Tag: beginnings

#TBT – First layout in the 2013 book

When my twins were just 11 weeks old I decided to start a scrapbook to document their early days and milestones. Looking at this book now, I can see how new everything was for me, as I was just making up the pages as I was going along (I still do!).

The first “layout” (it’s not really a layout) I made in the back of the cover page, which is not something I would do now, and it doesn’t feature any photos. I did get an electronic typewriter on freecycle and used it a bit in the early pages, but I haven’t continued to use it lately (as it is more hassle to get it out than anything else. When I scrapbook I like finishing a layout in one sitting – I don’t like having too many “PHDs”* so it’s just faster to handwrite the journalling rather than getting the typewriter out)

(*PHD stands for Projects Half Done)

I hate that the double sided tape that I used on the left hand side has gone so dark over time and is showing through the paper. To be honest, the paper is super thin, almost like photocopier paper, but still, the glue should never show!

Glue showing!

The layout on the right hand side appears to have no photos, but it does! There are six or seven in total and they are all hiding inside the yellow envelope. They are the scan photos from when I was pregnant! They are way too delicate to put directly into the pages, and I really wanted to have the originals rather than photocopies, so putting them in a protective envelope was the best idea I got at the time.

The story begins here

You can see how I had not done much scrapbooking before. The pages are a bit of a mess without much cohesion. There’s stamping here and there, stickers in random places and the journalling on the right hand page seems to be in a very strange position. However, I was so proud of how the page turned out, and still to this day I love it. I love how it is the first page of the first book and it’s probably the most honest page I’ve done.

Pre-twins scrapbook pages

Before the twins were born, I made three layout pages, ever. One about my cat Tommy, one for a friend of mine with photos of his kid and one with my husband and me.
“You’re such a lazy boy”
Sadly, Tommy is no longer with us, but back on 2010 he was the king of the house. We rescued him and brought him all the way from Pembrokeshire. He had had a rough life, living off scraps and hiding in sheds. So when we brought him home, it didn’t take him very long to get used to the easy life. He used to sleep a lot (like all cats, I know – but he was extra lazy!)

Lazy Boy

Until now, all my crafting experience was with card making, however I used to see lots of scrapbooks layouts on the site of the now-defunct “two peas in a bucket” online shop. I honestly can’t remember right now if I “scraplifted” this layout or totally came up with it from scratch. One thing is true, though: I was super proud of it when I finished it!

Looking at it now, there are some things that I would have done differently; however, like everything else in life, scrapbooking is a process and you develop your own style over time.

 

“Matthew’s first summer”

Not having kids myself yet, in 2011 I made this scrapbook page which I then framed in a 12×12 memory box and gifted to my friend. I was lucky to have seen Matthew quite a lot that summer, so I had plenty of cute photos to choose from.

Matthews first summer

I really really really loved how it turned out and I was so happy to give it to my friend.

Again, I probably scraplifted the design of the layout from somewhere in the two peas in a bucket world. I wish I could remember!

 

“Walk”

My third layout ever is from 2012. I didn’t do any scrapbook pages for a whole year between the previous one and this one!

There was a local craft shop in the Chineham Shopping Centre (I forget the name now) that used to run crops and workshops. I saw that this workshop was advertised so I joined!

Walks

This is one of my most favourite photos of Jon and me. The layout was standard for everyone in the workshop. We were given all the materials and tools that were shared between everyone. The word “Walk” was done with a cricut, which back then was like a magic box for me. This was also the very first time that I used ink spray mists. I remember being very impressed at the time, however, I had completely forgotten about them until earlier this year when I bought my own set (Heidi Swapp Shine).

And after this, I won’t do any scrapbooking until 2013, when my children were born!