Saturday, August 29, 2015

1989 │ the concert and the mini album

Every so often a concert tour comes along that I really, really want to go too.  Case in point the Taylor Swift 1989 Tour. I just had to see this show and I just had to take my daughter because I just knew she would absolutely love it. Of course tickets went on sale months ago but I waited until two weeks before the night to start my search for tickets. Thankfully thru a friend of a friend I was able to buy two tickets at face value for myself and my daughter. I was also luckily able to tag along with another set of friends for the trip into the Bay Area for the night. We all stayed at the same hotel and being able to travel in and stay with them made it that much more fun.

The night was nothing short of epic. We danced, we sang and I cried. It was a night I will never forget and taking my daughter to see her first concert in such a big and major way made it that much better.  My mom took me to my first concert so I was super excited to be able to be there for Simone's first too. Memories made for sure.

I took a ridiculous amount of photos that night on both my iPhone and my small Canon point and shoot camera. I took my point and shoot because it gets some pretty descent shots at night and I didn't want to have to carry my big camera.

Here is the mini album that I made. I used minimal number of products, mainly a lot of Kelly Purkey Clearly Kelly stamps. Especially the New Adventures set which ended up being perfect for this album. I also used a set of transparencies from Seven Paper, some gold glitter stars, a little bit of washi tape and the 4x4 black album from Die Cuts with A View. It was a quick project and I can't stop looking at it and reliving the night. If you have a chance to see this show, do it. Don't think twice just do it and take your daughter, your niece or your friends daughter with you.

The day before the concert I made the Polaroid frame out of a piece of foam core, I also scanned the cover art into my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the T.S. 1989 so it matched the album cover. We did a little photo shoot to get ourselves in the mood and it totally did. It was so much fun and I took the frame with us to the concert so my friends daughters could also snap some pics with it too. I used one of the snaps to decorate the cover of the album. Some out takes also made it in as you will see below.

This is a little overview of the basic design of the album; photos and transparencies mixed in between. I stamped on vellum and made them tabs that I attached to the transparencies to help turn those pages. I grabbed a few images online to use in the album; the cover page, the collage of Polaroids, the set list, the stadium seating chart, the 1989 neon logo and I also took screen grabs of the two photos Taylor herself Instagramed from that nights show. All the other photos in the album were taken by me.

 The venue had very strict rules about what you could and could not carry into the stadium so I felt that needed to be documented.

These two pictures were pure luck. The fact that she was looking up over my head at one of the jumbo trons the minute Taylor took the stage was amazing. This is exactly what I thought would happen and I'm so glad I got it on film.

We screamed and danced our butts off!

On our way home I went thru the hashtag for the show and loved seeing my two pics that I posted in the feed so I took a screen shot to capture them. I used one of the screen shots in the album.

The lights were amazing.

We totally kept our wrist bands.

My shots of the special guests weren't that great but Taylor's Instagram pics were.

Concert mini albums FTW! I hope this inspires you to make something similar for one of your summer concerts. If you do, link me up in the comments I'd love to see it.

See you soon,

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  1. absolutely love this!! and your daughter is going to LOVE looking back at this years from now!!!

  2. This is seriously awesome. Simone will treasure this one day!

  3. Okay - you know you did a good job when someone who didn't even go got teary reading the album (read: me). Excellent book to hold your excellent memories. Such a treasure.

    1. LOL! I do too every time I look at it! I love that you did too, my job is done!

  4. I'm just going to agree with everything that they ^ said! This album is amazing! I really enjoyed looking "through" it - thanks for sharing!! :)

  5. I just love this!!! What a great idea! I must go back and make concert mini albums. Thanks for the inspiration!