I love our wedding album. It’s actually more of a vacation/wedding/honeymoon album, but its perfect. The pictures and spreads here are going to be some of my favorite parts from the beginning of the album. Most of the pictures are in chronological order, and if they are not its because they fit best with another group (like all of the pictures of our hotel room – most were taken at the end of the trip, but they just fit better near the start of our stay). And like I have said before about my Project Life albums that I am working on from the past, I am not so concerned with “in order” and more concerned with “in the album and done” than anything. But with this I wanted to spend a little bit more time with journaling and adding embellishments than I did with the end of 2012 because well, this album is more important to me. On to the spreads! On October 9th, 2012, we flew to Denver and stayed a night in a cheap hotel about 40 minutes from the airport. We had both had a long day (I worked from 7:00am-4:00pm that day and still had to get home to pack before our flight at 7:30pm) so we picked up a pizza on our way to the hotel and tucked in for the night. The big page protector divider thing has a sky blue acrylic on it (its my favor method for jazzing up the dividers). The die cute white Colorado and the green highway 70 sign is are both from a little scrapbooking store I found in Breckenridge. I included pictures from the airport and then pictures from our first full day in this spread with a little journaling and an October flair button from Ormolu. The next day we woke up, packed up our tiny rental care and hit the road to the Garden of the Gods. There are actually quite a few more pages dedicated to Garden of the Gods, but there are just a bunch of 4×6 pictures of the rock formations, and truly the pictures do not do them justice (and neither would my picture of pictures). For each of the “big” things that we did I included a divider, covered in silver acrylic pant with the name of the place in white maple thickers (my favorite ever – I used 4 or 5 packs just to complete this album and I buy them whenever I am at the good old HL). I cut off the top tab on all of the divider except for the wedding one, which you’ll see in a few pictures. I included any maps we were given into each of the spreads. Also any wood veneers that you see through out this album are from Freckled Fawn. After Garden of the Gods, we drove past Pikes Peak, it takes quite a bit of time to drive up and down the mountain, we didn’t want to pay to take the train, someone is afraid of heights, and we really wanted to get to Breck. The brown die cut Breckenridge is from that same scrap shop where I found the other die cuts at the beginning of the album. I then included two of the post cards we bought in Breck in a 5×7 page protector, the check in information from out hotel (The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge), and the local bus system map. The opening spread has pictures of the outside of the hotel, it was a gorgeous cabin type hotel, very rustic and exactly what we wanted. I then included some instax and a picture of our favorite morning spot, the giant table checkers near a fire place in the lobby of the hotel. The rest of the pictures are from our hotel room and the lobby. There are 2 more spread of only pictures behind this. We had originally booked a forest view king for the cheaper price and with any type of vacation we thought, how much time would we really be spending in the room? When we arrived at the hotel we went up to our room which was located inside of the main building and we were definitely underwhelmed. Our room looked out into the parking lot and was just the bed, t.v., and the bathroom, and barely any kind of light. It was nice of course but unimpressive. We went back downstairs and started to load in our stuff and as we walked by the receptionist we asked how much it would cost to upgrade, it wasn’t much and we said we would take it. I was struggling to hold my giant Davids Bridal dress bag and she asked us if we were getting married and we explained that yes, we were eloping. She upgraded us to a Mountain View King suite (with no charge – there were hugs and tears). We were ecstatic, and the view was absolutely breathtaking, one of the best decisions of the trip. Obvoiusly my favorite part of the album. The wedding. I took all of the pictures that day on my canon t3i with a tripod and a clicker. We were eloping to save money and spending $1000+ for a photographer just did not make sense. For this part I added another divider with white acrylic paint and silver glitter thickers. I messed up the bottom of the divider (its fixed now though). The white maple thickers appear here again and I included my favorite pictures from the beginning of the day here. The kraft card stock was stamped with a Paper Source heart stamp with versamark water mark ink and a Kelly Purkey October stamp (which is now sold out) in the brilliance white ink I talked about in this post. The picture in the top right was what we used for our announcements – I made the banner that we’re holding and it says “Mr. and Mrs.” on it. I also included a screen shot from my Iphone of when we changed our facebook status to married (it was adorable and fun to do it together – we truly eloped, only a hand full of people knew, it all came together so very quickly after we had spoken to both of our families that we did not have time to call everyone, so it was nice to be able to share with everyone our news quickly through social media).
