Travel Album Challenge - Week One
Hi everyone. I’m excited to be hosting another month-long challenge here on the blog this month. This is going to be a good one too – we are going to create an entire album again – only this time, we are going to do it in four 30-60 minutes sessions! Seriously. It can be done – I’ll prove it to you! Are you in?
This month I thought it would be fun to tackle a stack of vacation photos – I’ve been sitting on a pile of photos and memorabilia from a vacation Brad and I took almost 13 years ago – I haven’t scrapped a single photo. I know, it’s sad! But by the time this month is over, I’m going to have a fabulous little album all about our trip.
Notice I didn’t say I was going to scrapbook EVERY SINGLE photo. I’m not. I don’t need to. I’m going to include enough photos and just enough journaling to tell about our trip. I can always go back later and add more photos, more journaling, more detail. I can always create more pages with more, more, more…but for now, I want to get it all in one place and have our vacation album finished. I want my kids to be able to look at photos (no matter how bad they are) of a little trip we took before any of them were born.
So, I guess step one in this process will be just letting it go. Don’t stress about including every single photo. Don’t stress about writing a novel. Just relax and have fun putting SOME photos and SOME journaling into a cool little album.
And now, since I know step one didn’t take a full 30-60 minutes, we’ll also do step two this week. Step two is to gather the materials you want to use for your album. The easiest (and speediest) way to do this is to use a kit. Making Memories just came out with a fabulous 8”x8” Mini Book Kit for the Passport line – perfect for a vacation album like we’re doing. You can also gather some coordinating product to add to the kit. Don’t stress about adding a lot of extra product though, because limiting your selection will make the process much easier.
Okay, let’s also add step three today. Step three will be to gather or print the photos you want to use for your album. Choose the photos that best convey the story you want to share in this little book. You might not want to share every detail – but focus on certain parts of your trip, however you want to do it is fine, just decide now and gather those photos only. My album has 12 pages – front and back. I want to put two photos on each page – so I’m going to choose 24 photos. (Notice the stack of photos I have of this vacation? Way more than 24, but I think 24 is plenty to share the story of our trip – so I have some narrowing down to do.) Also, if you want more continuity throughout your album, you can consider converting your photos to black and white.
That's good for today - session one of our four-session challenge. So after today's session, you should have the following:
- Let go of the idea that you need to scrap every single photo/thought in this particular project (that was easy!)
- Gathered your materials for your album (remember using a kit makes this a snap.)
- Gathered your photos – have them ready to add to your book. (this one might take a bit more time but you should be able to complete this step well within the 60 minute time limit.)
I hope you’ll join me this month! If you do, please leave a comment and a link to your blog so we can enjoy this journey together! :o)