15 Minute Scrapbook Page! {rainbowy goodness!}

Happy Weekend folks! Just a reminder that today is the last day to get 40% off everything in my shop Lindsay’s stamp Stuff. The sale is over at midnight so don’t wait to stock up on digital stamps, party printables, clip art, cutting files, templates and Learn to Paint kits! Speaking of painting, here is a quick and fun scrapbook page made with white cardstock, a black marker and watercolor paint:

DCF 1.0

This is really easy to make, in fact I made the page in real time, I thought about pausing the video while I cut out photos, traced the letters and wrote my journaling but apparently I have no trouble thinking of stuff to gab about while preforming these tasks. I hope I shared enough scrap-booking tips with you during this video to make it worth your while, if not, let me know and I can certainly make the next scrapbook video shorter. At least I can prove it is a 15 minute page (not counting drying time that is LOL!)

As I mentioned in the video I went to a crop yesterday. I also mentioned on the video how I like to print my photos (I print them at home using a photo collage software so I get the layout work out of the way and it is really quick and easy to scrap) I was able to get 8 more pages done during the 4 hours I was at the crop and that is counting the 45 minutes I chit-chatted with the girls and ate Chinese food! Printing photos collage style makes it possible. When I got home I decided to organize my photos and go through the big file of memorabilia I have been collecting over the past few months. It was an over stuffed unruly mess. Here is how I sorted my photos and ephemera:

  1. First I pulled out all of my full sheet 8.5″x11″ photo collages and sorted them by year. I am pretty caught up so I had a few 2012 sheets and a lot of 2013 photo sheets.
  2. Then I put regular 8.5″x11″ sheet protectors in my albums. I use a 3 ring style 12″x12″ album by WeRMemory keepers and it accommodates the 12″x12″ page as well as the standard office supply ones.  I slid the photo collages in the page protectors.
  3. I sorted any memorabilia (maps, ticket stubs, programs, brochures etc) that went with the photos and placed them in the page protectors behind the photos. This way my photos can be enjoyed while they are waiting to be scrapped!
  4. Then I pulled out any lose photos in my file folder. There were a few from earlier years. Many of the photos were leftover from pages I already scrapped. If they were digital I put them in a pile for the kids to scrapbook (more on that pile later) and if they were 35mm prints I put them in my family photo storage boxes because I do not have a digital back up. I found 3 events that I still wanted to scrap so I put them in their own pocket in the file folder to scrap some other time because if I put them in the year they belonged in I would forget to do it because I consider pre 2012 done! 🙂
  5. I sorted all of the stuff I pulled for the kids into a pile for each child and put each pile in a  large manila envelope with the child’s name on it. Then I put the envelopes on their craft table with their albums. They will get a nice surprise the next time they go to scrapbook!

I really feel good about this system because my family can enjoy the photos while they are waiting to be scrapped. If I decided tomorrow that I never wanted to scrap again they still have a photo book to enjoy. If I feel like spontaneously scrap-booking I just need to grab an album, my on the go bag and a stack of paper and I am all set. It feels good to be organized!

What are your best scrapbook organization tips? Do you feel caught up or hopelessly behind or do you just like to hop around and scrap what moves you at any moment? I’d love to hear! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Advertisements

Win a signed copy of The Rainbow Pants!

Howdy friends! Yesterday Kelly Brooks Bay (the author of the Rainbow Pants) and I (the illustrious illustrator) had a book signing…a darn early book signing might I add.  The event was from 9-10am about 20 minutes away, no prob I thought, I’ll leave at about 8:35 and have plenty of time. Well, Kelly knows me all to well (Lindsay will be late and she won’t bring a pen) and offered to pick me up. The phone rings at the crack of dawn (AKA 6:50am) and I dive for it as not to wake up my husband of kids and it is Kelly letting me know what time she is picking me up:

“Hey Lindsay, it’s Kelly, we have to be there 30 minutes early so I’ll pick you up at 7:45”

“What? Seriously? You have got to be kidding.” Said the undercaffeinated illustrator.

“Ah, OK, well, I’m not sure where we are going but I’ll push it to 7…maybe a bit later.”

“Awesome!” I’m telling you, I have the temperamental artist act down pat! And look, here I am (rocking the cell-phone self portrait) at 7am sitting on my porch, drinking cup #3 and waiting for my ride:

book6

And let the record show we had plenty of time! Unfortunately the harsh early morning sun (aka 8:35am) was not as flattering here:

book5

The school we signed books at was so cute! It was a historic building with high tin ceilings and lots of sunlight. I love the farm mural in the background on this photo of Kelly reading The Rainbow Pants:

book1

Look, We are rocking the hand held cell phone portrait.  I really need to become famous because I have this skill down…photos with fans, oh yes! Not sure what I’d become famous for though…I wonder if many illustrators get recognized walking down the street…probably not…oh well.

book3

Sorry about the blurry pic here, I handed my phone to someone else to get this picture of us at the book signing table.

book2

Here is another pic of Kelly with her book, you’re welcome Kelly! 😀

book4

How would you like to win a signed copy of The rainbow Pants? Well all you need to do is leave a comment on THIS POST on Kelly’s blog and she will pick a winner at random. You have to leave a comment on her blog to win but feel free to leave a comment here at say howdee-do too! I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my glamorous life hahahaha and til next time happy crafting!

%d bloggers like this: