Deleting My Wedding Pictures

Deleting wedding picturesI got your attention with that headline, didn’t I?

I’m talking about some of my wedding pictures, not all of my wedding pictures.

Now that I’m done with my wedding scrapbook, I’m itching to get some hard drive space back.  You see, my wedding pictures took up around 7 gigs of space.

Let’s get this straight:  I still have the master DVD of all wedding pictures from my photographer.  That is in safe storage.  I figure by the time the DVD goes bad I probably won’t be that attached to 7 gigs of pictures.

I don’t need every single wedding picture on my hard drive.  I have every single picture my photographer took.  That means I have six different versions of the same wedding party picture.  Four versions of a large family picture.  You get the idea.

I went through all the pictures, kept the best version of everything and deleted the extras.  I took it down to just over 2 gigs.  Those 2 gigs I’m keeping on my hard drive, my external hard drive, and backed up on SmugMug.

How did I end up with that many wedding pictures to begin with?  I’ll be sharing that and other thoughts about wedding photographers later on in the week.

Scrapbook Layout: Wedding Scrapbook, Anniversary Pages

Wedding Scrapbook Anniversary PageWedding Scrapbook Anniversary Page HeadlineWedding Scrapbook Anniversary Page Detail CloseupWedding Scrapbook Anniversary PageWedding Scrapbook Anniversary Page HeadlineWedding Scrapbook Anniversary PageWell, we’re here!  This is it!

One page for each anniversary.  Seems simple enough?  You bet.  The design will be the same every year, with a slight variation depending on what side of the page it’s on.

I only stressed about the design a tiny bit (yeah, right).  Picking a design I’ll use for all the years of our marriage caused me no stress at all.

What’s on Each Anniversary Scrapbook Page

5×7 Anniversary Photo: We take a photo each year on our anniversary (way back on our first I had us take a photo and had no idea what I would use it for).  The photo is always vertical and is taken either at home or where we happen to be if we are traveling.

A guest book card: I pick one of the guest book cards and add it to the page.  I like how putting them here makes them individually important and I like reading wishes for our future next to our anniversaries.  When I run out of those, I’m going to start using cards we got with wedding gifts.

Business Card from Restaurant: I collect a business card for the restaurant where we ate dinner that night.  Sometimes they’re easy to get on the host stand, sometimes I have to ask for them.  Mr. P is a pro and will remind me if I forget.

Notes: I write the year and pen a few thoughts about the day or where we were.

Patterned paper borders: I use leftover patterned paper from the wedding scrapbook to frame each page.

Anniversary number cut with Silhouette: This goes on the bottom corner of the page and is Garamond in italic.  I admit, I didn’t think this through very well.  I don’t think “twenty-seven” and other long numbers are going to fit on the page at that font size.  I can’t go smaller because italic serifed fonts are very difficult to cut out on the Silhouette.  I might switch to numerals at our 10th.

So that’s it, kinda.  Each year after our anniversary I’ll post the new layout here before I add it to the album!  I’m so excited to be able to revisit this project every year and see how we have changed.

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Wedding Guest Book Cards

Guest Book Cards by Almost Never CleverLet’s take a moment and go back to my wedding.

We did not have a guestbook.  We had “guest book cards.”  These were little rectangles of white cardstock that our guests signed and dropped in a vase.

Mr. P actually rounded all of the corners of these cards himself (if you look at my Engagement Scrapbook Division page, there is a picture of him with the corner rounder).  I ordered a custom “P” stamp using the Freebooter Script font that I used for all my wedding stuff.

Why not a guestbook?  I always knew, way back then, that I was going to have a wedding scrapbook.  I thought having a guestbook separate from the scrapbook was impractical.

So, I had everyone sign these little cards and they sat in a box with my wedding stuff for years.  I had no idea how they were fitting in the scrapbook.  Should I put several on a page?  Maybe, but I felt that grouping them together would take away from the special nature of each message.

As usual, the idea presented itself to me when I was working on other projects and by the time I got to the anniversary section of my scrapbook, I knew exactly what I was going to do.

Stay tuned!

