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Supplies: Not Pictured by Allison Pennington, Fonts are Blackout and The Only Exception
We live in a family of daily and weekly routines. I know there are many families like mine, where the day-to-day doesn’t vary much.
From a scrapbooking perspective: What memories should we capture then? Can we maintain momentum on a project like P365 or Project 52? I think so!
I do a weekly double-page spread using the simple gridded style of pocket scrapbooking. Here are some ways that I’ve documented our routines and daily happenings in our family.
Incorporating the Random
I try to take photos most days of the week, but February is historically my slowest photo month. This year was no exception. Some weeks, like the one below, I only had a handful of photos to use. Worse still, I didn’t take many notes about the week – even scanning my email and Facebook and phone didn’t help. I managed to put together this weekly layout by relying on a few random lists and quotes:
Supplies: Pockets Stitched No. 6 by Valorie Wibbens, Pagekraft by One Little Bird, Kraft Edition Project Life
I filled out the week with ideas like:
- Movies I had seen in the year to date
- A list of 10 movies I love
- A few random quotes from my kids
- Noting how much we love pasta in the winter (since that is one thing I did take a picture of during the week)
I don’t take the idea of Project 52 too literally – I scrap a weekly spread, but every photo and piece of journaling doesn’t have to be perfectly tied to the week. If it relates to my life in the general time period, I’m okay with including it. For example, I think there is value in noting the movies I’ve watched to date. It’s not something I want to document each and every week, but a round-up on the occasional weekly layout is a nice reminder for the future.
Rely on Photos to Document the Now
I must have been feeling bad about the general lack of February photos, because at the very end of February and into March, my volume of photo-taking dramatically improved.
Supplies: Pockets Stitched No. 6 by Valorie Wibbens, Pagekraft by One Little Bird Designs, Midnight Edition by Liz Tamanoha
Supplies: Pockets No. 6 Stitched by Valorie Wibbens, Pagekraft by One Little Bird Designs, Kraft Edition Project Life by Tiffani Smith, Black & White: Labeled by Michele Godin, Date It by Penny Springmann, Doodlings 1 by Emily Merritt, Get Artsy by Jenn Barrette
These were weeks where “nothing” happened – no birthdays, anniversaries, job changes, house moves, babies born, or any other one of life’s major milestones. Just regular weeks in the life of our family.
To document the weeks, I took photos of the little moments:
- Us on our commute
- My daughter modeling clothes at the mall
- The result of a major snowstorm
- The before and after of cleaning out my pantry
- A few incredibooth (an iPhone app) shots
- My kids being silly
- The messy spots and neat spots in my home
- Food prepared and enjoyed
I like these pages. They’re some of my favourites in my album because they’re so *us*, right now.
Other People’s Stories
During the week below, I borrowed the photos and story of the hockey game from my husband and it takes up 1/4 of the weekly layout.
Supplies: Pockets Stitched No. 6 by Valorie Wibbens, Pagekraft by One Little Bird Designs, Midnight Edition by Liz Tamanoha
My project is about my family, but it’s clearly in my voice. Sometimes though, big things happen to my husband or my children, and I want to share them. I ask to borrow copies of photos from friends and family for situations where I don’t have any of my own and most of the time they’re happy to provide them to me. For journaling, I’ll ask them about what happened and then retell the story on a journaling card. I enjoy how these stories add context to the overall project album.
Note the Little Moments
Supplies: Pockets Stitched No. 6 by Valorie Wibbens, Pagekraft by One Little Bird, 4×6 Photo Collages No. 1 by Designs by Lili, Seafoam Edition Becky Higgins Project Life
I won’t always be the mom to two small children. Already I can see that the little baby days went by in the blink of an eye. I suspect the years of raising school agers will go by just as quickly and then I’ll have teenagers. As much as I may wish to try, I can’t stop the clock. The only thing I can do is note the moments and savour them.
If you’re interested in more ways to document your daily life, try these past articles:
- But My Life Isn’t Interesting Enough for December Daily
- Wondering What to Scrap?
