Thursday, April 4, 2013

Playing Along

I participated in Noell Hyman's play along in March.  Her challenge was to complete an album.  Due to Spring Break and and a kitchen remodel I didn't quite get my album done, but I did make some progress.  I decided to work on my 2008 "Things we Do" album and fill in the blanks that still remained.

After going through my existing layouts and my LOM workflow cards I identified the holes in my story.  I was missing a few birthdays and some activities.  Also, I was able to identify some other layouts that I want to make that will go in other album categories.


I created this layout with some left over Disney photos I had from a trip our family took that year.  I had already created an album dedicated to that trip (red album in photo above), but I wanted to document that vacation in my 2008 album.  I reference the travel album in the journaling so readers will know there is more of the story there.

I got to work and made several layouts that I've been wanting to create.  It was nice to immerse myself into this set of photos (2008) and look back at some stories that I didn't want to tell anymore and others that have more meaning today. 


After working on missing layouts, I've put post-it notes in the places where the layouts that are missing need to be added.  I now have a plan and have about 5 layouts left to complete this album as well as complete a title page with any photos I don't end up using.

It was fun and rewarding to work on this play along.  I got some insight on the concept of story telling within your scrapbook albums.  I now want to go into some of my other category albums and see which layouts are missing that would add to the overall story I want to tell.
Peace and Happy Scrapping

Monday, March 11, 2013

Album Organization Part 3

I haven't blogged in months but have been recently inspired by Noell Hyman's Play Along. I mentioned in my first post on album organization that I have used both Stacy Julian's LOM system as well as Shimelle's Cover to Cover class for inspiration in how I organize my layouts and how I tell the stories that are most important to me.

Basically I house "Things We Do" chronologically by year in these WRMK black albums. Inspired by Cover to Cover, I worked on my 2007 album all of last year. My "Things We Do" albums include events like birthdays, trips, sports, dance, and holidays.

I began with my 2007 album and looked at all the layouts I'd made so far. I then looked through my photo work flow organization cards from LOM and I figured out which stories still needed telling.
I love these cards as they help keep me on track and I am the type of person who loves checking things off of lists.
As I worked on 2007 stories some layouts went in my "Things We Do" for 2007 and some went into my other LOM categories. I have three other LOM categories: US, FAMILY, and PLACES with lots of subcategories within each album.

I worked on the missing events and created layouts that completed our story for the year. I also created a title page for the album with unused photos. This was the last layout I created. I made a collage of the photos and edged them with paint. I put a simple ribbon and thickers for the year as well as a sort of word bubble that shows some of the events that are documented inside of the album.
First day of school and bday party layouts: some events documented in this album.

I even found some "A Week in the Life" layouts I created way back in 2007.  These were created on Creative Memories pages so I sliced off the staples and inserted them into page protectors and placed them in the 2007 album where they belong chronologically for that year.

Finally I created some project life pages that I placed in the back of the binder at the end of all the layouts. They include a monthly look at our lives in 2007 with snap shots that were not documented in full layouts. I love being able to include these types of photos and journaling. I call this section "Year in Review". I had a Project Life kit that I had received as a gift and hadn't used and chose to use it in this manner. I will continue to use project life in this way with this kit for years 2007-2011.

Project Life: one month at a time.

Year 2007 is now complete and I am so satisfied with how it has turned out. I enjoyed the process and will now work on 2008 in the "Play Along" challenge.