Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Party time!

On Saturday The Girl had her Brownie Christmas party, and we hosted The Boy's birthday party the same day. The Girl went to a Build-a-Bear factory and The Boy had five friends round for a Lego themed 3 hours of fun and games (and cake). It was handy to have his party at the weekend, even if it wasn't on his birthday itself; it was even handier that The Girl was out for some of the time so he and his friends could enjoy their time together without her - but that she was back in time to share in the party tea and feel like she hadn't missed it all.



I wanted this page to have a kind of child-like exuberance about it, so lots of bright colours and stickers. I mounted the Mambi stickers onto card and cut them out so they wouldn't sit too 'flat' on the background, and in fact the figures along the bottom and the balloons are raised up on foam pads for extra dimension and interest.



On the back of the page I have a couple of souvenirs of the day - a spare party invitation and a leaflet from The Girl's trip - with photo tags tucked behind. There are details of the two parties on the back of each tag.





Awful photos aside (I'll retake them in natural light if I ever see my home in natural light again...)* I'm not sure how much I like this page, even though it does have the simple and childlike quality I was after. But Ali Edwards said something the other day about how she doesn't necessarily love each individual page of her December Daily, but she always loves the album as a whole. I saw a similar sentiment on another blog I follow (yes, Kate, it's you!). And if I try to make each page perfect I'll never get anywhere near completing my project!! So into the album it goes, and I'm happy with it, even if I don't love it :-)

*Edited to say: I've now replaced the photos with some taken in the daytime. I'm not saying they're no longer awful, but I can no longer blame the dodgy lighting.....

9 comments:

Amy said...

I have exactly the same sentiments today - they say that great minds think alike ;-) Those boys look so industrious ... that is a great idea for a party - I like how you did the invites as well.
I look back on my albums now and some of the pages are pretty awful, in my opinion, but I LOVE my albums and all of the stories they contain.

Liberty :) said...

Ooh it's me I'm famous!!

I think the only way I have kept up with this project is to think "ah sod it!" and put the not so loved page into the album. Even now, I'm loving the album, just not necessarily the pages! I love MAMBI too! The pages are lovely, and you will end up loving them I'm sure!

scrappyjacky said...

It's the only way to go,Mel....otherwise it just becomes a chore....and it looks [and sounds] like a great time was had by all.
I'm a poor photographer at any time....and finding it damn near impossible at the moment....any natural light has clearly emigrated!!

sharyncarlson said...

I was just thinking about that same comment from Ali. It's a good reminder to not obsess about the little details on each page, it's really the stories and the albums that matter :) And I think your layouts fit the theme perfectly!

Sian said...

Yup, there's no light at all here today..my next couple of pages will have to wait to be photographed. That's a great way to look at the whole album idea! Looks like a great time was had by all

Maria Ontiveros said...

Yup! Done is sometimes better than perfect! I think all the constant creating helps feed your muse, so that you CAN pull out a perfect page or two in your journal.
Rinda

debs14 said...

Oh, now I'm missing the parties the kids had when they were little! My daughter would have loved the Build a bear one, in fact she probably still would (aged 23) She does have a B A B, called Princess who has a fairy outfit, a Christmas jumper and denim skirt ensemble and a graduation cap and gown.
Who says you have to grow up?!
PS Can't believe you used to live in Cambridge, I LOVE Cambridge!

Clair said...

I think I may just have a lego party for MY next birthday. Sounds like you've been having fun x

mise said...

I'm just quietly admiring your energy here. I'd still have been complacently congratulating myself for throwing the party at all rather than moving on to documenting it so effectively.