Mar

4

2013

layouts, old-school style | digital scrapbooking

Can you stand it if I share some old layouts here? Not because I think they are so fabulous that they need re-publishing (well, I may secretly believe that) but because I am just so happy to have them and want to preserve them in any form I can. That includes this Blog. :)

I recently lost an external hard drive so still having these old pages from 2007 & 2008 is really important to me. My kids love looking through layouts of themselves and these older ones are going to be such a treat when I finally show them in print.

Something I’ve come to realize in my years as a scrapbooker: no picture is too silly or too small to preserve (as proven by my Twilight page posted below. Oh yes. I really did). We think we’ll remember things for years to come but the truth is, we won’t. My mother always called me the elephant (due to my memory, not my size, thankyouverymuch) and even I don’t remember certain details of my kids’ childhoods. Ask me what I wore on the first day of my own Kindergarten? A plaid skirt and blue tie. True story. Ask me specifically when my kids started eating cereal? No clue. Enter the scrapbook albums.  When I popped in these old discs to order my layouts, I was giddy over the fact that I had scrapped Emily’s first day of Kindergarten, Andrew as pre-school Student of the Week, Grace’s love for chocolate chip pancakes as a baby… What treasures!

If you ever have any questions about digital scrapbooking, I am happy to try & help. I am all for turning every single one of you into a scrapbooker if you’re not already. ;) You can e-mail me your questions HERE. Just a warning though. I am awful at returning e-mails in a timely fashion so if you do contact me, give me two months a bit to get back to you.

Here are some treasures (well, to my family at least) from 2007 & 2008. I still have four more DVDs and an EHD to dig through for my next order!

Here’s a fun, albeit random, shot of our front door. I am pretty sure I did this for a challenge at the time.

LA1 layouts, old school style | digital scrapbooking

Emily’s bob! She was 4 1/2 and kept this style for a few years. It looked so cute on her and really helped her hair grow in full & thick.

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Emily’s first manicure! I remember thinking how I hated the color of the nail salon’s wall. ha! It forced me to make this page a little more muted than I would normally choose.

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One of the times Andrew was Student of the Week in preschool. Very excited to have this page as we were recently talking about their SotW buckets and we couldn’t remember what we had put in there.

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Andrew starts pre-school. I still see so much baby face in that bottom-right shot.

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I just loved this shot back in the day and I still do now. The kids were cracking up when I showed them. This was their twin phase. Everywhere I went, people asked if they were twins. This lasted a good 18 or so months.

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This was the very first time we BOOed anyone for Halloween, a tradition that still lives on.

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I honestly had no recollection that Andrew called marshmallows “marshfellows”. See? The power of a scrapbook page.

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I remember creating this and thinking I was the cat’s meow. ;) I loved this design and how it showed the progress of Emily’s sunflower seed. She got it in the Spring of pre-school.

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We were cracking up at Andrew’s face in the bottom-right photo. I think he thought the plastic hat made him a real fireman. ;)

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When I created this, I thought “I just created a hot pink page for my son… and got away with it!” We LOVED these photos in 2007 and we still love them today. This was our first family trip to Disney (BG -or- Before Grace) and Andrew went to breakfast dressed as Mickey Mouse. Sleeping Beauty fell in love with this cute tuxedo-ed lad.

LA2 layouts, old school style | digital scrapbooking

I have no memory of creating this page. None. But it’s pretty cool. 7 random things from 2007 and look, it’s the year we got our Christmas elf! #6 is a picture from the day we picked Sadie out. :)

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A bedtime tradition I had forgotten about until stumbling on this layout.

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I loved the whole process when it came to creating this Disney layout. This book cover was quite popular in late-2007 and I remember loving this cluttered, paper look.

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I’m not gonna lie. I gave myself a little pat on the back when I noticed Andrew’s balloon popping off the page. C’mon – that’s fun! This was the kids first time at the dentist and IT. COST. ME. A. FORTUNE! It took another 2 or so years before I ditched this pediatric office and went to a family office in town. Much better. :)

lay1 layouts, old school style | digital scrapbooking

I just really liked the purple shade of this page. I hate purple yet I always love it after the fact. This was Emily’s St. Jude’s Trike-A-Thon from pre-school. She hadn’t yet learned how to ride any type of bike, hence the Big Wheels. Grace just had her Trike-A-Thon this Fall. You know what they say about time flying…

l16 layouts, old school style | digital scrapbooking

I tried to keep these in chronological order as best I could but eh, some are out of order. I’m already pregnant with Grace here. This was just a silly, random page that I’m happy to have. I beat Vin in mini golf upstate. This obviously required photographic evidence for the record books. Nope, I’m not competitive at all…

lay2 layouts, old school style | digital scrapbooking

I really love this picture especially because I had no idea I was pregnant with Grace here! I found out the very following day.

