I’ve been really inspired lately to work on my travel albums. Maybe because I haven’t been able to travel anywhere for a while (hello, pandemic!). Looking back through my photos and ephemera takes me back to those places and relive those memories.
I started with my Ali Edwards Story Camp album. It was the last trip I went on back in January 2020. The event was held in Eugene Oregon.
My first step was to look at all of my photos and pull out my ephemera and see what I was working with. Based on the length of the trip, and the “stuff” I had collected from the trip, I decided to go with a Travelers Notebook sized album from Citrus Twist Kits. I also used the Ali Edwards 2020 Travel collection (both the physical and digital kits) and add-ons.
Next step was printing out all of my photos and coming up with a formula for my album. Using one kit and a basic layout formula for the album helped me to complete the album quickly because I had less choice.
After the photos were in the album I added my ephemera and then added all of my journaling.
Final steps were to add the embellishments. I had some fun playing with my gelli plate to create the intro page for each day.
I love how this album turned out, and so happy to have all these memories documented.
See this album come together from start to finish in my process video:
I’ve had so much fun over the past few weeks putting together some foundation pages for my October Daily album. These pages give me a place to start so I’m not staring at a blank page on October first and wondering where to begin.
This year I’m creating a 4×4 inch mini album. I just loved this size last year. It ends up being the perfect chunky little album to hold in your hands and flip through.
I like lots of variety of sizes and textures in my albums. I create pages inside and outside the page protectors, I do a lot of messy stitching to give texture, and I love creating pockets because they have lots of tuck spots.
I can’t believe it’s time to start thinking about Halloween and October Daily again!
This week I started prepping for October Daily by going through all of my Halloween supplies, and setting up my craft station.
I’ve also been purchasing new Halloween goodies, even though I have more supplies than one girl needs, I find it gets me excited about the project and brings out my creativity.
This month I’m going to focus on putting together some foundation pages. I like to make my really crafty pages ahead of time when I’m not burnt out on the project. Then I can just fill in the details when I get to that day.
I’ll be using a 4×4 album again. I loved this size last year!
I’ve also started thinking about different things I want to document. It’s going to be strange this year because of the pandemic, so I’m brainstorming ways I can make this season special, in spite of the circumstances.
Below I’m sharing a video walk through of my October Daily kit.
October Daily Prep Tips:
Take inventory of your supplies, donate those you know you won’t use, and purchase any new supplies you need/want. Don’t forget the basics like tape runner refills!
Brainstorm some ideas for things you want to do and document in your album. Schedule any activities you want to do during October.
Decide what size album you want to use, have fun with your supplies and put together some foundation pages.
My main purpose for completing the project this year was to capture the little things about my life in this moment in time. Looking back through my old scrapbooks, I don’t have an overall feel for my day-to-day life, I mostly just documented the big events. I wish I could remember things like my daily routine, what I was listening to or reading, what kinds of products I was using. Those little details slip away over time.
Documenting The Week
Focus on Photography
I love photography, I decided to use the week to get out my big camera to take a lot of the photos, and I also wanted to try to take photos from different angles than normal (a birds eye view, from on the ground, from behind me – I even put my camera inside the fridge and took a picture of me reaching in). I used ladders, various tripods, self-timer shots, remote shots, and also used my Apple Watch as a remote. I really enjoyed the process.
Focus on the Words
To document each day, I used an app called Day One, which is an online journal that syncs across all your devices. It was a rough start at first, but I finally got the hang of it around Wednesday, when I used the prompt Facts & Feelings. I would open up the app throughout the day and write the details of what I was doing, and then I would also write my feelings. Including facts and feelings gave my journaling a more complete picture. When it came time to put my album together, it was easy to do the journaling because it was already written.
Putting the Album Together
I decided to use a 3×8 Album, which was a little daunting since most of the products in Ali’s WITL kit were made to fit in a 6×8 album. I wasn’t sure how I was going to fit it all in. I managed, but it’s a really tight squeeze!
I used the 3×8 album that came out with Ali’s Day In the Life (DIL) Kit 2020. To complete the album, I mostly used products from the DIL kit, as well as the WITL kit.
