A to Z Challenge – 2020 – ABBA

We’re off to the races, folks.  Today marks the beginning of the Great A to Z Challenge for 2020.  I hope you are as excited as I am.  There are over 450 bloggers who are signed up to write this month.  I have a notebook ready because I am sure there are going to be a ton of interesting things I’ll want to keep track of.

As I mentioned in my Theme Reveal, I am going to get some concert scrapbooking done.  We’ve been to over 100 shows and I am very behind with my albums so using the challenge will help me catch up a bit.  Since the virus restrictions and our finances are probably going to keep us away from concerts this year it will also be fun to relive the experiences.  Here we go!

The Mama Mia movies brought the music of ABBA to everyone’s attention and when I saw that “ABBA, The Concert” was going to be at the Mountain Winery I knew my husband wouldn’t be interested so I asked the girls if they wanted to see it with me.  I was happy that they both said yes.

When scrapbooking, the first thing I need to get is paper to match the pictures.  We’ve already determined that I am a paper addict so I have a lot of choices.  I really loved this collection called Twilight Jewels from Paper Wishes, one of my favorite companies to buy from.

When I put the pictures down on top of the sheets, they seemed to go really well. 

There were some moon shapes and mystical looking elements on the papers and I remembered I had some Dazzle stickers that matched.

Once I have the papers picked out I put the pictures in some kind of order.  Sometimes I go by how the concert progressed and sometimes I just go by the colors and what seems to go together.  I always start with a title page or two that show the “who, what, where and when” details.  I don’t make anything permanent yet.  I want to make sure everything fits together.   

I found some alphabet “thickers” that really matched the color scheme for the title.  I used the parking receipt for the name of the venue.  Notice I moved it from the right page to the left.   
For the second page I added the view from our seats and the date.  Don’t we look like we’re having fun?   Yes, we had drinks in the parking lot before we went in and drinks after we got in, it was Girls night after all. 
Notice the moon sticker on this page that matches the one on the first page.
I knew I was going to have a lot of pictures to try and fit on some of the pages so I used the Wildflower template from Creative Memories.  It is fun to make a puzzle out of the pictures.  

This is what it looks like when the template is removed.

 I added some Dazzle stickers as detail across the top.

I think it matches pretty well with the paper on the next page.  I used the same template but changed the shapes a bit.

There was one of the original ABBA musicians touring with the group.

Another staple from every concert is the set list.  Most of the time it is from the actual show.  I get it from SetList.com.  If I can, I pull a setlist from the most recent show to bring with us so we know what songs are coming up.  That helps when I want to make sure to take certain pictures or (shhh – a video).  

I happened to have a paper flower that was the exact same shading as the one on the tag so I put it on top to add dimension. Also, the blue button in the center reminded me of the hat on the singer in blue. 

“ABBA, The Concert” was the only act that night but they did take an intermission so there were two set lists and lots of changes of clothes.  

The silver “arrow” that points to the second set list matches the one pointing to the first, above.

I colored in the Dazzle sticker to match the colors on the page.

To make the “take a bow” I used my Slice machine and added some decorative ribbon across the top to match the next page.  The strings coming down are more Dazzles.     

The last page shows the empty venue.  I think it is pretty cool looking.  The girls are walking ahead of me and I know they are wondering if I’m okay to drive home after having those drinks you saw in the beginning. – LOL – I was.

The moon in the center is a picture I took of the moon that night.  

Here is how the spreads look as they are in the album.  I am really happy with the way it turned out.

Hope you enjoyed the first of the concerts.  I will say that I am a Creative Memories consultant so the link I have provided is to my site, in case you are interested.  I will have other links to products I used throughout the series, not all of which I am affiliated with but they are definitely products I like.  Also, if you like my style and you have pictures you would like made into an album, I am available for that!  Come back tomorrow and see who the “B” concert is about.   

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45 Responses to A to Z Challenge – 2020 – ABBA

  1. S. M. Saves says:

    You make scrapbooking look so easy! ABBA has so may earworm worthy songs. I so much as catch a few notes from one of their songs and it’s stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

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  3. joey says:

    Wow! Great colors for that book, too — very well suited. Mama Mia is what turned my Sassy from tween who hates everything to tween who has an earnest appreciation of all music genres from all times ❀ Can't thank ABBA enough!

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      That’s so cool, Joey. I love that my girls can appreciate the bands I like. My son does a few too but he is mainly into hip hop and rap 😦


  4. jlennidorner says:

    That’s great paper and stickers to use for this! Looks amazing. Glad you have such wonderful memories.

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  5. Love the scrapbooks!

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  6. Tamara says:

    Nice to see you again, Janet πŸ™‚
    I grew up a huge ABBA fan, still like to listen to their music. You did a wonderful job scrapbooking!


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  7. Everytime I come here and look at what you’ve done it makes me want to do it too. No space, no time… lol but It makes me want to anyway πŸ™‚

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  8. Nilanjana Bose says:

    Not much of a scrapbooker myself, but can totally appreciate the in-depth work that has gone into this. Impressive!
    Have a great A-Z!

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  9. msjadeli says:

    You have created a super-detailed book and it looks so great. Good idea to use this opportunity to get caught up on your concert books.

    I’m doing A2Z on essential oils at: http://tao-talk.com/2020/04/01/a2z-2020-essential-oils-a-argan-carrier-oil/

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  10. J-Dub says:

    How cool and creative! Looking forward to B

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  11. Wow, Janet! So detailed! Great job, and what an awesome subject! ABBA never gets old! πŸ™‚

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  12. gigglingfattie says:

    Awesome!!!! Wooohoo!!!

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  13. Janet,

    The COVID-19 outbreak is keeping everyone at home now and will keep us enslaved to our houses as we bounce back once we do return to work but that’s okay just as long as everyone is healthy, right? You sure do have some really nice paper for scrap booking. I like the stuff with the moon design. Thanks for visiting today’s post: Cathy’s Pinup Girl A to Z Challenge Art Sketch Series (A) and for voting in my BoTB showdown. πŸ™‚ Stay well, my friend! xx

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  14. How fun to see your process Janet. And it does seem perfect that given the need for isolation and the fact you likely won’t make many, if any, concerts this year, how wonderful you’ll get to work on this project and revisit so wonderful memories. Happy challenge!

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  15. ghostmmnc says:

    Super start for the A to Z! What fun to have a night out with your girls, and to see a fab concert. Love how you did the pages layouts and the colors you chose. πŸ™‚

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  16. I love ABBA!!!
    Found them in my mom’s playlist and yes of course Mamma Mia!! What a movie!
    I love your scrap booking so much! You have an eye for detail and so organised!! It looks so pretty 😍😍😍
    Happy Blogging πŸ™‚
    A is for Accomplice

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  17. Ally Bean says:

    You’re off to a lovely start. It looks like you enjoyed your Abba concert by the smiles on you faces.

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  18. traceyr1984 says:

    How cool and what fun! I am trying to do a scrapbook for my son for this year, picking one thing for each month to focus on. I will be keeping my eyes open for ideas and tips!

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      That’s a great idea. I have started one for each of my kids but sadly I am so far behind since they are 33, 31 and 23 and all I have is their school pictures done πŸ™‚

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  20. Tamara Kulish says:

    Wow! These pages are gorgeous! This is very inspiring for anyone looking for how they can fill some hours at home!

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  21. Very artistic, Janet!

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  22. This is such a great album, Janet. I used to do scrapbooking too but I haven’t had time for a while.

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