Post ReplyPost New TopicPosted 1/11/2014 by k8eharing in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 551,587
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Posted: 1/11/2014 10:45:24 PM
Do any of you all run out of things to scrap book? I am only 17, so I don't have kids to scrapbook, but I am currently "caught up" with my pictures. I have thought about doing ones from when I was really little, but I don't think I'd have much to journal about them (since I don't remember). SO my question is, what other ways can I use my scrappy creative energy besides in regular albums?


PeaNut 536,062
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Posted: 1/11/2014 11:08:24 PM
Cards, Valentine's will be here soon. Go browse the gallery or pinterest. There are tons of paper crafts that are fun.


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Posted: 1/11/2014 11:19:07 PM
You could do pictures from your younger years and journal some your relatives remember about that time. As time goes by, I don't think you will have this problem.

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PeaNut 439,705
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Posted: 1/11/2014 11:33:43 PM
Enjoy the feeling of being caught up! It probably won't last long!

Have you scrapped any top ten lists?

Top 10 jobs/careers you would love to have
Top 10 places you want to travel to some day
Favorite places to eat, or desserts, you get the idea....

Have you ever made mini books? I just started making some and I don't include pictures, thinking I might give some to friends so they can fill with their own pics. Maybe you could do something like that? Give a mini as a birthday gift or something.


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Posted: 1/11/2014 11:35:52 PM
Single, childless scrapper here

Some of the things I just scrap for the sake of scrapping are pictures of my pets, favourite places to go, lists of books I have read, about where I live. I do do project life (occasionally) but often I just do pages about general things I like that are not specific to something that happened on a particular day. I have even done a page about my favourite handbag some people might find that odd but I don't really care because in 10 years my life (and me as a person) will be different so it will be fun to look back and see what I was like at this point in my life.


PeaNut 521,747
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Posted: 1/11/2014 11:36:46 PM
PS. I agree with redshoes - minis are awesome! They are my new favourite thing.


PeaNut 466,697
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Posted: 1/11/2014 11:37:26 PM
Look at these two web pages.

Super Cute Valentine Card

Look at these Mini Albums.

You can always give cards to friends and neighbors. Mini Albums can also be made for relatives and good friends or neighbors.


PeaNut 598,141
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Posted: 1/11/2014 11:47:26 PM
Like you, I'm younger so I don't have kids or a wedding or major life events to scrap. To occupy myself paper crafting, I mail cards out for almost every holiday. I have a mailing list of about 15 people who I make and mail cards for. Making the cards keeps me busy and my friends love getting them. If you don't think your friends would be into that, think of family members or younger kids you know and make them cards. Kids love getting mail addressed to them and older family members enjoy the thoughtfulness.
I also like to scrapbook everyday activities. Keep your camera on you and snap a picture or two when you're out doing something fun with family or friends. Use Instagram pictures! Make layouts and give them to friends as gifts. Scrapbook for your family. Have siblings? Gather pictures and make a gift for your parents or grandparents. Don't be afraid of the everyday!
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Posted: 1/11/2014 11:57:50 PM
move in with me, I have tons to scrap

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PeaNut 62,131
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Posted: 1/12/2014 3:05:24 AM
I'll loan you some pictures

Seriously though, have you considered an All About Me album? You could do pages like your favorite song, color, movies, television shows, places you'd like to visit... the list is endless. Years from now you may enjoy looking back on those things. As an adult, it's neat seeing yourself from your younger perspective.

As far as your "really little" pictures, your parents could provide the journaling for those. Trust me, that will be a treasure some day.

Oh, another idea: You could do a Me According To Others page (or mini album). You could create a list of questions & have those closest to you fill them out. It's super fun to read the answers. Here's a few ideas to get the ball rolling.
1. Phrases or words I use a lot:
2. Physical gestures I use frequently:
3. Something I've said or done that makes you laugh:
4. Something that comes easily to me?
5. Something that comes difficult to me?


PeaNut 578,104
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Posted: 1/12/2014 3:30:26 AM
How about a Vision Board? You could include your vision of what career you want, house you would like to have, school you want to study. They say it helps to make those things become a reality.


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Posted: 1/12/2014 7:51:05 AM
I have no advice for you since I did not sb. when I was your age, but I frequently find myself in the same situation. I start going through my old pictures and books and usually get some ideas. One fun project was pictures of my favorite places in my hometown. I enjoyed it so much that I eventually made a "brag book" on line, ordered a bunch of them and gave them to my friends as a gift. They were the most popular gifts I have ever given. That was a few years ago but I still get requests for them. When I get a coupon for a book from one of the on line printing companies that I don't need for another project, I order one. A couple of months ago someone asked me for one that they gave as an anniversary gift to friends.

