Scrapbook Layout: 10th Wedding Anniversary

10th Anniversary Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

The Story:  We celebrated a big one this year!! 1-0!

One scrapbook page for every anniversary:  We take a picture on each of our anniversaries and I turn it into a scrapbook layout and add it to the end of our wedding scrapbook.  I love how the scenery changes and we have changed over the years.

Guest book cards: As usual, I picked one “guest book card” that was signed by a wedding guest and included it on the page.  Read more about why we used guest book cards here.

More to scrapbook later: I have more pictures of our party and more thoughts that I will likely put into our 2016 scrapbook.  This page is to simply mark the year and matches all of its compadres in the Anniversary section (see below).

Previous Years:  Anniversaries 1-6, Anniversary 7, Anniversary 8, Anniversary 9.

Want to see my entire wedding scrapbook?  Check it out here.

10th Anniversary Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Garamond | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photo), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photo), DCWV Silver & Pearl Shimmer Stock, SEI White Elegance (paper) | Keepsakes Included: guest book card.

Scrapbook Layout: Ninth Wedding Anniversary

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The Story:  We celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago.  Last year in single digits!

One scrapbook page for every anniversary:  We take a picture on each of our anniversaries and I turn it into a scrapbook layout and add it to the end of our wedding scrapbook.  I love how the scenery changes and we have changed over the years.

Guest book cards: As usual, I picked one “guest book card” that was signed by a wedding guest and included it on the page.  Read more about why we used guest book cards here.

Restaurant business card:  Also as usual, I included the business card for the restaurant where we had our anniversary dinner.  I actually forgot to grab the card after dinner (there was a lot going on that night, more on that later).  Mr. P went back a few days later and got one.

Previous Years:  Anniversaries 1-6, Anniversary 7, Anniversary 8.

Want to see my entire wedding scrapbook?  Check it out here.

Anniversary Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Garamond | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photo), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos), DCWV Silver & Pearl Shimmer Stock, SEI White Elegance (paper) | Keepsakes Included: Restaurant business card, guest book card.

Scrapbook Layout: Wedding Weekend in Atlanta

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The Story: I was asked to be a bridesmaid in a very dear friend’s wedding.  Mr. P and I flew to Atlanta for a weekend’s worth of wedding activities.  It was my first time being in a wedding!  Other than my own, of course.

Three Pages, Could Have Been Six:  I originally planned one page per event in the wedding.  I went to a bridesmaids lunch, rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, the wedding, reception, after parties every night, plus seeing a bit of Atlanta.  I stepped outside of the box here and mixed everything together.  I realized that it wasn’t my wedding so I didn’t have to break it down into ever detail, nor did I have to use every piece of ephemera I saved.

Different Sizes, Black and White: I mixed photo sizes and mixed color and black and white photos.  It could have been a hot mess but actually ended up pretty cohesive looking!

Headline on Photo:  This was a new design challenge and I love the clean modern look of how it turned out.

Photos of Important Keepsakes: Remember, when you can’t put something in a scrapbook, take a picture of it.  The bride had handpainted fans made in China for the wedding guests.  She also bought each of us bridesmaids a pearl set from her friend’s shop in China (she’d take Mr. P and I to that very shop five years later).  The mother of the bride also gave each of us a handkerchief to carry with our bouquets.  Before working on the page, I put the pearls, the handkerchief, and the fan together and took a picture.

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Fonts: Nevis, Century Gothic | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos), Fancy Pants Designs/All My Heart (patterned paper)  | Ephemera Included: Wedding invitation, wedding program, rehearsal dinner invitation, transit card, boarding pass, room key, brochure.

Picture Story: Leftover Wine

Picture Story by Natalie Parker

After several hours of traveling we were finally home.

Wait.

After several months of feverish wedding planning, deciding to change jobs a month before the wedding, making all of our favors, decorations, and playlists, welcoming our family to town, having a rehearsal, getting ready, getting married, having a reception, dancing, late night hot dog run, up early the next morning, on a flight to Hawaii, checking out volcanoes, having a little beach time, taking a boat tour, going out to dinner, looking at the stars, hiking on the coast, trying to figure out where to return the rental car, back through security, back on planes, shuttle to the parking lot, in the car, Mr. P deciding at the last minute to carry me inside, we were finally home.  Exhausted.

After so much happening, it was peaceful to be home in the quiet.  Together.

We came home to find out parents had hung up leftover flowers to dry, stacked leftover wine in the garage, put leftover wedding cake in the fridge, and stacked our gifts and leftover favors nicely in the living room.  As orderly as anything could have been.

And so, on our first night of married life finally home, we popped open some leftover wine from the reception, curled up on the couch, and tucked into some KFC we picked up on the way home.

Sometimes you just need popcorn chicken.  Sometimes that’s just about perfect.

Picture Story is a new feature where I take a picture from an upcoming layout and tell its story.  Stay tuned for the layout featuring this story.  

scrapbook layout: eighth anniversary

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Another year for us has passed and it’s time for me to make a new scrapbook layout to remember the day we were married.

The Story: Every anniversary we take a picture and I make a new layout to go in the wedding scrapbook.  More on the process here.  I include the business card for where we ate dinner plus a small bit of writing about the day.

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.

Previously: See layouts for anniversaries one through six here and number seven here.

Anniversary Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

For more information on the rest of the book and supplies, visit my Wedding Scrapbook Page

Fonts: Garamond | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photo), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos), DCWV Silver & Pearl Shimmer Stock, SEI White Elegance Tiara | Keepsakes Included: Restaurant business card, guest book card.

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Scrapbook Layout: Wedding Scrapbook, 7th Anniversary Layout

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Seven years.  Feels great.

What also feels great?  Being done with the Wedding Scrapbook.  I put the page together in one evening and added it to the book.  I love having the page design already decided!

This is the same design as the rest of my anniversary scrapbook layouts.  I took our new picture and paired it with the business card from the restaurant we ate at plus another of our guest book cards.

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.

7th Anniversary Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

For more information on the rest of the book and supplies, visit my Wedding Scrapbook Page

Fonts: Garamond | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photo), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos), DCWV Silver & Pearl Shimmer Stock, SEI White Elegance Veil | Keepsakes Included: Restaurant business card, guest book card.

A Wedding with My Cell Phone

Wedding with Cell Phone by Natalie ParkerI went to a wedding recently and decided to take only my cell phone.  The truth is I didn’t want to carry a big purse for the DSLR, I wanted to carry a small clutch.

I see tons of people get great phone pictures and figured, what the hell, phone pictures it is!

The verdict?  Meh.  I got a couple of good photos but a bunch of them weren’t great quality as the phone doesn’t shoot well in low light.  Still, I don’t want to be that-person-who-isn’t-the-wedding-photographer running around to get pictures.  I also only really need/like a handful of pictures, not the jillion I’d take with a DSLR.  It makes me wonder whether I should carry a point-and-shoot to these things?

Ha, I can only imagine the look Mr. P would give me if I said I needed another camera.  I may have to carry around my old one.  Now to go see if it fits in my clutch . . .

My Sister’s Wedding Card Album

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She took a 12×12 album and glued all her cards inside.  Since she was using page protectors, she cut each card in half so both the front and the inside of each card was displayed.

After all the wedding cards, she added all the cards she got at her bridal shower.  She used a few wedding themed embellishments here and there, but the album remains very simple.  I love it!

If you’re looking for a quick awesome way to display cards from your wedding or any occasion, I think this is a great idea!

Wedding Card Album by Natalie Parker

Big Box of Wedding Stuff – Part 2

Purging Wedding KeepsakesRight before I started this wedding scrapbook, I organized and showed you the big box of stuff I’d saved from the wedding.  I’ve scrapbooked the wedding.

You know what that means.  The box’s time has come.  It was the hard part and the easy part.

On the one hand, I was itching to clear out the box because I didn’t need the stuff in it anymore.  On the other hand, I spent hours hand making a lot of crafts in that box and am attached to them.