- Does Project Life Fit in with My Life?
- Capturing Real Life Moments
Beyond Measure by Digital Design Essentials. Pacifico font.
Food and eating are a big part of every single person’s life. We all have to eat and because it is something we do several times a day, there are usually plenty of food-related routines, preferences, and memories just waiting to be documented. Think about what most of your most memorable events have in common – there is usually some sort of food involved!
How to Scrap about Food
Photograph the common, everyday meals in your life. What dishes do you make the most? What are some of your specialties? What kinds of foods do you eat a lot of?
What are your favorite foods, special treats, or culinary addictions? These are part of your story!
Layout by Trina. Credits:Java Junkie – Micheline Martin, Roughly Blocked Alpha – Kaye Winiecki, Sedum – Sara Gleason
Layout by Trina. Credits:Strawberry Sundae kit by Ziska, Mask: Background Masks 1 by Scrapping With Liz, Font: CK Neat Print
Food can tell the story of your heritage or culture. Be sure to scrap about the local cuisine of your area, and also include any traditional dishes that are part of your life.
Where do you go out to eat? What are your favorite restaurants and what do you order when you eat out? It’s easy to pull out a phone camera and snap a few photos before you dig in. My kids have learned that I usually like to photograph anything pretty before they eat it and they patiently wait. There are a few restaurants that have gotten fussy about people taking pictures, so if you aren’t sure on the policy, it’s probably best to ask.
I especially love to document what we eat when we are traveling. Part of the adventure of going somewhere new is to be able to try different cuisine!
Where do you purchase the food that you eat? Scrap about your local grocery store, or specialty shops such as bakeries or farmer’s markets.
What kinds of foods do you eat for special occasions or celebrations? Parties often center around themes that are carried out in the menu.
What foods are associate with certain events? Movies and popcorn, birthdays and cake, baseball games and hot dogs, are just a few that come to mind.
What about the preparation process? We spend a lot of time in the kitchen putting together what we are going to eat. Detail the steps that it takes to make something delicious.
Layout by Vicki. Credits: One Little Bird-Star on Top Ali Edwards-Memory Life Lines
Layout by Trina. Credits: Kitschy Kitchen – Boutique Cute Dolls and Forever Joy, Template freebie – Little Green Frog Designs, Noteworthy Alpha – Micheline Martin
Not everything is easy when it comes to food. Many of us have allergies, weight issues, or other related problems. Don’t forget to document the difficulties as well as the fun stuff!
Helpful resources for digi scrapping your food
We have several great posts here at The Daily Digi that will help and inspire you with your food layouts:
- Food Photography
- Digi Scrapping your Recipes
- Mouth-watering inspiration
- Photographing your Thanksgiving feast
- Play it again with a recipe
Let’s go shopping!
Of course, there are plenty of great food-themed designs out there in digiland to help you make the most of your delicious memories! (all images are linked)
I hope you will take out your camera next time you sit down to a memorable meal and have fun documenting the food in your life!
When you stop to think about it, you will probably realize that there are plenty of topics and events out there to scrap about. Life seems to go in cycles that include events and holidays and those become a natural focus for our memory keeping. However, there are also plenty of everyday life type of moments that make for great scrapbook pages or even full albums. We are always looking for fun topics for scrapping here at The Daily Digi and we even have an entire category of our blog dedicated to scrapworthy ideas.
If you are looking for some inspiration on what to scrap, here’s a great resource list to get you going. I’m even planning to bookmark & pin this post to come back to any time I need a little creative jumpstart!
