Printer’s Trays – Scrapbooking on display

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On a trip to Denver this past year, I happened to stop in a scrapbooking store, and featured in it was something called a printer’s tray.  I immediately knew that I was going to have to give it a shot!  Scrapbooking that you displayed, and didn’t hide in a book?  Dare to dream?  If you  haven’t seen a printers tray, it is basically a thin wood tray with a handle at one end and the tray is divided by thin wood dividers.  You scrapbook various photographs, and other embellishments on it to suit your own style.

Well, as Christmas neared I happened to be at my local Hobby Lobby {so it’s about an hour away, but well worth the drive} and what were displayed at 40% off?  Yep.  The aforementioned printer’s trays!  Yea!  I immediately grabbed several of them and decided to give them to several family members as my Christmas presents.  I did a few searches on Pinterest and found that there are quite a few examples of elaborate beautiful printer’s trays.  Well needless to say I jumped right in and got 5 of them done for 5 different household and of varying subjects.  I wish I had taken photographs of each of them, but I did take pics of my first two.  You will notice that they are pretty much the same photographs used in each box, but due to the configuration of each of the dividers, I had to rework how to display them.

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They are a little rough, not perfect by any means, but I love the concept!  Can’t wait to find some time to do some more of these!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Life…

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So I have a bit of a problem.  As much as I LOVE to scrapbook, I really don’t have the time to do it properly.  By properly I mean, turning those 12×12 pages into artistic masterpieces that are swoonworthy with their breathtaking photography {done by moi of course} and captivating color palette.  In my own {rather dreamy} mind they would contain buttons, bows, and stitched edges, painstakingly detailed {by moi again}.  Yeah.  I don’t think that is going to happen!  I’ve tried it.  It’s a beautiful dream.  But… after a few pages, I run out of time and the family gets tired of the scraps of paper strewn across the kitchen table.  Real life.  So, I was kind of excited when I ran across a different way to scrapbook.  It’s simple {so I can’t get toooo wrapped up in the details} but the papers available are gorgeous!  The system is called Project Life and it was created by Becky Higgins.  What it basically consists of is an album {I picked the fabulous ‘Olive Edition’}, a core kit {again I stuck to the ‘Olive Edition’} and a package of her photo pockets.  What makes this easy is that the core kit consists of thick color coordinated paper cut to the size of the photo pockets.  No cutting!  Yeah!  The papers allow you to hand journal your thoughts, or descriptions of your photos… so… it is personalized and can be done in a matter of minutes.  Also, no glueing!  Now… I have to admit, I pulled out my tape to clean up some bad cropping that I did, but I didn’t have to!   Yeah!  So, basically I can go as simple or as detailed as I would like…  my first two pages I tried to keep it simple.  The BIG problem that I ran into was that my lovely ‘Olive Edition’ didn’t match my photo colors or style.  I just happened to have some old scraps and Washi tape, so I made it work.  What I did use from the kit were the white journaling cards.  I love the fact that I got a few photos out of my hard drive and printed up on paper, and now I can share them!  Yeah!  I’m excited!

Well here are my first 2 pages… my goal is to do a set every week, preferrably what I did the past week.  I’m going to give it a shot! Oh, and I’m going to order some more core sets!  I love having variety!  I did struggle with looking at my handwriting.  Yep, I don’t feel comfortable with my chicken scratch, but I keep telling myself, that is what makes the scrapbook real, personal and less time consuming!  I’ll get over it… one of these days!

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My niece Danielle and her boyfriend Thomas are in the upper center spot and my son Hayden and his date Mikaela are on the upper right. Awwwwl.

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My son’s friend Branden brought the car over, what a great prop!