Finished Scrapbook Page

Today is the last day of National Scrapbooking Month and I’ve finally finished my very first scrapbook page ever! I actually finished it on Tuesday but had little time to post. This week Tom interviewed Fmr. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for the TV show for a three segment special airing this weekend. I was very busy with that but I still had time to get him to sign my copy of his book AND to finish my scrapbook page.

Signed Copy of "Known and Unknown"

Signed Copy of “Known and Unknown”

As I said in my previous post I’m addicted to scrapbooking! I can’t wait to do another project. Here are some pictures of the finished product.

My First Scrapbook Page

My First Scrapbook Page

Our Beach Vacation

Our Beach Vacation

Scrapbook Page in Frame

Scrapbook Page in Frame

Scrapbook Page in Frame 2

Scrapbook Page Hanging in My Room

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Corn

Corn to be grilled!

Happy Memorial Day! In between prepping the food for the BBQ I’m throwing I’ve found time to craft and to blog! I love having a long weekend. After a restful Saturday and Sunday, Monday is always very productive day!

We still have a few days left in National Scrapbooking Month! I’ve been slowly gathering the tools I need to make my framed scrapbook page and now that I’ve started I think that I’m addicted to scrapbooking! Here’s my progress so far:

I used my mad sale shopping/couponing skills to buy all the paper and tools and a wonderful how-to book (which I will talk a out in detail later) at 40% – 50% off. Over the past month, I think I must have saved over $60 on all the supplies I’ve bought for this project and for the scrapbook I plan to make Chris. That right there in itself is a thrill!

Scrapbooking Supplies

Scrapbooking Supplies

I started working on the framed page this weekend. I sent all the pictures that I wanted to Walgreens for printing. TIP: The smallest size they offer is a 4×3. If you want smaller sizes add some photos to a collage template. The more photos you add the smaller the pictures will be. I did 2 and 3 photo collages to get my pics the right size. Be sure to add a medium border around the picture so that you can cut it out without taking away from the picture.

Cutting Out Pics

Cutting Out Pics

I’m still learning the art of using a paper trimmer so it took me a bit of time to cut these out. If you’re already use to a personal paper trimmer or handy with a scissor this will go faster for you! Once the pictures were free of their white borders I made photo mats for them. I bought a handy paper pad with a bunch of fun color and textures that the perfect size for photo matting.

Making a photo mat

Making a photo mat

I’ve laid all my pictures out on the page and now I’m ready to being adhering them. Then I will add all the fun embellishments that I bought!

The Layout

The Layout

I can’t wait to finish it…but not until after the steak’s eaten.

Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Steak with Chimichurri Sauce for Grill

Enjoy the holiday!

Happy National Scrapbooking Month!

Happy May Day!

Wow, I can’t believe that it’s already the first day of May. How time flies when you’re having fun crafting! The first day of May started out pretty soggy as a monsoon rolled over New York City this morning…making it impossible to get to work on time. But the day eventually got better–the gloom lifted and thankfully there were no protesters outside the News Corp building blocking the entrance to the subway for my commute home.

But rain or no rain we’re now in the month of May and that means it’s National Scrapbooking Month! There’s also a National Scrapbooking Day, which is coming up this Saturday, May 5th. What are you doing to celebrate? Are you starting a new project, taking a class or participating in a scrapbooking event?

Lovely Inspiration for a Project

For my part I’m going to make a scrapbook page featuring my recent trip to Turks & Caicos and hang it in a frame. I may even take a class or buy a book for inspiration.

Speaking of inspiration, here are a few cool sites to give you ideas on how to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month:

Find an event near you:
Paper Crafter’s Corner

Tutorials, How To’s and Project Ideas:
Above Rubies Studios

About.com Scrapbooking

Rose Blossom Legacies

Add your own scrapbooking events or inspirations in the comments section below!