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My layout published on pg 67 of the Sept 09 issue
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On the Down Low – Low Level Photography

This is brought to you from the website… I thought I would post it here for those who have read it… because it’s changed and for those who haven’t because it’s interesting!  The article reads…

I found an article on my travels across “web-land” which I thought was well worth sharing. However, although I duly credited the author and gave a link to the website from whence it came, I have received a fairly curt email asking me to remove it, because I didn’t ask first! So I have removed her words and her photographs and written my own! I would have thought that the Author would be appreciative of the publicity, but sadly this was not the case.

The article was about getting “down low” with your camera and taking photographs from a different perspective. I often get down on the floor for photos of my dogs, and so the article was not news to me, but I thought I would share it. (So here is my version instead!)

"Old Timer" Scrapbook Page by SundayLOf course a low level perspective is good for all sorts of photos, just getting on the floor (or at least crouching down! – mind the knees!) and pointing your camera “up” a subject can give a whole new slant on quite ordinary things.

It also lets you see things you would not otherwise see – just remember the time you had to sit on the floor in the kitchen for some reason and you looked at the bottom of your kitchen cupboards and noticed the underside of your wall cupboards… or is that just me?! lol

Anyway, if you want to scrapbook a page about something for which you have no “new photos” for instance, then take your camera and take the shot from near the floor area.

Try taking pictures from low level of your children, pets, garden, house, and these shots are good for scrapbooking everyday subjects. For the picture above I quietly got down on the floor and laid on my tummy, placing the camera on the floor. I did just tip it up very slightly to get the dogs head completely in shot. And I used the subsequent carpet area as a good light background for my title which I placed over the photograph before printing it. (Using this technique)

I know a lot of scrappers take part in classes and challenges which can often have, what would be considered, mundane subject matter… such as “A typical day in my life” or “my home”. If you take all the shots from your eye level (sometimes called the default view, or standard perspective) it gets a bit boring…. change the angle, et voila!

"All Mine" Scrapbook Page by SundayLAs you can see from the photo of this layout (left) I crouched down to take a picture of the front wing of my car and it ended up being the most powerful of all the shots and therefore became the focal photo with the “normal” pictures as small backup photos only.

It’s a fairly natural thing to get down low when taking pictures of smaller animals, it is for me anyway as I have mentioned earlier, and you will see from the next photo, I was in amoungst the grass for that one – well with a small Jack Russell it’s a case of getting down to her level!


A little tip… try taking “upward facing” shots at gatherings, such as weddings for some “unusual” photos!

So when you are next scratching your head for something a bit different, get your camera and “get down and groovy” as they say!


Making your own Scrapbooking Page Kit – Limiting Supplies

Scrapbooking & Crafting Advice from SundayLI posted a video a while ago about how to make your own page kit from your own scrapbooking supplies (Own Scrapbook Kit Article) The video has been included in this post below.
Recently I had a comment left on the video at my You Tube channel, and I copy it here as it illustrates a common trait in us scrapbookers… or even, crafters in general. 
The comment went as follows…
“how awesome, I have always wanted to do this and never really thought about how I can do it . I watched other vid’s and they just show you how to add stuff but not the whole process, plus you explained about the brads and how you can always go back and get them (you don’t need all of them) I need to do this ASAP because I started pulling stuff out for my mini Valentine’s kit and I know I will not but using all of that stuff but my mind believes that I would. I need to go back and limit myself.TFS “
This is a common problem… we all (myself included) procrastinate on our layouts because we spend ages sifting through our scrapbooking stash over and over again.  We need to limit ourselves before we stare at a blank sheet of cardstock!
It’s definitely worth watching the video if you need some ideas about getting only a few things together so that you can actually DO some scrapbooking, and of course, it’s great for preparing to go to a crop, and you might even achieve a page layout whilst you’re there!
I use the same technique for gathering ideas for pages, which I then scrapbook at home.  It helps with time management too.  Gradually pop things in the “holding bag” as and when you notice them or have a little time. 
Then, when you have a gap in your life schedule, you will get more from those precious crafting minutes if you have done half of the work by making some of the decisions about colours/theme etc beforehand.
Anyway, I repeat the video here for you… got any other ideas?

For what can you use Double Sided Paper?

Scrapbooking & Crafting Advice from SundayLI’ve had lots of comments on the recent video I posted as to how to Quickly make single sided paper into Double sided using stamps!

I thought I would just post one of the questions and my answer to it here as it’s relevant!

Q: Ibkristycat asked: what are some scrapbooking ideas for using double sided paper?? so you can see both sides??

And my answer:  Well, mini pocket albums are great, as you see both sides and I will be putting up a video about that soon.  Also if you make little boxes or bags (for gifts etc) the inside of the bag is seen too.  Double sided is good for other mini albums where you use the paper/card as pages in the album, and even greetings cards as it’s nice to have some interest inside the card, just place a plain piece of paper where you wish to write!

Make single sided paper, double sided!

Use stamping to make scrapbook paper double sidedI have made a quick video showing how you can use your stamps to create a complimentary design on the back of single sided scrapbook papers to make it double-sided paper.

Not ground-breaking in news, but this has caused a number of “ah ha” moments in people when I have explained it!  [as the first comment on this video on YouTube proves again!] So I thought I would share it with you here.

Double sided paper is useful when making mini albums, such as the mini pocket album which I will show you in the next video!

Don’t get the Wrong Scrapbooking Advice!

I do get fed up every time I read “the first thing you need to do as a beginner to scrapbooking is buy an album, a few papers and some adhesive”!