Scrapbook Layout: Wedding Scrapbook, Anniversaries Division Page

Wedding Scrapbook Division Pages by Almost Never CleverWedding Scrapbook Division Pages by Almost Never CleverWedding Scrapbook Division Pages by Almost Never CleverWedding Scrapbook Division Pages by Almost Never CleverHere we go!  I promise this is the very last section of this scrapbook.  I’ve been planning this section in the back of my head since the very beginning.

This page is the exact same design as the three other division pages (Engagement, Wedding, Honeymoon).

It was a real challenge to find the pictures.  I’m using pictures of us from our anniversaries in this section and I didn’t want to repeat them here.  I went through my entire photo collection and found some cute pictures that were “us.”  The “Happily Ever After” comes from a wall at Disney’s California Adventure.  Another is a dessert from our sixth anniversary, the black and white one is from the photobooth at my little sister’s wedding, and I even snuck one in there from our wedding.

After that, putting this together was a snap!

Wedding Scrapbook Division Pages by Almost Never Clever

All together now!

Wedding Scrapbook Division Pages by Almost Never CleverTo see all the pages of my wedding scrapbook so far and to learn more about the papers I’m using, visit my wedding scrapbook page.

Scrapbook Layout: Wedding Scrapbook, Kauai Layout

Kauai Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverKauai Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverKauai Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverKauai Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverKauai Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverWhat’s this?  Is this the last honeymoon layout?  It is!

This is a mishmash of stuff from our time on Kauai that I wanted to remember – things that weren’t big enough to get their own layout.

If you notice, the business cards dictate the size of everything else.  I had two business cards from restaurants with very special meals.  I printed the pictures the same size.  At the bottom, I cut up the receipt for our snorkeling gear rental to also be the same size.  This is the same technique I used for the first page of the honeymoon scrapbook – cut everything to fit the size of a keepsake.

In one of the rectangles, I added text that says what each photo or thing on the layout is.  I keep the colors to blue, turquoise and silver.

Notice the waterfall in the second picture?  This is the page I was working on when I realized I didn’t remember the name of the waterfall, hence the Google Search by Image!

It’s a simple ending for a great trip.  I’m so glad I finally have our honeymoon “in print.”

Kauai Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverTo see all the pages of my wedding scrapbook so far and to learn more about the papers I’m using, visit my wedding scrapbook page

Scrapbook Layout: Wedding Scrapbook, Waimea Canyon Layout

Waimea Canyon Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverWaimea Canyon Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverWaimea Canyon Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverWaimea Canyon Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverHmmmm, this looks familiar, doesn’t it?  Perhaps like a layout I showed you a couple of days ago?  Right, I scraplifted myself.

Here’s the thing: this Waimea Canyon scrapbook layout needed the same treatment as the last one.  I had scenery pictures that needed to be big and bold.

I’m also totally running out of steam on this book!

In the end, I decided if I had this design and it worked, I was going to use it again.  I changed things up a little bit – the colors are greener and it’s a mirror image of my Na Pali Coast scrapbook layout.   Other than that, it’s pretty much the same and I’m okay with that!

Have you ever reused a design this close to the original?

Waimea Canyon Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverTo see all the pages of my wedding scrapbook so far and to learn more about the papers I’m using, visit my wedding scrapbook page.

Scrapbook Layout: Wedding Scrapbook, Na Pali Coast Layout

Na Pali Coast Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverNa Pali Coast Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverNa Pali Coast Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverNa Pali Coast Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverNext up in the wedding scrapbook (or is it honeymoon scrapbook?) – a layout about our boat trip around the Na Pali Coast of Hawaii.

This page is all about showcasing big photos.  I added blue, grey and pearl shimmer cardstock accents, but not much else. I hope the photos speak for themselves.

You may be wondering why the picture of us is so small compared to the landscapes.  Isn’t the honeymoon about us, after all?  Kinda.  It’s a super-grainy photo of us that barely looks good even at that size.  I gave my camera to someone on the boat to get a picture of us and it was accidentally set on video.  This was before HD video, so I had to take a low-quality screen capture from the video.  It’s better than nothing!

Does this remind you of the movie Jurassic Park?  Some of the shots from that movie were filmed here!

Na Pali Coast Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverTo see all the pages of my wedding scrapbook so far and to learn more about the papers I’m using, visit my wedding scrapbook page.