Simple scrapbook ideas using full page photos over at www.ABeautifulMess.comRaise your hand if you love the idea of scrapbooking but don't have bucket loads of time to spend on detailed pages! Or maybe you have a few special photos you want to print out but not enough to fill an entire album? I'm sharing five simple and quick ideas to create quick album fillers using full page photos and some basic supplies that you probably already have on hand. It's a great way to enjoy the creative process while ending up with something you'll be able to show off to your friends and family. 

The first step to getting fun scrapbook pages is taking fun photos! Most smartphones have the ability to take great photos and photo-editing apps like A Color Story can give you an exceptional range of editing options. All five of these photos were originally posted on Instagram. I took them with my iPhone and edited them with A Color Story. To get them printed out, I found the edited versions on my phone and e-mailed them to myself at the largest file size available. I then printed them out on my Canon printer. They are about 8" square since they were edited for Instagram, and I will likely add hole punches directly to the pages and include them in my album. If you prefer having all of your pages in pocket protectors, just size your images according to your needs. 

Handcut LetteringHand-Cut Text

Whether you pre-trace your font or just eyeball it, hand-cut text gives you some room to use specific colors and patterns to infuse your scrapbook page with your aesthetic without the limitations of what is on the market. You don't have to worry about running out of vowels or perfectly spacing your letters. You can make them as big or as small as you like, and if you mess up, just cut out another one!

For this page I cut four squares that were the same height but slightly different widths, and then hand-cut my letters from those parameters. This ensured there was enough consistency in height for them to look good. Another option is to trace around alphabet stickers or chipboard from a store in order to get a specific font style. 

Negative Space JournalingNegative Space Journaling Spots

I could've easily placed a white circle on top of my photo for a journaling spot but really wanted a more interesting effect. I traced a circle on the back of my image, roughly where I knew it wouldn't interrupt any important details, and then used craft scissors to cut out my circle. Then I taped a piece of lined card stock to the back of my photo and added my journaling. 

Another way to use this would be to cut out a title or word and then fill in the negative space with very small journaling. Yep, now I'm wishing I'd done that one because it sounds even more fun! 

Large Title with Alpha StickersOversized Text for a Graphic Look

Use oversized alpha stickers on top of your full page photo to add a graphic element without taking away from the image. Instead of adding a lot of journaling to this page, I just kept it simple with a large word that complimented the colors in the photo and got my message across.

Some pages call for tons of text so you can remember the details of a moment and others just need to let the photo do the talking. This is a great option for when you love a photo but don't have enough similar photos to create a full layout. This page can stand on its own in an album.

Photo as Journaling SquarePhotos as Journaling Spots

I often find myself taking texture photos that have great colors and love using them as journaling spots, especially on top of busier photos. Look for images that have subtle texture or patterns and colors that are bright enough for you to write on top of without losing your text. This page shows photos from early spring when all of the trees were blooming and seemed fitting to use while journaling about this personal season of life. 

Popsicle StandOmbre Journaling Spots

I'm forever a fan of paired tonal colors, so when I was thinking of a way to show off one of my favorite photos of my kids in front of a mint wall, I decided to use three shades of pink paper from my stash. I just trimmed them down to take up a little bit of space in one corner of the photo. I love the color they add. It's a great way to use up scrap paper and add a little more interest to your page.

Five simple full photo scrapbooking ideas to add some interest to your album. Use any of these to finish a few pages in an hour! Find the details on www.ABeautifulMess.comThese are just a few simple, quick, and easy ways to get those photos printed out and into an album without feeling the need to reinvent the wheel with every layout. Sometimes keeping it simple is the most effective way to not only complete a project, but to enjoy the process! -Rachel

Credits//Author and Photography: Rachel Denbow. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

Dream Decor by Bright BazaarHey friends! I wanted to share a really beautiful book with you today! Dream Decor by Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar.

Will is one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram, and I loved his first book (A LOT) so naturally I was very excited to get my hands on the new book. 

Here are a few of my favorite moments, but these are just sneak peeks-

Dream Decor by Bright Bazaar Dream Decor by Bright Bazaar Dream Decor by Bright Bazaar SO GOOD. You can pick up a copy at Anthro, Barnes & Noble or Amazon. Hope you guys enjoy it!!! It was a serious high point of inspiration for me this week. :) 

xxoo! Elsie 

Poppy + MonroeHey, friends!!! This week has been an absolute blur! Emma arrived on Monday night, and we have been working all the daylight hours on our cookbook photography (basically making yummy food and taking photos ALL day every day) and then going to bed super early and repeating. Haha –  this post is already off to a very exciting start! 

