Hello, Emily Pitts on deck today. My family spent a week in the beautiful country of Wales last month, that's me with Harlech castle in the background. We had a wonderful time exploring the Northwestern, Western, and Southeastern parts of the country with my parents.
I'm here with a little follow up from my June gallery Fun Facts. If you missed, or perhaps don't remember what I wrote, you can check it out here. I knew all those facts I had listed would make a fun mini album, combined with photos and statistics of what we did see. I was right.
And not only was it fun, it was EASY. And if you remember my post from last month, I'm all about simplifying and making my life easy this summer (at least, I keep reminding myself of that fact...)
Why was it easy, you ask? Because most of the thinking was already done for me.
The biggest stumbling block I run into when I think about creating a mini album is how to organize enough photos along the same topic that it will be big enough to be worthy of the name "album." Never mind the word "mini." But with my Fun Facts write up, I knew if I took photos of the castles, the national parks, the sheep, the people, and the coastlines, I'd be set. I was right. It was easy.
I cut a bunch of 4x6 tags and made the section header pages. I kept the design simple, with the same elements (more or less) on each header page. These included a smaller tag, a number, some circles, and a button or brad. I rearranged all these elements as needed, sometimes adding and sometimes subtracting. It was a fun way to keep some continuity, but have each header slightly different.
For the filler tags, I kept it really simple. A strip of green cardstock, punched with a zig zag border, a date sticker, a half circle for any sort of journaling, and a button or brad. If there was more to say, I wrote on the back of the tag.
So here is my suggestion for you, when going on vacation, think of it in numerical terms. How many people live in the city you're touring? How many skyscrapers are in the skyline? How many Broadway plays were playing while you were there? How many cows live in the state? How many pounds of coffee does the city consume? You'll probably have to do some hunting I'm sure, but I bet you could find enough number based facts about where you're going that you could put together a fun mini album. And you could do it fast, like Amy suggests in her post on Tuesday.