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.
Here's the conundrum: I made the "treasures" spread long before anything else and it just wasn't working with the other PDX pages. I needed the photo of Kelly, Tina and I up at the front which meant shuffling the pages. Sometimes, despite how much you may love something you have to know when to give it up. The grid and the large bowling pin trophy aren't great where they are now, but in the overall scheme of things it's better. It actually looks the best without the grid or bowling pin... the left side from the spread above with the right side of the spread below. But I'll be damned if I'm going to take it out after I spent all that time on it.
That's it, January.