Let’s walk through my 2013 album as it was originally created.
I also wanted to share with you my process for selecting, editing, and printing my photos for this album redo. I am going to bite off this elephant a little bit at a time, so in this video you will see me select and edit photos for 12 weeks. That helps keep the project manageable for me at this time and season of my life. When I am ready to print more, I will repeat this process again.
I also thought I would share the first layout in this album with you. I am calling it Week 01, although it is technically just the first day!
Let’s take a closer look at each page.
The story for this week is one of the classic family stories that our family remembers well and elicits all the best feels. We had spent New Year’s Eve at Hollywood Studios for the best party on the planet, and then we woke up the next day, packed up the car to drive home, and made it to about Jacksonville. There we discovered the car was broken down and we had to navigate our way home. Our options were extremely limited since it was a holiday, after all, so we were stuck renting a Uhaul and a rental car to tow our car home and get us all home as well.
I started the layout with my title card, which is entirely intended to be tongue in cheek and all things snarky. I used the acrylic icons from Pink Paislee to create my expletive, and then stamped the words with Kerri Bradford’s Ashland alphabet stamps. The journal cards are all from the Sahlin Studio Rough Times collection, which was the absolute perfect choice for this layout.
This layout is a study in contrast and in story telling through contrast. Our evening at the amusement park was most magical, and our day the next day certainly was not magical. I divided the story into four sections, two of which are housed right here on the 3×4 cards.
This blue card tells more of the story and how we came to solve the problem of how to get home. Notice how I have used the Ali Edwards stamps to fill in the grey journal card. So highly appropriate! I have used the Wild and Tough stamp sets, which were perfect for this layout.
I loved including some of my favorite photos from the fun night. They help tell the story but they also serve to fill the layout since I really did not have many photos from the travel home. I am most definitely glad I took the photos I did!
This side is mostly about the actual trip home, with photos I took once we got home. The photos tell the story of bringing our poor car home on the tow dolly, right before we towed it into the dealership.
The word art from Sahlin Studio just sums it all up. Having car trouble is bad enough, but it is really bad when you are 10 hours away from home! The white rubber word nope is from Studio Calico.
Since my journaling was typed onto the journal cards, it meant I could just use minimal embellishments on the photos and other cards. The yellow oops is from Freckled Fawn, as is the our real life chipboard piece below.
Breaking up the journaling, but doing it in an organized way such as this really makes me happy and is a great way to tell these longer stories. I have added two yellow dots from Studio Calico to give this card just a bit of color.
What an epic story! You guys, I already feel so good about starting this project back over, just one layout into it!