I started scrapbooking five years ago because after having Tanya I decided I wanted to document our family memories in a more detailed and fun way than the traditional photo album.
I started by Googling scrapbook supplies and came across my all time favourite site scrapbook.com but I was devastated to learn it was in American and postage was a killer, we only had the one income at the time so money had to be spent carefully. On a visit to Spot Light with my Mum I was super happy to come across an amazing selection of scrapbook supplies right at my finger tips and then to find Kmart and Big W had a pretty good selection too. We were living in the Northern Territory at the time and there wasn’t much of a choice so these stores were a god sent!
I have a facination with flowers but I find it difficult to use them in my layouts as there so bulky.
I store all my card stock and papers in there Cropper Hopper sleeves.
Skip forward five years and I have since come across some amazing Australian scrapbook supply stores. Here are a couple of the stores I frequently visit (even if its just for a look)
Then last year I came across a post about Project Life. I thought it was an interesting way of scrapping but left it at that as I had already accumulated tons of craft supplies and didn’t want to spend more $$$ on supplies only to find I didn’t like it. Well that thearory lasted about 4 months until I finally realised I simply didn’t have the time to do the traditional style and this PL might be what I was after…a fun and less time consuming way of documenting our memories. I did some research and brought my first core kit: Strawberry. 10 months later and I now have a nice little collection of core, value and mini kits and embellishments.
I know quite a few ladies do their albums weekly but I knew this wouldnt suit me so I do mine monthly. At the beginning of every month I print off the previous months photos and then have the whole month to do my layouts. I tend to set aside a few hours every week, mainly when the kids are in bed, Tanya’s at school or on a Sunday to do my layouts. I’ve found that deign F page protectors work best for the way I photograph.