Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Quick Scrapbook Tip

I did something last night that I have never done!  I scrapbooked out of order!  Can you believe it?  I always have to go in order and everything has to be chronological!  I have been trying to finish out all my paper scrapbooks and go over to my digital scrapbook, but I hate to say that as an Independent Creative Memories Consultant, I thought I could make the transition smoothly, but it's just not happening.  In fact, I stopped paper scrapbooking last year, because I was feeling so overwelmed. 

With the move, I have stacks and stacks of boxes of craft things and Creative Memories Scrapbook things, and I am determined to get rid of my projects by doing them one by one, rather than just put them away or pack them away somewhere. 

While sorting out a box this week, I found all the Christmas Cards and letters from 2008 and 2010.  Yes, 2009 is MIA.  I am such a stickler about doing everything in order, that normally, I would stack those away somewhere and hope I can find 2009.  But I am in that "Get' er Done" stage right now!  I put them into my album! 

I want to share with you a couple of tips about Christmas cards and letters (and I'm not having that discussion about whether it is a waste of time or not to send them out.  I save only letters, pictures, and handmade cards for my album and frankly, found it to be fun to look at them last night!) 

My family album (which is where I keep the cards & letters for the year) is the 12x15 size.  This way, I can get more pictures into the album than with a 12x12.  I put Christmas on black pages, so I can easily find them and the end of the year.  Just something I've always done.  You can do this in any of the Creative Memories size albums, except the 12x15.  (They discontinued the 12x15 black size, so I will just do it until I'm out.)
My tip for the letters is to cut the tops and bottoms off, so there is less bulk and then I simply run a piece of Photo Tape down one side of the letter and adhere it to the very edge of the page.  I try to put it down outside of the actual paper and on the binding of the page.  This way, the paper can go outside of the Page Protector and be opened up.  Cards can also be added this way, so the back of the card is under the page protector and the front of the card is on the outside.

I continue to line up all the letters, putting the photo tape down the same side of the pages and staggering the letters so it looks nice.
As you can see, you can then read all of the letters, yet they are taped down and going nowhere!  To finish off my pages, I simply cut out the years numbers using the Creative Cuts Playful Numbers Set  with Christmas paper.

For the pictures for that year, I trimmed all the photos down and made a collage on the following two pages.  Also, I included our own letter and pictures there, so that we had everyone's year in review in one place. 
So, as you can see, even though I don't have the rest done around these pages, at least I know that all the letters and pictures from Christmas are in the same place and we can even enjoy them if we want!

Please visit my website, HERE to get 30% off all Power Pallettes this month!  Also, I will be linking this up to all those great blogs in the right column (I like to give them credit all the time, rather just once in my post).

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