Sunday, April 29, 2018

Scrapbook Files: September 2017

Scrapbooking blogging fail: I didn't realize how long it's been since I last posted! My biggest problem now is that I'm caught up with all the photos I have on my computer, so I have to have a scrapbook backlog photo shoot soon.  

We did a lot in September, but I failed to adequately take pictures, so it was an easy one-month layout. I'd been hoarding an apple print 4x6 from an old Messy Box kit for several months just so I could use it alongside apple picking photos.  I failed to make a full layout out of that apple picking trip, but the card still worked well in this spread! The rest are mostly digital cards I got as a free download from Studio Calico. It was my first time using digital cards and it took quite a while to make sure they printed in the right size, but I was satisfied in the end and I've purchased some digital cards since! 

If you're thinking about delving into digital cards, here's my two cents:

  • Reusability. If you like the card set, you don't have to worry about using it up! You can reprint again and again.
  • Repeatability. See above, but in this case I mean you can use the same card as many times as you'd like in a single layout/page.
  • Worry-free.  Mess up your journaling or stamping, etc.? Just print it and try it again!
  • Quality.  This probably depends on your printer (I have a Canon MG7720) but even at the highest quality print setting it didn't old up to the look or feeling of physical cards I've purchased. The colors aren't as vibrant and the lines and writing aren't as sharp. 

My pros clearly outweigh the cons and I'm an official digital card user.  If you're thinking about it, see if you can get a free download to test out.  

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Scrapbook Files: August 2017

I only had a couple photos to work with for the second half of August 2017, but I knew I needed to stretch it to a full spread to fulfill my goal of maintaining double page spreads. The first part of August was my wedding(!) which you can view here

Luckily, all the photos were easy to link together into a cohesive layout: they all revolved around views/the sky. I stretched one photo over an entire page by sectioning it into six square photos, setting it off using navy on the top and spotted paper on the bottom.  No embellishments on that page; I wanted to let the view of Philadelphia shine (it comes across with a lot more detail in person). 

The moon card from the last Messy Box subscription worked perfectly with the solar eclipse. I was also pleased with how well the moon image fit in with my color scheme! It's from an old Studio Calico kit that I snagged in a grab bag sale. 

Fun fact, it took two of us at work to get the picture of the eclipse: one person held a phone and a pair of eclipse glasses over the lens while I hit the button to take the picture. Complicated, but I'm glad I have a photo from the day! 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Scrapbook Files: Bachelorette Party

Is there anything better than designing a page around pizza?

I spent my July bachelorette weekend in Boston. It happened to fall on the same weekend as the inaugural Boston Pizza Festival, and since pizza is on my favorite foods we of course included it in our festivities. 

I was very excited when I sat down to scrapbook the trip and realized I could use the pizza transparency I'd been hoarding.  

I used a warm color scheme to play off the color of the brick in the photos (and the delicious colors of pizza). I'm also going to pretend that I used those 3x3 cards sectioned into triangles to play off the shape of pizza, but I honestly only just noticed.  

This layout makes me so happy. It's a combination of the memories of the event and that I'm just really proud of how it turned out. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Scrapbook Files: Game of Thrones

In June, me, Brian, and some friends won Game of Thrones themed quizzo at our local bar. And we didn't just win pride and bragging rights; we won tickets to a beer event at the nearby Eastern State Penitentiary (an out-of-use prison with high stone walls that is a close stand in for Winterfell).  I don't really drink beer, but I still had a ton of fun, because who doesn't want a chance to sit on the Iron Throne? I felt a little like Ben in Parks and Rec.

This layout came together really quickly. I don't usually use so many neutrals, but it felt right for the theme of that night: neutrals, wood, metallics. The only thing I wasn't able to capture well was how creepy it was at points, with "mist" swirling everywhere and lots of moody lighting.  The picture on the very top left was us with the Night King.  It's hard to tell from these photos-of-photos, but I did want to get close to him to take that picture, he looked so realistic

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Scrapbook Files: Our Wedding

I'm skipping forward a couple of months to share the way I documented my favorite day of 2017! I ended up deciding to just use photographs that our guests took to make a more cohesive feel, and because they were able to capture some of my favorite small, goofy moments that our amazing photographers couldn't. If anyone is wondering, I think I'm going to put a photobook together with the professional photos.  

I was, unsurprisingly, really inspired by all the pictures from our wedding day and had a blast putting this together.  I finally put to use the bulk of one of my favorite Messy Box subscriptions that I had been hoarding for several months.

 One of my absolute favorite photos from the day is the one on the right, above: us eating chips in the hotel lobby after the reception.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Scrapbook Files: Date Night and Baseball

Ah, summer! Now that the heat is on and the leaves are falling, it's fun to look back on the hottest time of the year.  I can never decide if I prefer drinking inside by the fire, or outside in the sun!

I keep trying to push my scrapbooking comfort zone over the past couple of months (mostly because  my Messy Box subscription ended and I want to use my current supplies before I start a new one).I tend to stay away from oranges with clothing, towels, sheets, you name it.  But here, I knew I had to take advantage of the orange stripe on the journaling card on the top left and use some of the orangey cards that I've had laying around. It paid off, and I love the final look!

What colors do you tend to shy away from?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Scrapbook Files: Bridal Shower!

For some reason, this was a really tough layout for me. I think I tend to put more pressure on myself to create amazing spreads for important events -- this is going to be the only time I document my own bridal shower! I was having so much trouble figuring out a color palette until I decided to focus it around the blue stripped card on the left side. It also helped once I decided to go all out on the marriage/engagement idea with "oui" paper and a diamond motif.  

It's easy to see where I got my paper skills from... did you notice that my mom made a perfect replica of the banner from my invitation to use as a decoration? So cute!