Life in scrapbooks

Well, Creative Memories’ “last chance ordering” has been extended until noon on Friday, so now’s the time if you want to stock up on high-quality basics.

Today, let’s look at some more personal albums.

My cat, Popcorn, passed away 2 years ago, and I still miss her terribly.  As part of my grieving process, it was really helpful to make a small album with lots of pictures of her and all the good times we had.  She lived with us for almost 15 years.  This album was a pre-designed “kit” where all the pages were already partly decorated and all I had to do was add pictures and stickers and journaling.  This is the kind of product that Creative Memories will be continuing in the future.

I recently celebrated my 5th wedding anniversary with my husband; we took the day off work and played board games and TOR all day.  I completed a “traditional” album with my wedding photos within a few years of the wedding (practically a record for me).  Here are some of my favorite pages (all original layouts).  (Maybe someday I’ll post the wedding pic of us in front of the giant X-Wing)

Less than Three

Ah, nerd love.

When I bought my husband’s wedding ring 4 years ago, I had two things etched on the inside: the date of our wedding (he’ll never forget our anniversary now…) and the words “Less than three.”  Being the nerds that we are, we often say “less than three” to each other instead of “I love you” (it’s slightly less embarrassing in public).  I have the words typed out on the ring because none of the engravers could do a “<” symbol to make the ❤ heart.

Our anniversary was last week, and we had a nice dinner at home together.  We made his favorite, chicken parmesan, which is the first thing I ever cooked for him way back on our first “dating” anniversary 7 years ago.

I also made him a red velvet cake, which was one of the kinds of cake we had at our wedding:

Here is the recipe I used:

I used a whole 1 oz. bottle of red food coloring (yuck!) to get that color, and I made the cooked icing from the recipe, which is delicious!  I prefer it to the cream cheese frosting that some people like on red velvet.