For the October Nerd Nest Challenge to fill in memory keeping gaps, I finished the second volume of my 2014 albums. I’ve already shared a video of the complete album as well as a closer look at some of the pages I finished off (soccer recap pages and Maker Faire pages), but I have a few more from the album to share!
Because I mix in traditional and pocketed pages and use a variety of sizes, I often get asked what I do on the backs of layouts. The easy answer is: make something else! These pages were all made to fill in gaps left in the album.
I usually include Currently cards at the end of a month in the album, but because I had a blank page after my May pages, I used this space as a June title page instead. I also included a photo I loved that is also in a weekly spread in the album–honestly because I was just excited to use that kite sticker.
I was originally intending to put those two little 6×6 layouts into a Design E page protector, but adhered them to the back of a layout instead. I decided to pick two other little stories that didn’t fit into my weekly spreads for the other two 6×6 spaces.
Tip: Use stamps as a template for embroidery. I also embroidered over a sticker so I’d have a small leaf that matched the background card!
Sometimes it works out that I can tell more little stories on the back of a page or will get the spark of an idea when looking through my photos. Rarely, there’s nothing I want to tell that will fit the empty space. In that case, there’s nothing wrong with just going decorative to enhance the pages around a filler page.
The space left by a 11×8.5 layout was filled much in the same way as the above two pages: I looked through my photos for a story that didn’t quite make the weekly spread cut and used the backside of the existing page to as a foundation for a layout.
This one has before and after photos of Eliza’s messy room. Her disaster of a room is very much a part of her story right now, as is the way it looks in its ideal state. I know that photos like these will be fun to look back on through the years as her taste and space changes.
Tip: If you have a symmetrical design, embellish in the middle to keep the symmetry. If you have embellishment pairs, you could also mirror embellishments on each side!
Usually title pages are the last thing I make for an album! I want to be able to choose my favorite photos from the time period, so I wait it out until the end.
How do you fill the spaces left in your albums?
Selected Supplies: Oh Deer Me November kit, overlay, arrow paper clip, and vellum stickers by Freckled Fawn / Studio Calico Walden PL kit, paper pad, and cards / Clever Card paper from Dear Lizzy / Heidi Swapp Color Pop tag / teal Currently cards by rukristin / Project Life journaling pens, Design A page protector, and Project Life corner rounder.
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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins.