What’s Your Scrapbooking Style?

I hate it when someone asks “what is your style”? Style means different things to different people and whether you are talking clothes, furniture or scrapbook design. As I get older, comfortable is the most important, but I do need to look presentable so I look for compromises. In your scrapbooks, you don’t have to have a single style and unless you are doing a themed album I believe a scrapbook can have many styles. I found an old article talking about different papercrafting styles and thought I would share some of the definitions with you.

Grunge: Grunge came about when altered mini-albums and shabby chic were the styles of the day. with their inked edges, distressed elements and soft to medium colors, think tans, browns, and colors that have been muted and whitewashed.

Modern Feminine: This style is or was heavily influenced by women’s fashion trends, of course not MY fashion trends.  Use black or white, or even both with  bold feminine colors; mix patterns and textures, using ribbons, brads, maybe a frame around a word, even an old earring will work.

Retro: I tend to think of this style as anything from my childhood. It’s anything from the 50’s and 60’sthrough the 80’s. If it’s gaudy, splashy and bold then it works.  It’s pop-culture inspired.

Graphic: Clean lines and extra large photos are typical in this style. Often inspired by print media and uses typography as a design element.

Vintage: Here we revert back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s with lots of brown, black, ivory colors often used with old heritage photos and genealogy research. 

Scrapbook and papercrafting style is a personal thing, and I don’t think we should let one style define us. For me, different styles show up in different scrapbooks.  Sometimes it is as easy as how you feel at the time, just don’t feel you have to label your scrapbook style.  I would love to hear your thoughts on your scrapbook page style, do you define it? Let me know below.

Pigment Ink Differences

A question from Charlie: “I purchased acid-free stamping inks labeled “water-soluble pigment ink” for use on my scrapbook pages. A friend told me that water-soluble inks should not be used on scrapbook pages. Doesn’t pigment ink mean that it’s permanent? What is the difference between pigment ink and water-soluble ink?”

When evaluating scrapbook materials, the primary concern is whether a product is both photo-safe and archival. A photo-safe material will not accelerate normal photographic deterioration, while an archival material possesses qualities that make it long-lasting. Photo-safe, archival stamping inks should be pH-neutral and composed of pigment ink, which us fade-resistant. Close to my Heart inks meet this requirement.

Many stamping inks are not waterproof. If your page gets wet, the ink will bleed. However, you have to weigh the creative and practical advantages of using water-based stamping inks against the possibility of your pages getting wet.

Water-based ink saves on clean-up time and is much easier to remove from stamps. It is not a permanent ink because it will dissolve in water, but it is still a pigment ink, meaning that the color is fade-resistant and completely acid-free.

13 More Ideas for your Bullet Journal

Keeping a Journal

Here are some more ideas for your Bullet journal.  I have a challenge coming up regarding journaling to begin in the new year,  but thise should help too.

Favorite Music

Foods I Would Like to Try

My Budget

Family Birthday List

Baby Names

Wedding Planning

Kids’ Milestones

Wish Lists

Honey to Do

Business Goals

Meal Planning

Books to Read

Movies to Watch

Did you have a favorite?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Start a Bullet Journal

Keeping a Journal

I know how hard it is to keep a journal but I also know how important it is to record things in your life.  Perhaps a bullet journal will help you to keep those memories. Here is a list of 10 things you usually need to write down anyway.  One way to do this is to take one of those composition notebooks you get the kids before school starts and use it to write things down.. date the top of the page and write those notes. You will get a double benefit by doing this:

You will have a record of important triggers for other memories. The recipe you record today might be prepared for Christmas at some point. When you look back and see the recipe it will trigger the warm Christmas memory

You clear all those notes off your desk, table and nightstand. Everything will be in one place. Yes, I know you have a phone to put things, but sometimes you just need to put a pencil to paper and empty your mind.

Grocery List

Things to Do

Weight Loss Tracker

Holiday Shopping List

Kid’s Activity Schedule


My Exercise Plan

Weekly Schedule

Community Service Ideas

Dream Vacation Spots

Feel free to share your thoughts on this method of journaling or tell me about your holiday shopping list. Tomorrow I will give you a few more to add to your list.

How to Make Sandpaper Last Longer

A way to extend the life of sandpaperDo you work with sandpaper? Do you get upset when the sandpaper breaks so easily and quickly when working on a project? ME TOO!    I hope you enjoyed your weekend, mine was busy as I decided I didn’t like the yellow chalk paint I had painted the dresser in what I call “Mom’s Room”.   I knew right after I painted it a few months ago I didn’t like it and had picked up a new color based on the comforter I bought for that room. The problem was, now that I had pulled it out, I thought it was too dark. So on my trip to Walmart to pick up allergy meds I wandered into the craft section – I had originally planned on a stop at JoAnn’s –  I picked up a really pretty chalk paint Waverly Pool. It was a baby blue with cool undertones, and some sandpaper.