HOLIDAYS & SEASONS
- Valentine’s day and love
- Spring and Easter
- Memorial Day
- Summer memories
- Summer scrapbook prompts
- Patriotic celebrations
- National pride
- Fall is my favorite
- This is Halloween
- Thanks and Thanksgiving
- Scrapping Christmas
- Other December holidays
- December memories
- Let’s talk about the weather
- Moment scrapping vs. event scrapping
- Digi scrapping your job
- Life before scrapping series
- Scrapping everyday moments
- School days
- Scrapping smells
- Scrapping the news
- Digi friends
HOBBIES & INTERESTS
- Sports fanatics
- Scrapping about books
- Song titles & lyrics
- Scrapping about the internet
- Scrapping our pets
- Scrapping recipes
- Olympic memories
COLLECTIONS OF MEMORIES
- Year in review layouts and albums
- Timelines or passage of time
- All about me
- Digi scrapping memorabilia
- Personalities – mini me
- Calendar time
- Family trees
- Year in review
- Heritage and ancestors
Wow! There’s so much inspiration here! What would you like to see us add to this list of resources? What are your favorite things to scrap about? We’d love to hear from you in the comments so feel free to share your ideas.
Image created using 365 Stamps by Wild Blueberry (altered)
I LOVE creating year in review layouts and albums! It’s the perfect way for me to take some of my favorite photos from the year and put them on one layout. A year in review layout is a fun way for me to showcase events that happened each month through out the year (since I normally don’t love scrapping events).
We’ve done posts on this before:
- Quickly Creating A Year-In-Review Album
- 2009 – the year in review
- Truly Inspiration – Year In Review
- New Year’s Eve, Last Chance for TDF10, & Year-In-Review Layouts
Typically, when I’m creating a year in review layout, I go through my photo folders by month (they are organized chronologically by year, then month) and pull out the photos I love and that represent the year to me. I use FotoFusion to automatically create a collage for me with all of my photos. Here are some other programs that will create collages for you:
For one of my year in review layouts for 2012, I decided to document my travels, which were abnormally frequent this past year:
Layout by Steph, supplies used: free map template by Nettio (there is also a tutorial for creating your own), Vagabond by One Little Bird, font is Smith Primiere Schutzy.
I have a New Year’s Eve tradition where I work on a Year in Review Album and I’m looking forward to that again this year (I missed last year). I will most likely do photo collages using one of the programs mentioned above OR some scripts that will place photos in a template for me.
I thought I would share a few of the fun templates I’ve seen popping up around digiland:
Michelle Batton’s templates that are included in The Digi Files through the end of December 2012:
A year in review by Penny Springmann
From Studio Basic:
I think this is a GREAT idea and would create a super quick Year In Review Album:
Cindy Schneider has a lot of Year in Review templates. If this link doesn’t pull them up, just do a search for “year in review cindy” and it will pull up 6 packs. Here’s the link to the templates below.
There are many, many templates out there that can be used for a Year in Review album. They don’t need to have the months on them in order to work. Just look through the template section of your favorite store, you are bound to find something great!
Have you created a 2012 Year in Review layout or album? Link us up in the comments! We would love to see your work!
I was raised a football fan. I’ve always enjoyed a good football game. I understood the rules, the calls, and knew what was going on, because I grew up watching the game. As I started having kids though, spending that many hours watching a game, became less and less of a priority in my life. As a result, I don’t watch or follow sports at all anymore. However, I do understand that there are people that LOVE their sports and even more, love their teams! I thought it would be fun to share some examples of layouts about fanatics. I’m not talking about the teams your own kids play on, but the teams many of you cheer on no matter who is playing, and who is winning or losing.
Let’s start with my own silly story:
Layout by Steph, supplies: Play The Game by Chelle’s Creations, Printing Primer font.
I don’t think I’ll ever forget the first “game day” after we moved to Idaho. I was out running errands. I went to the doctor and everyone was wearing blue and orange. I didn’t think too much of it. But, when I walked in Costco and all of the employees were wearing blue and orange and many of the shoppers as well, I realized I had missed the memo.
