Saturday, January 31, 2009

My Road to Digital

So I couldn't read cindy's blog without adding my own blog post about my scrapbooking progression. I went and looked over some of my scrapbooks and yes, wish I could cry, too. I started in 1995 when I was about a junior in high school. Maybe I was a sophomore. And I've done it ever since--there isn't a year of my life not somewhat scrapbooked since then, which is nice I suppose, but what a lot of stupid layouts I did! Of course, the ones in the beginning are the absolute worst. Here's one of the first pages I ever did. WHAT WAS I THINKING! These were the original copies of these pictures-I can't get them back again! Forever ruined! And oh, SO tacky!!!

It sure is hard to get a good shot of these pages. Sorry about that. By the end of that first scrapbook, I got a LITTLE better, but stil--UGLY!!

Then I went to college. Did it get better? Did I learn anything? No. I think this one is even worse. Look how closely jammed all these pictures are! I didn't even TRY to make it look cute. I just wanted to fit as much information in there as possible.

Oh, and THIS one! I remember I had seious misgivings about getting pictures from my old little girl srapbook and adding them to a modern one. But then I did it anyway. I took out pictures from my album, pictures mom took when I was only ten, and not only cut them up, but even used one of those stupid flower-shaped hole punching things to cut MORE holes in it. Why? Why did I do this? Could I not see how OBNOXIOUS it was??

By the time I got home from my mission, the scrapbooking style had changed somewhat. My first two pages in my mission scrapbook were done the "old" style, OBNOXIOUS. Then Cindy taught me a thing or two, and things got a little better. I can still look through my mission scrapbook and not totally cringe. Except the book is literally six inches thick, and when people see it they don't want to look through it because it's such a pain to heft it.

I think my last scrapbook after the mission was a bit of regression. The pages aren't near as good. Probably because my subject matter wasn't as fun. I mean, scrapbooking a mission to AFRICA was fun. All this other crap wasn't. My pages were better, but I had gotten to the point where I just wanted to get it DONE and didn't care anymore. I was already being prepared for the world of digital--I just didn't know it yet.

This is one of the last pages I ever scrapbooked. I did it long after this trip to New York, when I had already discovered digital scrapbooking. I MADE myself finish all my stuff up to 2004 when I met my husband. I remember the relief I felt that day at Roberts as I bought my last scrapbooking supplies. I knew I was done with this crap forever. And you know what, I don't miss it AT ALL.

Unfortunately I have long since deleted the original files I uploaded to create my digital scrapbooks, except this year's, so these are crappy photos too. Anyway, I then made my first digital book in 2006, the year I got married. I created "Our Love Story" which Trevor and I actually did together. I was still new to Photo shop and pages were all quite simple. But beleive me, I liked it SO much better! For one thing, the books are skinny and easy to carry around! I went with a company called CherishBound to get them published. I liked the focus they had on the WRITING, not just the pictures. My books now how much more journaling in them, which makes them more like a journal rather than a disjointed amalgamation of pictures...

Then I did my First Year book. I was better with Photoshop, but still not ready to go all out and make it really "scrappy". I hadn't yet discovered online digital kits and did everything from scratch. But I'm ok with that--I like how uniform this book was--every page the same color with the red ribbons. Very classy. I love having my wedding pictures so neatly arranged--and still have the originals if I need them!

Then I did my Year Two book. I don't have any pictures from it here, but that was the first one that was out and out DIGITALLY SCRAPBOOKED. And I love it! Here are some pictures from my 2008 book which I just submitted yesterday. I can't wait to get it back from the publishers!

So that is my road to digital scrapbooking. I don't know why anyone would care, but it was kinda fun sauntering through memory lane for a while--even if some of those memories are cut into star shapes and covered with tacky stickers.

