Friday, August 28, 2015

Finishing projects part 3: Vacation album

I'm making progress on my summer to-do list, finishing off number 4. Here's the list:
  1. Finish creating the boys' 5th and 6th grade school album pages
  2. Edit and print photos from Custer S.P. (2011)
  3. Create mini albums with thank you cards from school
  4. Finish the Disney album (2010)
  5. Update the Easter mini-album
  6. Complete the iScrap class/album
  7. Complete the Get Messy class/album
  8. Ask Derick to finish journaling his London album
  9. Complete 5 Vacation Faves (2015)
  10. Create cards for my Dad
  11. Rowan school album photos: 3rd, 5th, and 6th; class photo 4th and 6th
  12. Dominic school album photos: 2nd, 4th, and 5th;class photo 3rd and 5th
Last month I scrapped a series at Write Click Scrapbook sharing how I go about scrapbooking vacations. My goal was to finish this vacation album this summer, and I'm done! Here it is:

Here's the cover of the album. It took me a couple tries to get it sized right. I always forget about the space that needs to be left that can't be seen. No designs can go there!

I've mentioned before that I do the same design every time I do a vacation album. This simplifies my process and still leaves me with a visually appealing album. For the title page, I pick a great family photo, give a big title and embellishment cluster, and a table of contents. Here's the content pages:

Most of these are a two-page spread. I do a photo and title block, then photos and journaling on the other half of the page. I alternate products between pages, and I alternate where I put the title/journaling (top or bottom).

Although I do two-page spreads mostly, I also do a four-page spread when I have a lot of photos I want to include.


For the last page I included photos that I had forgotten. Not much journaling here; I often give just a quotation that fits.

And the back cover! I super glue an envelope (actually using sticky strips) and include memorabilia I wish to keep.

As I mentioned on WCS, I decided long ago it's easier to use a single product line for an album (though I do dig into stash on a needs basis). For this album I used October Afternoon Boarding Pass. I liked the bright colors and thought they would work well with my Disney photos.

Thank you for letting me share my Disney album! I hope to still print my photos from Custer State Park is 2011 before the end of the summer (I've already scrapped our 2012 trip to Maine).  For that album I plan on using October Afternoon's Sasparilla.  I hope to scrapbook our 2011 trip by the end of the year, and then I can focus on 2013 through 2015 (Glacier, Itasca S.P., and our big road trip this year). I won't finish my to-do list by the end of the summer, but making progress on it makes me feel satisfied.



What a great design concept to continue through an album!

Gina200 said...

This looks so great! I love that there is a consistent flow and pattern. I'm sure it makes it much easier for you and it makes it very cohesive.
I love that you're making progress on your to-do list - so great to cross things off the list and the feeling of accomplishment as well as a great finished product. (also I have to say selfishly that it's nice to see others have multiple years of school pages to complete for their kids. My daughter is in 7th grade and I've got K, 1 & 2 done... eek!

What size album do you use for your vacation albums?

Jennifer Larson said...

Thank you for the terrific comments! Gina, I use 8.5x11 potbound. I'm finding it hard to get good-quality potbound since my favorite (Stampin' Up) stopped making them, so I may have to switch to D-Ring soon. I like the limited size of 8.5x11, though.

Carrie said...

Thanks for sharing. I love this album and want to copy it for our 2014 trip. Like you, I use a single collection for each vacation. Makes my choices much easier and the book is more cohesive. Plus, I find that with vacations I use much less decoration, since the photos really are the stars that tell the story. I always enjoy your blog and your ideas, so, again, thanks.