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

Deleting My Wedding Pictures

Deleting wedding picturesI got your attention with that headline, didn’t I?

I’m talking about some of my wedding pictures, not all of my wedding pictures.

Now that I’m done with my wedding scrapbook, I’m itching to get some hard drive space back.  You see, my wedding pictures took up around 7 gigs of space.

Let’s get this straight:  I still have the master DVD of all wedding pictures from my photographer.  That is in safe storage.  I figure by the time the DVD goes bad I probably won’t be that attached to 7 gigs of pictures.

I don’t need every single wedding picture on my hard drive.  I have every single picture my photographer took.  That means I have six different versions of the same wedding party picture.  Four versions of a large family picture.  You get the idea.

I went through all the pictures, kept the best version of everything and deleted the extras.  I took it down to just over 2 gigs.  Those 2 gigs I’m keeping on my hard drive, my external hard drive, and backed up on SmugMug.

How did I end up with that many wedding pictures to begin with?  I’ll be sharing that and other thoughts about wedding photographers later on in the week.

Scrapbook Layout: Wedding Scrapbook, Anniversary Pages

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Well, we’re here!  This is it!

One page for each anniversary.  Seems simple enough?  You bet.  The design will be the same every year, with a slight variation depending on what side of the page it’s on.

I only stressed about the design a tiny bit (yeah, right).  Picking a design I’ll use for all the years of our marriage caused me no stress at all.

What’s on Each Anniversary Scrapbook Page

5×7 Anniversary Photo: We take a photo each year on our anniversary (way back on our first I had us take a photo and had no idea what I would use it for).  The photo is always vertical and is taken either at home or where we happen to be if we are traveling.

A guest book card: I pick one of the guest book cards and add it to the page.  I like how putting them here makes them individually important and I like reading wishes for our future next to our anniversaries.  When I run out of those, I’m going to start using cards we got with wedding gifts.

Business Card from Restaurant: I collect a business card for the restaurant where we ate dinner that night.  Sometimes they’re easy to get on the host stand, sometimes I have to ask for them.  Mr. P is a pro and will remind me if I forget.

Notes: I write the year and pen a few thoughts about the day or where we were.

Patterned paper borders: I use leftover patterned paper from the wedding scrapbook to frame each page.

Anniversary number cut with Silhouette: This goes on the bottom corner of the page and is Garamond in italic.  I admit, I didn’t think this through very well.  I don’t think “twenty-seven” and other long numbers are going to fit on the page at that font size.  I can’t go smaller because italic serifed fonts are very difficult to cut out on the Silhouette.  I might switch to numerals at our 10th.

So that’s it, kinda.  Each year after our anniversary I’ll post the new layout here before I add it to the album!  I’m so excited to be able to revisit this project every year and see how we have changed.

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To see all the pages of my wedding scrapbook so far and to learn more about the papers I’m using, visit my wedding scrapbook page.

Wedding Guest Book Cards

Guest Book Cards by Almost Never Clever

Let’s take a moment and go back to my wedding.

We did not have a guestbook.  We had “guest book cards.”  These were little rectangles of white cardstock that our guests signed and dropped in a vase.

Mr. P actually rounded all of the corners of these cards himself (if you look at my Engagement Scrapbook Division page, there is a picture of him with the corner rounder).  I ordered a custom “P” stamp using the Freebooter Script font that I used for all my wedding stuff.

Why not a guestbook?  I always knew, way back then, that I was going to have a wedding scrapbook.  I thought having a guestbook separate from the scrapbook was impractical.

So, I had everyone sign these little cards and they sat in a box with my wedding stuff for years.  I had no idea how they were fitting in the scrapbook.  Should I put several on a page?  Maybe, but I felt that grouping them together would take away from the special nature of each message.

As usual, the idea presented itself to me when I was working on other projects and by the time I got to the anniversary section of my scrapbook, I knew exactly what I was going to do.

Stay tuned!

Update: See how I used these in my wedding scrapbook here.

Scrapbook Layout: Wedding Scrapbook, Anniversaries Division Page

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This page is the exact same design as the three other division pages (Engagement, Wedding, Honeymoon).

It was a real challenge to find the pictures.  I’m using pictures of us from our anniversaries in this section and I didn’t want to repeat them here.  I went through my entire photo collection and found some cute pictures that were “us.”  The “Happily Ever After” comes from a wall at Disney’s California Adventure.  Another is a dessert from our sixth anniversary, the black and white one is from the photobooth at my little sister’s wedding, and I even snuck one in there from our wedding.

After that, putting this together was a snap!

Wedding Scrapbook Division Pages by Almost Never Clever

All together now!

Wedding Scrapbook Division Pages by Almost Never CleverTo see all the pages of my wedding scrapbook so far and to learn more about the papers I’m using, visit my wedding scrapbook page.

Scrapbook Layout: Wedding Scrapbook, Kauai Layout

Kauai Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverKauai Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverKauai Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverKauai Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverKauai Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverWhat’s this?  Is this the last honeymoon layout?  It is!

This is a mishmash of stuff from our time on Kauai that I wanted to remember – things that weren’t big enough to get their own layout.

If you notice, the business cards dictate the size of everything else.  I had two business cards from restaurants with very special meals.  I printed the pictures the same size.  At the bottom, I cut up the receipt for our snorkeling gear rental to also be the same size.  This is the same technique I used for the first page of the honeymoon scrapbook – cut everything to fit the size of a keepsake.

In one of the rectangles, I added text that says what each photo or thing on the layout is.  I keep the colors to blue, turquoise and silver.

Notice the waterfall in the second picture?  This is the page I was working on when I realized I didn’t remember the name of the waterfall, hence the Google Search by Image!

It’s a simple ending for a great trip.  I’m so glad I finally have our honeymoon “in print.”

Kauai Honeymoon Scrapbook Layout by Almost Never CleverTo see all the pages of my wedding scrapbook so far and to learn more about the papers I’m using, visit my wedding scrapbook page