If you are at all interested in scrapping your childhood pictures, I bet your parents would love telling you stories about them. I would love to have a sb like that now that I am old and my parents are not here anymore.

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Posted: 1/12/2014 9:46:16 AM
I have boxes of photos I would be glad to send you


PeaNut 158,747
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Posted: 1/12/2014 9:55:25 AM
Oh, to be 17 again and caught up....(sigh). I agree with all the above, and this is a great time to make valentine cards for family, kids, friends, our troops, etc. enjoy!


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Posted: 1/12/2014 9:58:37 AM
What about a heritage album? You could start with your grandparents. Where you are so young, hopefully they are still alive and you can interview them. Also ask your parents about their childhood. Gathering old photos, scanning them (don't use the originals!), and interviewing people will take a lot of time before you even scrapbook.

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Posted: 1/12/2014 10:08:31 AM
There is no rule that you need to journal a ton. Get out your childhood photos and take a stab at it. Talk to your family and siblings. You have a unique opportunity to get it down while you are still relatively close to those younger years.

Trust me, you don't want to be sitting here a couple of decades from now trying to piece it together, and you (and your family or friends who are trying to recall their childhoods) will be glad for those pages. Check out some of Shimelle/Glitter Girl videos. She does pics from her childhood from time to time.


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Posted: 1/12/2014 10:25:58 AM
When I think I've run out of things to scrap, I go to pictures of flowers, the beach, sunsets or sunrises to scrap. Happy scrapping.

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Posted: 1/12/2014 10:39:05 AM
I am married with no kids and am sooooo behind.
Enjoy the feeling time goes by really fast


PeaNut 65,350
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Posted: 1/12/2014 10:39:46 AM
Have you considered joining Ali Edwards One Little Word? Check it out on her blog, it may be something you'd enjoy.

PS I checked out your blog and you are very creative! Loved your December album.

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Posted: 1/12/2014 10:45:11 AM
What about a series of your current favourites? Or do a "day in the life", with your daily routine or stuff you see while you are doing your usual thing? Or things you like about your town or school or home?

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Posted: 1/12/2014 11:08:21 AM
One more idea.....make cards for the troops to send to their loved ones...check out operationwritehome.org as an example.

It's a great cause and a great way to use up excess paper, etc.
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Posted: 1/12/2014 12:13:55 PM
You could scrap about other family members -- that's kind of the same thing as scrapping one's kids.

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Posted: 1/12/2014 2:09:21 PM
How about is you ask your family of their memories of you at that age then you will get info that you may not be able to capture when they are gone.
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Posted: 1/12/2014 2:15:44 PM
We did a scrapbook album of all the grand kids for my husbands parents. They loved it.

One more idea.....make cards for the troops to send to their loved ones...check out operationwritehome.org as an example.

I this idea, I am going to check this out because I make cards all the time. Thanks redshoes73.

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Posted: 1/12/2014 2:18:54 PM
I would think about scrapbooking as some goal setting and life planning - if you are 17 years old - the decisions you make now really do effect the path of your life. Choose wisely and look into vision boards.

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Posted: 1/12/2014 2:50:29 PM
You are so lucky to be just 17!

You still have time to not miss out on this:

You could do pages like your favorite song, color, movies, television shows, places you'd like to visit... the list is endless. Years from now you may enjoy looking back on those things. As an adult, it's neat seeing yourself from your younger perspective.

Believe me... you will be so happy you did.

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Posted: 1/12/2014 3:46:46 PM
Its hard to find good pics to scrap now that my dd is an adult. I'm trying to do a project life type thing now, but monthly pages.

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PeaNut 272,954
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Posted: 1/12/2014 3:53:51 PM
Do your pictures of your baby and childhood years. Your parents can hopefully give you stories to go with them.

Awesome to be caught up! You could also do other things, like mini albums, projects to adorn your bedroom, and lots of other possibilities.

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PeaNut 23,809
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Posted: 1/12/2014 3:56:46 PM
Well these are all great suggestions! I would totally do a mini album about the town you live in. I would just drive around one day and take pics of all your favorite places you hang out at, your bank, your stores you like, friend's houses, your parent's house?, your house, scenic parts of your town, journal about why you live there, etc. I guess that comes to mind because I am terribly in love with my town. It's beautiful. I'm hoping yours is.

I would say just start writing some of your favorite childhood memories and then find a photo that is close to the age of your memory. So for example, I loved Strawberry Shortcake. Nowadays, Strawberry Shortcake doesn't look like she looked when I was little. But I could write a lot about how and why I loved her and all the toys I had and I could Google and find similar toys online and then print those pics out and then I could print out a photo of me around an age that I would have had those toys and voila - a page is born! So start with the story first! That inspires me every time.


