Riverside | Scrap Where You Lived

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 Lisa Day‘s challenge to use a specific sketch. I never ever use sketches, so this was a real challenge for me! I’m always afraid sketches will make my pages look like someone else has been scrapping my photos for me, which is why I typically avoid sketches. I was happy to see that the page still looked very “me”.

Riverside | Scrap Where You Lived

Even though I didn’t follow the sketch to a “t”, knowing where the main elements were going to be on the page made putting it together super fast! Since the design was a no-brainer, I used the opportunity to challenge myself to do scrap something that has been majorly missing from my scrapbooks: where we’ve lived.

This page is about our first apartment. I don’t have a lot of photos of the actual apartment (for good reason), but I did find these great photos Jake took while on a walk in the neighborhood.

Riverside | Scrap Where You Lived

I love this photo he took of his shadow so much. Shadows are a great way to take a non-traditional self-portrait!

Riverside | Scrap Where You Lived

There’s also a great photo of a neat clocktower Riverside built while we lived there and a sign of the city’s name.

Riverside | Scrap Where You Lived

Instead of telling the story of Jake’s walk and the fancy new clock tower, I told the story of our apartment instead.

Our first apartment was in Riverside, which we chose because it was close to Park University in Parkville (we lived with Grammy and Poppy the two ears we went to KCKCC) and the price (our rent was super cheap–like $510-525). It was our first home. It was tiny, mess, stinky (we had a naughty cat), and small. We didn’t even have a drawer for our silverware, our kitchen was so small! We had to go down three flights of stars and outside to do laundry. But it was ours, and the first place we were three.

We moved around a lot when I was a kid, and I get confused about where I lived when and why during my childhood. I thought Eliza would really like looking back on the pieces of her history that are really important– the places we’ve lived!

What was your first place on your own like? Have you ever recorded the places you’ve lived?