Next week I will share the last spread from our wedding and the rest of my favorite spreads from the trip, which I just finished most of last night. Our trip took up an entire White Project Life album (which I snagged on clearance right before they sold out) and we were only there for a week!
*I loved using PL for this special occasion. It was easy to put almost every single picture we took into this album. I couldn’t imagine doing a wedding, vacation/honeymoon, and iphone album – trying to figure out what pictures to put where – and really, it just never would have happened. The pictures would have lived and died on my hard drive. So again, thank you Becky for this wonderful system!!
I pushed through that last 3 months of 2012 because I needed to to check it off my list. I printed off all of the pictures from post Colorado to New Years Eve and put them vaguely in order and them into the pockets the pictures went. There are no embellishments, no stamps, no stickers. And I don’t care! I am so happy to have this done! The only thing I did do was back some of the pictures with extra patterned paper I had laying around. These pictures were the first set that I used the new Canon Printer and I tried to print my 3×4 at 2.9×3.9 (for the old Project Life protectors I was using) and for some reason some of the pictures printed properly and overs were much too big or much too small. So I used the paper to back those pictures to make the layout full and so you couldn’t see the the other pictures through the pockets. If that makes sense? That part drives me crazy, when the pictures do not line up, so this was my solution for that. I have used a few times in 2013 already and it just makes me happy. On to the pictures!
These were the last 2 weeks before we left for Colorado and I was so overwhelmed with work and life in general that I actually did this to soothe my need to stay up with Project Life before we left. I was going to post this back then but I had added some Thickers that I did not like and finally ripped them off the other night. I added in the dates because I thought that I would be able to just pick right up where I left off. The kraft circles with the heart and ring stamps are heat embossed with metallic silver powder.The pictures are on the right are from Thanksgiving (the pictures of Steve and I posing together), my burnt hand, FaceTime with my Grandpa, and the Domo in my purse (I quit my job the Monday after Thanksgiving). The middle shows an example of how I backed the pictures with patterned paper. Then the pictures on the left are from our Colorado trip (October 2012) The bottom 4 pictures are my favorites from Colorado. These pictures are out of order and I am okay with it because the pictures will evoke the memories that I love so much in the years to come, and I don’t think I will mind that its out of order then, either. And that’s it! The last 2 layouts are actually in order Christmas and then New Years on the last page to round out the year nicely. I may go back and add some journaling, I may not. But for now, I have crossed this off the list!
Oh Project Life. I am so glad that I am able to keep plugging away at this project, even when I don’t have that many pictures to share. Lots of private stuff this week on the right (it will be shared over the next week though!). There is a small insert this week with sequins in the center pocket to celebrate me opening my Etsy shop. This week and the 2 weeks that I will share next Sunday are simple. I have a lot going on personally and professionally and while I wish I could put an entire day into PL as I was able to do over the summer, it has just not been in the cards lately. Once Steve and I get back from Colorado and take a week or 2 to settle back into our normal routines I know that I will have more time to dedicate to this project. I am usually not one to half ass things, no matter how tired or sick of something I am, I give it my all. With PL it is nice that I can give myself that leeway to not put as much into it when life is busy and not really picture worthy. I know that I will look back on these “lite” weeks and remember the excitement of working my ass off to prepare for our trip and the craziness of work finally picking up at the same time and being part of a small business that is finally taking off (no matter how stressed out I am).And with that, another easy week, done, and into the book. Thank you for stopping by!