The first thing I did after the documenting week was over, was to put together a sketch which helped me see which photos I needed to print. Then I printed out all of the photos. I sent off most of the photos to Persnickety Prints.
Each day starts with an acetate divider. I used the ones from the DIL kit. I cut off the day of the week on the top of the divider. I created my own side tabs by using an Avery index tab, and adding the white plastic day of the week words that came with the kit. I had to trim them slightly to fit inside the label tabs.
The divider includes the day of the week, and the date on a circle. I purchased these as a digital element, and printed them out on sticker paper. I put one on the front and one on the back of the divider.
I also included icons from the kit that corresponded to the topic I was going to focus on for that day (e.g. Monday I took a deep dive look into what we’re doing for work right now, so I included a computer and email icon on the divider).
Behind the daily divider, I created a tag by cutting down the day of the week 4×6 cards from the kit to a 3×6 size. I repeat stamped the date in a messy pattern using a large rolling date stamp from Studio Calico.
On the back of the tag, I wanted to include a schedule of my day. I thought it was the perfect place to include a scanned page from my daily planner. After scanning my planner page, I brought it into Photoshop Elements, and sized it down to 3×6 size and printed it out. I adhered it to the back of the date stamped tag.
Since I had to cut off the bottom of the 4×6 card, I lost some of the colored pattern that was on the bottom, and I really wanted to use it. So I used it on the back of the tag, along the top and bottom of the planner page. It added a nice touch of color.
Then I finished off the tag with some black and white bakers twine.
I used a 6×8 divided page that had a 3×8 pocket and a 3×2 pocket. I slipped the tag into the larger pocket. for the smaller pocket, I glued in plastic numbers related to the date (e.g. 11 for May 11th).
After the date tag page, I added photos from the day, and my journaling for the day. I used a day of the week die cut from a Feed Your Craft kit.
Each day I focused on a specific topic of our lives, which I chose based on the “-ing” cards from the DIL kit.
Monday – Working
Tuesday – Eating
Wednesday – Wearing
Thursday – Listening
Friday – Watching
Saturday – Going
Sunday – Loving
I picked my favorite photo of the day and made it into a full page photo that was outside the page protector. I backed the front and back of the full photo with large 4×8 photos.
You can see a walkthrough of the vide here.
Take photos from different angles. Use self-timers or remotes to get yourself in the picture.
Write your journaling throughout the day – don’t forget to include facts and feelings.
If you don’t want to (or can’t) include an original item in your album, scan it or take a photo to include in the album
Don’t be afraid to use an album that’s a different size than what’s intended for the kit. Get creative and cut up journaling cards and elements to meet your needs. You can also alter page protectors to meet your needs. For this kit, I took a 6×8 page protector and folded it in half to create a 3×8 page protector that flips out. It’s your album – have fun with it!
I love October, it’s my favorite month of the year. I love the change in the weather, all the Fall colors, and the fun festivities. So I decided this year I would document all the thrills and chills of October in a 4×4 mini album!
I started off by putting together a kit of my favorite Halloween craft papers, die cuts and other embellishments. Then I prepped a few pages in my album so I wouldn’t be starting off the album with a blank slate (I always find that just getting started is the hardest part. Once I get going the ideas start to flow). I began snapping photos of our adventures, and then the album really started coming together.
My favorite page is a 3 pocket folder I sewed and hole punched to fit on the rings. The front pocket features a ouija board planchette that I enlarged, printed and cut, and then added a rhinestone to give it more dimension. I then sewed it to the pocket and added a little fortune teller charm. I created a tab to fit in the middle pocket and hidden inside the tag is the story of the aura photo my husband and I had taken! So fun.
I have an October Daily 2019 Playlist on my YouTube channel, and some Instagram posts if you want to see more of this fun and chunky mini album, and get some ideas for your own album. I was going for lots of texture and interactive elements. I’ll be posting a flip through once it’s all complete. So stay tuned!
Wishing you a spooktacular Halloween!
Want to create a pocket of your own? Here are the supplies I used: