DIY Wedding Scrapbook: Michaels Scrapbook Blogger Challenge

Make-every-moment-countJust as I expected, it was an absolute blast to create my best friend’s wedding scrapbook in honor of National Scrapbooking Month. Thanks to Michaels, I was able to make a memorable gift that will be treasured for years to come.

A few days ago, I shared my vision for a DIY wedding scrapbook that I was making for the Make Every Moment Count Michaels Blogger Challenge. Below, you’ll find the finished result! I can’t wait to give it to my friend once she’s officially a Mrs 🙂

Because the wedding is not actually until July, the scrapbook is technically still a work-in-progress. The “groundwork” for the pages have all been created, and the photos will add the perfect finishing touches to complete the project.

Scrapbook-1The cover of the scrapbook was a no-brainer. Because of the type of album I chose, there was not much wiggle-room to add any additional decorative details. I actually prefer this classic and timeless look for this particular project. Sometimes, less is more.

The Frame A Name scrapbook by K&Company came with letter stickers, which I used to spell out the bride-to-be’s future last name in the front display window across the bottom. For the top display window, I chose a photo from the couple’s engagement party. I did not stress too much about finding the “perfect picture” for this because it’s not permanent, which is nice. The photo is simply taped on a piece of paper that’s easy to pull out and change on a whim.

One of the most common questions that newly-engaged brides get asked is “how did he propose?” Lucky for me, my friend’s proposal was a cute story – he popped the question on the side of the road because her car (a red VW bug) broke down while they were road-tripping to University of Madison-Wisconsin for the weekend.

19I wanted to be sure to include this moment in her wedding scrapbook, as I feel it’s an important part of their love story. I chose to use red and white (University of Wisconsin’s school colors) for the theme of this page, since that’s where they were headed when he proposed. I also included a picture that they snapped moments after she said yes. The Creative Chaos Snapshot Frames by Recollections came in especially handy for this; I think it perfectly captures the spontaneity of the moment. I used a black Sharpie pen to scribble a description and date, just as you would on a real Polaroid.

Scrapbook-3The rest of the scrapbook is dedicated to the actual wedding ceremony, which is still a few months away. Because I don’t have pictures yet to include, I decorated the pages to fit with her wedding’s theme and colors. Being as it is a beach wedding in Florida, this was fun to do with the help of decorative stickers by Jolee’s Boutique, K&Company, and The Paper House. I also used Creative Chaos Bright Frames to map out where photos will be placed.

Instead of having all the pages be plain white, I also alternated some pages with Bazzill® Basics Cardstock in Atlantic and Arroyo. Her wedding colors are coral and aqua, so I thought these colors fit perfectly with her special day’s theme.

This page is all about the reception. Again, I used cute stickers by K&Company and the Creative Chaos Bright Frames to plan out the page’s layout. Cute stickers that say “Tossing the Bouquet” and “Cutting the Cake” are the perfect set-up for showing off key moments from the reception. Recollections Bling on a Roll was also used to add a decorative detail along the edges of both these pages. This is definitely my new favorite product at Michaels because it’s a clean and easy way to add a touch of sparkle without the mess of typical glitter.

Thanks again to Michaels for giving me this opportunity to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month with you. I could not have created this wonderful album without you! Check out the Michaels lookbook here for more crafty ideas and inspiration. Plus, find even more free scrapbooking projects and tutorials from our friends at FaveCrafts.

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What’s your favorite Michaels product to use for your scrapbooking projects?

The Big Apple: Michaels Scrapbook Blogger Challenge

Make-every-moment-countScrapbooking is such a rush, and while it takes time and effort, it’s totally worth it. The constant, flowing ideas are always surprising, satisfying, and lead to the most wonderful results. I’m referring to the creative process, which starts with a plan, but is ever-changing based upon inspiration and opportunity. I’m excited to share with you my results of the Make Every Moment Count Michaels Blogger Challenge:

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This is, obviously, the cover, which began as a blank slate. Throughout the scrapbooking process, I decided to add song lyrics as captions on each page. This way there was a fun puzzle-like description, which is only clear to the giver and the recipient. I did the cover last, which I would definitely recommend. Once the rest of the book was complete, it dawned on me to use the song “These are a few of my favorite things” to title the documented adventure.

Materials:

  • Ribbon
  • Photograph
  • Assorted scrapbook paper
  • Printed phrases on white computer paper
  • Tape runner

The instructions are really self explanatory. I simply backed each sentence with a larger rectangle of patterned scrapbook paper. To adhere both the ribbon and the paper, I used the tape runner from Michaels.

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Below you’ll see all of the pages. I decided to make each feature two pages to allow for larger details and more photographs. You’ll see that each page has a different method for spelling out song lyrics. I thought it was really fun to come up with these various methods.


