Heritage Classes

I love working on heritage pages. It was, in fact, the thing that encouraged me to try scrapbooking in the first place.

In a scrapbook, you have room to go beyond the names and dates of your ancestors. You can share their stories, show the places they lived, their handwriting, what they looked like and more.

Heritage pages are also fun because you can used different styles of paper and embellishments from what you would normally put in a scrapbook. While I may not be willing to spend a lot of time or money on a page about yet another choir concert my daughter performed in, for example, I am willing to do whatever it takes to make a special heritage page — especially since I may have only one photo of that person.

So, I began teaching heritage classes. They are held on the third Friday of each month at Scrap Tales in Brighton. The cost of each class varies, depending on the supplies used, and I try to teach different techniques in each one.

Here are the ones we have done so far …

Baby — using the new birdcage die by Tim Holtz.

At the Beach — using these amazing papers from Graphic 45.

Grandfather — uses more papers from Graphic 45.

Military (this can be customized for any war or military service) is August’s class. It uses papers from Reminisce.

The folder opens so you can include additional journaling or memorabilia. I included a copy of my grandfather’s service record and copies of the ribbons he earned. (I found photos of each on Wikipedia)

And this is the page for September. I didn’t include journaling because I haven’t found much on this couple, YET. These are my great-great grandparents and I prefer to wait until I have more information before I finish it. But, I love this line from Graphic 45.

October’s class will be a Family Tree. I haven’t completed it yet, but if it turns out anything like what it is my head, it will be great. I am using the Heritage cartridge from Cricut to create it.

And, by the time November roles around, the new vintage Christmas line by Bo Bunny should be in the store so we can do a heritage holiday page.

I am also planning on holding a 5-hour crop/class on a Saturday, where we talk about creating pages for the family members without pictures and then have time to work on our individual pages. Perhaps I can find a date in September to hold that one …

It’s lots of fun … you should join us!

Fun with Stickers

When I was young, I collected stickers. I had an old photo album that I filled with my finds and I looked forward to meeting and trading with other sticker collectors.

Even though I no longer put them in an album, I still enjoy playing with stickers and I love using them on my layouts. Besides reminding me of my youth, they are quick and easy and often provide just the right accent.

I have some friends who disagree. They never use stickers.

But, stickers do not have to be flat and, according to them, boring. With a few simple tricks, you can make your stickers fantastic.

On this page, using products by Basic Grey, I added dimension to the stickers by adding foam squares underneath the stickers.

The process is simple.

1. Take the sticker off its backing and turn it upside down.

2. Place foam squares on the back, but leave the paper covering the top layer of adhesive on.

3. With a small paint brush, or your finger, apply baby powder to the back of the sticker. This will render the adhesive useless, so your sticker will no longer be sticky.

4. Then, remove the backing off your foam adhesive and stick it to the page.

I used this technique on both the title and the owl to add dimension.

Stickers can also be layered, trimmed off the edges and accented with glitter, Stickles, brads and other things.

Or, you could buy already embellished felt stickers, like the butterfly on this page.

My cat, Winnifred, certainly loved this page. She came by when I was trying to photograph the page.

Every time I tried to take the page, she grabbed hold of that butterfly. Silly, kitty!

We’re at war

We’re at war at my local scrapbook store, Scrap Tales in Brighton.

Scrap Wars began Sunday with a draft party to determine teams. The competition will include challenges throughout the summer, with customers, friends and family members voting for their favorite pages.  The women in this war are both fierce and talented, so I am sure the designs will be amazing.

Our first order was to create a 12×12 page using papers and embellishments from the new So Sophie line by My Mind’s Eye. The colors — blue, green and brown in floral and geometric prints — make it so easy to apply to almost any page. Personally, I was inspired by the “Simple Things” embellishment and the circle/floral print. I decided to show some of the things that bring me so much enjoyment in life.

Here is my entry:

I covered the photo of me with a printed transparency that matches the line.

I wanted to include one of Tim Holtz’s watch faces to help support the 24/7 theme of the page. It was my husband’s idea to set the time to 5:00, because it’s “always 5 o’clock somewhere.”

Obviously I am still amused by his sense of humor!