I don’t follow sports at all. I didn’t even know the colors of Boise State University, let alone know that they had a highly ranked football team …at the time. I felt very uncomfortable as I watched the people around me with curiosity. Wondering if it was a team they were all decked out for. I knew there were no professional teams in the area. I was used to Seahawk team pride and Mariners. I kept trying to catch glimpses of the logos on shirts, without seeming like I was staring. The minute I got in the car, I called Matt and said, “What team is blue and orange and why is everyone wearing those colors today?” He laughed good and hard and said, “You mean, you don’t know about ‘Smurf Turf’?” No, I did not!
After all of this time, it is still a little shocking to my system when football season starts. The amount of team pride in the state is…unique. I’ve honestly never seen anything like it…anywhere. This year, I announced to the family that we needed to conform and become fans, or at least pretend to be. Matt quickly ran to get me a BSU T-shirt, which I wore once. I figure if I’m going to pretend to be a fan, I at least need to know when they play…and maybe even what team they are up against. So, it didn’t happen this year. Maybe in 2013. For now, I’ll just sit on the fanatic sideline and watch with curiosity.
Photo: Sept. 15,2012 Journaling Nov. 23, 2012.
Layout by Jacki, supplies: Game Time by Lori Barnhurst, MVP by Dani Mogstad, stamps by Michelle Coleman, football graphics by Kate Hadfield.
Layout by Jacki, supplies used: Chelle’s Creations “Slam Dunk.”
The following layouts are linked to their sources with credits:
Kimberly was excited to share the experiences of being a Dodger fan as a child with her husband:
Do you have a fanatic in your life? Are you a fan of a team? Have you scrapped your own team pride? If you have, share a link with us. If you haven’t, maybe you feel inspired?
The Daily Digi’s very own Heather was recently married and we all want to wish her and her new husband a long and happy marriage! Congratulations, Heather!
As I approach my 10 year wedding anniversary, it occurs to me that it might be time to finally scrap my wedding!
So in honour of love and marriage, let’s browse some lovely wedding scrapbook pages!
I love the super fun photo, repeated several times, paired with the doodled elements on this page by Paula:
Isn’t this page by Dutch_Diva beautiful? What a magical way to show off a wedding photo!
Gwendlite made a very pretty and delicate page for her wedding memories:
Suladesign captured the food at a wedding. Considering the time brides spend on choosing the perfect meal, this is a great idea!
Nessita made this stunning page. I love how the couple is spilling outside the photo frame and how the photo changes into a line drawing!
On this fun page, Dotcomkari paired words from her wedding vows with photos from the wedding day.
After looking around the galleries at all the beautiful wedding pages, my biggest take-away lesson is that wedding scrapbook albums/pages should be about evoking feeling. Many of us have separate wedding photo albums so the wedding scrapbook album can be an opportunity to pair photos with words to document the details and feeling of the day.
AND A FEW WORDS TO NEWLYWEDS…
To everyone who has recently married, all I can say is that, in the blink of an eye, you’ll be creating pages like this one by Crystal, celebrating your 10 year anniversary:
PS – The title graphic was created using Awakening by Joyce Paul at Pink Poppy Press.
I’ve played around with doing a December Daily album since 2008. For the first few years, I would start out strong and then never finish the whole month. I didn’t feel bad about it though, because those pages are included in our albums and are a great representation of our December activities.
Last year was the first time I made it through the entire month and I came pretty close to finding a formula and format that worked well for me. My only “mistake” was that I tried to be too hybrid about the whole thing. There’s nothing wrong with that, and many of our readers love hybrid-style projects. I just found out that I’m not one of them. I really am an ALL DIGI gal these days and that’s what makes me happy! So I’ve decided to tweak a few things for this time around. I shared a lot about my approach when we had Ali Edwards (originator of the December Daily project) on The Digi Show last week.
My 2011 December Daily Album
Last December, I used a Project Life type of approach for my December Daily album. I love Becky Higgin’s Project Life and I thought it would be perfect for capturing the little details of our daily life in December. I was right about that and it is a great format for a December Daily album. I’m not really interested in doing Project Life for my main memory keeping, but I love it for my December album!
