January 31, 2015

6 More Pages DONE!

I finished up those last six pages I started, and I'm here to show them to you. I broke from using my Double Monthly Challenge Templates for these pages. I wanted to try out my new Simple and Sweet Block Album Templates, and this was the perfect opportunity.  These templates made my scrapping go so fast, and I love the clean and simple helps show off all those pictures I took.

Simple and Sweet Block Album Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Imperial Palace by Dream Big Designs
This park was gorgeous, probably the most beautiful place I saw while in China....but boy, was it HOT!

Simple and Sweet Block Album Templates by Scrapping with LizImperial Palace by Dream Big Designs
 Look at that smile!

Simple and Sweet Block Album Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Pool Rules by Dream Big Designs
If only I could capture the smells of's very distinct. Maybe you can imagine by looking at this page.

Simple and Sweet Block Album Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Korean Wave by Hat of Bunny
The bullet train was a fun experience for us all. I can't believe I didn't take more pictures of us inside the train....just that one lone picture of  Matthew.

Simple and Sweet Block Album Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Great Escape the Kit by WMSquared Designs
Great Escape the Extras by WMSquared Designs
 And a one night stay in a resort hotel, the night before we visited the orphanage.

Simple and Sweet Block Album Templates by Scrapping with LizGreat Escape the Kit by WMSquared Designs
Great Escape the Extras by WMSquared Designs
I have a feeling the next few pages might be harder to make. Not sure what all to include about our visit to the orphanage. Hoping to work on those today.


January 30, 2015

2015: Week 3

My Life Templates 1 by Scrapping with Liz
Snap Happy January 2015 Collection by Bella Gypsy
Life's Little Moments - January Daters by Hat of Bunny
This week I did a poor job at pulling out my camera, I think because we were just go, go, go this week. I did snap a few with my phone. On Saturday I went around the house and snapped a few pictures to fill in the gaps....books we are reading and other things that are filling up my time. I thought maybe I should do that more often. Just take pictures of things around the house. 

Here are my pages up close.

You can see I wrote a little 'mommy moment' section, a little bit more about what fills up my personal time (besides scrapbooking, of course!). I think that maybe one day my kids might enjoy seeing what their momma did during her 'free time'. 

Okay, back to scrapping!

January 29, 2015

January Review & Sweet and Simple Block Album

I have a couple of new template sets for you to play with this week. They are sure to help you scrap a bunch of a photos in a snap! Both sets are 20% OFF through 2/615.

This first set is designed to help you scrap a January Review page. I thought it might be nice to have a quick page to look back and reflect on how the month has gone. Look for upcoming monthly review templates throughout the year.

My Simple and Sweet Template sets are perfect for putting together albums in a snap. I thought it was about time for another one. This set offers you spots for lots of photos, a clean and simple design with just the right mix of element to add all those pretties.

The winner from Monday's Giveaway is.....Kaleena! Hope you have fun scrapping with all of those templates!

January 28, 2015

Scrapbook Album Comparisons

Last week I shared my 2014 Layflat Shutterfly Album.  While I had my album out taking pictures of it I thought I would take pictures comparing it (mainly the size) to some other albums I've printed. I thought you guys might like to compare different sizes to see what might work for you.

Right to Left: 12x12 Layflat Shutterfly Album, 10x10 Layflat Adormapix Album, and 8x8 Layflat Shutterfly Album.

The bottom (12x12 Layflat Shutterfly Album) has 106 pages, the middle (10x10 Layflat Adoramapix Album) has 26 pages, the top (8x8 Layflat Shutterfly Album) has 20 pages.

Here's comparing the thickness of my 12x12 Layflat Shutterfly Album to my 12x12 Blurb Album (not layflat). These both have about the same amount of pages. You can see how much thicker the layflat album is.

Here's what they look like opened up. The pages of the Shutterfly Layflat Album are much thicker and more durable. And to be honest I think the print quality of the Shutterfly Album is much better.

Side by side. I do like the glossy, shinier look of the Shutterfly Album. The white is brighter too.

Now, here's what I was really interested in, comparing the journaling and photo size. Could I have printed my 12x12 as a 10x10 or 8x8 and still have been able to read the journaling and liked the size of the photos? In both albums the journaling is readable. It is much smaller in the 8x8 but still readable (same font size).  The photos and elements all look great in both albums. I actually think that the elements look more like a realistic size in the 8x8. Maybe I go a little big on my elements on my 12x12 pages.....I'll keep that in mind.

And here's the 8x8 and 12x12 opened up next to each other. It's quite a big difference, but both look great and the journaling is readable in both.

The 8x8 album is much easier to hold and look through. When we look at the 12x12 we have to lay it on the table. It's kind of difficult to sit on the couch and look at it.....but I'm okay with that because that means my kids know it's a special book that doesn't just get drug around the house to get looked at.

All in all I think my 12x12 Layflat Album would have looked just fine as an 8x8 or 10x10.  I think I'll still stick to the 12x12 for my yearly family albums. I'll probably go for the smaller size for gift albums or special vacation albums.

Hope that helps you with any decisions you might have to make in printing your albums.

*There are affiliate links in this blog post. All opinions are my own.

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