Just yesterday I finished up our 2013 PL album. Well, if you want to get technical, I’m waiting for a journaling card from my husband and THEN I’ll be done. I wanted to be able to get these layouts posted, but didn’t want to drag it out with long posts, so I thought I would just do a quick overview… kind of like pushing the fast forward button. I came up with this idea and didn’t have much time to photograph all the layouts, so this is not my best, Nichol Magourik-type layout photography (seriously, have you seen her blog photos? Amazing!!!) Okay, are you ready?
That pink journaling card flips out for more journaling:
For the weeks that had inserts, I just photographed one side at a time. I don’t know about you, but my album was hitting that point where if I open the D-rings, I had to put like 10 page protectors back on right because it was so full!
The insert was photos of my girls playing Iron Chef: Playdough in the front yard. We figured out that the front yard is cooler in the morning than the backyard during the summer, so we were under the trees.
Two back to school shopping trips and Natalie’s first curling iron
Even though her birthday was in July, we didn’t get around to doing Sydney’s birthday portraits until this week. She actually asked me out of the blue. We did one round that first night and then the next day I curled her hair and we did some more.
The week before school starts, we head up to school to help the teachers get ready. Poor Sydney hates sharpening pencils now :)
Grandparents’ Lunch @ school (my mother came) and pet sitting for one of our teacher friends
Played around with printing my instagram shots for the week and Natalie turned 10/had her party
I was light on photos this week, so I did some playing around with those pretty filler cards that I never have the space to use
Natalie’s birthday portraits, Sydney got her class shirt and we partied all Saturday
I’ve seen message board questions and people on FB discussing whether or not they should include the “bad” with the good in their PL or scrapbook albums. When I first started out doing our family albums (we got married in Dec. and January I started our family album of us and our dog) I used to only talk about the good stuff or just be vague in my journaling about the not-so-good stuff. In the last few years I’ve come to the realization that life is not all rainbows and sunshine, so why am I trying to show it that way? Not only that, when my girls are adults and they are (hopefully) looking thru these albums, I want them to see that we had crappy days and hard things to deal with and we were able to keep going. Does that make sense? Anyway, here is an example of such:
Week 42: (one of my least favorite spreads)
Week 43: (was struggling with the creative juices with this layout)
Insert for this week:
weekly card designed by Sydney:
I had a 5×7 insert this week. The front was a picture of the flowers my husband brought me home for our 13th anniversary on the 3rd:
I’ve also seen some people discuss whether or not to start their 2014 album with the whole week (including the last few days of 2013) or asking how other people handle that. I personally prefer to have all the days of the calendar year together. I’ve gotten pretty good at creatively working the layouts when there isn’t a full week (i.e I only need one half of the spread, but it doesn’t work out that way). Here are the last three days of the year:
Each year for the last few, I’ve taken portraits of the four of us towards the end of December. I started taking them for the title page of the next year, but then ended up also using them as a comparison for the end of the album. That is what I did for the second half of this 2 page spread. In other words, each photo shows the person from December 2012 on the left and one year later, December 2013 on the right. It’s a great way to see how much the girls have grown and how my husband and I have changed:
And finally, the back and final page:
If you made it thru all of that – wow! Oh, and thank you :) I have had so much fun looking at everyone’s title pages for the new year and can’t wait to sit down and get started on mine. I’ve had full on tunnel vision as far as only thinking about finishing 2013’s album that I haven’t given much thought to 2014’s and the changes I’m going to make vs. what will stay the same. I guess only time will tell!
Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear from you.