December Daily - Day 20 was one of the most nerve-wracking pages I did.
Right now I"m thinking, this shouldn't be nerve-wracking. I'm scrapbooking my life. As long as I get my story down I should be good. In 5-10 or even 15 years that's all that will really matter. It won't matter if I put 1 or 50 embellishments. I'll just be happy that I have the story. I won't even care that I used a heart chipboard embellishment. I'll just love seeing the pictures and reliving the story.
So...I should stop stressing that stuff and just get it done. (I need to refer to this post in a week when I'm working on something and stupidly trying to "perfect it" or "get it right" and wasting time futzing over embellishments or paper or what-not.)
Okay so I gotta say, it was nerve-wracking because I wanted to "get it right" because it was special and meant SO much to me. I wanted it to be "perfect".
It was so special because it was Bruce and I's first Christmas living together. Our relationship is perfect to me. It's not perfect in and of itself but it's perfect for me. The love we share is something that I've been waiting for.
The layout. It's a couple of pages because I had a lot to say and a lot of pictures to show.
I'm using the Firsts and Gather story stamp kit for the First and the heart stamp above. I used an old Authentique sticker for the Christmas. (I don't believe you can buy it anymore.)
I love this picture. It's one of my favorites. It was a bit crazy in color so I turned it into a black and white. Bruce was not too happy about posing for pictures (cuz he's note a picture kinda guy) but I sweet talked him into it.
I got to play with my new remote shutter which was SWEET! My brother gave it to me for Christmas (so I didn't really take these pics on the 20th but that doesn't really matter)
Second-half of the page. Used Ali's kit again for the tab sticker "magic", the wooden-ish paper, heart & #20 (heart is actually two hearts. One red and one a black and white bokeh). Used her Gather story stamp kit for "my cup runneth over"
Another favorite picture of mine. I colorized the picture using PW's actions for Photoshop Elements. The action took out some of the crazy colors and kind of muted it a bit better which seemed more appropriate to me. We aren't wild and crazy. We are salt-of-the-earth, down-to-earth people. Crazy color just doesn't fit that.
Flipping the page not quite like flipping a pancake. Maybe I should say turning the page instead...but flipping sounds more fun and scrapbooking should be fun, so flipping it is.
Second part of Day 20
Another fun picture and embelishment. I used all Ali's Dec Daily kit for this. (I am working on using what I have instead of searching around for "the right" product. I make this work and surprisingly it's faster for me and I don't waste as much time.) How do you like to use kits?
Love this. Was waiting for the right moment to use this bokeh ampersand and add J&B with the heart chipboard sticker. I got the idea from a layout I saw but for the life of me can't find right now or I'd link it in. I didn't copy it exactly but got the idea to do J&B in there.
Right-side of the page. I couldn't decide what pictures to use so I ended up going with making my own photo strips and putting them. Then stamping in the middle because leaving that white space blank was a distraction for me. Added the journalling on the right side with a big heart (Ali Edwards digital stamp) and the writing "so in love" and printing on the pink graphic paper.
These pictures were so much fun to take and now to look at. The first strip you can so see our interaction together: 1. Bruce not happy about doing pictures. 2. Me teasing him about it. 3. Him laughing and being shy. 4. Him getting into it. I just love the procession you don't even need words to follow it.
The second strip is similar except has more of us being goofy.
I hope you enjoyed my layouts.
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Have a great day!