This week was the epic 50 hour work week, broken down car, super stressed out, week. Not many pictures were taken so I was able to work some of the new stamps I have into the layout. I’m learning that I love a good chevron pattern, whether it be paper, stamp, or fabric. This stamp and this stamp are featured in the 3×4 slots on the last page of the layout. I love them both. This was also the week that we spent 4 hours trying to locate the owner of “Fluffy” (who was an ungrateful brat, by the way) after I had worked that super long week. I added some patterned paper to the back of the insert (I am hoarding so much paper!) and with the lack of pictures it was a good opportunity to get rid of some of it. And yes, that is a sloth in the bottom right hand corner (it was part of my work week, strange, I know). Another easy week, done, and in the book. You can’t really tell from the pictures but my second cobalt binder finally arrived from Amazon and this layout, along with the rest of Year Four are resting comfortable inside of it. This is the longest I have stuck with a project of this sort and I am proud of myself.
I also love the sense of community that comes along with doing Project Life and keeping up with everyone’s updates each week. Its nice to be able to scrapbook without children filling up the pages, and its nice to see other people doing the same. I love that each page doesn’t have to tell a specific story. Traditional scrapbooking and I never really jived in that sense. Every page had to tell of an event or something monumental (in my mind) and Project Life is exactly opposite and I love it. It makes each week, note worthy, not just the big events. With being so far away from family and friends sometimes it feels like we aren’t doing anything so “monumental” here in Texas and its nice to have something to anchor to, to look back on and remember what we did each week.
As always thank you for following along! Happy Sunday!
This is going to be the first page of the new binder once it arrives from Amazon. Kraft paper is probably my favorite paper other than chevron paper. I finally found a pack that I could use at Hobby Lobby that I liked and went to town with the Paper Source stamps that I had bought last week. I realize that there is not a picture of Steve here but the entire page is about us. S’s and chevron stamp – pretty self explanatory, and done with Versamark Watermark pad.. The “You’re Invited” is American Crafts Metallic Heat Embossing powder and some glitter tape that I had bought from Micheal’s and I can’t quite remember the brand. The rings are American Crafts Opaque Leaf Embossing powder. The pictures in the middle all have to do with a pretty important event that is going to be on going over the next 6-8 months.
Phew! August didn’t really get the weekly “dedication” that other months have but it still got a lot of face time so to speak. This is the bulk of the month, mostly laid out in 3 4×6 inserts (18 pictures!), 1 entire coin pocket page (42 tiny instagrams!), the juice blog post (because honestly that’s the only substantial thing I did in internet land during August) and then the book end pages. TONS of pictures. Not much else and I like it. This is the last part of August so-to-speak. Because I did August all at once It was more about making the photos fit rather than getting them in order. I date stamped the weeks of August through out the layouts on images that I knew landed during those weeks. These last 2 pages sum up 2 of the projects I worked on, the rug/card I made for Daniel and Kate as their wedding gift. Full tutorial can be found on A Beautiful Mess. I actually made theirs a bit smaller than what the tute calls for but it turned out wonderfully. I can’t want to make rugs for our own place, one day far in the future. Then during August I taught myself how to make pancakes from scratch. So very yummy. I followed this recipe. The last page was scrap paper from Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook (seriously, love this paper!) When I cut down the 6×6 pages from the little book, I have been saving the 2×6 pieces and then stapling 2 coordinating pieces together and using them as “filler”. That’s the pink/black chevron 4×6 at the bottom of the last page. The 3×4 parts of the last page are funny things Siri says to me (I bought an Iphone 4s in August), some journaling (which looking at the picture – I apparently did not finish? weird!). The last 2 images were kind of left over filler images – Steve playing the coveted 339 and then a picture of our closet, I really like that space for some reason – I have been spending a ton of time in there. I actually set up my stamping station in there for now – the dresser is flat and can be cleaned off easily for a enough space to do the stamping/embossing I have been crazy about lately. Seriously, if you are a stamper and don’t have a heat embosser or powder – it is completely worth the purchase. The powder seems expensive ($4.99 at Hobby Lobby) but I use my weekly 40% off to get it for about $2.99 and it seriously last. I am addicted. Elise from Elise Joy did a really nice post explaining her thoughts on stamping in general and a big portion on heat embossing.
Thanks for stopping by! And as always you can click on the images to see them better. Also if for those of you keeping score – I skipped quite a few weeks in PL but most of what I skipped was from my trip home, which you all saw here anyway. Happy Sunday!