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!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Scrapbook Files: May 2017

May was a good month! I decided document a"week-in-the-life" to use my flair, and to step out of my comfort zone a little. It was hard to remember to take pictures of something memorable each day! It ended up coinciding with my first time having jury duty/being picked, so I was glad that I picked this week to look back on! Side note: jury duty isn't as terrible as everyone makes it out to be, and it was really interesting serving on a jury, so don't try and get out of it like so many people do!

The rest of the month fit into a single spread: spending time outside and my oldest friend's wedding! I ended up using a lot of my favorite Messy Box for both spreads, and I love how the two end up going together. I had been saving some of the kit (specifically, the floral pattern) for "the right time" and this finally felt like it! Does anyone else save (ahem, horde) certain items like this?

How cute is that little stamp set?

My friend did calligraphy on all the place cards: I had to save them. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Scrapbook Files: April 2017 (part 2)

Do you think I like cats?

I took full advantage of my trip to a cat cafe to get full use of my cat-themed supplies.  For you other cat lovers, the flair can be found here, and the stamp set here. My color scheme and use of embellishments is a little over-the-top compared to my usual style, but I had a lot of fun putting this together. 

I was also pretty excited to finally use the full page NYC map from an old Messy Box. As you can see above, I used little stickers to mark off places on the map where we stayed, ate, and visited.  

What would the point of going to New York be if you didn't spend the majority of your time eating? I loved being able to use my "on the menu" stamp to keep track of everywhere we ate. I actually had a lot of trouble figuring out the color scheme/which cards to use, but looking back I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Scrapbook Files: April 2017 (part 1)

Whew, it's been quite a summer for me! I was very busy with last minute wedding preparation in July and into August (I got married August 5th!) so I didn't have much time for scrapbooking let alone blogging about it!  So let's take a trip down memory lane to April, and one of my favorite spreads:

 I think it's the colors that I love about this so much. That, and I felt like a massive genius for using a full page photo with a piece of flair in the middle acting as the letter O in the title. I know, no one else have ever done that before. 

Does anyone else occasionally have layouts that they are super proud of and love to look at? Or am I just a self-involved scrapbooker?

This was my first month of scrapbooking for the Paper & Spool creative team! See everyone else's creations here

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Scrapbook Files: March 2017

Ah, March.  It seems like every year this month is very uneventful. Maybe it's because there were so many events in such a short month right before that it makes March feel extra long and boring? We did do one fun thing: a day trip to Gettysburg! It was my first time there and I enjoyed taking in the sites and the history.  

Maps are always one of my favorite things to save from trips to add to my scrapbook. As you can tell from the upper right pocket, the map of the park is what inspired the color palette for this layout: greens, tans, and the blue from the sky that day.

 Above, I was trying to add some more small details for interest and depth -- my layouts are often pretty flat.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Scrapbook Files: February 2017

I've been so wrapped up with wedding planning and family events that I got behind on my scrapbooking and blogging! In theory, I will share the next few months in quick succession.

February is always a fun month: my birthday, Valentine's Day, our anniversary, and for the past two years, track and field alumni events at my college. I took so many picture that I made a two full page spreads.  The left documents some random occurrences during the month, and I used the right side to concentrate everything we celebrated.  Pink is always appropriate in February, and I was trying to move out of my blue comfort zone.

February was all about stamping for me after buying a new stamp set from Elle's studio, and I became a very quick stamp convert.

I went back to old favorite colors on the second spread of the month, drawing inspiration from the photo of the building on the right hand side.  The first truly gorgeous day of the year.