Well, I decided that since scrapbooking was one of my original 7 categories, I'd better post something scrappy....and since I haven't done any scrapping since before Hazel was born, I had to go back to some pages I had done when I was awaiting Hazel's arrival. You know that stage when you're so huge and swollen that you can't do much of anything without extreme effort? Yeah, that was me. I can't stand to be idle, though, and I knew that if I didn't get some of Eliza and Hyrum's pages done before Hazel was born, it was never going to happen!
My version of scrapbooking typically doesn't involve a lot of expensive doo-dahs or fancy paper - with up to 5 years to catch up on for Eliza and Hyrum, that would definitely break the bank! Besides, when I was doing these I hadn't discovered the gorgeous scrapbooking paper that is now so popular - I LOVE some of the lines that Basic Grey has published, and their paper is even available at some of the scrapbook shops here in Hawaii now.
I like to decide which photos are going to be together on a page before I design the background page; then I try and pick out colors that are dominant in the photos and use those colors to build my page. Because I have so many years of their lives to catch up on, I don't take the time to do anything super fancy - just basic color shapes or strips of paper torn or cut into various widths, and I like to use little polka dots of contrasting color for a little extra visual interest. Polka dots are among my favorite things in life.
This fire station field trip was obviously a LONG time ago - Hyrum was just a tiny toddler! I took some fun gigham ribbon and some die-cut tags to jazz up these pages.
Ahh, happy memories...both kids were so excited to see the trucks and watch the firemen demonstrate the fire hose, the fire pole, and all the cool stuff on the truck.
On this page I included a reduced-size photocopy of the letter Eliza wrote to Santa. She had asked for an Easy Bake Oven (remember how much fun those were? When I was a kid they were heated with a light bulb) and the pics are from Christmas day a few years ago, with her first batch of cookies from her new oven. Grandma supplied all the fun accessories...I guess she and Santa must be good friends!
Here's a little page covering Hyrum's 1st birthday...I'm still tripping out that he is 4 now, and Hazel is the one turning 1!
Oh - and in case you're wondering if that shape is an ironing board or something, it's supposed to be a surfboard - to match the surfboard cakes that one of my friends thought were anvils :-)
Looking through the kids' scrapbooks has made me remember how fun they were to do - and how much more I have to do to get all caught up! Poor Hazel, she doesn't have a single page yet...I guess that 's what happens when you have multiple kiddos. I can't leave her out though - how fair would that be when Eliza and Hyrum are looking through their books and little Hazel starts asking where her book is?! I guess I better get busy!