I don’t know about you, but I seem to have boxes and boxes in the loft that are filled and overflowing with photographs, old cards from birthdays and special occasions and tones and tones of my children’s art work. It’s all just sitting there waiting for me to do something with, but what? From the first handmade card or the first painted handprint, these boxes contain a lifetime of memories, my families memories and as the years roll on I will enjoy looking at all the lovely things. But at the moment it’s all just stuffed into boxes collecting dust.
That’s how I recently came across Scrapbooking and loved the idea. I was looking for why to create and arrange these special items and I think I’ve found the answer. To a lot of people making scrapbooks is a hobby and it looks like so much fun. I love the idea of preserving items that have special meaning in such a personal and crafty way. I decided to give it a go myself and seeing as Mother’s Day isn’t so far away I thought I’d start here. Yes, make a scrapbook of memories for myself!
I had a rummage in the loft and found lots of lovely items for my scrapbook including some homemade Mother’s Day cards from my children from other the years and some of their lovely art work from school and nursery. I also found a few photographs, stripy Washi tape (which I love), some ribbons and other bits and pieces.
I also used some digital graphics (SVG files) which I downloaded and printed from a website called Design Bundles, which is jam packed with over 150,000 marketplace products all at really affordable prices, certainly perfect for all your ‘scrapbook ideas’. I used a few different ‘Mother’s Day’ cutting files and templates. I even turned these graphics into labels and ribbons using my husbands fancy label printer!
There was so many files to browse related to Mother’s Day, Design Bundles has a huge range of graphics, templates, mock-ups, patterns, illustrations and craft files, it was easy to find some inspiration for my scrapbook! I was really impressed. Once downloaded and printed, I was able to start making my book and putting all my things together.
On the front cover, I used colourful Washi tape as a border and I even made a frame with some printed labels. The label was created using an image I downloaded, there was some lovely quotes and phrases in the Mother’s Day bundle and this one was the fit perfect for my ‘Mummy Scrapbook’. I asked my eldest to write on the front for me and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
On the other pages, I stuck old cards and the children’s art work. Using Washi tape I made an envelope for one of my favourite Mother’s Day cards that my eldest made me last year. Each page I added a lovely quote or some design downloaded from Design Bundles which I certainly think finishes each page off very well.
Have a look at the photos below of my lovely finished scrapbook! I’d love to know what you all think! I’m planning on sorting out all the baby photos and cards I have in the loft, I’ve accumulated quite a lot over the years! I can’t wait to get started on my next scrapbook.