LOTS of good stuff today… Video + more…


I am really excited about today’s post.  A few weeks ago, Ali Edwards asked me to be the first special guest in a new series she is doing.  I love my Ali, so I was happy to play along.  (Note: Before you continue reading, go read her post first HERE, in case you haven’t already.  Then continue reading this post, as it contains added information.)

I told Ali about how I scrapbook.  I actually have two ways of scrapbooking: the “practical way” and the “playful way.”  First up?  The “practical…”

Ali pages

Yep, this is how I scrapbook my events and basic memories.  Here is my “practical” process:

  • At the end of the month, I edit/crop my photos to 5×7 (mostly) and/or 4×6.  I order doubles online at Costco.  I prefer larger photos and never crop these smaller than 4×6.  Why?  Because when I look at my mom’s awesome scrapbooks from when she was little, the photos are so tiny.  I want to make sure people can really enjoy these in the days to come.
  • I adhere photos on 12×12 black cardstock. I then type up my journaling on the computer and print it on white cardstock.  This is the only other thing added to the pages.  No title.  No embellishing.  Fast and easy, and the kids can help.  And the focus is 100% on the photos and the memories. 
  • I store these pages in order in 12×12, 3-ring binders.  All the family members pages are mixed together.  Afterall, we are family.
  • I keep the doubles of the photos.  I use favorite ones for my “playful scrapbooking” and send the extras to family or friends.  Sometimes I give some to Colin to play with.  He loves to carry them around and show the whole world.

Easy, fast and no pressure.  And that is exactly why I started doing this.  My memories are recorded, checking off a big to-do on my life’s list.  This frees my mind and heart to have some fun with my hobby. 

This brings us to my “playful” side of scrapbooking.  Ah, yes, this is my favorite.  This is where I focus having fun and enjoying the hobby.  For me, this means:

  • I use my favorite photos, often enlarged.  I often will throw in extra photos, sometimes even tiny ones.
  • I love love love to play with new techniques.  That is where almost all of my joy lies.  On almost every page, I include at least one technique, often with stamping.
  • I also like to use up product in creative ways.  For me, product is a big part of the fun of scrapbooking.

So, on Ali’s site, I shared an example of some pages from a “playful” album I recently started.  It features favorite quotes from my son – which he is known for. πŸ™‚  This is the perfect example of “playful” scrapbooking for me.  Since I am not really good at design, I decided to keep the basic design the same on all the pages.  And since I am not great at writing, I kept the journaling simple.  But since I love techniques, I made sure that there is at least one area on each page where I can try something new.

Here are my example pages and video.  (For a closer look, just click on them.  For supplies, visit Ali’s blog.)

053109 Ali Page 1  053109 Ali Page 2  053109 Ali Page 3

Now, I know this wouldn’t work for everyone.  But this is what is best for me.  Maybe this will inspire some of you to find a way to make scrapbooking 100% fun and 0% stressful. πŸ™‚

Moving on…


I also thought I would mention that I have a HUGE class coming up at twopeasinabucket.com starting on June 15th called Thinking Inking.  It is 9 weeks long, with three projects and videos a week.  Yep – 27 videos in all.  I will be teaching countless techniques for stamping, inking and painting.  It will be such fun.  And, of course – lots of prizes.  If you are interested, be sure to keep a look out here for  links, or over at the 2peas education board.

Thanks for stopping by.  I will be back tomorrow with some more shares.  Have a good one.

[ETA: If you are interested in more of my videos, please click HERE.  This will give you links to the three places I create videos for: 2Peas, Hero Arts and JenniferMcGuireInk.  You can easily subscribe and be notified anytime a video is added.

Also, if you are interested in a Hero Arts giveaway, check out Jana’s blog HERE.  Many of you know this is a favorite stamp of mine!  Good luck.]

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66 thoughts on “LOTS of good stuff today… Video + more…”

  1. I love that idea for the “practical” album … I have been trying to come up with a way to get a heap of photos out of a shoebox, and I think I’ve found it. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. i sooo love this video!! you really are an inspiration, and i’m definitely gonna give these techniques a go!

  3. Thanks for sharing how you ‘do things’ with the practical and fun scrapping. I’ve been working on my son’s 1-5 year album (I’m breaking them up by age groups) and find I have some pages like the one I’m working on now that encompass a number of months and are just a snapshot of a season and then I’ll have a number of pages that focus on one event or characteristic. Thanks for the reminder that scrapping should be guilt free and fun and that both the practical and fun can be incorporated.
    And thanks for the video! I always LOVE seeing the techniques you use! You amaze me! πŸ™‚
    So looking forward to your class at 2peas!
    Have a wonderful day!

