This is another layout that I started planning while I was pregnant with my daughter. In the months/weeks before we had her, I knew that I needed to take notes about many of the things that we’d done “before kids” so that they wouldn’t be forgotten. I went so far as to write out journaling and sketch out layouts (including planning photo sizes and printing them!) for the stories I wanted to add to my albums. I didn’t know when I was going to get back to those stories to scrapbook them “properly.”
In 2011, my husband attended a collaboration meeting for the research project to which he contributed as a postdoc, and he went by himself. Ever the scrapbook-y wife, I requested that he take photos for me! He complied, and did even better! He saved me not one, but two city maps, as well as his nametag and lanyard. When he got home and told me about the things he’d done while in TX, I took notes on one copy of the map.
my original plan for the Austin, TX layout, as “designed” on June 15, 2011.
Originally, I planned to use the whole map in a landscape orientation. When I was planning the page, I even took a photo to show how I intended everything to look! But when I pulled out these photos for this week’s challenge at Shimelle’s blog, I realized that it would drive me crazy to have the map on its side.
I hemmed and hawed, and finally chopped off a portion of the map so that it would be oriented vertically on the page. I pulled out a patterned paper pad of Pink Paislee paper (“Pen Pals”) that I’d purchased more recently (I don’t buy that many scrapbook supplies! This is something that hopefully will change in the near future) on a great sale because I loved the color palette and patterns but that I’d never yet used in my scrapbook projects. This is my “new” product. I combined it with embellishments that seem to have been in my stash forever (the little bat sticker from a Little Yellow Bicycle Halloween collection; round epoxy stickers from a MAMBI scrapbook kit given to me years ago; the brads that I used as map markers, which were Christmassy, but I have no idea where they are from; and a very old sheet of dark red patterned paper to mat the map) to satisfy the “old” product criterion.
please note that in “real life”, the background patterned paper is nice and straight. The map *is* tilted on an angle, and so is the bottom dark blue chevron strip and the red/pink patterned layer. I have to work on my skills at photographing 2-page layouts from above. It’s tricky!
This was an interesting challenge for me, since to many people, everything in my stash is probably “old!” Haha.
In order to add the journaling, I cornered Husband and had him tell me everything he remembered. I think I must have intended to make this page sooner or later, because I hadn’t written anything down in 2011. Thankfully Husband has a good memory (and was able to look a few things up), and so I basically took dictation of what he told me! The page is in my handwriting, but it is his words. The journaling card is from the Jade edition Project Life kit, and the labels by each set of photos are modified from a Silhouette store label set I’ve had forever (and love).
When I finished the layout and showed him, Husband admired it, but I thought the highest praise was when he said to me: “I’m touched that you scrapbook memories that aren’t even your own!”