Poppy + Monroe On the first day Emma got to town, we went to Poppy & Monroe for manicures so that we could have cute nails for the book photos. I have been wanting to go there ever since I first heard about it but just hadn't made the time yet.

I had heard that they were offering a lot of natural options, which has become SUPER important to me in the past year, so I was really hoping it could be my "spot". So I took Emma, and we had an incredible time and our manicures have lasted all week (we got their version of a gel manicure). I will definitely do it again anytime I have a ginormous photoshoot, like this, or a vacation! 

Here are a few pics because I actually remembered to bring my camera – YAY!! 

Poppy + Monroe
Poppy + Monroe Poppy + Monroe Poppy + Monroe Poppy + Monroe Poppy + Monroe      copyEmma bought a whole bunch of nail polish as a reward for not biting her nails. SO proud of her! 

And if you follow me on Instagram, I am sure you can guess where we went next... my obsession. She wanted a giant cactus, and a giant cactus she got. It's sitting in my driveway right now because it's too big for us to really carry... haha! I can't wait to see how it looks in her home! 

Emma at HewittSo fun!

Suki My bebe! She's the sweetest! 

SukiI was actually bribing her with a raspberry. She loves fruit. 


La croixI hope you guys don't mind, but we're only posting once today because we're putting in so many extra hours for the cookbook right now. We can't wait for you to see it. I feel like I can brag because I'm really just supporting Emma. She is doing an incredible job, and it's turning out both beautiful and useful. I'm very inspired by her! 

Happy Friday!!! We have a new team member (I desperately need to update our staff page) who came to Nashville for a few days and Trey is here, so we're going to do some meetings and celebrating as well! xx- Elsie 

Easy diy light up photo frame (via light up photo frame (via  A few months ago. Elsie gifted me this sweet light up cactus for my 30th birthday. I know! She nailed it. :) So far, he has ended up on top of the piano in our living room. I like being able to see the cactus from where I usually am most nights – at the stovetop throwing together dinner. This spot also works well because this corner of the house is pretty dark most of the time, especially at night. So I can just turn the cactus on to add some light. 

I decided to add another (smaller) light up feature to this space since I like it so much. So I made this super simple light up photo frame. For this project, I worked with our longtime friends, Canon USA. One thing I love about this project is ANYONE could make this. I'm all for more advanced projects here and there (I love making stuff!), but it's really fun when you work on something and in the end it turns out to be really cute and really easy to replicate... if folks are so inclined. Here, I'll show you. 

Easy light up picture frame (via Light-up-photosSupplies:
-a transparency and ink jet printer (I used my Canon PIXMA MG7720, which I love!)
-plexiglass, mine is 8x12 inches and 1/2 inch thick
-1 white poster board
-1 colored poster board or oversized paper (I used a forest green color to go with my decor)
-LED lights strip (mine is a flexible bar that you can cut to size)
-X-Acto knife
-glue dots

See, pretty simple right? But such a cute little display once you're done. In case you are a video hater (what?!), here are the text instructions:

Make a patternStep One: Print your image onto a transparency. You only need this to be big enough to fill the frame you will create. So it doesn't have to be as large as your plexi. Cut out the transparency, leaving enough space to add glue dots. Adhere the image to the back of your plexi (you decided which side is the back at this point).  

Step Two: Create a pattern for your frame from the white poster board. Mine sort of resembles an instant photo, but you could do anything you like. Your frame could be thick, thin, scalloped, or whatever your heart desires. :) Once you have your pattern, cut out your final frame from the colored poster board or card stock. Adhere to the front of the plexi with glue dots.

Step Three: Measure the lights and cut to size if needed. Adhere them to the bottom of your plexiglass with glue dots.

Easy light up picture frame (via Display and enjoy! As with any light up project, don't leave the lights turned on when you won't be at home or when you go to sleep. Even though LED lights don't generate heat in the same way other lights do, this is still a good rule of thumb for any lighting in your home, just to be on the safe side. xx. Emma


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