C & E: Year 1

Eric and I always always make each other gifts for our anniversary, and we work hard on them. Sometimes this means that we don’t actually see a lot of each other the week before, which is never fun, but it makes our anniversary all the sweeter! Now that we’ve exchanged gifts, I can share with you what I made for Eric. I was so happy with how it turned out, and I had so much fun making it! This is the front of the card I made for him, but the real gift was…

A scrapbook of our first year of marriage! It actually started as an outgrowth of another gift I was working on–filling in our wedding scrapbook album. As I was working on it, I was doing my best to include the little things–ones that made us laugh or that were really special, but ones I think we are likely to forget as the years go by. As I’ve said before, I have never been a scrapbooker, but I am so constantly inspired by some of my favorite bloggers who are. I took an exploratory trip to the craft store, spent many happy hours looking through our photos, and got to work! I am not going to lie: my work schedule made it hard for me to pull this off, and at times it was stressful–ideally, I would have started working on it much earlier. But I am so glad I did it! This is the cover page. I used some stencils we have had for ages and a map of California, centered on LA, where we have spent most of the last year.

I did one page for each month, with extra pages given to our wedding, honeymoon, and a few trips we took. It was really hard choosing photos, especially from our wedding! So many gems!

I had saved all these little treasures from out trip to Kauai, and I loved having a place to put them. Of course, I had more than I knew what to do with, but these are some of my favorites. I love the idea of making a little mini book for a specific trip, which I may do in the future.

I love maps so much, and I was so happy to be able to include this tiny one from the airline napkin. I was charmed by it then, and I am charmed by it now.

I love this August page because it captures how those big moving days really were: hot, tiring, sometimes frustrating, always made better by a cold drink, or, even better, ice cream!

And I love that our hilarious Christmas tree foibles were also preserved for future generations!

December was such a special month: Eric’s birthday, filing my dissertation, and a trip to Berkeley. I adore these pictures of us in Berkeley Bowl.

I brought home all these extra maps from our trip to Aspen in January, so of course I had to use one for the background of this page.

And I did the same with the page for our trip to Idyllwild. It was so hard choosing photos for each month that I invariably felt like I was leaving something out. And since I had so much fun with this project…I am going to try doing Project Life for year 2 of our marriage! Project Life is basically a simple weekly scrapbooking project. So many awesome people are doing it, and I love seeing their work. They all started in January and are using materials designed specifically for this project, but I am taking the advice of one of my favorite bloggers: just start. For me, that means marking my own January 1 and using the materials that I have. I am really excited about it and hope to be able to keep up with it and share it here from time to time. Just tonight, Eric was looking at this album, and he told me that he was so happy that there were so many things I included that he had forgotten. That right there is the whole reason for doing this: to hold onto these beautiful moments as long as we can. Here’s to year 2!

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