Cute Pictures

So I never update this thing anymore. It's as bad as my personal journal. Yesterday I FINALLY submitted my 2008 digitial scrapbook. Hooray! It should be here in a few weeks. It was 98 pages long! But it only cost me $100 to print it, which I thought that was pretty good considering the quality. I'm so excited to get it! Anyway, it took me forever to submit it because I didn't have any cover page pictures. So yesterday my good friend Elisa come and take some shots of us in front of our house. We got some really cute ones! Elisa's a pretty darn good photographer! So I thought I'd uploda the cover page and the inside cover of my book.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Megan's Obnoxious Journal

Anyone who knows me well, knows I'ma journal writer. Well, anyone whose known me for longer than four or five years. I mean, I'd take it on sleepovers. In high school I rarely missed a day. When I met Trevor, I wrote in it obsessivly, to help me sort out my feelings and what was going on. If I want to remember ANYTHING from that crazy 9-month adventure, its all there in ink. And I'm actually quite grateful for it. Sometimes I read it when I feel romance-starved and want to remember fondly the days when we couldn't lay by each other without puting our immortal souls in peril. But then I got engaged. And I was happy. And there was nothing to complain about and nothing to write about and I started to slow it down. Then I got MARRIED. And that's when I really stopped writing. What is there to say, really? "Yup, I'm still happy!" And I'm very lucky that this is how my marriage has been. I write about once a month, usually when I'm stressed out. Which means that my journal seems a little negative. Same thing happened on my mission. I had two journals--my Jeykll & Hyde journals. I wrote all my letters home on journal paper, which my parents kept in a book for me. An EXCELLENT idea, by the way. This is where all the good stuff was, since I didn't want to worry my parents. Then all the crap went into my mission journal--all the frustrations I didn't want them to know and worry about. So now it seems like all I have is a Hyde journal.

Anyway, I guess a blog is like a journal, too. And I haven't been writing in it because I don't want to my my Hyde journal on the internet for all to see, and it's been a pretty stressful few weeks. Trevor got laid off this morning, and though we knew it was coming, it is still quite a blow. Especially in this economy. I've been really busy at work with the ballroom team, and doing the Soap Unit at school which is a HUGE but fun project, and then of course I'm really pregnant. I got the swollen feet this week, so that's a fun little milestone. All in all it's been a very fun month for me and a terrible one for Trevor. It has made me SO grateful for my job. Teachers, I have learned, are natural complainers and you could never pay them enough to make them shut up about how badly paid they are. But there are a lot of perk, too. In this economy, I'm grateful to have such a solid job that is so stable. I'm grateful for good hours, for my holidays off (like today) and for the people I work with. As Trevor pointed out, I get to have FUN at work. Who gets that? No one is watching me or breathing down my neck or asking me to produce more. I'm good at what I do and I love it. I have much to be grateful for. Now if only we can get the same for Trevor!

Anyway, thanks for reading this if you are. I figure all the people who read it already know about what's going on in my life, but I thought I'd update nonetheless. After all, it's a journal entry! And I TRIED to make it a little more Jeykll than Hyde, but not sure if I succeeded...

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Afton's Nursery Update

So a few weeks ago I posted this post about how we painted Afton's nursery, and I was pretty nervous about it. I promised you all an update when we got it finished. Well, it's not quite finished, but close enough to post some pics. I have to say, it's looking pretty cute! We borrowed the crib from my sister Jen, (her husband Rusty BUILT it! Thanks guys!) and the changing table from Cindy. I think with the furniture in there it doesn't look quite so obnoxious, and the chair rail DID make a difference. Trevor still needs to finish painting the green leaves all over it.

Ok, and then I just had to add this picture. We have two cats, as you know, and they look eerily alike sometimes. Like little twins. Cindy said that Titus, the gray one, looks just like Tarzan only he "went through the wash" too many times and is a little faded! Today we noted them at the bottom of the stairs, staring up at us. We thought it was hilarious. You think they are just cats. But this is my blog so I'm putting the picture up anyway!