Let me first say, phew! I feel like I just crossed a finish line.
This project is so rewarding in so many ways, but it's a commitment. After seven days of photo documentation, you're kind of over it. Luckily, the design process is my favorite part and I was eager to dive in and git 'er done. (I live in Virginia, so I get a pass for writing that.)
I received my reward this morning when I showed it to the girls. They flipped out. "That's Chewie! My toys! That's Daddy!" I'm thinking about printing out another set of pages as a play album.
Here's my completed album, click to enlarge images. Stay tuned for my notes below.
ABOUT THE DESIGN | Each day of the week has a spread of photos with a variety of inserts between the pages. These inserts include full-bleed images and some type elements. (All done in Photoshop.) For the spreads, I stuck to my 8x8 design plan with a grid system of six horizontal photos. On some pages, I pulled photos out to wide horizontals or sharp verticals, but kept them within the grid's perimeters. I can't tell you how much this simplified things.
SUPPLIES | I used 8x8 page protectors by Doodlebug Design. I had to punch an additional hole to make them fit in my 12x12 Project Life album. The fonts I used are Oswald and Nevis, both free. You can check out my FAQ page for info on the paper, printer, etc. I use.
AVOIDING STRESS | Part of the 8x8 plan was to keep paper trimming to a minimum. I also gave myself permission to skip Project Life this week. I kept the journaling down to photo captions and some stats. Told myself that it was OK that the gloomy weather produced so-so images and not to complicate things with additional elements like washi tape, labels, etc. Minus a hiccup with my printer in the eleventh hour, it worked!
Thanks for taking a peek. Comments? Questions? Fire away!