Last Saturday was (Inter)National Scrapbooking Day, and I participated by taking part in the Creative Crop over at Big Picture Classes, which included 12 challenges. That means I’ve got 12 layouts to share! I’m going to only post one a day, however, so that I have time to write a bit about each of them.
This page was inspired by Deena Boese‘s challenge to use three colors next to each other on the color wheel. I decided to start with my least used scrap color: purple. I knew I wanted to go with a warmer color and a cooler color, so I chose the colors on either side of purple on the color wheel: red and blue. I browsed through my photos in iPhoto until I found a batch that worked with my color scheme.
I settled on photos of Jake and I on a city walk that were taken in 2010, when we still lived in our loft. I was wearing a red jacket in the photos, and they had the blue tint of dusk. Perfect!
We still take lots of walks, but we’re not in comfortable walking distance of downtown anymore (we’re in biking distance though!), so our walks look a lot different now. There are still lots of tall buildings, but none of them touch the sky here in Midtown.
I knew I wanted to document the walks we took, because they were such a huge part of our lives the year and a half we lived there.
I let Eliza, who was browsing photos with me, choose which photos to use. I would have never ever picked that photo of me, because my eyes are all squinty and the photo isn’t exactly taken from my best angle. But Eliza said, “That one Mom! You look so super happy!” And she’s right: that matters more than looking a bit more flattering, really.
The photo of Jake printed really dark (I usually use Office Max semi-gloss professional photo paper, but bought gloss this time around). Mistake, but I’ll roll with it. I know now that things will have to look super light on my screen to print correctly for awhile.
One of the best things about living in our River Market loft was the frequent CITY WALKS we could take. Sometimes we would alk to a designation–the gas station for snacks, Main Street AMC for a movie, or to a restaurant or coffee shop–sometimes we would walk for the fun of it. There’s something about standing under skyscrapers that gives us the same feeling of wonder that most people get when looking at the ocean. Kansas City is so beautiful! The exercise didn’t hurt either. Walks were some of our best dates during this time in our lives. Eliza would come too, sometimes in a stroller–sometimes she’d walk a mile to Cosentino’s grocery store with us! I used to take long city walks with Justin several times a week too.
Do you ever take long walks? It’s a great way to get to know the place where you live!