Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Happy New Year (for 2013 & 2014!!)

Well - it turns out I haven't been on my blog since September 2012 and truth be told...I haven't really done much scrapbooking in that time either however - an awful lot has changed! I am now a married woman and am living in our new house that we built last year.

I made a new years resolution (for 2014) to take more time out of my week to do something for myself which includes making sure that I spend a minimum of 1 hour per week (not much I know but I have honestly struggled to even do that much in 2013!) scrapbooking. True to my word, 3 weeks into January at least, I have been taking time out every week to scrapbook. Obviously having not done anything for so long and having so much happen last year - I have plenty to scrap about!

I had already mentioned that David & I bought a block of land which means a whole new album had to be started - completely dedicated to the building of our house. Here is my first page of 2014 that is for "our house" album. This page, titled "Close but no Whistler" is about a house that we loved and wanted to build. We put a deposit on and everything was going really well until 2 weeks before our land titled. I received a call from the managing director of the company who simply said "sorry but it is not financially viable for us to build on that side of Melbourne." With that 1 sentence I was devastated as I really wanted the house but also because it meant that we would have to go and find another house design that we liked.

As I said, 2013 was a busy year, in part because we were building our house but also because David & I got engaged on NYE 2013!  Another big life event warrants another album dedicated to the organisation of the big day which is pretty much the only other thing that I have scrapped this year!

This is the opening page to our wedding day album titled "Enjoy the little things..." For NYE we went to Albert Park lake to sit and enjoy a picnic together.

As the night went on, it got cold so we packed up the picnic and left Albert Park Lake after the kiddies fireworks at 9.30pm and went back to the hotel so I could get a jumper. It was when we were back at the hotel that David presented me with a single red rose and a present to unwrap which required the use of a key I had been given by David and asked to keep it with me a week earlier to unlock a padlock. Inside the box, David had printed a whole heap of photos of us together and had narrated a story on the bottom of each picture. Once I had finished reading the story, I turned to David who got down on 1 knee and asked me to marry him! Obviously I said yes and we then went to a bar for a drink and to watch the fireworks. These are the photos of us just after he had proposed.

David proposed with a proposal ring so that we could design the ring together (which was so much fun!) I had to dedicate a page to "The Ring!" I had had this embossed script gold leaf paper for years and had attempted to use it many times before only to back out because it was too nice. It was the obvious choice for this page however I then struggled to know what to do with it. I came up with the idea to use lots of different size and shaped frames and use scraps of paper in each of the frames with the central frame showing a close up of the picture of my ring. I really like the end result as it is quite different to any LO I have ever done before.

Planning had taken over by the end of February but Mum & I decided to go mother of the bride dress shopping at Chadstone on her birthday. It started off with high tea to give us enough energy to embark on such a challenge - especially as Mum hates shopping at the best of times! The funny thing is, I managed to capture just how much Mum dislikes shopping in the series of photos of the 4 dresses she tried on in the space of 1 hour. We ended up going back and buying the first dress she tried on.

Dress shopping for my gown wasn't much easier! I had a style in mind that I wanted and when that didn't suit me at all, it was back to the drawing board. There were so many dresses that I tried on and looked at online. Here is the first of what will probably be many LO's about my wedding dress selection...there is a long story to it all but that is for another LO!

The final LO I am going to share in this post (I didn't realise just how many I had actually managed to complete in the past 3 weeks!) is a LO about making all of the invitations. That alone is probably the main reason why I didn't scrapbook all that much (or blog at all) last year as they took forever to do! I actually really like this LO even though it is very different to what I had originally intended to do when I first sat down to tackle a LO about the invitations. I was originally aiming for a clean & simple page where I used the invitation but then I thought about how I felt when making them and how long they took and I decided to make it really busy with lots of journal cards spilling out of the invite to symbolise just how many individual elements there were to make!

That's all for now - I will continue to post what I scrap with the aim of spending at least 1 hour per week to sit and create.


1 comment:

  1. Welcome back to blogging and scrapping Mel. It was lovely reading all your news. You r pages are all fantastic and a fabulous keepsake for years to come :)