Friday, March 8, 2013

Florida Album

I really did accomplish a lot at the crop I went to last weekend.
I was finally able to work on an album for our trip to Florida way back in 2007!
I've had the photos and the album for years. I just needed to set aside a good chunk of time to get started.

I know in my last post I said I completed 18 pages, but I did kind of have a basic formula to work with. And using pocket pages helped speed things up as well.
I will say this - the album is turning out completely different than my original plans and design ideas.
Since this album is going to have a lot of pages, I am only going to share a few pages at a time so the posts do not get overwhelming.

My title page. This actually does stay close to the original plan design wise - a photo, title and journaling block with just a bit of embellishing. But I was thinking at first I would be using all black cardstock as my base for my pages. Nope! Looks like it is going to be kraft and white cardstock.
The photo is from when we first arrived in our hotel room. Loved our hotel and room!

The plane ride page includes our plane ticket envelope and the boarding passes still inside. I also included an envelope from our hotel that contains the receipt and plastic card key.

Had to share a photo of the view from our room :) And let me just say, the Love, Elsie line by KI Memories I used on this page, well those stickers and letters don't stick worth a darn anymore. I had to use extra adhesive on a lot of it :p So if you have been hoarding any of the Love, Elsie lines, I would check out the quality of the adhesive.

This is where I started using the pocket pages. That camera stamp from Amy Tangerine's Ready, Set, Go line by American Crafts is going to appear several times throughout the album :)

Here is a closer view of the layout on the left. Another huge change to the album is the use of handwritten journaling. I was originally going to type it all out. But while at the crop, I decided that I didn't want to save it for home. I wanted to go home with completed pages. And once I started handwriting, I realized I liked it better!

Another two page spread, following a basic theme of pocket page and full page.
I have to say that this is one of my favorite pages so far. I loved the photo and decided to use  the Everyday Eclectic line by Echo Park. The little pocket holds a receipt and I couldn't resist adding the block of buildings cut from a piece of Basic Grey Wander paper to represent the "city" portion.
The receipt is kind of important to me because the first thing we bought was a pair of sunglasses for Mike at a cart there on the CityWalk. I can't remember if he had lost his or just forgot them. But you can't be in Florida without sunglasses. And Mike was such a trooper letting Evan help him pick out a pair. You know they weren't going to be what he typically would buy with Evan calling the shots. :)

So there you have it! The first seven pages.
I will share a few more next week!
Also, planning on a "healthy living in 2013" post so you can see how that is going and share my goal for March!
Have a great weekend!


  1. your album looks so awesome!! great job

  2. This is FABULOUS!! LOVING the photos!!!

  3. Great start to your album, look forward to seeing more :)

  4. Wonderful album. I don't think I could get close to that done at a crop

  5. What album are you using? Saw the layouts in person and they are awesome, but never checked out the album.

    1. It is an 8 1/2 x 11 black leather We R Memory Keepers :)

  6. Great progress! I always use handwritten journaling myself now. I like the immediate gratification.

  7. This looks great!

    I love handwritten journaling. For me, it is easier than getting the computer out, and I like that everything is written in my handwriting. I just like it because I know how quickly I recognize my family member's writing, so I think it will mean something to someone to have my writing there one day :)

  8. I love everything about your book so has such a fun feel to it. I am probably also partial because I adore the beaches in FL. I am considering using pocket pages for a large Disney trip I need to scrap, but am just not sure if it will work - however , it seems to be working great for you. My last book, I mixed journaling with the computer and my own handwriting, but I do enjoy handwritten. Have a great weekend!

  9. This looks awesome Mary Jo! I love the clean look of the pages. They all look different, but cohesive! Great job!!

  10. Wow! Go you! I never get much done at crops at all!

  11. That's awesome that you got so much done and I LOVE what you created!! Where does the time go?

  12. Great pages!!
    It must feel so good to have so many layouts completed.
    I have noticed I need to add adhesive on some of my sticky letters and such.

  13. WTG!! How much you were able to complete at the crop!!
    Love your album and love how you designed all of your pages!! Looks like a very fun trip!!
    Amazing work!!

  14. Nice work on your album, and good for you for completing it. Cute that you were pregnant in the photos :)

  15. Dang girl, you are a scrapping machine. This is awesome! Love how you coordinated the lines with the photos, amazing girl! Have a great weekend!

  16. Awesome start! That is a ton of pages done. I love all of the memorabilia/ephemera you are adding. It adds so much to the album. :)

  17. You got so much done! So many layouts finished! That is so great...and deciding to hand write the journalling was brilliant...I like the way you underlined it too!

  18. Mary Jo - love your layout. Great strips with the Echo Park paper. love Echo Park. Saw you on the paper issues link up. I love connecting with other scrapbookers (now following you). Would love for you to stop by and say hi!