Week 31 and no (gasp!) pocketed page protectors. I threw this spread together in ten minutes (that does not count editing and printing photos, which took much longer). Win.
I skipped the insert this week, challenging myself to fit the whole story of the week into a single spread. Even though I really wanted to do something bigger for our visit to the Google Fiber Space… I thought about it and yes, it can fit in a 5×5 space just fine. I don’t need an insert for everything we do. At least that’s how I’m feeling this week. I still have over 30 photos in there, so I’m feeling pretty good about the decision.
Left side is Instagrams!!! They’re all about 2.5 x 2.5 inches, but they aren’t cropped perfectly. I’m cool with it.
I journaled a list of the things going on in the Instagram photos in the little strips next to the 31.
∙ color ∙ cat ∙ Plaza ∙ Ronaoke Park ∙ walk ∙ hang ∙ bake ∙ read ∙ bathe ∙ play ∙ FORT ∙ dance ∙ Newsies ∙ Steve
Love that those few words are enough to tell you what’s going on in all of the photos. I also wrote another sentence along the side of the collage about our friend Steve’s bachelor party, which Jake went to last week, because I realized that I forgot to write something about it in after I’d already finished the spread. That’s what happens if I don’t take a photo / make a note of something. It falls right out of my brain.
I also love that these photos are really showing off how we’re spending time with Eliza on her few weeks off from school: lots of playing outside, parks, dancing, reading, baking, walking, and forts. But you already knew all that, because I listed it. Hah!
For this side, I was originally just going to have the yellow background with the four photo blocks spread out evenly. But then I decided that it needed to be off-center for the balance of both sides of the spread. So I blocked ‘em together. Too much negative space. So I added the blue paper. The photos got lost. So I matted them in Kraft. No room for the words (the kraft was 8.5 x 11 and the photo block is 8 x 8). So I added strips.
I include all this so you can see what my process is like. I have a plan, but I don’t get hung up if it isn’t working. I don’t spend a lot of time looking for products. All of this stuff was at the very top of piles around my desk. I just added the first thing to work. I ran into all of these issues and still spent less than five minutes on this page. I guess I’m trying to tell you not to make things more complicated than they need to be. (Sorry, I’m super rambly today.)
Documented on this side: our visit to the Google Fiber Space, a few photos from my first day canvasing for Senator Claire McCaskill,
Eliza and her friend at the park (with a rainbow in the background!), Jonas swinging, and Jake blogging at his computer.
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