PeaNut 510,214
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Posted: 1/12/2014 4:06:44 PM
Great ideas above! I suggest taking a class, including a photo class, they may give you some new ideas.
I like Stacy Julian's Library of Memories topics: You, Seasons, Things, Places, Holidays, Fun/Play, She has a yearlong class based on these topics at www.bigpictureclassses.com Have fun!

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Posted: 1/12/2014 4:32:24 PM
I'm not sure if this was suggested or not, but what about a scrapbook for the future you? You could look at it as reminding the future you what you like/ dislike, how certain things effected you, your hopes for someday, things you want to accomplish. Looking back you could remind yourself of something you liked or wanted to try an inspire yourself to do it.
I'm sure that the 17 year old me would have some good advice for the 31 year old me( no, seriously)
You wouldn't necessarily need photo's, you could add some fb feeds or comments, twitter, ig or other things from the internet if it would help you tell your story.
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Posted: 1/12/2014 4:40:30 PM
There are times when I have a sketch or layout idea in my head but not sure what pictures i want to use. So I make a layout without photos and just add photos later. Have you ever created non-photo layouts and just set them aside until pics are available?

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Posted: 1/12/2014 4:45:54 PM
I'll be more than happy to send you some of my pics!

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Posted: 1/12/2014 7:10:35 PM
I often run out too! I am older than you, but am also kid-less. I have no interest in scrapping my own childhood and I don't have a wedding to scrap either.

My suggestions:
- not every album/page needs photos. I am currently working on a "favorite Christmas memories" 8" by 8" album that doesn't have any photos, it's just pages about things I remember, favorite Christmas songs, favorite Christmas movies, etc. You could also make an album about your favorite places to hang out, current favorite outfits, objects that are important to you and why (like gifts), etc. I have thought about making a LO about my love of traveling and a list of places I want to go some day.

- make up stuff to scrap. Sometimes I decide SO (or my friends) and I need to go do something fun just so I can scrap it later. It could be going to a museum, a park, some type of sport activity, etc.

- do some "Day in the life" pages. Take a few photos throughout the day and use them to scrap about your daily routine. Your senior high of school must be coming up if you aren't already a senior, right? That would make a fun Project Life or traditional album with a few photos and a summary of each week. It's fun to capture your life right now in other ways too, like a layout of your favorite TV shows or musicians.

Good luck!


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Posted: 1/12/2014 9:19:17 PM
Make scrapbook pages as gifts.

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Posted: 1/12/2014 11:32:44 PM
I have the same issue sometimes. I started a smashbook where I write/scrapbook favorite song lyrics. some lyrics touch my soul so I felt I should jot down songs along with dates of original release etc. I add paper and embellishments. It's really fun.

I also hang on to ticket stubs and stuff so I can even scrap that in another album even if I don't have photos to go.

Making pages for others is a good idea too. You could make mini albums to sell. You could even do a class and invite your friends to attend. I've done that too.

Sometimes I'll go thru periods of time where I don't do much. Like this winter. So I took some random photos of myself while I sit and warm my car in the morning because I have so many scarves and thought I could even scrap that. Lol.

There are so many possibilities

31 things is another option. Look that up. Or is it 30 things?

Have fun!

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Posted: 1/13/2014 3:38:13 AM
Talk to your parents and grandparents. They have so many stories about your family, the world, an life in general. After my grandmother died, I realized that she was a VERY different person to everyone in our family. We all loved her, but we had totally different ideas about who she REALLY was. I think she was a keener observer of human behavior than I realized. She was for each of us exactly what we needed her to be. I wish I had the chance to talk to her about that, and to hear more about HER.

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Posted: 1/13/2014 6:43:25 AM
I have 3 girls and a lot of the time they don't want me to take photos of them so I take pis of birds,flowers,sunsets ,storm clouds ,animals our pets what ever captures my interest



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Posted: 1/13/2014 7:45:41 AM
I will have to live to be 200 to run out of things to scrapbook...lol! Never caught up! I am sure it is a good feeling! Enjoy it while it lasts!


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Posted: 1/13/2014 7:53:29 AM
Document where you live, what your home looks like, what furniture you have and clothes,

I wish I had more photos form my old home. I grew up in the 80's, so just the whole decade is fun to see so long afterwards. I'm sure it'll be the same for you in 10-20 years =)

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Posted: 1/13/2014 8:18:50 AM
Oh! And do Week in the Life!

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Posted: 1/13/2014 8:33:09 AM
I am caught up, have been for years. I did my entire Christmas album this past weekend, won't have anything new to scrap until the family member birthday later this month.
I make cards and organize when there is nothing to scrap.

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Posted: 1/13/2014 9:26:29 AM
Have you thought of doing Project Life? Then you'll have things to scrap every week!

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