Random Ramblings


Posted by Rebecca, September 25th, 2012

The last time we had a bunch of little things projects/thoughts floating around, I threw them in one post and called them my random ramblings. Since I feel like I have a lot to ramble about at the moment, I figured it’s time for another installment!

Last time I numbered them, so why not aim for consistency?

1. We finally hung some shades in the new office.

Please excuse the night time photo I took just a few minutes ago. They’re nothing special, just some Allen + Roth white roman shades from Lowe’s. We obviously didn’t get around to caulking and painting all of the trimwork yet, but at least we ditched the white trash sheet we had hanging as a window treatment.

2. Three years after our wedding, we have an album

Okay so long story short, I started making this book on Shutterfly right after we got married. I made two small books for our parents for Christmas right after we got married (about 2 months after). I started making this and would work on it on and off, when I received a 40% off Shutterfly coupon. Then I forgot about it for probably a year. Shutterfly recently emailed me to say that if I wanted my book, I had to order it by next monday. So I did, I just need an impending deadline to get stuff done. It came in this awesome box which I want to save to frame or something…

I’ve never met an orange cat I didn’t like. Or love. Or wasn’t the sweetest most lovable, laid back animal in the world.

Anyway, the book ended up being 100 pages, each of which I chose photos, layouts and backgrounds for (as well as cropped or hunted down any pictures). Here’s one of my favorite pages…

The pages are glossy so they all have glare in these pictures, but you get the idea. It’s a 12″x12″ book with hundreds and hundreds of pictures.

I was able to fit in a bunch of pictures that most people wouldn’t include in their limited space albums, like this two page spread of the action on the dance floor…

We have every single photo the photographer took on a CD. Best investment ever, and it was included with the price of our photographer. While our photobook ended up not being as cheap as I intented, it was still hundreds less than what the photographer was charging. Plus I saved all of those hours of hard work from being deleted, worth every penny.

3. I’ve been getting a lot of requests for my alphabet print, so I’m thinking of opening an Etsy shop.

Since I’ve always wanted to open an Etsy shop, why not start with that! I would like to make it in girly shades as well as some gender neutral ones. Maybe I can whip up some other sort of prints as well, who would be interested? Anyone have any color scheme or art suggestions?

4. Easton went to the doctor today and he weighs over 18lbs. We need to retire the infant car seat since I can hardly lift it.

5. We’re getting a facelift.

I’ve been nagging Mike for a new blog design for well over a year now. I haven’t added any features or really updated much on the stationary pages because I figured we’d be fixing them up anyway. We looked into hiring someone to do it, but I’m spoiled with custom designs. Turns out they are super expensive even for basic designs, so Mike decided to do it on his own. I can’t tell you when it will be done and up and running, but it’s in the works and he’s doing a fabulous job so far (that entire design was done without a single suggestion from me).

Okay I nodded off 3 times. When number 3 hits it means I have to wrap it up. Third time’s a charm?

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11 Responses to “Random Ramblings”

  1. Tawny says:

    Love the Etsy idea! I am pregnant with our first and would love a print.

    Also great job on your photo book!

  2. Mel says:

    I think your wedding was the last one I’ve been to where people actually danced! So much fun!

    Love the etsy idea- go for it!!! Hadley’s room is yellow, coral, turquoise and navy 🙂

  3. Laura says:

    I’m not much of a blog commenter…more of a lurker…but when you said “3 years later we have a wedding album”, I knew where you were going with it because the EXACT same thing just happened to me! My wedding was also 3 years ago, and I got the same email from Shutterfly saying ‘ahem…order your book or we won’t let you anymore!’ It was almost finished anyways, I had just been procrastinating. So funny! I’m so glad it’s done, though. 🙂

  4. Kate says:

    I love your site and I read your posts all the time but never comment. Please please please open an Etsy shop!

  5. Robin says:

    Reminds me I should do my wedding album…. I will also need at least 3 pages of dancing pics.

  6. Gabbi says:

    I agree that getting a CD with all your photos on it is the best investment ever! Our photographer gave us that with our package too. I couldn’t imagine not having that!

    And definitely start your own shop, that’d be amazing! 🙂

  7. Wow your book is so big!! It’s amazing that you have that many fabulous pictures! The blog’s new look is going to be fabulous too! 🙂

  8. I like the proposed new blog look. We’re planning a facelift around the new year. I’ve been reading HTML/CSS and WordPress Theme design books. What programs is Mike using to design the new theme?

    • Mike says:

      I mock/design in Photoshop. And then once Rebecca gives the thumbs up, I ship the PSD over to psd2html.com. They splice up the image and convert into valid code for WordPress. I’d do it, but my time is limited as it is (and their turnaround is fantastic).

  9. Ms.Vox says:

    Hah I’m so glad I’m not the only one who procrastinated on her wedding album. We too got all of the photographs on DVD and I planned on making my own album but.. 2 years later and I still haven’t finished it! Maybe I’ll make it before our 3rd wedding anniversary… (nah, I shouldn’t fool myself haha.. more like before our 5th! :P)

    I really like the new blog design!! Great job Mike! I’m working on merging my creativity and photoblog together (both are pretty much dormant as it is) and add some DIYing and home decor and all to the mix now that we’ve recently recieved the keys to our new new-construction home and are working to make it into a home but currently am stuck at the design.. I don’t like any of the premade designs (am using WordPress as a platform) but custom designs are soooo expensive. Will have to look into that psd2html thing!

  10. manny says:

    Wow what a great book. keep it coming. The Landmark

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