Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Scrapbook Layouts - Chicago 2012

In the spirit of keeping it real, I have to tell you guys that I am a bit nervous about posting these layouts.  In a nutshell, I am a pretty simple scrapper.  There tends to be a lot of pictures - super light on the embellishments.  Is this ok.....well, I always thought so.  I do believe that everyone has their own style and in my heart I know that is 100% true.  But over the last few months since I have really started getting excited about starting Project Life, I have started following some incredible blogs.  Some of the women are on design teams, some not, but their layouts absolutely BLOW. ME. AWAY. In all honesty, I am even a bit intimidated about Project Life, but I ordered my Olive Edition kit today...finally, and I am going to do my best to rock it like nobody's business - Katie, thank you for ALL of the inspiration!!!!

Before some of you go freaking out on me, I am totally proud of the scrapping that I do.  Trust me, if my apartment ever caught on fire, there is a four way tie for what I would grab first - kid (although he is big enough to help me grab things), cats, pictures and scrapbooks!

In addition to my minimalist approach to scrapping, photographing said scrapping falls dismally short.  I need serious help in this area.  Any helpful advice that you guys can send my way would be greatly appreciated.  I have a good point and shoot as well as a pretty great camera on my Android, but that is it.  I long for a fancy DSLR, but right now, it just isn't in the cards.

Maybe more than anything , I am worried about the presentation.  Although, for the most part I feel that I very much blog for myself when it comes to sharing things like scrapbook layouts or really anything crafty - presentation is a huge part of it....no???

Aside from this slightly whiny post....sorry about that.....I am having a blast with this scrapbook.  I am documenting a girl's weekend trip to Chicago last year with two of my dear friends, Megan and Jennifer.  Each layout that I do, brings back great memories of the trip.  This is the first trip scrapbook that I have done for myself and I am doing my best to do journaling on every page so that when I am 80 and my memory is shot I will have something to refer to...lol.  Journaling is not one of my strong suits!

Billy Goat Tavern
Sprinkles and The Hard Rock Cafe
Navy Pier
Sky Deck @ Willis Tower
I would love to know what you think....the good, the bad and the ugly.  I am open to CONSTRUCTIVE criticism, but if you can't say it in a nice way, I would prefer that you didn't say it at all.  Your mother did you teach you that....right?


  1. You always make me laugh, you're not being the least bit whiny! Seriously! My scrapping is all about me. I do what I like, because I'm the one making it. Haha! Your layouts look GREAT!! I love them all!! I think the first one is my favorite, great colors and cool thingie at the top. (sorry for all the exclamation points.)

  2. LOVE IT!! Your layouts are wonderful...don't ever think otherwise :)

  3. The book looks great Julie, you have captured our trip perfectly. Now, when do we go back?

  4. What? Why would anyone have something negative to say about this? That scrapbook and your layouts are awesome. I love the whole setup. Great Great Great!

  5. Thank you so much :) I'm so glad you are going to be doing Project Life, I can't wait to see the layouts you make!

    Your Chicago layouts are great! I love your style, especially how you included all the memorabilia.

    I don't think there is anything wrong with your presentation at all! I tried so many different ways to photograph my layouts because I was worried about how to present things on my blog. I used plate stands to prop them up, used a foam white background for a while, hung them up on a clothes line...so many things!

    But the easiest way I've found to photograph my layouts, is to either stand on a chair over my desk, or put them on the floor to get a "from the top" view.

    Also, don't worry at all about cameras! Before I owned my big camera (and even after) I used my point and shoot and cell phone to take layout pictures. They come out great!

    Sorry for the long comment...

  6. I think they are all great pages!
    Especially that last one with he great block design.
    I am a huge fan of simple styles and grid designs :)

    I have to say, photographing my pages is my least favorite part of the whole process!
    It took me a while to figure out the best way for me and even then sometimes it takes a few tries to get a decent pic! Lately I find using my point and shoot works better than my big camera.

  7. you are so talented -- i would love to have you scrapbook my life (scaryyy thought for you i am sure)! the navy pier page is amazing!


  8. Aww, don’t be nervous sweet lady. You are right, everyone has their own scrapbooking style. You just have to find/do what fits you and your family!! And by doing that, well, that makes it perfect. I am really looking forward to following along with your project life this year! And can’t wait to see that kit when you get it.
    Love these layouts!! Looks like y’all had a great trip!! And the pictures tell a story. Love that!


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