Here’s what DID NOT work for me:
- I did not enjoy having to get my pictures printed before I could do anything with them. I also don’t like printing at home. Both of these factors became big problems for me as the month went on because I wanted to keep up with the project. I wanted to be able to enjoy the pages during the month of December. I also was trying to blog about them on my personal blog.
- It was a pain to have to photograph the pages during the short daylight hours of winter. I do almost all of my creative work late at night, but I would have to wait until the following day to get a decent picture. The turnaround time of waiting for prints and waiting to photograph the pages made it nearly impossible to blog about my December Daily project in a timely manner.
- Because I used divided page protectors, I had to use the same design format for the front and back of a page (2 sided). I like to have more freedom with my page designs.
- I decided I do not like using a corner rounder or even a paper trimmer anymore. What an ironic thing this was for me to realize after decades of being a die-hard paper scrapper!
Here’s what DID work for me:
- The 12×12 album format was perfect for this project, which is funny since I don’t use that size for anything else. I love that I could include full size programs right in my book.
- Mixing page protector sizes made the album fun for me and for those who looked at it. I really like the mix of page protector sizes that Becky Higgins offers with her Project Life product line. I’m going to mix in even more sizes this year. I’ve never been one to do this in my other albums, but it worked out perfectly for including all the little bits of December memorabilia that I collected.
- My favorite part of this approach is that I have a big album that I can just keep adding to each year. I don’t want to have to complete a separate album for each year. I’m not a big fan of mini-albums and I don’t want to have 20 December albums sitting around in 20 years. I love the idea of pulling out our December album each year and being able to look through several years at once. It makes much more sense for me from a space standpoint and it is more fitting with my personal style.
What I’m going to do differently this year:
- Use digital templates and digital scrapbooking products to create my pages. I’ll share some of my favorites at the end of this post. I will print them as 12×12 size pages and slip them into plain 12×12 page protectors.
- Use the divided page protectors with smaller slots for collected memorabilia that I don’t need to alter in any way.
- No trips to Costco to pick up prints! That really messed with my happy mood last year. lol! I can share my digital pages on my blog as I create them and then order the prints to be delivered via mail service from Persnickety Prints.
Revamping my 2011 pages to fit my plan:
Some people might think I’m a bit crazy to go back and redo my pages from last year, but in reality it’s only a handful of pages and I since I have all the digital components that were printed out, I was able to just quickly put them together in digital page format. Because I want to keep them all in the same album as the pages I will be doing in upcoming years, I knew I wouldn’t feel satisfied if everything didn’t match in style. It’s just who I am.
This feels so much better to me, and it was A LOT easier to put together!
Here are a few more of my revamped pages: (all are linked for credits)
You can watch my December Daily set on Flickr to see more of my pages as I add them. Of course, there are unlimited ways to put together a December Daily album, this is only my method. Feel free to experiment and play around! Be sure to check out Ali’s December Daily section on her blog to see all the different ways she has completed this project over the years.
Some of my favorite digi products I’m using for my December Daily album:
Of course, I’ll be watching the shops over the next few weeks and browsing through my stash as well. I love finding bits of digital word art and journaling cards to use my album!
Are you participating in December Daily this year? Will you be keeping a daily album? Blogging about your days? Sharing photos on instagram? Be sure to listen to the podcast we did all about December Daily to get even more inspiration!
Supplies: Witch’s Brew by Heather Roselli
Halloween is such a fun time! The costumes, the candy, the decorations – I love it all.
Let’s take a moment and think about how to photograph and scrapbook this fun day!
MUST TAKE PHOTOS
Here’s my list of must-take Halloween photos for this year:
- Each kid in costume – during the daylight and at night
- The family watching Wizard of Oz (a tradition for us)
- The house decorated for Halloween
- The carving of the pumpkin
- The final pumpkin
- Roasting pumpkin seeds
- The best and spookiest houses we come across while trick-or-treating
- The kids and their candy loot at the end of the night
What’s on your list of photos to take?