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This was the layout I posted online to announce my 3rd pregnancy.

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I loved, loved, loved this page after I created it. Still had no idea if I was carrying a boy or a girl…

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5 weeks away from finding out and one of the last times I’d ever use neutral yellow and green on a baby page.

lay11 layouts, old school style | digital scrapbooking

I took lots of belly pictures with Grace since I sadly, don’t have many with my other kids. I loved working on the flower placement here. This was the first time I felt Grace move!

lay6 layouts, old school style | digital scrapbooking

I just loved these colors. 18 weeks down…

lay8 layouts, old school style | digital scrapbooking

Ha! The kids could not believe this was my belly when I showed them! My parents and I took Emily and Andrew to some little fair and when we got home, the skies opened and it was black outside. I remember playing with my camera and taking some self belly shots. This was taken in my girls’ bedroom mirror. I still have that camera strap. ;)

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And, she’s here! The classic ring on the toes shot.

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Grace was not happy to see herself crying in this first bath layout. Fun side note: that little plastic container I am using to pour water on Grace that came with her baby tub? 4 1/2 years later, it still sits in my dish drain. We use it to fill our Keurig. =D  It was only recently that Vin found out it didn’t actually come with the coffee maker, but his daughter’s baby bath.

l14 layouts, old school style | digital scrapbooking

LOL! Grace ended up being the happiest little thing (all 3 of mine were – I was very lucky!) And being she was the 3rd, I’m sure I was all “Whatever kid” at this exact moment during the screaming. lol You’ve gotta blend and go with the flow here!

p.s. I used to LOVE those cute Trumpette socks on Grace. I saved a little box of them.

l6 layouts, old school style | digital scrapbooking

I created a few of these for Grace. So happy I did too! I recorded lots of fun little notes about her throughout her first few months.

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Grace’s face cracks us up here! One of my very first sibling pages too!

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I totally forgot Emily started Kindergarten with a scab on her chin. I am surprised and so happy I didn’t Photoshop it off. Authenticity people… ;)

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$10 for the first lost tooth!

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Unless they’re portraits for the wall, I am awful at printing everyday pictures and keeping albums so I really hadn’t seen any of these photos since the actual day. I’m happy I took the time to create a page about seeing The Little Mermaid on Broadway with my Mom. This is a page I really couldn’t create with a story today (as 3 kids have made me lose even more of my mind).

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There’s my happy baby!

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I loved reading through these little tidbits when I re-sized this for the Blog. Note to self: scrap more picture-less pages with funny/cute/silly/smart things the kids say. My old private Blog used to be great for collecting material to scrap. Now I have Facebook!

l4 layouts, old school style | digital scrapbooking

I am not sure I ever created one of these for the other two but I know I have their birth stories typed and saved. I really should make them each one to start their scrapbooks with. This is Emily’s birth story. Look at that black hair. <3

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Watch Sadie grow! We all agree that we can hardly remember her being soooo tiny! That top picture was the afternoon we brought her home. I remember thinking “Crap this dog is little. I hope she doesn’t escape the yard under the fences!”

She did.

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This was the dog I grew up with, Disney. I scrapped this the day we put her to sleep a few years ago.

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You didn’t think I was kidding about the Twilight page, did you? I laugh because this got quite a lot of comments back in the day too! ha  I don’t scrap stuff like this nearly as often but pages with current trends are actually a lot of fun to do and even more fun to look back on down the road. C’mon, my great-grandchildren are going to think I was a total nutter for following this vampire story.

l5 layouts, old school style | digital scrapbooking

And that my friends, is the teeny tiny tip of the scrapping iceberg! When my 156 old-yet-new layouts arrive, I am going to put everything in chronological order working my way to the current stuff I have printed here already (2009-present) and into one album they go. I can’t over-think this or I’ll get nothing organized and probably just cry myself to sleep over the money I just spent on printing. Down the road I figure I can always print my duplicate and triplicate copies of family layouts, create a book for each kid, etc. But that’s not today. Today, my main goal is just getting one cohesive book together for everyone to look through, should they want to. I have a strong desire to organize all of my pictures & stories lately. I hope it’s not a sign the great beyond has their eye on me. ;)

Thanks for coming along on this old-school scrapping journey!

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2 Comments

  1. Kara
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    These are so much fun. I remember when you posted several of these….the early ones are my first time “getting to know” you and your family online. It has been really nice watching your sweet family grow:) I now have an even greater appreciation now that I am a mom as well.

  2. Kelley Mickus
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    It was really fun to see these old layouts posted today – I read through them all and got quite a few laughs. It was also a good reminder to start jotting down those adorable things kids say for my grandkids – they’re just starting to talk!

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