Saturday, December 5, 2015

Good morning - the books beginnings.

Jeannie - 
This is for you dear, across the (not-so-many) miles I can now walk you through this seasons cheer book that I am doing, and hopefully you can get some inspiration, how to's, or whatever.  I just thought this was a cool place for us to share ideas. And since I don't always see you at the gym, were can share what we are creating here.  yay!

Both of my books are made by Simple Stories, and are part of their SN@P! series. Sam is on Fire Opal & Onyx so I have 2 (orange & black).  I still haven't seen a purple one for Tanzanites, but we can always decorate over a black spine or cover to bring in purple... just a thought. I like the smaller size of these books and the pocket pages really help  me to scrap faster. below are links to last year's book, so you inda get my game plan.... I wanted to do something similar this year b/c it is fast & simple, and SN@P! book were readily available plus I love the colors...

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COVERS: Starting with Fire opal, I used Dylusion, orange and yellow spray inks on paper to get a marbled effect of color, then cut the text out on my Silhouette. I think I sent you a set of these, I just glued them on.  I like Scotch quick dry craft glue personally, no other reason than I am inpatient...:)

for the Onyx title I used letter from Bella Gypsy brand.  I will have to come back and edit if there is a specific kit name.  They are a clear plastic letter.  the same Scotch glue drys clear, so that is what I used to add to the cover.  OH and a strip of washi tape that I got at Michaels in a silver shimmer. (I bet they have purple glitter too, just a thought?).

OK, starting on the inside, and I just realized this post may be the longest, just getting caught up, maybe I can break it up into posts...

SCHEDULE:  Simple (as long as the schedule doesn't change... :)) This is my first page right now, because I look at it a lot.... I covered part of one of the decorated paper backgrounds that came with the book,with a schedule. (I just typed up and printed a copy, I may have saved this, if you need one to match fire opal's - let me know). I decorated my page a little with washi tape , but feel free to do whatever you like.Right now it is in front of my book, but I may move to the comps section when I am done...
I guess that brings op the next thing... The SN@P! books come with three heavy cardboard tabs.  I used mine to separate the year (PRESEASON, COMPS, and hopefully DISNEY or MISC (if we don't go) at the end....

I have a full basket of letters in all shapes, colors & sizes.  I grab them when they are on sale or clearance at craft stores, Wal mart & Target. If they have glitter already - BONUS!  the giant Onyx was from WM.  In the poster section. seriously you can find cheap letter s everywhere - even Lowes!  If you see something you like grab it, or if we can ever get together, I have a stash I can share. The gem was also created like the fire opal title with the inks and then I cut out a gem I got from the silhouette store (here).  

These pages can just be decorated however - I have no rhyme or reason, just whatever I was feeling at the time.  And even if there is a page I am not crazy about after it's done, no worries, it's done!.

I explained i love the pockets because they are so simple.  I can print a pic or a filler* or journal card** and decorate it od not, and just slip it into the pocket.  If i dont have all pockets filled I can add a pretty filler, or leave blank and have room to add stuff as the season progresses.  makes life less stressful for me....

I still need to add snapshots from Sammy's phone or from the pre-season swim parties, etc.... but below are my pages from the parent performance..

Fire Opal - pics are from Parent day. I personall print at home and use photoshop so I can print at 4x6 or 3x4 sizes.  but most print places print at these sizes too.  the card on top right I also create in Photoshop (because I hate my handwriting).  This can easily be created on a cut piece of paper.    The QR code is one of my favorite tools to add performances on the pages.  You can create them by googling a QR generator, attaching it to a link to (facebook, you tube, etc...).  download the QR black & white thingy... and then print and add to the book.  You can scan it with a reader  app on your phone and always have access to that days' performances...:) cool!
Page to the right is my Onyx preseason parent pages... we took a team photo that day, I just added stickers to it.  Sammy's pic is a 4x4, and you cant really see it b/c of the pages behind it, but there is a clear tag next to her pic, just to add some fun to the book.  I got this in a kit from somewhere??  I still have the QR code for this performance too, I just added it to a different journal card, that I also printed and typed on in Photoshop that I purchased from web.

* & ** A note about Filler cards & Journal cards! Pocket scrapbooking is everywhere! I have stashes and stashes of stuff both in physical kits & digital kits. (it's embarassing actually).   The web is a great place to get quality journal cards and filler cards for free and/or less expensive then the physical counterpart.  However, you then have to print these at home or through a printing service. - so it's a catch 22.(not sure why I said that - where did that phrase even come from?)

Great places I purchase from because I know the quality will be perfect is is The-Lilypad  Scraporchard, Sweetshoppe Designs, The Digital Press, and I can keep on going.  I personally subscribe to Memory Pockets Monthly kits at The-Lilypad.  it's only $8.99 a month and I get tons of great product I use for my books and scrapping. I think the Nov calendar above came from there.  Just a word to the wise, you can get lost looking at this stuff online and most stores update their stash weekly with weekly sales.  I got sucked in a while back, but I am not complaigning :) I enjoy the creativity part of it - Dan golfs, I craft.  I have a keepsake of a portion of my kid's lives.

Hope this helps, I will come back tomorrow with a post on the first comp and what I am doing for dividers for each comp.

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