Do you scrapbook? I can't say that I am accomplished enough to use it as a verb, but I have finally finished my first!
Years ago, I received a beautiful, bone-colored, cloth book from my mother-in-law that was halfway filled with some pretty cool stuff from our wedding: our handwritten vows, a copy of the speech my Dad made, our invitation, and some other funny stuff like cut-outs of our heads floating over paper dresses (my M-I-L has a fab sense of humor, obviously). I loved that the gift was participatory... I just had to fill up those blank pages.
I finally got around to it during the first winter after my daughter was born. After she was in bed for the night, I would set up a scrapbooking station at the kitchen table. It took another good year before the last bit was glued down.
Here are a few snapshots of my favorite pages, starting with our party at Frankie's Spuntino in Cobble Hill…
I kept the fabric samples from Holly Stalder, the designer who made my dress. Don't they look great against hot pink?
What's a NYC love story without taxis, take-out, and The New Yorker?
I had to, of course, include a few pages from our engagement trip to Paris. Mostly because I needed an excuse to try my hand at some Art Nouveau lettering...
Every good wedding scrapbook should sign off at the honeymoon, no? Here we are on the beach in the Turks & Caicos. That was another life! We look soooo well rested. Sigh...
The Technical Details
- Scraps. I keep a scrap paper library. Basically it's a box full of paper, magazine tear-outs, and physical packaging that I come across, like, and have to save. My current scrap paper obsession is the packaging that is wrapped around Mast Brothers chocolate. Aren't their designs fantastic?
- Personal Archives. I also keep several boxes going of mementos, and organize these by person or event (e.g. my daughter Sophie or 'New Zealand trip 2009'). My relationship with stuff is on the minimalist end of the spectrum, so these boxes are a bit of an indulgence but no where near hoarder-territory. Each one represents a future scrapbook that I have yet to make (and like any good archivist, I've got quite the backlog).
- Design. I own a beautiful handmade book (crafted by my awesome M-I-L, again) that I've been dying to use but I'm too fearful of messing it up. So for this project, I loved using a book with plastic sleeves and paper inserts—you can slip the inserts out and work off those as opposed to gluing directly into the book. Seems less scary.
The Details on the Wedding
We held our small (but perfectly lovely) wedding on a little budget in BK and worked with these amazing local businesses: