Lyn’s Scrapbooking and Scrapbook Designs

A few years ago I was introduced to scrap booking by my daughter-in-law. It took no time at all and I was totally immersed in scrapbook designs, colored papers,  decorative elements and journaling. I just love it. For a while it took over my life with so many photos of my children and grandchildren to scrapbook.

Yonghe-Lamasary-Buddhist temple, Beijing-China. Scrapbook design

Yonghe-Lamasary-Buddhist temple, Beijing-China. Scrapbook design

The-Summer-Palace-Beijing-China - scrapbook design page

The-Summer-Palace-Beijing-China – scrapbook design page for China 2006

Traveling and scrapbook designs

Then my traveling, that bought a whole new meaning to scrapbook designs, and sometimes I have struggled for new ideas and stimulus.  I believe however that scrapbooking should be all about what makes you happy!

Views across TaiHe Hall Square Forbidden City Beijing China

Views across TaiHe Hall Square Forbidden City Beijing China

Develop your own ideas!

Your own ideas and scrapbook designs tend to develop as you go along. Much depends on how much time and money you have to spend on your hobby, and how you like your pages to look. I’ve always kept my  travel scrapbook designs fairly simple.

I doubt if anyone is totally satisfied with every page they do, and when you do so many, as I do, my pages only gets one chance. For China in the main, I used a beautiful hand-woven paper in wonderful hues to complement the photo’s, along with my embellishment ideas.

Qianqing-Gate-Square, entrance to Inner Court residence of Emperor

Qianqing-Gate-Square, entrance to Inner Court residence of Emperor

Sometimes I use my own photo’s blown up but printed in draft or fax which provides a softer image, such as the pink blossoms in “Farewell Forbidden City”, and the gray twiggy branches in the Yonghe Lamasery page  border to decorate my pages and act a s a foil for the photos.

I did find that stickers didn’t  stick very well on this soft hand-woven paper and the edges  of the paper were fragile. The  photos of the Marble Boat and Jade Belt Bridge on the design page for the Summer Palace have  white borders, and  I had  white borders printed on most of my photos at that time.

Gate to Yangxin Hall the Forbidden City Scrapbood design page

Gate to Yangxin Hall inside the Forbidden City Scrapbook design page

Shen-Wu-Men (exit) Gate-Forbidden City Scrapbooking design page

Shen-Wu-Men (exit) Gate-Forbidden City Scrapbooking design page

More interaction with other scrappers is a great way to create  enthusiasm,  stimuli and exchange ideas. I would love to hear from other scrappers  out there, with like interests. Please email me or leave a comment.

Scrapbooking design page for Beihai-Park-Beijing China

Scrapbooking design page for Beihai-Park-Beijing China

Just for interest sake  and to share, I have placed a few photo’s of some of my early scrapbooking efforts in scrapbook designs for your viewing on this page. Just click on the photo for a larger image. These are photo’s from my trip to China in 2006 with a small group tour. The Forbidden City and Summer Palace were so awesome!  An unforgettable experience.

Scrapbooking design page for Wangfuiing-Food-Street-Beijing

Scrapbooking design page for Wangfuiing-Food-Street-Beijing

 

  Happy scrapping until next time!

 


 

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