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.
I sat with this layout for a long time trying to get it right.
Most of the items on the layout itself were fine, I was just struggling with the headline. Normally, I would have cut a simple headline out of one font and glued it down horizontally above the program.
Inspired by type that looks cool and awesome from other scrapbookers and on Pinterest, I decided to try something new.
And I tried and tried and tried and tried to get it to look right. It took quite a while.
Finally, I found the fonts and figured it out. I love how it turned out!
One key thing I learned here is that if something doesn’t seem quite right, I shouldn’t rush things. The better idea will come to me eventually and I just need to be patient. It’s hard sometimes when I want to just get a page finished.
I put together bits and pieces from our birthdays in this layout. I didn’t have much for each birthday to get it’s own page. This is an example of my first rule of scrapbooking winning out: I had these keepsakes and wanted to capture the memory, so I needed to come up with a creative way to do it.
Now I’m realizing that for many subsequent years, I didn’t collect any birthday bits at all. Funny how that works.
I put together the baseball stuff from Mr. P’s birthday and the card that came with the flowers I got.
I experimented with using negative space and cut little squares showing each of our ages and then added a headline.
Now that the title page and intro page for this scrapbook are out of the way, where do we begin?
At the beginning, of course.
For us, that meant moving in together and starting our lives together.
The two items on the left are the front and back of our change of address postcard.
The top right photo is our apartment complex. I was so on top of things even back then that I took a picture of our first place, right? Wrong. It’s a screenshot from Google Street View. I found our place using Google Maps, made the window very very big, then took a screenshot. The resolution will be fine as long as the printed photo isn’t very large.