200 Layouts #1 - Nanny and Grandad Meeting Aaron 3/19/96 (completed 6/21/08)
First off, I realized I forgot to write out the terms of the challenge. The only stuff I can buy is adhesives (duh, can't scrapbook without them), replacement blades for my various cutting implements, cardstock in bulk quantities (no running to the store to find THE PERFECT shade of cardstock for what I'm working on), and albums and page protectors, once I get to the point where I'm stacking my layouts in one of my (many) KI Memories Value Set collectible tins. I also reserve the right to buy a Cropodile Big Bite, when I have some spare cash and a coupon. I have the regular Cropodile and realized I would use a lot more of my eyelets if I had the Big Bite. And goodness knows I have plenty that need to be used. Oh, and if my distress ink pads dry out or get used up, I can replace those.
Okay, layout #1 (the first one after I put away all the new stuff I bought, slapped myself on the hand, and issued this new challenge to myself):
I scrapbooked Aaron's infancy when I first started scrapbooking, and didn't do a very thorough job. Looking through that album, it looks like we took very few pictures of Aaron when he was a baby. In reality, while we didn't take as many of him as we did of Jesse (second-child syndrome, I guess), I also didn't scrap very many of the ones we had and I tended to mash a whole bunch of them together on one page. Plus I didn't have a lot of extra prints, and this was back in the days of film, where if you wanted reprints you had to get out the negatives, squint at each strip to find the ones you wanted, mark them down on the form, put them in the envelope, take them to the photo shop (because the reprints from Walgreens always came out green), wait 4 or 5 days, and pay 35 cents per 3 1/2 X 5 print. Pleh. Now that I've got these old photos scanned, it's a snap to order nice big 4 X 6 prints online and pick them up at Target an hour later. So that's what I'm doing with Aaron's babyhood pictures - getting new prints and making new layouts (not to replace the original layouts, but to supplement them) that showcase the pictures better, and display pictures that never made it onto layouts originally. Like this one of my father-in-law holding Aaron for the first time. It's too precious to not scrapbook. And the one of both of them holding Aaron was tiny to start with and cropped within an inch of its life on the original layout.
Supplies: Patterned paper, journaling label, and file tab: SEI; flourish: traced from a Me and My Big Ideas chipboard swirl.