I had started sandpapering the dresser on Friday and was really getting frustrated with the sandpaper. I kept thinking there had to be a way to increase the life of the sandpaper when an idea came to mind. I went and got the packing tape!  This wasn’t going to be an easy fix since I bought a sander that had holes so you can contain your dust. (I thought I would be using it more in the craft room than outside).  I punched the sandpaper with the plate included in the box so I knew where the holes were suppose to be, then put packing tape across the back of the sandpaper. then I used a phillips  head screwdriver and poked the hole markings through. It was a bit clumsy but the solution worked. My sandpaper lasted twice as long as without the tape.

Page maps to make scrapbooking easyToday is Motivational Monday and I know you are looking for the sketch to start your week. Today I designed a single page sketch for 1 – 3 photos. The two squares could also be places to put embellishments. There is hidden journaling behind the chevrons. If you need help with how to create the hidden journaling box behind so many pieces – stop back by tomorrow for a tutorial.  Add some extra depth and dimension by sanding each one of the arrow pieces going down. You can choose to sand either with a downward motion or a cross hatch motion, either way applying sanding on your page with add a great look.

Don’t forget to snap a picture and send to me at Contests@CreativelyCarol.com for your chance to win a stamp set no longer offered by Close to my Heart!

Happy Sanding,



The Most Important Scrapbook Tool

Paper Trimmer made by FiskersIf I can share with you one tip above all others, invest in a good paper trimmer! I am talking about a full 12 x 12 minimum size. Not something that only trims papers, or a paper cutter, but a normal paper trimmer like Fiskers SureCut Paper Trimmer (Z1783). While it seems like a hefty price at 34.95, you can take a craft store coupon and get one for less. You will find this tool indispensable. Did you know you can also use it to score your cardstock?
There are two ways to accomplish this, purchase the scoring blade (Z1785) or remove the blade and place your cardstock in as you would if you were cutting, then using your bone folder or a dry embossing tip, gently run down the cut line. This is a great tip when you want to score the entire 12 x 12 piece of cardstock.

Free Basic Scrapbooking Class

Learn how to ScrapbookHave you wanted to learn to scrapbook but wished you could give it a try before buying a bunch of stuff? Beginning November 29th I will be offering a Basic Scrapbooking Class here at the Creatively Carol Craftroom.  We will go over basic scrapbooking tools and techniques and everyone will make a scrapbook page.   The craft room will seat 12 at a time, so call to reserve your spot today.  I will be hosting the basic class once a month to accomodate anyone that would like to learn the art of scrapbooking. We will also talk about the different ways to scrapbook, including pocket scrapbooking ie: Picture my Life (similar to Project Life), mini-albums and more.

What type of scrapbook tape should I use?

Answering all your creative questionsWhat type of scrapbook tape should I use?
Brand new to scrapbooking. I want to make one for my SO. I don’t need it repositionable but I do need it to stick for 10+ years. Clear/cello tape fails eventually. I Thanks!

Hi Chuck,

Please don’t use cello tape on your scrapbooks, it has acid in it and can damage your pictures. My favorite is Bonding Memories Glue by Close to my Heart. It is both repositionable and permanent. I know you said you don’t care about it being repositionable but it can really help as you put your pictures in to be able to adjust them. The nice thing about Bonding Memories Glue is that the adhesion all depends on how long you let it dry before applying. This way you always have the choice and it comes it two sizes too. I prefer the smaller “pen” as it is easier for me to control. Premium Scrapbook Adhesive both permanent and respositionable

I am happy to assist you in your scrapbook if you need more help. You can visit my website for great ideas as well. I hope this helps, let me know if I can help you with anything further.

Ways to Make a Wedding Scrapbook

Answering all your creative questionsToday’s question comes from Shughaarshini Vasu and she asks:

How do I make a wedding scrapbook?

To quote Shakespeare “Let me count the ways”… you have a great many options these days. Think first about the time you want to spend on making the scrapbook as this will help determine whether you want to preserve your memories in a traditional scrapbooking or with pocket scrapbooking or a combination of both types.  This is how I would have done it 31 years ago. Today is my 31st anniversary and when I look at the commerical “wedding book” I bought way back then, I see sooo many things missing.

First you have to think about whether you want a scrapbook going back to when you met, the day he purposed or just your wedding day. As you can see, you can and most likely will have many things to scrapbook in your new life together.

The most common size scrapbook today is 12″ x 12″ and the perfect size whether you are scrapbooking one photograph or several. Have you decided your wedding colors? You might want to choose your scrapbook based on your choices, or perhaps you like things uniform, then choose something that is more traditional so you can buy the same color and style for each step in life you wish to scrapbook.

In this blog post about scrapbooking 101 I talk more about albums, sizes and steps to get started.

I do want to mention the pocket pages – Picture my Life. These are cards that slip into specially divided protective sheets you can record your thoughts, smaller pictures and so much more. Keep a stack of journaling cards with you and fill one out when something strikes you, or you remember something. Then slip it into a pocket with a photo that represents what your memory was.  Here are some examples of cards that are available today .

We will talk more about wedding scrapbooks soon, but if you have a question I can answer, or need more assistance, give me a call, I am happy to help.

