Way back before they were married, I promised to make a wedding scrapbook for my son and his bride-to-be. Well, it only took two years to complete. I really have no excuse; I have done many pages in the meantime. It just overwhelmed me.
I wanted to keep it as simple as possible, so it won’t look horribly old-fashioned ten years from now. Although I realize this is a constant problem, as styles evolve, I think that by keeping it strong and classic, it will be less dated.
Dawn spent an afternoon with me going over all the photos from the pro photographer, her family and friends, and our family and friends. Probably 500 pictures total. The real job was narrowing it down to what was important to tell the story.
Some things you might notice: all the pages have the same cardstock as a background, unifying the whole album. I used similar charms and ribbon on almost every page. Pale blue and cream keep the pages light and bright. Very minimal writing, all in the same black font. Most photos are 4x6 and unmatted. My son and daughter-in-law are amazingly good-looking!
I used to spend hours and hours on each page, but lately I have had a psychological breakthrough. I am less intimidated about doing it exactly right. Before, I would come to a point where I didn’t know the exact right thing to do next and I would completely stop, waiting for inspiration. Now I force myself to keep going, and this has actually made it easier on me, not to mention, quicker. If I can’t solve the problem immediately, I must move on to some other aspect of the page, or another page, and then go back to the original problem to see if there’s a resolution yet. This actually works! It gives your mind time to mull over the situation, while your hands are actively putting things together. And, viola! You are done before you know it.