July 25, 2011
Today I wanted to share an album I made for a publication opportunity that didn't pan out. (As a side note, I don't talk a lot about rejection, but be assured that I get rejected constantly. And this project represents one of those many many many rejections.)
It's a Prima canvas purse album turned into a year-in-review album.
I love, love, love this album! I love this album because of the journaling. Simple lists that tell the story of my year. I had a lot of fun putting together these little photo/journaling cards:
I typed up my journaling, added a photo, and then hand painted the months. Totally love how it looks and how it reads and I am definitely going to do this again! Of all the year-in-review stuff I've ever done this one is my fave!
If you'd like to gather a year's worth of memories and stuff them into an album may I suggest the following:
- Decide whose year you're chronicling. I chronicled my year. Not our year as a family. Just mine. And this made it easy to decide which events were significant, because they only had to be significant to me. Whatever you decide, just pick a point-of-view and stick with it!
- Pick a favorite photo from each month that immediately brings a story to your mind. Just by looking at the photo you know the location, the date, the activity, etc.
- Go through your photos from the year and jot down the big events that happened.
- Now go through your calendar and fill in the extra details (maybe events you don't have photos from, but are certainly worth remembering).
- Look at that list of events and pick the few that really stand out in your mind as important.
That's how I came up with my lists. It was easier (and quicker) than I thought. I think I will make one of these albums every year from now on. My husband read through the album and said, "Wow! That's so cool. I had forgotten a lot of that." Precisely.
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. I'm doing Ali's Week in Life project. Are you?
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