Week in the Life: Update

Last week I started working on part two of the Week in the Life project.  It took several days to edit the photos I wanted to print, then I used my Selphy to print them all.  In hindsight, it would probably have been better to send the pictures to a photo printing site like Shutterfly, but using the Selphy is so easy…I just didn’t even think about it until I was half way done!  Once my photos were printed, I deliberated over what type of album to put them in.  I had both horizontal and vertical photos I wanted to include and I didn’t have page protectors that would easily accommodate that.  I wanted to spend as little money as possible on the project and use supplies I already had (at least for the most part), so divided page protectors were out.  I also didn’t want a huge 12×12 album.  So what size did I end up with?  10 1/2×11.  Yes, you read that right.  Let me explain…

 

Once I had figured out that I didn’t want page protectors and a large album, I thought maybe I could buy some chipboard, punch holes and use ring clips to make an album.  I went to Michael’s and found the perfect thing:  a kit with 10 already-hole-punched chipboard pages plus rings!  It was $5 and I had a 50% off coupon.  $2.50 for my “album?”  Yes, please!  They were large pieces and I assumed they were 12×12.  I thought that since they were less bulky than an actual 3-ringed album, it would be okay at that size.  Got them home and looked at them again next to my 12×12 paper.  They were just smaller.  I measured.  10 1/2″ x 11″.  How handy…

 

That meant I had to trim my paper to be exactly that size.  When I put my photos against the patterned paper I had picked out, they sort of blended into the background too much.  They didn’t pop.  “I know!” thought my ingenious little self, “I’ll cut white cardstock paper to mat them!”  I cut a few rectangles to frame my 3×4 photos and put them on the paper.  It looked great!  Amazing!  Stupendous!

 

Then I started putting the album together.

 

I printed a TON of pictures, so I needed a TON of little white cardstock mats.  I also needed a TON of background pages and everything needed a TON of adhesive since it wasn’t going into a page protector.  I ran out of adhesive at one point and had to go to Michael’s for more.  Got home with my 3 pack of Tombow roller adhesive and discovered that I had actually bought a pack of refills, not individual rollers.  I was determined not to go back to Michael’s again, so I used the refills (with much difficulty, I might add) to finish the last several pages.

 

Yeesh.

 

I still love this project, but I have A LOT of ideas for how to make it better and easier next time!!

 

ANYWAY.

 

I’ve got some (not that great) pictures of my progress.  There are still a few things I want to add and then next week, I’m planning to make a video walk through of the final project.  Here’s what I’ve got so far:

Blank Cover

This is the cover before I decorated it.  The chipboard is REALLY thick and the rings are quite strong.  I’m happy about that since I’m wanting this album/project to last a good long time!

Decorated Cover

The decorated cover!  I had a lot of fun putting this together last night and I’m pleased with how it turned out.

Inside Album 4

Each day has a 6×11″ sheet that is a write up from my daily note sheets.  I added the day and date to each one.  Monday was a full day!

Inside Album 5

On the back of the write up sheets, I have pictures followed by a full page with more pictures.  No captions necessary since it’s all explained in the half-page of journaling.

Inside Album 2

Thursday was a little different since there was NO room on the sheet for a day/date!  I ended up putting it on that white card which is attached to the side of the page underneath.  I had two extra pictures for the day that I didn’t want to put by themselves on the back of the full page.  So I added this small piece with washi tape.  That probably made no sense, but you’ll see it better in the video!

Inside Album 3

Here’s how I accommodated the vertical pictures with the horizontal pictures.

  Inside AlbumSunday was also a full day and I had just enough pictures to finish the last page!

Some finishing touches and I’ll be DONE!  Look for the final video of my Week in the Life next Tuesday!

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