Saturday, November 13, 2010

How to display postcards in a scrapbook album & Cluster Frame Freebie!

I have been working away on my scrapbooks trying to get caught up. Christmas is coming and I try very hard to have the books ready to take home to show to my family back in Nebraska. I had a lot of fun with the vacation album from our family trip to the Black Hills this summer. I bought an 8x8 album and printed wallet sized photos for the pages. Then my main souvenirs were postcards. I agonized about how to put the postcards into the album without using page after page in the book. One day at the dollar store I found acid free clear document envelopes. They were perfect! I was able to put the postcards into the envelopes, sometimes without any trimming, sometimes with just a tiny bit, then I was able to "stack" them.
Post Card Album Inst.
In each envelope I put 1 postcard, or if I had a lot of them, as I did at Mount Rushmore, I put 2 in (be sure the back one will be upright when you flip it up), then I cut a piece of coordinating cardstock to go above the postcard(s) in the envelope. I used the cardstock because I didn't want to put the brads through the envelopes without something to strengthen the "hinge" joint. I didn't use it as a titling option, but this would definitely be a good place for it! Then to make sure the postcards were placed straight onto the album pages, I measured and punched holes on the cardstock background paper - and if it wasn't very strong, I backed it with a stronger cardstock just in case - that way they postcards wouldn't be hanging on the page protectors. Here is what my finished pages looked like:
Finished Postcard Page
I had a lot of fun with it, I hid journalling and souvenirs under the postcards and on my favorite layout about the scenic drives in the hills, I put a picture of my girls sleeping in the back seat of the truck, their mouths wide open in exhaustion. It's a fun surprise and too funny to let them forget. I did learn 1 lesson though. When on vacation, journal every day on your postcards so you don't have to do that part when you put your books together! I didn't do it this time, but believe me, I will next time!
So anyway, that took care of my memories. So what to do for the girls? Well, when I was printing my little wallet sized photos, my printer ran out of blue ink and a bunch of pictures printed pink-tinted. I left them in the pile of clutter on my desk and forgot about them until the end of the project when I was cleaning up and planning to move on to the next big thing. Then it occurred to me that I could use them and have fun with them! So I found some pretty paper, black with pink and blue butterflies on it and I scrapbooked the pictures that featured my younger daughter. The journalling reads, "The best vacation memories are rose colored." I'm proud of it, a mistake that turned out really sweet!
For my other daughter I had to do more. I wanted to do a digital layout for her because she took so many pictures herself on the vacation - she earned her digital photography patch for Girl Scouts on the trip! But rather than make page upon page of vacation pages for her, I thought I'd put together some cluster frames and put the best pictures of her and taken by her on the trip. Here's one of them:
Cluster Frame Example
If you'd like to use some of these frames for yourself, you can snag them below. There are 7 in the set. I made them to fit a 12x12 page.
Cluster Frame Set
To Download Frames, click here.

12 comments:

  1. Thank you for your freebies. Link on your post was added to PickleMouse freebie list

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  2. GREAT JOB ON YOUR ALBUM DONT YA JUST LUV HEARRING OHHHHHHHH`S & AHHHHHHHHHH`S WHEN PEOPLE LOOK AT YOUR ALBUM`S LOL I KNOW I DO ...HEHEHE LUV THESE FRAMES MANY USES THANK YOU :~}

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  3. Thank you for the cluster frames.

    I am not sure I quite understand how you did the envelopes for the post cards. I guess I am just one of those that need a step by step visual explanation! Looks like a good idea if I cn figure it out though :)

    Parker315@shaw.ca

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  4. Thanks for sharing this with us! I LOVE the postcard idea! I have tons of these sitting around in a basket collecting dust! :-)

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  5. Thanks for the fabulous frames!

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  6. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Elements or Papers post on Nov. 14, 2010. Thanks again.

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  7. These will be very useful - TYSVM!!!
    MichelleM-WA

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  8. Hello and Thank you for these frames...

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  9. Thanks so much for the frames. There awesome.

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  10. Love the frames - thank you for sharing your time and talents!

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  11. I was loving these frames on your layout and wishing I could get them; and there they were when I scrolled down a bit more! Thanks so much! :0)

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