  4. Hi Jennifer,
    I’m coming over from Ali’s site. I’ve been here before, but haven’t commented yet.

    I LOVE what you are calling “practical” scrapbooking. More and more I’m feeling something like that is the direction for me. Seeing your basic pages is TOTALLY inspiring!

    Now … I’ll go watch the video. Thank you.

  5. you are so cute! And so is your son! πŸ™‚ I was just curious as to how big your circle punch is? I’m in the market, I had to give Mom’s back to her πŸ™ lol

  6. ok that is an awsome way of scrapping i used to do something similar before i started scrapping & i’ve been worried about “not being caught up” as i’m a slow scrapper i think i will go back to my A3 photo albums and add just a typed journal to the photos i don’t care to scrap! thanks that has just taken a load off my mind.
    seeya hugya *G*

  7. Thanks for sharing your “stress-free” albums. I needed that reminder! I LOVE trying techniques and tweaking the details but I don’t get very far πŸ™‚ You’ve lifted a burden that I didn’t need to be carrying & helped me remember that I can be creative & practical & survive the process!

  8. I’m visiting from Ali’s blog and I LOVE your basic black page idea. It’s so hard to get all the memories down and your solution seems perfect. What a great idea!

  9. Nothing wrong with cardstock, photos and a story. The embellishments and coordinating products are just for us to have fun with. Your family wants the story and the memories, not the latest rub-ons from your most favorite company.

  10. I was so excited to see your practical method of scrapbooking. I’ve really been doing more and more of that because of time and money. And in the end I like it because the focus is on the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  11. wow! so much to see and learn but I may actually be able to pull off some of these techniques. thanks so much!

  12. wow…what an awesome video! i think i need to go back and watch it again and take a few notes. πŸ˜‰ can’t wait for your 2Peas class!

  13. Thanks so much for sharing your methods and techniques. I always look forward to your column in CK, and save each one for future reference.


  14. Thanks for sharing the way you scrap along with all of those techniques. I can’t wait to have some time to sit and play.

  15. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about! I finally realized this too after 10 years of trying to keep up on scrapping, which got away from me! Now I just put photos in an acid free album, minimum amount of journaling, and, like you, keep extras to play with..it does take the “overwhelming” out of scrapbooking. Love the technique video, a bunch all in one spot! You have such excellent design ideas!

  16. I have always loved your article in do—one of the reasons I always renewed! After reading your bio on Ali’s blog I was amazed to find out you live in Cincinnati–me too!

  17. Thanks so much for always sharing these amazin techniques with us! I’m bookmarking this video!!!
    I just read about the 9 week sclasses you are teaching at TwoPeas!!! I know the next a very used common phrase, but I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

  18. LOVE how you scrap, girl and I love that video on Ali’s blog! You just plain rock! πŸ™‚ Excited about your 2peas class, too! Yay!! Hope your day is a great one! Hugs! πŸ™‚

  19. Jennifer

    My goodness I am behind on blog reading. I am so happy to have some time to drop by today and see all the lovely ideas, tips and great designs! Miss a day miss a lot.

    I will be sure to check out 2peas classes. They sound like a blast! I great way to spend some Summer fun with the kids.

    Again, love your designs. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with us.

    Sandi N.

  20. I love your practical way of scrapbooking. I have years and years of pictures stored in boxes because it takes me hours to arrange and then rearrange my pages (I tend toward the playful side on all my LOs – very slow process!). Your process is great. I’m going to try that before the stories get forgotten. Thank you!

  21. I loved the video and you pages! I’ve wanted to start a “Photos I Love” album for a while now, but needed a way to make it easy yet still look good. I’m going to adapt your design, if that’s ok.
    Love the practical side too. It sure would make “catching up” less painful. I like your “get it done” thinking.

    Thanks for sharing your techniques too. I have a few Ranger inks, but haven’t seen or tried the stuff you’re doing with them. Maybe I can check out your class and try some of them.

  22. Love your playful scrapbooking! Thanks for sharing so many wonderful techniques, and those priceless Colin quotes!

  23. I enjoyed your techniques video over at Ali’s blog, but was most curious about your practical scrapping method, so had to come see! I am sooooo inspired now! I’ve not scrapped for several years, partly from switching from film to digital, partly from a messy scrap area (*sigh…) but mostly from lack of motivation to make fancy scrap pages! I now feel permission to just scrap the photos & stories—plain & simple! Thank you so much for liberating me!! Ha :)!