That makes me cross because you DON’T need to buy an album, if you are just trying scrapbooking out as a hobby. It’s a wasted expense if you decide you don’t like it for a start, but I put beginners off buying an album until they have made a few pages and can decide in what size they prefer to work.

It IS possible for beginners to achieve lovely results with only paper, adhesive, scissors and a simple design.

It IS possible for beginners to achieve lovely results with only paper, adhesive, scissors and a simple design.

If you want to work in 12×12″ size layouts, then it’s pretty obvious what size album to buy, but I always start off my beginners with 8×8 scrapbooking pages because they are quicker and easier.

Of course, if you buy a 12×12″ album you  will be able to fit any size layout up to 12″ inside it’s sleeves, so if you HAVE to buy one right now, buy a 12×12 one.

But I would actually recommend that you just try out a few pages first, get a feel for things and more importantly haing your layouts up, go on be a devil and display them.  I have my layouts on a large pinboard in my office/craft room (with small bulldog clips holding them (I haven’t stuck pins through my scrapbook pages! :-o ) and each time I make a new layout I take down an older one and replace it with the new one.

I have also framed some of my layouts and I have 3 hanging on the living room wall with another 2 layouts hanging from ribbon and bulldog clips underneath each one, making a display of 9 layouts.

So even if you are a beginner, display your creations, admire them and let it motivate you to make more.  Most of all, you DON’T need to spend a fortune on albums, and embellishments, just make some simple layouts with paper.

Here are some links of examples of pages and mini albums where I have done just that…

Easy Mini Albums (with video tours) Part One, Part Two and Part Three

Layouts Using Paper only found on these posts  This is Me, Is Simple what you want

For $4 you can download a printable (and therefore RE-printable!) scrapbook kit which I have designed especially for beginners.  The picture above shows a simple layout made using the kit contents.

Using a Crop-a-dile to create a punched border

I came across a blog recently which showed a natty little technique for making a punched border, using a Crop-a-dile.  This example is on a card, but you could easily use the same technique for a scrapbook page layout too.

Of course I am interested as I have just bought a Crop-a-dile on Ebay!  A bargain as it was less than a shop bought one and included the carry case and a load of eyelets!

Anyway the blog is by Courtney Baker and it’s called One Step at a TimeThis is the link to the actual post which shows the technique…


Quick Way to Create Bracket Shapes for Scrapbook Pages and Cards

Here is a quick way to make bracket shaped pieces of paper and card for your Scrapbook Pages, your Cards and anything else you may want them for.

First, cut a piece of scrap paper slightly larger than the size of bracket shape you want.

Then, fold in half, turn 90 degrees and fold in half again so that you then have a quarter sized piece. 

Now draw your line  from one folded edge to the other following the outside edge of the paper – see the photogrpah below.


Now cut following the line you have just drawn.  You should end up with a shape like the one below.  The folds are on the left side and the bottom of the piece in this picture.


Open up the folded template you have just cut.


If you are not happy with the shape, re-fold and adjust the shape by trimming.  Similarly if , after offering it up to your project, it is too big, simple re-fold and trim.

When you are happy with your template, merely place it on your chosen piece of cardstock or paper, draw round and cut out.


You can use this method for any size bracket shape, and it’s worth keeping your paper templates, so that you can use them again, and/or make a cardstock copy.

Mini Album – Scrapbook By The Pool

In the last article I showed you what limited supplies I had when on holiday abroad (Majorca) and managed to make a mini album.  Well here is the album! This is a Hybrid Scrapbook Album as the papers I have used are from the Colourful Beauty Kit of downloadable papers  (Click on the pictures for an enlargement.)

Scrapbook by the Pool album cover

It’s based on the Mini Album in THIS article (and Video).  Here’s the first of the inside pages below.

Scrapbook by the pool pages 1 and 2

Yep, good old fashioned tracing!  I had some lightweight paper with me and used my copy of Scrapbook Inspirations to trace a variety of letters from various pages of the magazine!  Here’s the proof I had the magazine with me (in fact I had two issues with me!!


Here are some more pages (below).  I have lightly tacked the white blocks to show where the photos will go and left space for journaling.  The word “pool” was traced and used as a template onto some patterned paper and cut out.

Scrapbook by the Pool pages 1, 3 and 4

On the first inside page I placed a “ripped paper” flower (which could sort of double as a sun!) and I wanted to use dimensional pads to give a little more 3D to the “petals” but, of course, I didn’t have any pads, only double sided tape.   So I folded some of the double sided tape over on itself to make mini dimensional pads, and they worked just as well!

Ripped paper embellishment

Below is a closeup of one of the corners of the pages showing the inked edges of the cardstock base (which was a baby pink and I coloured it a little “browner” to match in with the patterned papers more) and the blue inking of the distressed paper edges.  Don’t forget to click on the pictures for enlargements!


Page Tour Video – Interactive, and Cost Saving Elements

Interactive Scrapbook Page with cost saving elementsThis is a Scrapbooking Page I made a while ago, but I wanted to show you some elements from that page because they are useful ones.

In the Page Tour Video below I show you the interactive element of this page (flip up picture with hidden journaling), what the background is made from and if you have kids you will have loads of this for FREE, plus the cost saving “gutting” of the red card.

Hope you enjoy the video.

Page Tour Video – multi-photo 8×8 Scrapbook Page

I mave made another Page Tour Video of an 8×8 Scrapbook Page, and this time it’s an interactive one with no less than 4 photographs on one page! (Video at the end of this post)


If you use interactive items such as mini books, in this case a mini concertina (or accordian) album, you can cram in quite a lot of extra things, such as photos and not forgetting journaling, in a fairly small space on a page.

There is a tip about using a ordinary paper through your Dymo label makers for mini titles and words in this video too.

So here is the video…