I’m sharing another installment from my 2013 album today. Yes, I’m only on month FOUR out of 12, but I’ll slowly but surely get there. (I actually have May pretty much done too…just need to finish the journaling!) I’m very glad I decided to finish out last year instead of either trying to fit in both 2013 and 2014 at the same time OR just moving on to 2014 and leaving 2013 unfinished. 2014 will get documented in my traditional layouts only and that’s ok. Taking the time to complete all of last year has already motivated me for 2015! I’m thinkin’ ahead! (NOTE: Here are direct links to my January, February, and March spreads in you’re interested…)
As always, I start my monthly spread with two Design A page protectors and then add in additional, smaller inserts to fit in all my photo and memorabilia. I also just like how the layered page protectors look in my album. I have been using a lot of digital stamps and text on my photos, but I feel like I may start moving away from that. I like it, but it definitely adds more computer time to the whole process. And that’s not always the enjoyable part of it for me. My insert cards are from Studio Calico Project Life Kits and the April calendar date card is a freebie from FindingNana.com.
The first insert I added was a 8×10 photo. I had a leftover negative shape from a title I die cut for a different layout and I added that to the top of the photo. Hang on to those negative shapes! I didn’t have a horizontal 8×10 page protector, so I just used a vertical one. It’s not perfect, but it works! The back of the insert has a 8×10 collage of photos created with a template. This is such an easy and fast way to include a LOT of photos from an event or trip.
The second insert for this month is a Design C that I cut in half (vertically). It holds 3 horizontal 4x6s. On the front side, I used the top 2 for photos and the bottom one for a baptism announcement.
And the flip side of this insert has some artwork that my kids did for a school fundraiser that month. I was lucky in that they came home in that size (as a demo or something), but you could scan and shrink kid artwork down to fit in your book too.
One last tip I have is to use vellum over photos to highlight the subject. I had this not-so-great phone photo of my son breaking his first board at Tae Kwon Do and it was distracting with all the bright colors and other people in the room. I covered the whole photo with vellum, cutting out a window over him so that he becomes the subject of interest. To finish it off I placed a die cut frame over the opening. And that was last April! Is anyone else still trudging though their 2013 PL? What’s your strategy for getting it all done?