Let’s take a look at my 2017 album and how I have selected the photos and organized them into the album. Having all the photos sets me onto a great path to finishing these pages easily!
I hope that is helpful to you in seeing how I chose photos, and also how helpful it is to go ahead and slide your photos into the pockets. Now the fun can begin! Let’s take a look at how I created my layout for Week 37.
Here is a look at the completed layout.
Our stories for this week included three vicious hurricanes swirling around the Atlantic, successes in meal planning, our anniversary, and a fun night of baking (and eating!) cake pops. I love these photos: it’s a combination of global events right along with private life. One side of the layout is all about one particular event – making the cake pops!
I created this layout for the Sahlin Studio Creative Team using the Weekly Calendar Cards and the Composition digital kit. The cards have been printed out and embellished using physical embellishments from Studio Calico, Simple Stories, and sequins.
I’ve begun with my date card here, which is actually the jumping off point for the whole layout. The calendar cards was red so I looked for a coordinating kit that featured red plus other favorite colors – in this case Composition featured the light mint color, and I had sequins that were red, mint, white, and black, so it was an easy fit!
I borrowed the idea of the photo with the hurricane from Becky Higgins. Even though we weren’t personally affected by those storms, I wanted to include them here because it was a really rough time in the US as a whole. Of course we were watching them closely because it seemed really scary and uncertain at the time.
Alan and I also celebrated our five-year anniversary, and he gave me this most amazing gift. He put together a book of drawings and funny quotes from our years together! It’s the most incredible thing I have ever seen! He tells me he worked on it for about two years, and I wanted to be sure to include a photo of it here.
We have been working on meal planning as well, and really like how it has changed our entire approach in the kitchen! This is also around the time I went gluten-free, and that is something that would have been even harder if it weren’t for the meal planning.
If you notice, this particular week was a bit light on photos, and the right hand side is dedicated to one single event – baking cake pops. I love this, because it gives me an opportunity to highlight each kid on the layout. This is something that is important to me personally, that each kid feel like they are included and important in these albums. So this is a great opportunity to add photos of each of them. They love any kind of decorating – cookies, cakes, cake pops – and had so much fun!
I’ve used my vintage Smith Corona typewriter here for the journaling and I love it. There are some mistakes here and there, I find it hilarious that I could not figure out how to make the apostrophe! But I kept it that way and find that the type looks great going across the page!
This is definitely a great way to use one specific event to fill up your pages in a meaningful way. Some stories only need one photo, but I love including more photos for this particular story because it is the kind of story they will talk about for years to come.
Also note each child’s relationship to the people and things around them. Right now they all come up to just about the bottom of the microwave on the wall. One day they will be taller than the microwave (perhaps). We have photos of Natalie when she still used the step stool to reach the counter. Her growth has been captured already in our photos and I just love that.
Such a fun page and so many good memories. Let’s check out the next process video!