Wedding Scrapbook Finished

Finished Wedding scrapbookIt’s official, I’m declaring it – the wedding scrapbook is finished!

It took me over a year to finish.  That’s a lot to think about, really.  I’m not sweating it and am actually pretty proud of myself because most weeks I only had a couple hours to devote to it and there were times like this and this where I was away for weeks.

It’s all bound together, the entire story starting with our engagement, all of the wedding planning, dress shopping, bridal showers and rehearsal.  The wedding itself is very detailed, capturing all the moments and all the keepsakes: the invitation, program, menu, favors, and more.  I documented all the places we visited on our honeymoon and finally, every wedding anniversary.

It will never actually be finished, of course.  Every year after our anniversary, I’ll add a new page with our picture, one of our guest book cards, and some thoughts.

It took me five years to start it.  I’m not upset about that at all.  Sometimes I think we beat ourselves up too much about not having time to get to a creative project.  It’s a creative project, you’re supposed to enjoy it.  It’s never too late to start something.  Don’t worry about whether it’s the right time.

Finished Wedding scrapbookI actually finished the final page late in the evening.  Wanting to bind the whole thing together so badly, I sat at the scanner for a half an hour scanning the final layouts for the blog.  Mr. P, ever the perfect husband, stayed up way past his bedtime to flip through the bound finished product.

Finished Wedding scrapbookTo see all of the pages in my wedding scrapbook, visit my wedding scrapbook page.

Wanted: Wedding Scrapbook Ideas

*UPDATE – I’ve now started my own wedding scrapbook since this post.  Click here to see the progress.*

I’m close to finishing my last college scrapbook.  The next project is scrapbooking my wedding!

I’m actually very intimidated about this.  I want to make the wedding scrapbook just. right.

Five years isn’t too late, right?  Since it’s been about five years since we got married, I figure I should get around to scrapbooking the wedding.  I’m actually fine with putting it off for this long.  I had super craft burnout after the wedding and I don’t think I would have done a good job.

So what are your ideas?  Do you have a wedding scrapbook?  A wedding album?  Both?  What would you have done if you were married a while ago and scrapbooked back then?

Some fun examples:  I’ve been combing the internets looking for some inspiration.  Here is some of what I found:

  • Elise’s Wedding Album: This is definitely an album rather than a scrapbook, but I love the clean polished look.  The colors are very vivid but she still manages to keep a lot of white space to make it look fresh.
  • Sharyn’s Wedding Scrapbook:  This is a scrapbook done in black, white and red.  Definitely striking!  What I like here is that she included her invitation and other tangibles.  That’s definitely on my list to do.
  • Kelley’s Wedding Scrapbook: I love how Kelly included her proposal and everything leading up to her wedding in the scrapbook.
  • Natalie’s Wedding Scrapbook*:  Did you know that there’s another Natalie who also blogs about scrapbooking, got married the same month and year that I did and is working on her wedding scrapbook this year?  Her scrapbook is gorgeous and is the closest thing I’ve seen to what I want to do.

My plan so far.  I know I want the scrapbook to be all-encompassing of my wedding adventure.  It will have different sections for our wedding, engagement and planning, rehearsal, bachelor(ette) parties, bridal shower, honeymoon and anniversaries.  I could have a scrapbook that’s just the wedding, but then what would I do with the other pieces?  Our honeymoon wouldn’t fit well in another scrapbook.

I’m looking forward to hearing your ideas!

Photo Credit: photo from my wedding by Katherine Bettis Photography.

*Updated September 22, 2011 – I published this post back in April and quite a few of you are checking out the lovey ladies I listed above and their wedding albums.  Natalie finished her album a little bit ago and I wanted to link to it here to make sure you see it!