A Scrapbookers Story – The 2017 USA Album

This post has been six months in the writing! Everything I wrote last year about this album and way back here about how I began the preparation for still holds true but I wanted to bring it all together and fill in some gaps and give an idea of the overall album.

After I’d taken the Travel Scrapbook Class from Ali Edwards last August I felt inspired to get this album finished. I knew my task would be a big one so I brought all the photos, ephemera and completed pages together on the patio table (it was so hot last summer!) along with a pad of sticky notes and spent a lovely morning working through the pictures, looking at the ephemera and getting organised. When I was finished in the planning stage I took this photo……

All those post it notes were either layouts to finish (I went through a phase of starting layouts) or indicating a photos tucked into a 12 x 12 page protector waiting for the story to be told.

As it stood right there and then physical album was almost full. Adding another twenty or so pages was going to spill out of that album and I didn’t want to have more that one album for this trip.

It was certainly overwhelming so I split the task of deciding what to do next into a few little chunks.

First, I put most of the ephemera I wanted to keep into divided page protectors.

I used the 12 pocket page protectors from Becky Higgins.

Second, I began to finish all the half made pages. Here is an example of one I had started and not completed.

Third, I went through all the photos I’d designated for layouts and thought about whether they actually needed a 12 x 12 page. This was hard. When I got all those photos printed I wanted to tell all the stories. I was so in love with that trip, it was pretty special and I wanted to remember every teeny tiny detail.

I think something that taking Ali’s class helped with was the reminder that you cannot tell all the stories and you do not have to used all the photos!

Phew that was hard to write but I can see how true it is especially when faced with so many pictures.

Using a technique I’d used before I added lots of photos to 6 pocket pages. Photos where there wasn’t a story to tell but I still wanted to be able to see the pictures I’d taken. Or where I felt the story didn’t warrant a full layout. It’s the fusion of a traditional photo album with a scrapbook album and I like the way it breaks ups the stories and gives a more complete picture.

Here are a few of those pages.

I added words along with the photos where I felt I needed to.

And also had some double spreads too.

I wasn’t precious about side on photos either!

Just popped them in the pockets.

Oh my I love seeing them all.

This technique allowed me to cut back on the layouts which means I can just about fit everything into this one album.

As of today I have two more 12 x 12 layouts to make. Hooray!  Yes, there are less 12 x 12 stories than I wanted but all of the ephemera is in there, almost every photos is included and it gives a great overview of the trip.

It is never a bad idea to reevaluate. There is no right or wrong here just what works for you at that moment in time. Here’s to getting the stories told.