I've always wanted to get into scrapbooking, but my earlier attempts have always failed pretty miserably. So, this time I decided to go with a simpler method, to try and make it easier for me to complete pages in a timely manner. So, I have decided to limit the amount of paper and embellishments I use, both to save money and to make things simpler. Since this is my first major project, I decided to make it unthemed, as a way for my hubby (who's at Basic Training for the Canadian Forces) to look back at everything we've done over the months that he was away. I'm hoping to have this one cover the time he's at training, then I'll do others for his deployments and other major events.
Anyway, the first page is for photos I took while visiting the Tulip Festival in our city during the spring. I used light green leaf-print paper for the photos, and matched it with a darker green rose-print paper for the tags, which I stamped the title on to.
The second and third are pages covering my hubby's Swearing In ceremony before he left. Once a year, the Canadian Forces hold a big ceremony with important politicians and military people, and he was lucky enough to get in for this year's event. He was so happy that he actually got his certificate thing from General Rick Hilliard, head of the Canadian Forces. These two pages I wanted to coordinate but not match specifically, so the first uses a light brown/tan leaf-print paper and the second uses brown paper printed with writing. I used card stock letters for the first page, and added freehand dashes around the letters and headers, and did the same around the tags on the second page. I didn't do a full header on the second, just a tag with the date, and a second with journaling. Finally, I added my ticket from the ceremony as a bit of memorabilia.
I know these layouts aren't as fancy or professional as so many of the others I've seen, but I like them and they don't detract from the photos. I have two more LOs to do before I need to print more photos, and I hope to get those done in the next few days.