Monday 10 August 2020

Scrapbooking Our Summer With Design Bundles

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Let's be honest. This year has been a bit of a strange one. The month's have blurred. The days are here and then gone. Somehow it's August already. 

Days out are few and far between. Time with family even less so. 

School's out. Will it be back in September? Who knows? Will we survive another round of homeschooling? Will the kids be able to get back into the swing of things? 

Are there any good memories for the year?? There must be! Right?? 

Little boy wearing sunglasses and holding a soft toy dog

Our time at home has often been stressful but we have tried our hardest to stay upbeat as much as possible. I'll be honest and admit it has not been easy. 

We have all struggled with not seeing friends and family, and our routines have all changed dramatically but even in the most stressful of times we've tried our best to make some memories for the year. 

Our caravan holidays have been substituted for building dens and forts in the living room. Birthday celebrations have been reduced down to just us three in the back garden, a barbecue, hand me down bouncy castle and, thankfully, sunshine. Summer visits to grandparents far away are done over FaceTime, and across gardens for those nearer. Meeting up with friends is done via Zoom or whilst social distancing on a walk or in an open space. 

The photos of our year so far are definitely few and far between compared to previous years, especially those since become parents to our now six year old. 

With this in mind I've made a little pact with myself!!! If our adventures are to be a little less this year, then we need to make them good ones and we should record them someway. Save ticket stubs, print the photos, make a note of special dates or memories. Remember the smiles of a very strange year. 

To do this we're going to start scrapbooking our favourite adventures and experiences. This is something anyone can do and is much easier than you may think. You don't need to rush out and buy a whole tonne of crafting tools, paper and supplies to be able to scrap your summer. 

Scrapbook pages with photos decorating the pages

Glue, scissors, a few mementos and photos, and decorative paper can go a long way. You'll also need a hole punch and something to bind the pages together but you don't need to spend a huge amount on any of it. Scrapbooking as a whole can be expensive if you go out and buy books of scrapbooking papers, embellishments, stickers etc. You can, however, do things much cheaper and easier, which regular readers will know I'm a big fan off!

My go-to for a while when it comes to printable craft elements is Design Bundles. I've created Mother's Day cards, framed artwork and now we're using it to have a go at scrapbooking using their scrapbook designs

Design Bundles have a wide range of design tools, printable craft bundles and graphics at a super low cost, as well as some great free ones too! There's always a discount available, with up to 50% off the recommended retail price. A lot of the designs are made by independent designers. So, using Design Bundles means you're supporting a small independent business too, which is something I'm a big fan of, especially in the current climate. 

Scrapbook pages with photos decorating the pages

There’s a large selection of different files on available too, so this is a resource that every single type of crafter can utilise. There are downloads and patterns available for card making, scrapbooking and papercutting. There's printables for every type of task or activity, with planners, reward charts and colouring pages.

With free resources each week, you can give lots of different craft styles a try with just the cost of printing at home. This also makes Design Bundles a great resource for nurseries, schools, community resource centres.

Scrapbook pages with photos decorating the pages

There's files for every type of party and season you can think of!! Quotes, sign bundles, lots of festive designs, spooky Halloween printables and wedding pieces, so if you're looking to scrapbook a special occasion or season you'll be able to get what you need from Design Bundles. There's lots of different file types to choose from and the palm tree svg, along with the anchor svg are great if you're planning something beach themed with your scrapbooking.

To create our scrapbook I've used the Hello Summer Paper Pack, which was easy to download and comes in a jpg format. Along with a few photos we've made a start in creating our summer scrapbook. Although, it will be a strange and different summer compared to our usual ones, there's nothing wrong with marking the special moments that we still manage to have. 

Scrapbook pages with photos decorating the pages

Mummy Snowy Owl

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