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!
How about an all keepsakes, zero photo page? Pretty neat, huh?
I’m not that talented. I actually made this page on scrapbook autopilot and didn’t realize that it was zero photos and all keepsakes until I started writing this post. Sometimes I surprise myself.
The keepsakes make it difficult to get any real unifying color or design. It’s basically a loose collage. I just moved stuff around the page until the pieces fit together like a puzzle.
The colors of the cardstocks I used are pulled from the patterned paper. It still kinda looks like the color is going all over the place, but I like it.
Really? No pictures from a weekend trip? I know. This trip was very very last minute and was after a very busy time at work so we relaxed and I didn’t take any pictures (this was before real camera phones, you know).
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.
This is a pretty simple layout showing a lot of photos. I went with this design for a couple of reasons.
First, I wanted the room key to work in the layout instead of being an afterthought.
Second, the pictures aren’t that great. I took just a few and they weren’t my best. I didn’t feel like I needed to make them big and showcase them. I wanted them to seem fun.
I downloaded the swirly lines from the Silhouette Online Store, I felt like the page needed a little something! The headlines are also, of course, as always, not sure why I have to note this, cut with the Silhouette.
I’m having a pretty good time exploring a new non-wedding style!