I’ve been working on filling in some of the story gaps in my 2006 album! This album is full of all-over-the-place layouts. My very first 12×12 pages are in here, but there are also layouts here and there that I’ve made in later years, as I didn’t start memory keeping chronologically until I started doing weekly Project Life.
I have a lot of photos unused and stories untold for this year in our lives (it’s the year Eliza was born) that I want to tell, and Project Life is a quick and concise way to to do it! I’m doing some companion pocket pages to older layouts, pocket pages with photos that have been left in boxes for years, and some pocket pages that will tell the stories that are missing. I’ll probably do a few layouts later as well. Today I’m sharing the first few spreads I’ve completed.
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I started by seeing what I’d already printed. I pulled all of the 2006 photos from boxes and started to sort them based on rough chronology and theme. These were all taken with a point and shoot digital camera. I have the photos sorted in iPhoto, so I pulled iPhoto up to help me date the photos and figure out which photos I have that aren’t printed yet.
Some of the photos already had a companion layout waiting for them.
Pretty sure this was my first ever attempt at embellishment clustering.
The Live Brightly value kit coordinated fantastically with the layout. It doesn’t matter if your style isn’t consistent if you can link past and present pages together with color or shape repetition.
I went with a Design D page protector to house all of the little horizontal photos I had already printed and then cropped a few additional digital photos to vertical orientation 4×6 to fill out the rest of the page.
Tip: Most of the photos I already had printed were a small size–2.5×3.5. When you have small photos, and easily solution is to frame them in 3×4 white cards (or 4×6 white cards for larger photos). This works for heritage photos too. I love the extra white space that the boarders add, I might start printing photos smaller and doing this more often on photo-heavy spreads!
I used the same process with these already printed bath time photos. The Design F page protector was perfect the types of photos I had, and the blues and yellow in the Kraft edition matched up to Eliza’s bathtub and duck! I told the story of the song we sang to her while we bathed her.
Tip: I spelled a word wrong and rather than pitch the card, I just trimmed a strip from another card and added the word in letter stickers. Now it just looks like I was trying to make that word stand out (lucky that it was the most important word in the sentence). Covering up mistakes with scraps or labels is a great fix. (Also, it left a weird blank space, so I doodled a cabbage.)
Tip: You might want to cover up parts of photos, too! I cut labels from the cards in this kit to cover up a few parts in these bath photos.
Tip: Have extra photos? Just slip them behind the cards.
This spread is actually two unrelated pages, but as they are facing each other in the album, I used only the Penny Arcade Studio Calico kit (sold out) for both pages so that they’ll work well together.
For the back of the Design F bath page, I chose a lot of little unrelated photos and stories from the month of May. Pocket pages are fantastic for collecting lots of stories that don’t need a whole spread.
Tip: Not everything you share has to be sunshiny! It’s totally okay to share details of being stressed or sad or scared. On this card, I shared how scary it is to have a baby because there are so many different things you can do wrong that can literally result in death. I wrote back with perspective on some of the things we thought we were doing right but later found out weren’t.
Tip: Sometimes there are bright moments in sad times. I let them mix in my documentation just as they mix in life. In 2006 we lived with my grandparents, and my grandma had breast cancer. Her cancer was part of our everyday lives, and even though it was sad and horrible and took her life later in the year, it still resulted in funny moments like baby Eliza wearing her wig. These good moments can be an “in” to talk about the things that suck, like Grammy loosing her hair and going through chemo.
I’m pretty sure every parent takes and loves messy baby-eating photos. Some of these were blurry, but I don’t care. I’m not throwing away that cute smile!
Using a Design A page protector was a no-brainer with the combination of three 4×6 photos and one vertical 2.5×3.5 photo.
Tip: I love just slipping memorabilia into pockets, but sometimes it can slip out easily. I stapled a 3×4 card to a 4×6 card and slipped the memorabilia underneath.
Tip: Let products inspire you to go back and fill in the gaps! When I saw these fruit cards in July’s Studio Calico kit, I thought they were super cute but knew that they wouldn’t fit in with any documentation I’ve been doing lately. They reminded me of these baby photos of Eliza eating solids for the first time, and that spun off this whole thing!
I love this cute page I made a long time ago about Eliza and her fellow baby cousins, but I knew I had more photos I wanted in there! I also didn’t note anything about the occasion (a family Father’s Day party) on the original page, so a companion page was a great way to get more story in as well.
Tip: It can be very hard to match a photo’s dominant color, like blue water or green grass, so go with complementary colors instead!
Tip: This photo is pixelated and kind of terrible, but you really can’t tell until you look up close. Sometimes it’s better to choose documenting memories over visual quality.
Tip: When using a lot of busier cards, alternate between colored or patterned cards and cards with a neutral background to give the eye a break.
I mostly worked on Spring photos, but when I found these little reindeer we made with Eliza’s foot and hand prints, I wanted to get them in the album right away. I made a companion page to a simple Christmas page I made for Eliza with the reindeer and the duplicate photos.
I’m excited to fill in more gaps in this album! I included a few post-its as I went and am going to start working on a big photo order so I can keep going!
How do you fill in the gaps in your older albums?