Here we are with another installment of “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday.”  (If you’re wondering what that is, go here to find and and check out workdesks from all over the world.)

I’m still scrapbooking photos from 1988.  Of course there are LOTS more baby pics to scrapbook, but I like to do things chronologically, and when Josh was one day shy of three months old, Gary & I celebrated our first anniversary.  (Yeah, YOU do the math, lol.)

We kinda ran out of cake at our wedding (it was very low budget, lol) and had to serve the top as well. (That’s fine, just how good can frozen one-year-old cake BE?)  So I made us a nice fresh cake, decorated it with our wedding colors and put our wedding topper on it. Kinda sweet, eh?  These two photos of the cake, and a very blurry pic of the roses Gary brought me are the only photos I have from that day oh-so-long ago. At least I saved the ticket stubs from the concert we went to!


The box of distress ink applicators is filled with little wooden handles my husband made for me.  I had a spinner that held eight Ink Blending Tools but I decided I really wanted one tool for each color of distress as the lighter colors were getting muddied.


You might have noticed that I don’t have a lot of space, so although I’d love to have a stack of the Craft Spinners, there just isn’t room.  I decided to ditch the handles on my ink blending tools and had Gary make a bunch of  little wooden blocks shaped like rubber stamp handles. Then I glued Cut n Dry Foam to each one.  My P-Touch made perfect little labels with the name of one color on each.

You know what’s really cool?  I realized as I was working with these pics last night that the table in the photo (our kitchen table at the time) is the very same table I scrapbook on now.  Who knew we’d get so much use out of it?


This layout is far from complete, I think I need to do a great deal of inking of many of the elements to bring in some contrast. I love that background paper (from K and Company’s Que Sera Sera Collection,) but right now everything is mushing together. A decision needs to be made whether to go with the bird, which I like because of the birds on the cake, or butterflies; I’m not sure about using both.

By the way, you’ll find the sketch I’m using here. Usually I change up page maps quite a bit, but I seem to be following this one pretty closely. We’ll see how it turns out in the end.

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11 thoughts on “WOYWW – Our First Anniversary Scrapbook Layout

  1. That background paper is gorgeous and the LO’s coming along nicely..I like the bird and the butterflies..Thansk for sharing Happy WOYWW…Esther xx

    1. Hi Esther, Your desk is so inspiring: a new magazine AND a stack of new paper. Oh, the potential . . . 🙂

      Thanks for the kind comments. Happy WOYWW to you!

  2. Ditto – I am crafting on my original dining table bought in 1974!! Its still as good as new and has 2 flaps so I can extend when I run out of space to work on! Have a great week.
    Don’t forget to pop over to our shop and put your name down in the next gift draw.


    1. Yes, dh was wondering if there’d be a market for his little handles. It would be a lot less than the $5 each Ranger charges.

  3. Hello Sandy, what a great read your post is – I really enjoyed the story of your first anniversary and the cake. And isn’t it great that you are still using that table – I’m sorry to say I haven’t got anything like that, I’ve moved house too many times. However, I do think that is why we love to scrap, because of the many happy memories and stories it brings to mind. Have a lovely weekend. Elizabeth x #73

  4. Lovely Sandy, great story about your first anniversary, love the LO. I’m a huge fan of that Que Sera range getting a bit reluctant to use up the rest of mine in case I can’t replace it! Your blending tool box is fab.

    1. Thanks, Julia. 🙂 One of my favorite things about scrapbooking is telling the stories, I try to tell them in an interesting way.

      Yes, I’m quite happy with how this new system of ink blending tools is working out. Thanks for taking a peek!

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