Monday, July 25, 2016

High School Scrapbook

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was planning on going back through my High School memory box and putting it all into an album. I have since completed this and I thought I'd share a few of my favorite pages as well as some of my thoughts on the process. 

I knew I wanted a simple cover page in school colors (red and blue) with a picture of the school. I also chose to use red Thickers to spell it out. I included a few embellishments: red washi tape, a simple apple sticker and a theatre lights chipboard piece by Jolee's Boutique. 

I don't think I've talked about my scrap style very much, but I personally believe the page should be all about the memories. So, I like to cover the page in memorabilia and then add a few stickers and embellishments rather than just a photo or two and large clusters of products. I also love that I was able to include my school ID from all 4 years. 

My senior year was the "year of photos" for me. I ended up with 9 pages of Senior events (and the entire album is only 20 pages). 


4 years of High School stuffed into 20 12x12 pages. There were so many things I found while going back through this box. Notes from friends passed during classes, pictures, notes from teachers, old tests and AP information, scripts, report cards, the list goes on and on. I am so happy to have this in an album now! This entire book took me 2 days, and only about $20 to throw together. 

Obviously, shown above is not 20 pages. I included my favorite pages in this post. I will (eventually) have a video up on my Youtube channel (AlishasPinkDaisies) that will be an in depth tour and flip though of the album. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

10 Most important supplies for new scrapbookers

As I mentioned/promised in my first post, there will be scrapbooking posts on this blog. Scrapbooking is a huge part of my life and one of my passions. I am by no means a professional, in fact, I am relatively new. I scrapbooked in middle school but then lost it for years and recently picked it up again in January 2016. Now, I try to make a layout at least once a week and have gone back and scraped everything from my Freshman year of college as well as kept up with my sophomore year. I am a part of a lovely scrapbook group on Facebook hosted by the lovely women who run the Scrap Gals Podcast and continue to inspire me everyday. This community is invaluable to me as a beginner and I've learned so much by just being a member.

 So today, I thought I would do my first full scrapbook post and tell you all about the top 10 products that I, as a new scrapbooker, couldn't live without or love using:

  • An album
    • Obviously, you need somewhere to put these amazing layouts that you're about to make. My first album was a 12 x 12 album with clear page protectors. Many people prefer 8.5 x 11 binders with page protectors or mini album sizes including, 8 x 8 & 6 x 8

  • Pattern Paper
    • For the background/foundation of a layout. I recommend getting a book of paper for your first album to help you build your stash. You normally get 48 pages with 24 different patterns or colors.
  • Adhesive 
    • Tape. Glue. Tape runner. Whatever you prefer. 
  • Pens/markers
    • For journaling - writing down memories to go along with the picture is so important. You wouldn't want a picture that you don't remember taking without a note about what it is or when it was from
  • Stickers
    • Personal choice, but for me, a must! I love decorating pages with stickers. Both decorative and alphabet stickers. Alphabet stickers are also great for journaling on a page or for making the title. 
  • Washi Tape
    • For decoration. I find Washi adds a rustic/hand made look to the layout and I love using it as a border for photos or to hold down journaling cards or embellishments. Or, just as strips across a page. There is so much you can do with Washi! I recommend looking on youtube or Pinterest for ideas for ways to use Washi.
  • Paper trimmer
    • I feel weird recommending this because I don't have one. Currently, I just use scissors and a ruler if I want the lines perfectly straight. But I will definitely be investing in a paper trimmer just for the convenience. 
  • Storage
    • Bags. Boxes. Fancy carts and chests and drawers and such. I currently use a tote bag featuring the name of my college on it. And I use a photo box from Michael's to hold my photos. I have a plastic storage container for my pens and tapes and a 8 pocket accordion file for my tickers. I plan of upgrading as soon as I have the money... and maybe the space...
  • Photos/memorabilia
    • Obviously. You need something to scrap. This doesn't mean you have to take a photo everyday (but if you do, the Collect photo app is really good for organizing memories). In fact, I plan on going back and scrapping my memories from High school. 2-6 years old photos and documents and items that I've kept in a box. Everyone has those boxes. I love printing photos and scrapping new memories, but I also love the nostalgia of scrapping past photos and memories. 
  • The desire to Scrapbook
    • Sorry. I know this is so cheesy and corny and I was going back and forth for a while about whether or not to include it. But, in all honesty, if you didn't have some of the above but you had the desire and inspiration to scrap, you'll want to do it more than you would want to just because you had a nice stash of pretty supplies. You have to love it to stick with it. 
There you have it. My top 10 scrapbooking necessities for beginning scrapbookers. I hope this list was helpful or inspiring to you in some way. If you scrapbook, let me know! What are your favorite supplies? What would you change on my list? If you don't scrapbook, perhaps give it a try if it sounds like something you like. 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Photo Printing

I am currently obsessed with listening to the Scrap Gals Podcast and the episode I listened to today was about photo organizing and printing. They and their guest had a lot to say about how they organize their photos and how many photos they actually have printed (upwards of 30,000 - wow. Goals). 

However, they mentioned that their children (who are all around my age - 17-25) take thousands of pictures a year but never print them because they insist that "no one prints photos anymore." I find that interesting. And, personally, sort of heart breaking. I have kept journals since I was in high school (but more seriously recently) and I've been scrapbooking for a few months (though I also scrapbooked in middle school and just lost it for a few years). 

I can't think of a better feeling then committing a photo to a page, adding a few stickers and a few lines of journaling. These are memories that not only will I be able to look back on for my entire life, but, my kids and husband and family in the future will be able to have and cherish and enjoy forever. To me, having books with these handmade pages and printed photos makes me happier than a lot of other things. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New beginnings

For those of you who know me, you'll know that I've tried blogging before. Many, many times. I've had countless blogs and all of them have failed due to lack of inspiration/effort/desire/*insert excuse here*. What's to say this will end any differently? Well, nothing. Perhaps this blog will go down just as quickly as the rest of them. Perhaps I'll post this post and then nothing else. Or, maybe I'll want to post more. Maybe I'll fill this pretty pink page with musings and journaling and sweet pictures.

Like a Virtual Scrapbook.
Hmm... Interesting.

So, why Pink Daisies? Well, while I was creating this blog, I thought a lot about the name. And then I just googled floral patterns and came across a rather beautiful picture of pink daisies. I had never seen pink daisies before and am not even sure if they're real or just photoshopped, but I liked it and thus, the name was born.

So, let's see where this goes. Let's see how well I do. Lets see if I have any interest in writing here, or, if anyone else has any interest in reading what I write. But before I go, here's a little taste of things you might see:

  • Journaling 
  • Scrapbooking
  • Sappy/Hallmark-y pictures and posts about me and my Love
  • Pretty Images
  • Crafting and Sewing
  • Costumes
  • Theatre
  • School
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Rants and rambles 
Any of that sound good?