I had two realizations while working on my book this month: 1) I haven't gotten out my tape measure but I'm almost certain my album is crooked because I cannot take a photo where the damn thing doesn't appear to taper off on the left side and the top right corner juts out further than the rest. It can't be me, it has to the be album. Right? And 2) I might as well start calling it a photo album from now on. Because really that's what it is. All my hoarded PL cards and pretty do-dads are going to have to find some action elsewhere.
My project for Ali's Story Kits went up last week. If you're a subscriber you'll have seen it; a little album about the magic my nephew brings to my life. Being the guest storyteller for this month really motivated me to tell all my favorite Will stories in one place. It's a treasure.
Side note, I'm super obsessed with watching craft videos right now.
- Ali has awesome videos each month introducing the theme, going thru the kit contents and making her projects. They're long and chatty. I love the way she connects so different ideas for each theme and watch how her layouts come together.
- Tina's minibook class, Details, has awesome videos too. So many good ideas and pretty things to look at—but mostly, I like to hear my friend chatting about crafts. It's fun to hear her talk about her process, the thoughts behind her ideas and see how she makes things.
I like to listen to them while I work on my own projects. It sounds corny, but it's like we're crafting together. It's nice to have a little company for a change.
February by the numbers: 1 list, 1 late night Anthro date, 4 book covers, 1 birthday card, 1 photo of my Poppa's stapler, 3 photos of my hands, 1 chubby baby, 2 cat shots, 3 outfits and 1 amazing albacore tataki.
Year four, hello. This year's album is an amalgamation of favorite things from past books and new tricks to keep me from getting bored.
- Monthly dividers—I can't remember why I stopped using dividers last year but it's hard to find anything without them, especially when I get lazy with dates. So back they go.
- Lists of books and tv shows—circa 2013, because it's awesome to watch the list change each month.
- Continuing to use movie posters and artwork from book covers—just because I like the way it looks. It's superficial but only the pretty covers are going in.
- Numbers—I fell in love with big numbers at the end of last year, using those paislee press cards for my December album. So this year, I'm playing up the dates. No need to include the month, since I'm adding dividers. I'm working with three sizes (small, medium and large) and three styles (solid, outlined or semi-transparent). Where you see a number, that's the date.
- Focus on detail—my books have always been photo driven, but this year I'm using more detail shots. Like a photo of the record player from the yard sale vs a photo of the yard sale or the hotdogs we ate afterwards. Macro shots of meals, close-ups of my favorite old jeans, projects I'm working on... it's about the little details that make up my days.
- Highly visual—I'm also giving myself permission to forgo journaling, and journaling cards, altogether. If it doesn't look good, or make sense, I'm not going to sweat it. That includes limiting the details I add to my photo. It's likely I'll regret it later but for now I'm loving how visual my pages are.
I'm using a small gold Handbook from Ali's Week in The Life kit. And yes, it is a lot smaller than the albums I've used in the past. At this size, I'm going to need 4 albums for the year. Right now I have two, which should get me into June. I've got my fingers crossed that Studio Calico releases a small gold Handbook this summer or else I'm screwed.
The backside of the monthly divider is a quick summary of the books I've read, shows we're watching and things I'm obsessing over.
Here's where you can start to see what I'm talking about. Dates and detail shots. Minimal text. Honestly, I started with even less text but Liz cajoled me into adding more.
And then... Portland. Same deal. The journaling, Instax and papers (menus, postcards, business cards, receipts, etc) will all go into a mini. Keeping it clean and simple here. Just my favorite photos. And the "catalog of treasures" I brought home with me.
That's it, January.