Scrapbooking The Memories

It is enjoyable to start a scrapbook around holidays such as Christmas, but these volumes can be a great way to keep your memories year around. I like put photographs, my artwork, and cards in my scrapbook as a way to document my art journey, and to keep things organized in one place. You can always buy a more expensive scrapbook at the crafting store along with stickers and other embellishments, but I am happy with the simple one I found with heavy cardstock pages at the thrift store for around two dollars.

Awhile back I did purchase a scrapbook from the craft store, but I am kind of frugal and cannot see the point of spending almost thirty dollars on a simple book that did not even come with embellishments. As I said you can buy stickers and other decorations to dress a scrapbook up with, but I prefer to just put my own artwork in mine. Today, at the Dollar Tree I noticed they also sell stickers there, so there are many affordable places to purchase these. Also, when it comes to my website I see it as a digital scrapbook of sorts since I have decorated it with my drawings, so if I do not print out all of my pictures, I can still visit the online format. It is nice to have both a paper and digital scrapbooks to showcase your artwork and photographs.

Here I am adding black and white photos to my scrapbook. I used photo editing software to turn my color photos into black and white ones.
Here I am adding black and white photos to my scrapbook. I used photo editing software to turn my color photos into black and white ones.
Here is a print out of a tropical sunset painting I created back in the spring of 2009.
Here is a print out of a tropical sunset painting I created back in the spring of 2009.
I am gluing the print out of my painting and a print out of my cat illustration into my scrapbook. Often I scan pictures I draw and give to other people, which allows me to keep the image for future use.
I am gluing the print out of my painting and a print out of my cat illustration into my scrapbook. Often I scan pictures I draw and give to other people, which allows me to keep the image for future use.
Here I have glued my cat drawing and my flower drawing into a scrapbook. These used to be framed, but I change out my frames every so often, and decided to put these in a scrapbook.
Here I have glued my cat drawing and my flower drawing into a scrapbook. These used to be framed, but I change out my frames every so often and decided to put these in a scrapbook.

Sepia Scrapbook Images

One thing I enjoy creating for my paper based and my online scrapbooks are sepia images, which have a nostalgic old fashion look that I often crave.  There is just something lustrous about looking at old-timey images, and sepia conjures up memories of the past.  Here are a few of my colored pictures that I have turned into sepia pictures for my scrapbooks.

Sepia image of a picture I took at Waikiki Beach.
Sepia image of a picture I took at Waikiki Beach.
Sepia image of looking off the Rim of the World Highway.
Sepia image of looking off the Rim of the World Highway.
Sepia image of looking out towards the Pinnacles.
Sepia image of looking out towards the Pinnacles.
Sepia image of a large tree in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Sepia image of a large tree in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Sepia image of a sunset.
Sepia image of a sunset.
Sunset from a different angle.
Sunset from a different angle.
Sepia inspired sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Sepia inspired sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Car driving down a road near an orange field. This old fashion car and sepia imagery makes the picture look like it was taken before World War II, but it was really taken in July of 2009.
Car driving down a road near an orange field. This old fashion car and sepia imagery make the picture look like it was taken before World War II, but it was really taken in July of 2009.

Creating sepia imagery of Hawaiian vacations, sunsets, and orange fields are all quite inspiring for me.  I love to select special images that go in my paper scrapbooks.  Others go in my online scrapbook to share with the world wide web.

Brilliant sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains with snow that has not melted.
Brilliant sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains with snow that has not melted.
Sepia image out by the Pinnacles in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Sepia image out by the Pinnacles in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Sepia imagery of trees and a sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The sepia imagery of trees and a sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Here is a sepia image I created of a few flowers.
Here is a sepia image I created of a few flowers. | Source

I especially have enjoyed creating sepia imagery of landscapes and flowers, which are some of my favorite things to take pictures of.   Give me landscapes any day!

Sepia imagery that I created of a morning glory.
The sepia imagery of morning glories.
Here is sepia imagery of sunflowers.
Here is sepia imagery of sunflowers.
Sepia imagery of a picture I took of a palm tree. I took this picture with my cell phone and cropped it, but I really love how it turned out.
The sepia imagery of a picture I took of a palm tree. I took this picture with my cell phone and cropped it, but I really love how it turned out. | Source
Here is a sepia image I created of a picture I took of Grass Valley Lake.
Here is a sepia image I created of a picture I took of Grass Valley Lake. | Source
Here is sepia imagery I created of a picture looking out towards Hesperia.
Here is sepia imagery of the view looking down on Hesperia.

I love to take spooky images for Halloween and turn these into sepia images to remember.  See what I did with a couple of my photographs below.  Oh yes, and I have also included a couple of images that I took out at the Pinnacles, which have been edited to have sepia effects.

Here is a sepia Halloween scrapbook image I created. The picture I took of the rising moon was perfect for this!
Here is a sepia Halloween scrapbook image I created. The picture of the rising moon was perfect for this!
The full moon look especially creepy in sepia, and almost like an image out of a scary black and white film.
The full moon looks especially creepy in sepia, and almost like an image out of a scary black and white film.
Here is another I took of the full moon where I used photo shop to a Halloween imagery. This would even make for a fun Halloween card to give for friends.
Here is another photo the full moon turned into a Halloween image.
Here is a picture I took in the San Bernardino Mountains facing out towards the Pinnacles.
Here is a picture I took in the San Bernardino Mountains facing out towards the Pinnacles.
Here is a picture that I took hiking out at the Pinnacles in 1988! I scanned my photo and used sepia effects to create this amazing image.
Here is a picture that I took hiking out at the Pinnacles in 1988! I scanned my photo and used sepia effects to create this amazing image.
Here is a picture I took looking out by the Pinnacles.
Looking out past the Pinnacles towards Hesperia.
Another breath taking image taken out on the desert side of the mountain, which is by the Pinnacles in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Another breath taking image taken out on the desert side of the mountain, which is by the Pinnacles in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Here is a picture I created of a sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Here is a picture I created of a sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains.

You can use photo editing software to create you own amazing sepia or colored images for your scrapbooks.  I hope you have fun playing with pictures you have taken over the years.

About Sweetbearies

My pen-name is Sweetbearies, which is based on the name I use for my arts and crafts site: http://sweetbeariesart.com. I write about subjects such as artwork, photography, crafts, books, and whatever subject tickles my fancy at the moment.
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One Response to Scrapbooking The Memories

  1. Aya Katz says:

    I love scrapbooking, but I have not been doing it as much recently. It’s always more fun if you can share the experience with someone else, or if there is someone who actually wants to sit for hours and look through old scrapbooks and albums. I know there is joy in just making a scrapbook and putting thought and effort into it, but when I was younger, part of the pleasure that I got in the here-and-now from working on scrapbooks was the anticipation of how family members in the future would look at them. I now realize that most people don’t like to look at albums and scrapbooks created by someone else. That rather spoils my anticipatory pleasure.

    Your scrapbooks are really creative, as they show your artwork and your photos of scenery and nature. I like that. A lot of scrapbooks are just full of pictures of people at social events.

    I love the sepia photo of the antique car! It really does conjure up a far away time.

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