The Story: Mr. P attended the dedication ceremony for the new pool at his high school. He played water polo and swam all throughout high school. The pool was named for his water polo coach who introduced the sport to the area and coached at the school for decades. When the ceremony was over, Mr. P and other fellow alumni played each other in the new pool with Coach refereeing.
Dates on newspapers: I always jot down the date on newspaper pieces I save. When I add them to my scrapbook, I hand write the date near the story.
On not being present: This is one of the few events I’ve scrapbooked where I wasn’t actually there. I couldn’t go to the event and relied on Mr. P’s family saving newspapers and the program. I talked with him about his history with Coach before I wrote the captions.
By the time I made this page, Coach had passed away. He was only 65 and had just retired. He was such an instrumental person in my husband’s life and his loss was really hard. I’m really glad I saved everything from this event so we can show our kids later.
Getting the Perfect Photo: I was smart this year and tried to break reminded myself how to use the tripod the night before. The best photo of us had a guy running through it on the side of the frame. I removed him by clipping out a piece from one of the other photos.
Guest Book Cards, Remembering those who have Left Us: Every year, I choose one of the messages our friends and family wrote to us on our wedding day and include it in the new layout. In the last couple of years, I’ve chosen the card from someone who has since passed away. It hasn’t been that long since our wedding day and I’m struck by how quickly people can leave us and how quickly time marches on. I’m glad I can record something from them.
The Story: Mr. P had a rare day off on Memorial Day Weekend, so we went to visit the Exploratorium, the Palace of Fine Arts, and walked over the Golden Gate Bridge. We used the pictures from this day for some of our wedding reception tables later in the year.
Inspiration:This layout by Jean Manis. I tried to layer my two pictures on the left. Really really tried. I just couldn’t get it to look right so I adapted it instead.
Big Map: I could have left out the map and made this a minimalist page. Right. Of course I was including the map!
This Layout Brought to You by Google: The picture of the apartment complex on the left is a screenshot from Google Street View. I didn’t take any pictures of it before we moved away. The map in the center is a screenshot from Google Maps. The picture on the right is my own – it shows our new patio and plants we put in.
Of Note: I love using map pins! I used a large one for the headline and a teeny tiny one on the map. I printed the text directly on my page using my wide-format printer. I added our new address at the bottom.
Hindsight: I may be several years behind in scrapbooking (hello 2005!), but hindsight is great sometimes: the text documents how we found out we got this place the same weekend we got engaged. It also documents that we lived there when we got married and Mr. P carried me over the threshold when we got home from our honeymoon. Ah, memories!
Mr. P is such a good sport and got up a few minutes early so we could take our picture before work. We’ve been married long enough that he’d rather get up early without complaint instead of risking hearing me fret for the rest of our lives how I didn’t get a good picture.
I’m so happy that I decided to start taking pictures on our first anniversary and that we’ve kept it up.
I’m loving these simple layouts that focus on the pictures.
This layout shows our visit to the new cannon platform at our Alma Mater. It’s a long story, but the platform is where the Victory Cannon fires above the stadium during football games.
I printed all the pictures the same size and then added a block of handwriting on white stock.
Our school colors are blue and gold. I added some white accents to class it up just a bit. We’re getting to the football season part of the scrapbook so there will be quite a bit of blue and gold for the next while!
This is the first layout where I’ve used Marketing Script since the wedding scrapbook. I thought I was going to be tired of it for longer, but it’s such an awesome font and looks really nice here.