Above you’ll see the adorable boat from the sticker set I purchased. To cut out the letters, I used a machine that I bought at Michaels years ago. I’m sure they have something similar now. It’s almost like a printer; it’s incredible. There was no exact science for making  the photos appear as though they were from a film strip; just a lot of rearranging and cutting until it was perfect.

I love how fun this page is with the different patterns of scrapbook paper. Michaels has such a wonderful selection. I also used the fun foam letters to embellish this party page.

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This is one of my favorite pages. I edited the photographs so they would be black and white. It’s simple to do this with any photo editing program on the compter. I then printed out the phrase in a font that, to me, resembled graffiti. I cut the edges haphazardly and then used chalk to scuff it up a bit. I wanted to portray the rough vibe of the New York subway.

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I thought that featuring one photograph in a line of many was the perfect opportunity to use the circle punches. I again used the film strip idea, but with a stand-out photo. I punched out a large circle, a smaller one, and then cut the photograph into an even smaller circle. This created a nice framing feature that draws the eye.

I had so much fun documenting this amazing vacation. Thank you Michaels for the opportunity to capture these memories in a crafty and vibrant way! Hopefully you can pull some inspiration from these scrapbook layouts I created.

If you could scrapbook one event in your life which would it be?

Celebrating National Scrapbooking Month with Michaels

Scrapbooking has always been a passion of mine, so I naturally jumped at the opportunity to participate in the Michaels Make Every Moment Count Blogger Challenge in honor of National Scrapbooking Month. There’s nothing I love more than capturing and preserving memories through the use of colorful cardstock, stickers, stamps, and more. Whether you’re an expert scrapbooker or still learning the basics, you can always count on the Michaels Lookbook for ideas, inspiration, tips, and tricks.
Make-every-moment-countMy best friend is getting married in July, so I thought it would be nice to give her the gift of a wedding scrapbook to celebrate the special moments of her big day. Scrapbooks are always a wonderful homemade gift idea for friends and family because you know your gift will be treasured and cherished for years to come.  There’s no better way to reflect back on special moments of life than with a personalized scrapbook.

michaels-logoIt didn’t take long for my shopping cart to fill up with scrapbooking supplies at Michaels. Luckily, I had brainstormed a bit before heading to the store, so I was able to quickly find what I was looking for and managed not to get that overwhelmed. There were so many wonderful albums to choose from at Michaels, it was hard to pick the perfect one. I finally decided on the classic and timeless design of the Frame A Name scrapbook by K&Company in white. The rest of my purchase included:

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photo 4photo 2I can’t wait to get started on creating my best friend’s wedding scrapbook. It will be so hard to keep this a secret from her until July!  Check back soon for updates and pictures of the finished album!

Michaels Make Every Moment Count Blogger Challenge

make-every-momentI was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in the Michaels Make Every Moment Count Blogger Challenge, where I got to go on a mini shopping spree at Michaels Craft Store to stock up on the lastest and greatest scrapbook supplies. Scrapbooks are wonderful mediums to preserve memories in a fun and unique way. While pictures are lovely, they don’t always tell the full story; scrapbooks allow you to fill in the details with words, embellishments, and collages. So, you can imagine that I was thrilled to have the opportunity to document a very memorable trip to New York in a beautiful and descriptive way.

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I immediately went to my nearest Michaels store on a mission. I wanted my scrapbook to tell the full story of my adventure, past what mere photographs can convey. Before venturing to the store, I organized the photos that I wanted to feature and chose a “theme” for each page of my book. Sometimes, you’ll get inspired at the store, which is totally fine, and an important step in the creative process. However, if you go in with absolutely no idea or strategy, you might get overwhelmed. I knew I wanted to have a page on the Subway, because that’s a quintessential symbol of New York, and we had some great pictures taken there. I also was intent on finding the perfect embellishments and scrapbook paper to enhance the photographs of us rowing a boat in Central Park. With these ideas in mind, I began my search.

Michaels is arranged so conveniently that finding what I needed was simple. There are a few different aisles dedicated to scrapbooking, and I must admit that I thought I had been sent to heaven. Here is the aisle featuring ALL of the beautiful scrapbook paper:

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I then went on to the sticker aisle. This is my favorite section by far. There are the most adorable sticker sets I have ever seen. There are 3D stickers and themed embellishments. I bought this set because it was perfect for the boating page:

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I also thought these were adorable:

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Here’s a quick snapshot of only a sliver of this amazing section:

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I bought a few sticker letters to spell out fun phrases and write captions, and I found these fun foam letters in large and small:

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I wasn’t sure what kind of book I wanted, so while browsing, I decided that a neutral book would be best because I was ready to start from scratch. There are, however, some awesome themed books to inspire and inform. My book was on sale!

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Here are some other scrapbook essentials that I purchased to make my crafty process easier:

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Glue dots                                            Tape Runner (adhesive)

Also essential for scrapbooking are punches. You can get fancy shapes, but I just stick with circles of different sizes.

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Some other fun details I purchased:

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I can’t wait to get started on my project!