ILP – Jumping In

I feel that I learn best by doing, which is why I chose a learning project that requires a lot of hands on work. I thought that after spending last week reading up on how to create appealing layouts and how to choose colors, I would be able to create a few pages pretty seamlessly. I think my pages look okay so far, but some look plain and some look too busy. I think I need to add some pops of color on some pages, and tone down the others. I think a lot of it will just come down to trying new things and seeing what I like best.

One thing I noticed was that I have way more pictures of my niece than I do of my 2 nephews. I don’t want to seem biased and have more of her, but she was just in front of the camera more. I don’t really want to leave any out though, because I really like all of them. So, that’s a small problem I’ll have to think about and decide what to do.

So far, I’m trying to make facing pages carry a similar theme. Because I’ve just started, it’s been easy to do. I’m not sure it will continue to be that easy though. As the book goes on, facing pages may end up having different subjects.

I have a lot of stickers that I can use – mostly letters. I underestimated how hard they are to use. Not only are they hard to get off the sheet without ripping them, they’re hard to get placed exactly where you want them. I try to envision the spacing before I stick them to the page, but it’s harder than it seems. On the first page I was going to use more letter stickers, but changed my mind after realizing how difficult it was.

I’m also trying to decide if I should just include photos, or if I should include short little blurbs to give some explanation to the photos. I think it might be nice to add those so that when I look back in 20 years, I know what was going on at the time.


Here is what I’ve got done so far!


Kyson pg 1Kyson pg 2Kyson facingEmersonBerkleyEmerson Berkley facing


12 thoughts on “ILP – Jumping In

  1. Brianna,

    I love your scrapbook so far. I agree that adding some short message of what is happening would be a great way to add to your pages. This would allow you to look back and remember, but it will also be a new way to take up space on each page. Nice work.


    1. Thank you! I do think I’m going to add some short messages. Especially with my nephew’s condition – it’ll be nice to be able to look back and remember what was happening.


    1. My older nephew is kind of hooked on electronics. He never really wanted to play or interact – he just wanted a phone or a controller all the time. And my new nephew was in the hospital the whole time, so we didn’t get to spend a lot of time with him. My niece on the other hand LOVES the camera and was my best buddy the whole time we were there.

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      1. He was born with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis. It’s not cancer, but attacks the body in a similar way. When he was born, those spots on him were really big. They gradually started to get smaller. They’re still not completely gone. They found the same growths inside of his lungs, so they decided to do chemo. His last scan shows that they’ve already reduced in size by 75%!

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  2. Your scrapbook is looking great so far! If I can add a personal opinion, I would go with an explanation. My aunt used to scrapbook for my grandma and one thing she really wished she did was add explanations to the pictures. Now that my grandmother is gone, we don’t remember all the stories about the pictures or where the pictures were taken. Just a simple hint would have helped.


  3. Looking terrific! Thanks for sharing what you have to this point. I know that it will get easier the more you do it. My aunt is big into scrapbooking and it took her a long time to get all of the right tools, paper, and stickers for what she wants to do. She started out pretty plain but the more she researchers and does the more ideas come to mind! Keep up the good work! You’re family will be so happy that you did this.


    1. Thanks! I thought it was going to be an easy task, but it’s not turning out to be quite as easy as I thought. I definitely admire people who make a bunch of scrapbooks. It’s time consuming and takes a lot of work!


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