I had to keep reminding myself of the all important rulewhat doesn’t make it into the scrapbook goes buh-bye.  The important stuff is in the scrapbook – that’s the point of the scrapbook.

A lot of what I got rid of were duplicates of things already in the book – extra favors, programs, table decorations, etc.  It was still hard but I did it!  I kept the rest of our response cards so I can make them into notecards.  I also kept extra invitation envelopes to use with other stationary.

It’s all gone.  Thrown out, recycled, reused, repurposed.  I’m really glad to see that empty box.

Scrapbooker’s Guide to Choosing a Wedding Photographer

A Scrapbooker's Guide to Choosing a Wedding Photographer, by Natalie ParkerPictured above: Mr. P and I working with our wedding photographer.  I thought it would be helpful to share my thought process in picking a wedding photographer.

Note: this posts assumes photos are important to you and your wedding.  I always tell people to think about what thing/purchase at their wedding is most important to them and splurge on that in proportion to other things.  For me it was photos.  If you are reading this, you are probably a memory keeper and photos are probably important to you too!

Get someone who can pick up the little details.  I went with someone who was good at getting people and things.  If you scrapbook, you understand how important little details and closeups help you remember and help the design of the page.  The hardest pages to lay out for me where the ones where I had tons of people photos but no detail.  My photographer got details like our centerpieces, my DIY projects, our wedding rings, closeups of hands zipping me into my dress, and much more.

Work with someone who is willing to tailor a package to your needs.  There are lots of photographers out there and you should find someone who is willing to sell you exactly what you want to buy.  Sometimes it will be a package they already have, sometimes not.  Once I decided what I wanted, I emailed photographers initially to introduce myself and find out if they were willing to customize their offering.  If they were and it was in my budget, I set up a meeting.  If not, I thanked them and moved on.

Get the photos digitally.  All of them.  I got every single photo my photographer took on a DVD.  Every single one.  This is what I meant by negotiating for what you want.  At the end of the day, I knew I was going to make my own wedding scrapbook.  I didn’t want an album with 25 pictures in it and I wanted to be able to create gifts for family using the photos.  I paid my photographer for her time and for the DVD.  Keep in mind, not ordering an album and getting a DVD instead isn’t necessarily cheaper.

What do I mean by all of the photos?  Sometimes, a “DVD of photos” in a photography package usually includes 300 or so photos that the photographer picks and touches up.  For most people, that works.  I’m not most people and I’m pretty neurotic about photos.  My photographer gave me the 300 she touched up and then another set of 1000 that were untouched.  I’m so glad I got everything.  Her work was beautiful and there were some moments that didn’t make the “cut” of 300 that I’m glad she got (like the picture of me in the mirror).

Getting a photo DVD is somewhat controversial and that is understandable.  Photographers make money off of prints and albums.  That’s why I paid my photographer heftily for our arrangement.  If a photographer isn’t okay with this, that’s totally cool and it’s perfectly okay for them to stick with what’s good for their business.  I researched a lot of photographers until I found what I needed.

Make a list.  This is good advice for scrapbookers and non-scrapbookers alike.  There are lots of important pictures to get.  Your photographer isn’t going to know who is important to you.  I made my photographer a list of every family photo we wanted to get*.  It was nice knowing at the end of the day that we didn’t forget anything.  Since I DIYed a bunch of elements for the wedding, I listed those too so she could get pictures of the final product.

Strong Communication.  In addition to the list above, be up front with your photographer about what you want.  There were some cliche shots I didn’t want but other things, such as a group photo of all wedding guests, that I wanted to make sure to get.  We planned together when the best time would be to get it.

This is what worked for me and I hope it is helpful for you!  Above all, make sure to get what you think you will need and use.  Don’t get a DVD with a thousand pictures on it if you will be perfectly happy with an album.

*I may or may not have included mug shots of each family member so the photographer could help round people up when it was their time for pictures.

Do you have any suggestions? Think I’m totally of base?  I would love to hear your tips in the comments!

A Scrapbooker's Guide to Choosing a Wedding Photographer, by Natalie Parker