be sorted or organized in any way, just put a label on the container so if anyone comes across them, they will know who the negatives belong to. Any old box will do to store them, although if you want to spend the money, something fire and water resistant would be a good investment. The goal is to create an archive so that if you ever have a fire or flood that ruins all your photos and scrapbooks, you’ll have some thing to start over with, if you are so inclined.

Now that you’ve got your negatives safely stored, let’s look at the pile of photos you have left. Look daunting? Insurmountable? I bet it does. That’s okay, we’re not going to sort it all today, or even most of it. Today, we’re going to take a trip down memory lane, and just look through some photos.

As you look through your pile, you’re going to find some pictures are horrible, and you’re wondering why you still have them. Other photos are going to make your heart go pitter pat, and help you recall a really wonderful moment. And then you’re going find some photos that are just “eh.” They don’t excite you, but they’re not completely dark and out of focus and full of people you don’t remember.

Those are the photos we’re going to work with today, because those are the pictures that will help you tell more story than you realize is possible.

So this is what you need to do: find five or so that are related that you don’t hate. Look at them closely. What kind of stories can they tell? Start taking notes.

These are the photos I found:


None of these photos are very good. A couple could almost qualify as horrid, with the poor exposures and focus. But! (and this is a big but) I haven’t told any of the stories I could tell based on these photos. How much music affected my life. The trajectories of friendships. Even the fact that my high school band teacher dated my mom briefly after my dad died.

So, go gather up your photos. Archive your negatives, and find a few pictures that will help you tell a story or three. You can do this. Your story is important!


Found on Pinterest: Father’s Day Idea

Found on Pinterest: Father’s Day Idea

Fathers-Day-Pinterest-LogoHow many of you are on Pinterest? Do you love it, and pin with abandon? (I’m HeatherDubarry there if you want to follow me and see what catches my eye.)

Are you completely flummoxed by the idea of it? I love Pinterest. It’s a great way to organize and save and curate ideas you find in your web travels. (Think of it as a giant bulletin board!)

Do you ever make anything inspired by what you collect? I’ve made a few things based on ideas or projects I’ve found through pinterest. My friend Kristie Sloan at Artful Adventures put up a Father’s Day Pinterest challenge, where everyone can link to a project they make based on something found on Pinterest. Thru Pinterest I found a fun recycling project on Spoonful where you can turn a waxed half gallon carton into a wallet/change purse.

Materials are very simple, and the instructions are pretty clear. Helpful tools that I had on hand that not everyone would is my bone folder and the circle cutter set from Creative Memories. (I hate trying to cut a circle with scissors. It never comes out as smooth and even as I want.)


Things that novice crafters might have trouble with: folding the accordion folds for each side. Getting those lines to meet up evenly is hard enough (try not to move the paper while tracing the folding lines onto your carton) but trying to create new folds over preexisting ones is very tricky. It can be done, but requires you to be patient, and to pay attention. It helps to try to create the fold by working from both the outside and inside edges of the score line towards the middle. Just remember, you want to fold each line in opposite directions relative to each other. (What origami calls valley (v) and mountain (^) folds.) If you start by folding the side flaps in, you’ll have the correct orientation to start your accordion.


This was so fun and easy, except for folding over the spot where the carton originally was folded. I decided to see how easily this could be adapted to cardstock.


Answer: Very easily! The score marks were easier to make and see, so the accordion fold was a bit easier to create. After debating with myself on how to create a closure for the cardstock version, I went with a couple small squares of magnet. Make sure they stick together and don’t repel each other before you adhere them! (Remember your high school physics and that magnets have positive and negative poles!)

These are just the right size to use as change purses or gift card holders. I thought they might work as coupon holders as well, but they’re a little short. You could make a wider version by putting a bit of space between the two sides of the template, and I may do that. (My husband needs a place to keep his coupons!) Lots of options!

Have you made anything inspired by Pinterest? Do share!


Wrapping Up WITL: Title and Section pages

Wrapping Up WITL: Title and Section pages

It’s done!

Here’s a little video for you that shows how I put together the title and section pages:

I used a little bit of technique to add color and continuity throughout the album. A common technique and uniform colors really help put the finishing touch on any project.

A big thank you to Kristie Sloan of Artful Adventures for reminding me of this fun and simple technique. And also to Gina at Messtaken Identity, for the fun and inspiring recycled supplies, and to Ali Edwards for the simple yet profound idea of documenting daily life in detail one week each year. She’ll be documenting her Week in the Life later this year, and you should really follow along as she does. The way she records her stories really captures a moment in time superbly.

If you have any questions, please add them below! I’m off to start on another project now. What are you working on?