Hi everyone! Ann here with the second installment of the Vacation Album process. While I was planning the album, I tried to define a process that would work for me. The criteria were as follows:
- It had to to be do-able in small time increments. I don’t often have big blocks of time to scrap but I can often find 15 minute windows.
- Each step has to be easily cleaned up. My scrap space is also my office (I work from home) so I prefer not to leave my supplies out for months on end. Messy workspaces make it hard for me to be productive!
- Some version of the album had to be ready for showing to family and friends as soon as possible.
With these three criteria in mind, I finally settled on this process:
- Select, edit and print pictures
- Put pictures in album
- Select supplies
- Create embellishments + titles
- Assemble title and journaling blocks
- Put album together
Select, edit and print pictures
This is definitely the step I find most daunting. Sorting through thousands of pictures is nothing short of overwhelming, even without the editing work! I tackled this task in spurts, editing pictures as I found pockets of time. It took me well over one month to complete this step. To make the selection process easier, I used these guidelines to choose my pictures:
- As you recall, each page of my album has 2 portrait and 3 landscape pockets so I needed to have pictures in both vertical and horizontal orientations. I tried for a good mix and selected more pictures than I needed, just in case. During this process, I found out that most of my pictures were landscape oriented, which made things a little difficult! The selection wasn’t a precise process by any means – in the end I had too many pictures for some pages and not enough for others. I just went with it and added extra title/journaling blocks to fill in the spaces
- Pictures of people took precedence over plain scenery pictures. After all, we had to show that we were there! Any picture of yours truly automatically made it into the album as there were so few. Sadly, I didn't do a very good job at getting in front of the camera.
- Pictures with white spaces are good – this will allow the addition of embellishments on top of the picture
For the editing, I went with a simple two-step process: cropping and a colour pop action. I also added some text to certain pictures (using the Lobster font).
Adding pictures to the album
Once all the pictures were edited (all 300+ of them), I sent a huge batch over to Costco for printing. My pile of pictures looked like this times 3:
From there, the pictures went into the album in somewhat chronological order. I tried to leave at least 2 empty spots in each 2-page spread for the title and journaling. Surprisingly slipping the pictures into the album took about a week which is much longer than I expected.This was because I often had too many horizontal pictures for each spread and I had to get creative, doing some re-arranging and cropping.
Once this process was done, the pages in my album looked like this:
At this point, I considered the album ready for sharing. Even with the empty spaces, the album contained all the pictures from our trip which is more than I can say for any of the previous vacations. The album then lived on our coffee table while I worked on the journaling and title blocks, occasionally disappearing when my husband wanted to show it to people outside of the house.
Since this post is woefully short on eye candy, he’s another peek at the completed album:
Please tune in tomorrow for the next installment! I’ll cover which supplies I used (and why) as well as my production line process for creating the embellishments.