Most of these photos are going to be taken in tricky situations (low light, outside in the cold, with kids running this way and that). I’m going to re-read these articles to improve my Halloween photos before the big day:
I love how Halloween kits run from spooky to cute!
Wow! There are a lot of Halloween kits! I’m so impressed by the selection and variety in elements and colours.
If you want some more Halloween reading, try:
I hope you have fun scrapbooking your Halloween this year!
A Halloween page from my scrapbook:
Supplies: Hallow’s Eve by Jen Maddocks
Have you ever used a song title or lyrics on a scrapbook page? It’s one of my favorite ways to get ideas for my pages and I love to use both titles and lyrics on layouts. There are many ways that songs can inspire our scrapping:
Song titles make great page titles!
Jacki got the idea for this layout title from the BeeGee’s “Stayin’ Alive.” With photos of her 40+ yr. old DH surfing with a group of teenagers, she thought it seemed fitting.
Sometimes all you need to do is think of a song title to get your journaling wheels turning.
It’s perfectly ok to change the words of a title around to fit your own theme!
You can even reuse the same idea in a different way.
The same goes for lyrics – sometimes they aren’t quite right for your page until you change a word or two. Trina changed this Carrie Underwood song around since her family is not American.
Kimberly K. created her own clever version of Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love and made it into an ode to the iPad. So fun!
Need some ideas for song titles to use as page titles?
- Try looking through your own playlist. Just read through the titles and make notes of any of them that make you think of a certain memory or some photos. Ask your friends and family members to do the same and brainstorm together.
- Keep a notebook nearby when you are listening to music and jot down page inspiration as you listen.
- Use internet search tools. Do a search for all song titles by a favorite artist. Look for songs about the topic you are scrapping – for example; if you are doing a layout about a recent trip to California, search for songs about California.
- Browse through lists of titles of children’s songs, classic hits, chart toppers, and movie soundtracks for even more ideas!
Just be warned that people might break into song when they see your page!
P.S. The title graphic was created with Digital Design Essentials Perfect Harmony and Bebas font.
Allison Pennington Timeline. Courier New font.
I just love layouts that illustrate a long passage of time or a timeline. Something like your child at many different ages, or a long process like building a house from beginning to end. It’s amazing to take a long journey through time in the space of one page! Here are some favorite timeline layouts to inspire you: (all are linked for credits)
A tree is a beautiful way to illustrate the branches of time!
Even comparing a few years of time in one place can help you see the changes that have occurred.
One of my very favorite scrapbooking themes is the “then and now” comparison!
It’s especially meaningful to make a “then and now” comparison with a child because they change and grow so quickly.
It feels like the grow right before your eyes, and including a yearly photo on a layout is a fantastic way to illustrate the passage of time.
Credits: Capture Me If You Can by Secret Stash, All About Me by Scrap Orchard Designers, Torn Photo Frames 2 and Art Play Palette Ablaze by Anna Aspnes, Haphazard (by Fontologie), My Own Topher and Pea Noodle’s Girlfriends fonts
This approach can also give you a great excuse to scrap some favorite photos from earlier years!
Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to scrapping about children when focusing on the passage of time. I love this layout of a couple from different times in their life together!
Everybody changes over time and it’s important to document that as part of your story.
Ideas for scrapping the passage of time:
- Gather pictures of the same person or people from different times in their lives
- The homes you’ve lived in throughout your life
- Jobs worked at
- Schools attended
- Photos from each grade of school
- Changes in clothing or hairstyles
- Cars driven
- Trips taken
- Same location, different years (Disneyland, Grandma’s house, on your front porch, etc.)
- One photo from each year of a person’s life
- Building a house
- Tracking a big project from beginning to end
- Major news events from your lifetime
- Timelines that show life’s events (graduation, marriage, children, grandchildren, etc.)
Time is passing up by each and every day. Don’t forget to scrap it!
P.S. Helen was the winner of $10 to Bella Gypsy’s store