Sorry, Frosty- I’m so over you!
It’s finally spring! I’m so over snowflakes, sweaters, Santa Claus, and anything red and white. I’m excited to start seeing everything come back to life- outdoors and in scrapbooking. The snow is melting and green is finally starting to show up everywhere. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of nature’s little wonders of the transition of the winter to spring seasons.
PRESS PLANTS AND FOLIAGE- Don’t wait for the flowers to blossom. I have found that dried leaves, pine needles, and other small plants can make beautiful additions to nature pages.
Here is a simple how-to:
- Pick/gather your plants (if you pick it fresh, try to press it ASAP to restore greater color)
- Lay a piece of wax paper inside a large book.
- Arrange the plants (making sure not to let them touch) on the wax paper.
- Place another piece of wax paper on top of the plants.
- Close the book and place something heavy (like more books) on top of them.
Wait a minimum of two weeks, then:
- Using tweezers to hold the plant, spray a light coat of adhesive spray to the back of the plant.
- Stick the plant, wherever you creatively desire, on the paper.
- Show it off to your friends and family!
Page theme ideas: hiking, hunting, camping, playing outside, home construction, boy or girl scouts, poems, outdoor adventures.
When the rain has you stuck inside, scrap it! It makes beautiful backgrounds for pages. Make sure to set your digital camera to the highest resolution to ensure a clear picture when enlarged for the background. Also, turn off your flash to prevent a light reflection off the window. Then enlarge and print your picture on your own computer, or have it printed as a large “non-glossy” picture at your local photo printer.
Page theme ideas: Rainy day activities (The Cat and the Hat theme), your favorite things to do on a rainy day, why you love (or hate) the rain, memories, spiritual memoir, a day of chasing rainbows, a vacation that was moved indoors due to rain.
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