  24. Great tutorial Jennifer and I love the idea of practical scrapbooking – what a great way to preserve the memories and get the pressure off.

    F.Y.I. – I think your designs are lovely, so please don’t say you’re not good at design!

  25. jennifer, absolutely loved the technique video you did. so easy to watch and listen to and I learned a lot. thanks so much.

  26. Your scrapbook designs are great- always an inspiration to me- so donΒ΄t say you are not good at scrapbook design!
    And thank you both for your ideas on the video ( I will have to see it many times to take notes of all the techniques!) and for your stressfree scrapbooking. That is something I will do with my photos. And then go to find joy in playing with inks and other products for my best photos.
    Thank you for an amazing and inspiring blog!

  27. No wonder I can never get my pages done. It makes sense Jennifer it’s suppose to be a joy to scrap-book and not so stressful. Thanks for that great advice I’m going to try that. I have a question how do you scrapbook about a child that has died unexpectedly? Is it still a proper thing to do? I don’t mean to upset anyone reading this I just need to know. Thank you.

  28. WOW! What an AMAZING video! Thank you *SO* much for sharing this with us! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and I’m looking forward to watching it again!

  29. Wow! What a fun post! I watched the video and it’s great! It’s one of those things that fill you with tons of inspiration! It made me want to have all these fun cool ‘toys’ and play with a lot of fun techniques! Thank you so much!!
    Efrat Kashat.

  30. a big thanks to you Jennifer. . .great video with lots of technique.

    one to keep in the “watch again” category.

  31. Oh i really love your style. Its so full with color and LOVE. For some reason it just comes through your LO’s and cards. Awesome!

  32. Oh my goodness, Jennifer! Thanks so much for the inspiration! WHY do we stress over our pages?? I have an entirely different outlook now! You are awesome!

  33. wow…. the practical album is such a good idea. right now I have tons of 3 by 5 cards with notes about what happened, what someone said etc waiting to be scrapped. At the rate I am going and b/c I am insecure with some of my abilities to scrap – I was worried they would still be there in the years to come. Maybe this approach will work for me. Thanks for Sharing this Jen and thanks also for the birthday message you sent me last week…not sure how you knew but it was a great surprise. i love coming to your blog !

  34. Wow I can’t beleive how much Colin looks like his dad in the photos above! Spittin’ image! Such a cute lil’ man!

    And wow what a concept on being guilt free with you Practical approach to Scrapbooking. I have 6 kids with years and years of photos to catch up on. Maybe your way will be the best solution for me “to get’er done!”

    I so love your techniques… You are one of my favorite “go to” person for fun ideas! Thanks Jen!

  35. Jen. I love this idea of practical scrapbooking. What an amazingly simple concept and to be up to date! Now why hasn’t anyone mentionned this to me before? Boy, I need to get myself a huge inventory of black cardstock! I can’t tell you how exciting this is for me and what a revelation!!! Now I can free myself to play!!!!

  36. Thank you for the awesome video Jennifer, just viewed it over at Ali’s blog. I really like the simple design that you applied to each page. Love that you are so good at incorporate stamping into scrapbooking. It’s something that I still have a lot of trouble with…… I love stamping when I am making cards, but not on scrapbooking. Giving that there are so many pretty papers out there, stamping is probably the last thing comes to my mind when I am scrapbooking. Do you have any tips on adding stamping to scrapbooking or do you have a method that you use to limit yourself how much patterned papers to use on a page and how much space you want to dedicate to stamping?

  37. Wow that was a wonderful video Jennifer…I loved seeing you use all those different techniques and watching how exactly you do things. Amazing:-) Love the layouts too…Colin is quite the character by the sound of it. Thanks again for being so generous with your time and creative sharing…much appreciated!

  38. Love the video and the techniques, fab. so glad you shared your idea of putting the other photos on a black sheet of card and writing the journaling. I have put mine in an album but this looks much more effective. Even if they are never scrapped at least the story is there. I also like the fun factor in scrapbboking so I love that you are sharing ways to do both the fun and the practical. You rock.

  39. Jennifer, thanks so much for sharing your practical layouts. I’ve spent the past year following your blog and others, being amazed at the talent and creativity that is put into layouts, but have managed in all that time to do just one LO myself! I guess I feel somewhat overawed by the challenge of making something that’s as stunning as the ones I see online and the joy vanishes. It now feels like it’s ok to make simple ones and not to feel like each one has to be a creative masterpiece. Maybe now I can take some of the pressure off myself and look forward to the prospect of scrapbooking rather than being scared by it. Thanks for lifting that weight off me πŸ™‚
    Hope your time at Cornerstone was restorative.

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