Just don’t be afraid to do your own Wedding Scrapbook, you can do this!


An Interchangeable Shape Punch?

Today I received this question from Ute Seabauer and wanted to share it with all of you, 

Is theAnswering all your creative questionsre a shape punch for paper with interchangeable shapes, so you can buy numerous dies and place them into the punch for different shapes?

Hi Ute,

There isn’t a “punch” that you can interchange shapes with, but there are options. If you have power then a Cricut or Silhouette would let you cut anything you want basically. Without power you can try the Cuttlebug or a number of non-electric die. Ma=cutting machines. I ask what types of shapes are you wanting to cut?  Personally I have both a Cricut and a Silhouette because they both offer different abilities.

Chronologically or by Family Unit?


Using Studio J as a SketchI am in a quandary and hope you can help me. I have been scrapbooking for 15 years and  I have 4 children with children of their own. Last year I told you about a great service that I was sending my scrapbook pages to have them all scanned – this didn’t work out very well after all. I could never open the file they sent me. I did finally get all my pages back, and they have sat in the 12 x 12 bags ever since.  I have now indexed each page (so I know what I have already scrapped) but I can’t decide how to put the albums back together.  I have a couple of albums separated… like life before I met my husband, his before me album, genealogy, and my son’s sports & Army albums.  But now I have piles of each of my kids with their kids. This is where I get stuck.  I could do an album for each child/family – but then what about those pictures we are in them too?  Do I put those in the album with my husband and I starting with our marriage?  I just don’t know… what are your thoughts?  How do you keep your own scrapbooks? Please leave me a comment and share your thoughts about putting your scrapbook layouts together.

A Funny Thing Happened When I Began to Shred

What to do before tossing taxesWith the beginning of a new year comes that clean out bug… and so I decided I could use that spot in the garage that held past tax envelopes .. like 1995!  But a funny thing happened when I opened the envelope and started looking at all the supporting documents. I found dates!  I knew I was only going to scan the tax document itself – I can’t truly toss them from my life as there is something about the Ghost of IRS Passed that seems to linger in the back of my mind. Anyway as I was saying. I found dates.  I found a check for a trip to Gold Beach for my youngest son’s basketball camp. I remember doing a scrapbook page about his camp, but I had never dated the layout or journaling. Now I have a clue as to when the camp was held and can add that to the page.

You never know where you will find details to help your scrapbooking and memory keeping. . Keep an open mind and your eyes wide open for hints that will complete the story you are trying to tell. Another hint is to date the back of your scrapbook pages so you can see your progress and style over the years.


Organization in the New Year

Do your photos look like this?
Pile of old black and white family photographs on a table

If you are like me your computer is full of photos, maybe even 2 or 3 copies of the same photograph. I have a goal for this year that you might want to tag along with and that is to organize the photos in your computer (s). I have never been very dilligent when it comes to labeling my photos – thinking there is plenty of time to do that later. Well, since I just found and labeled Christmas 2010 I find that thinking flawed. So as I plan and begin to get all my photographs sorted, I thought I would take you along for the ride.  Please leave comments below if you think it is a good idea, have a suggestion about how I am doing it – I don’t think of everything, and if so inclined, work on yours along with me. I will set aside 15 minutes each day to sort photos. Life is busy and it is easy to get lost in old photographs. As you may know, I am a traditional scrapbooker, but I will also upload some pictures for Studio J Digital Photographs, which can simply be added to an album when printed.

I truly believe all photos should be backed up to the web, because of a failed external drive and not having a clue what pictures I may have lost. However, Cloud storage got me where I am today – lots of clouds with no sort of organization. Making sure your storage on your computer is available is really the first step. I found lots of unused storage on mine.  You will want to download all your photos from the various clouds you have them stored in. After we clean up the copies so there is just one of each, labeled and tagged, I will upload the entire lot to Amazon because as a Prime member, you have unlimited storage of photos.

Here are the first steps to an organized set of photos:First Steps to Organizing your Photos

  1. Write down all the clouds you have photos on – we will use this later
  2. Starting with the pictures that are currently stored on your computer.  (In my case, I have 2 computers and 3 external drives.) I am using my laptop as “home base” as it is the easiest to use while watching tv with the family or not just sitting at my desk.
  3. Create a few main files, Mine are listed as “People 1/1/2016,Misc Pics 1-1-2016 and Craft 1-1-2016.” These will be further sorted later, but this is my first step. Duplicates are easier to find if in the same folders.
  4. Spend 15 minutes to sort pictures on your computer into these files. I suggest setting a timer since it is easy to get lost in this process.
  5. After your 15 minutes are up, Take a look in each folder, do you see duplicates yet? If so, delete one of the photos after making sure your information like date picture taken, or tags have been added to the picture you are keeping. Also delete any blurry pictures if you can’t identify what it was you were trying to take a picture of.

This step will keep you busy until next Saturday morning when we will start dealing with the clouds. If your weather is really cold, this is a great way to still make good use of your time.