With my son graduating this year, I was determined to get all of his unfinished traditional albums completed.
I re-discovered the fun of traditional scrapbooking.
Here is a list of 6 little tips I came up with:
1. Four square - a great way to use up 2 very plain pieces of 12X12 paper, easy and repeatable.
Cut two colors of 12X12 paper in half length-wise with cM Rotary trimmer with straight blade.
Alternate the squares in a checkerboard style across a double page spread.
If the papers don't match up exactly in the middle, cover with a photo to disguise.
2. Use Big Diecuts to make original 12X12 paper fit in the center of True 12X12 page
Still have some original sized 12X12, use the big die-cut and center it on a True sized page.
3. REPEAT JOURNAL or JOURNAL PATH (an idea I stole from SBC+)
Repeat Journal a phrase around the outside of a page - can be done around a big die cut can also be done around the outside of any page or any photo. The right hand page has the journaling in all green and the left side page in all red. Another option would be to alternate pen colors on every repeat.
4. Create "THRU THE YEARS" page spreads
In this 4th of July double page spread I didn't have photos from every year. This is where categorical albums can bring stress-free scrapbooking. Just add the photos you do have and identify the year dates of any that you know.
This categorical beach spread shows my son on the beach over a variety of years - it's really cool to be able to see the age progression over the years.
5. Silly can be super
When your kids act silly in photos - save them. One of my boys makes a silly face in every family photo and we have to retake them over and over. Years later, looking back at them, they made a great photo montage. The photos above were taken by siblings... sometimes a photo thru the eyes of a brother or sister can be priceless.
6. Back side is Better - a cure for less-loved printed paper
These white photo mats are actually the back side of the old printed paper that was only printed on one side. I had a bunch of old storybox papers and some of the printed sides were designs that I didn't particularly care for - but, turn them over and they become beautiful bright white photo mats.
As a consultant I have a lot of older paper and embellishment products. I'm always determined to use up my supplies - there are loads of ways to go about it that also help you to complete your pages - FAST!