Stampin’ Up! Cruise: Pages NOT in Order (GASP!)

You didn’t really want me to show you our trip in chronological order, did you? Because while ‘in order’ is a great way to tell a story, I don’t often scrapbook that way.

Here’s how scrapbooking works for me:

  1. pick out a picture or two that I want to put together on a page
  2. find a layout that complements the pictures
  3. add some background papers, coordinating elements
  4. add the pictures to the page
  5. add some final embellishments (buttons, ribbons & stamped images)

So here are a few of my first pages from our trip (like I said, NOT in chronological order). These are all created with the Stampin’ Up! My Digital Studio software. (I love it!!) (click here to see more about My Digital Studio)


The page above uses the World Tour digital stamp set, as well as several NEW digital downloads: Corduroy Buttons, Satin Ribbons, Scallop Trim Border Punch and the Textured Cardstock (yum!). If you haven’t learned about the latest Digital Downloads, let me know and I can help you find them on my ordering website.

Our first full day on the ship was at sea, and we had a short Stampin’ Up! general session for the demonstrators and their guests. Yes, we did see some stamping at sea (cool samples from the new Summer Mini Catalog).

And Shelli and Dale announced the location for the 2012 Incentive Trip… drumroll please… Disneyworld! Yup, they’ve booked a whole Disney hotel and Stampin’ Up! is taking over for a week. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? I know we’ll be looking forward to it!

BTW, the alphabet above for “GENERAL” is one of the new digital downloads, too– it’s called Jersey. And the stamp set for the embellishments on the left side — Certified — is part of the May National Scrapbooking Month special (the real-life set, not the digital one).

Here’s another page–I loved the photo so much that I couldn’t wait to make a page for it. The page inspiration came from flipping through scrapbook magazines. The colors are all Crushed Curry, Real Red and Brocade Blue from the Happy Bday Designer Kit (included with the original My Digital Studio package).


The font in the title (Antigua) is called Cheri. If you click on any of these page samples, you can see them in more detail (and read my journaling, if you’re interested).

My last page for the day is just the start of a fabulous tour of the island of St. Lucia. The page layout is adapted from one by Ali Edwards. The ‘st. lucia’ alphabet is another new digital download — Rough Type. It’s definitely my new favorite! Plus you’ll notice lots of images from the Extreme Elements stamp set (another of the ‘real life’ stamp sets on the May special).

See what I mean? There’s nothing in my scrapbooking style about ‘make page for day 1 first’ or even ‘scrapbook all pages from a full day’. Mostly I jump around and work with whatever pictures jump out at me first.

As a result, I find scrapbooking to be much more FUN–not a chore where I’m always behind.

If you’re a scrapbook expert, or maybe a new scrapbooker, here’s my challenge to you: TRY IT! That’s right, pull out a random picture you’re excited about and just scrapbook it. Don’t worry about how far behind you are on your son’s baby album (even if he graduates from college this year). Just jump into the middle and find something you’re excited about.

You never know, you just might find that you LIKE scrapbooking again! (yup, more fun, less chore 😉




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Extra Digital Downloads: Rough Type Alphabet (121066), Satin Ribbons (121063), Corduroy Buttons (120170), Textured Cardstock (120168), Jersey Alphabet (122263), Scallop Border Trim Punch (122136), Spring Shades Designer Series Paper (120172)

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  1. Thanks for sharing a bit of your experience at cruise with us! I love seeing scrap pages, and their layouts/color combos inspire me to create as well!


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