As I’ve mentioned before, I began scrapbooking during my senior year of high school and continued to do so during my down time for quite a few years after. Then I got lazy…I mean, it was obviously took a ton of time lugging the stuff out of my closet and get everything set up on a table. Kidding, but for some reason it just became less important to me. It was also around the time that Shutterfly became popular and I saw friends getting amazing scrapbooks made for their loved ones and how simple the process was! When my husband and I first got together I got the itch again, but I wasn’t about to be super creepy and start making one of us…I had no idea where we were going and I didn’t want to jinx it. However, I did save souvenirs of things we did together, and I’m so happy I did 🙂
I’m currently in the midst of working on a Las Vegas scrapbook from our short trip there during the summer of 2011….yes, almost three years ago 😉 This was such a fun trip and we did SO much during our time there that I wanted a documentation of it displayed. Let’s hope I get it done this year. Scrapbooking can be overwhelming, but it also forces you to practice patience and is actually quite relaxing. Here’s a sneak peak of a few pages I’ve completed thus far:
I just now noticed that Tyler isn’t in any of these pictures, but like I said- it’s not done! We have so much memorabilia from the trip that I wanted to make sure it was incorporated in the scrapbook as well.
I also loved the idea of a memory jar that had been floating around social media, and I decided to create one of my own after reading about Amanda’s experience from Running With Spoons . Everyday won’t be good, but there’s good in everyday. Throughout the year I tend to only remember the really good or bad things that have happened and the little everyday things that make life beautiful are easily forgotten. I want to look back on 2014 and remember ALL of the good that makes my life worthwhile…trying to be positive so don’t make fun, haha. Tyler obviously thought this was a marvelous idea (kidding), but I’m hoping I find a few notes from him in there at the end of the year 😉
Okay, so it kinda looks like a wedding dress, haha. I love shabby-chic, vintage, antique-looking items so this is what I was going for.
The next craft I’ve made this year is similar- a movie stub jar. I’ve saved every ticket of every movie TJ and I have seen during our 4 years together, but had no real place to put them. I also wanted it out so I could easily drop them in after we got home. I simply used scrapbook paper, ribbon, and fake flowers to create this and glued everything on with a hot-glue gun.
Other random items are thrown in there as well- live shows we’ve seen, his Chicago marathon bracelet, etc. Can you tell I’m in love with Mason jars?!
Finally, this last item I made last year for our first anniversary. This was another idea I saw on Pinterest and had to jump on board as we met, got engaged, and got married in different locations. It’s pretty standard and not what I envisioned, but I figured I could always change the frame up if need be in the future (I want to shy away from black frames, but am waiting to decorate and paint/change them out until after we get new furniture). Here is the final product:
This cost me a grand total of $15 dollars to make. The memory jar was about $12, and the movie jar was about $8. Everything was either 50% off at Hobby Lobby or I had a coupon.
Are you into crafts? If so, what kind? I may seem like a 28-year old grandma with my crafts, but wine or cocktails are typically enjoyed while in the mode 😉
Scrapbooking- yay or nay? It might be old-school for some people now 😦
Any second anniversary ideas?!