If I had to guess many of you have plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day tomorrow (and your kids today.) ‘Round here we don’t do Valentine’s Day except I might get a rose bush. It’s not a buh-hum-bug, it’s that our anniversary was just a few weeks ago.That’s the day we celebrate and then Valentine’s Day never seems to mean as much. I thought I’d share some anniversary scrapbook ideas from my own vault in case you’re looking for Valentine’s scrapbooking ideas.
Anniversary Scrapbook Ideas
This is one of those early- first year- layouts that I did. At the time I thought I had to do something to mark every occasion and special day in our lives in our scrapbooks.
One thing that’s funny to me (beside the ever so dated design) is that it makes me remember getting that first digital camera. The pictures on the left is the one of probably the first 20-30 digital pictures I took. The first besides cactus, cedars, and pines. I know because we were headed to Campwood. . . and I talked Cody into a new digital camera just minutes before we left Nac- and so besides ice we got a camera. And, I had 8 hours to play with my camera as we drove across Texas. Tired of snapping pictures while we drove, we stopped in Fredericksburg at the wildseed farm. I talked about getting pictures of us together yesterday- on this day it wasn’t very crowded and I just put the camera on fence post and hoped for the best.
We’re supposed to scrapbook birthdays, and holidays, and anniversaries- right? It seems back in the day at least, that’s what we were told.
Scrapbook Tip: You can scrapbook whatever you want, however you want. This is your hobby. There’s no magical almighty that can tell you what you should or should not scrapbook. We’ve got to turn off that voice that listens and forces us into anything less than our scrapbooking happy place.
Then, I created a mini-album for the 10 year anniversary of the day we met. Which wasn’t much after our 5 year wedding anniversary. I scrap lifted to create these layouts.
I still feel like the actual page layout design is timeless. The flat papers, not so much- but they show just how long I’ve been scrapbooking and how far I’ve come.
Scrapbook Tip: It’s easy to go back and grade your old layouts with your style and know-how from today. We need to just shrug and smile about it like we do those old pictures of us where we wonder what on earth we were wearing.
The best of the pages from that mini-album are the ones that tell the story and give real life examples.
Scrapbook Tip: Pictures are great, but they just can’t tell the whole story- especially when we are trying to share sentiments with the ones we love.
That mini-album I made for my husband. . . I don’t think he’s looked at it since those first days. I realized though that he does look and read through the layouts from my regular albums. And in pulling these images for this layout, I realized while I printed them 8X8, I scrapbooked them in 12 by 12. I’m gonna get these pretend and but them in my “Me & Him” album with the rest of my layouts.
Scrapbook Tip: The only grade I use for my old layouts is whether or not it tells the story. By taking out the “fashion” and “Know-How” elements of looking back at my pictures, I see my pages in a different light and am reminded why I scrapbook. I tell stories.
Fast forward another 5-6 years and I created this layout from our anniversary trip. You can really see how much my style had changed. You can also tell if you look through my vacation layouts that I was finding my stride with how I wanted to scrapbook my story. This layout pulls out a specific part of that trip that started right there in the Plaza and then meandered down Route 66.
But, these days, I’m much more likely to scrapbook a page like this one. Though I don’t know how many times I can get away with scrapbooking on my anniversary. This layout went together with lightening speed though.
What do you have on tap for Valentine’s Day tomorrow? We’ll be packing stuff away, packing for a trip, and going to a baseball game. Sounds so romantic- doesn’t it? Tomorrow I’m going to share another super “romantic” Valentine’s Day from the past in which there were more sports involved.