Monday, July 12, 2010

Looking Back: Amanda

We have been busy the last few weeks reviewing all the new products and deciding what to carry in the store. So many beautiful new Primas, fabulous new papers and we still have yet to see everything. It has not left us with much time to hit the scraproom!

So today, we will take a walk back in time by featuring a look back at my style and how it has evolved over the years. I often say that I started scrapbooking back in 2005, after we got married. But actually, I rediscovered my very first mini album recently... from 1997!  A cute altered Disney photo album about a trip I went on in high school.  I had so much fun celebrating my 17th birthday with my friends!

Nothing but stickers, markers, pics, some ephemera and those Crayola stamp pens (anyone remember or still have those?!)

I kinda skipped the scrapbooking in college and stuck with putting photos in albums.... but as soon as I was out of college, Brian and I went on our first trip together - Disneyworld!  And they were selling scrapbook kits.  They had a cool album, some plain colored paper and stickers.  Scrapbooking circa 2002! :)

The Brown Derby at MGM Studios and....
Topiaries at Epcot.  The entire album looks like a set of decorative edged scissors attacked!! :)

I spent the first half of the year continuing to make slow progress on the Disneyworld album and the late part of 2003 and most of 2004 working on our album of pictures for our trip to Maui.  Disneyworld?  Still incomplete... Maui?  Done, but no titles or journaling!  Anyone else have albums like that?!

Spent most of the year planning our wedding, which included 80 of these.  I made them... designed, printed, handcut the red paper from huge sheets of cardstock from Aaron Brothers, hand stamped and embossed the vines on the top, tied the ribbon on and assembled.  whew.  And it included an rsvp card and this:
Front of directions card and....
Back of directions card.  And I hand drew the map, added the text markers, printed and then...
hand colored the maps on 80 of those.  Did I mention I also had a custom stamp made for the addresses on the envelope?  Or hand made 150 thank you cards (including embossing)?!  Not much time for scrapbooking that year!! :)  At least someone got use of the maps.... the owner of the bed & breakfast we got married at liked the map so much it's still on her website!

Made for my good friend Sarah in a swap.  Yes, my prima addiction has officially begun!

I still loved lots of flowers!! This is still one of my favorite layouts today.

My favorite layout of our furbaby to date!

One of my prior Scrapthatlon layouts and my first use of Flamingo Scraps products... the lace trim and butterfly!

And finally, one of my favorites so far this year.  Read more about this layout here.

It was fun looking back over the years.  I have to say I don't think my style has drastically changed.  I see a lot of similarity between the layouts.  And I love the flowers!!

Have you taken a look back lately?


  1. I sooooooooooooooooooo did the "dot" lettering too!!!!!!!! And used the edge scissors on ALL my son is 13 and ALL his lo's have BOTH in them!! LOL!! And now Brookie is 3 and has NONE of that...I can sooooooooooo see my style even changing in the past 3 years!! LOL!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee the way yours evolved!!!!! TFS! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. I love to see over time how people find their style and likes...... She is so talented!! :)

  3. I LOVE to see how scrapbookers' styles change over the years. It's so interesting to see the influence of trends, as well as the own artist's personal growth and development. I love your wedding invitations and map- beautiful! I hope all 80 of those invitees appreciated the hard work.


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