I’m a little late posting my progress for week 4 of Finish-it-February, and I must admit, this album didn’t (YET) get completely finished (wop wop). BUT BUT BUT!!! I am almost finished! I have two pages that need journaling. I have one page to do from scratch (the plane journey home), and the title page to put together. And THEN! It will be DONE! A 15-year project. Ha! I’d say I made a pretty good showing for February, considering I started out with 62 pages in this album!
This week, I also added die-cut titles to the pages that begin each city section (we traveled to four main cities, and took day trips to two others, plus the Great Wall). You’ll see a sneak peek with the city title on my Shanghai page, but I’m going to share them all in a final post when I finish the album. Because this time, I really am going to finish it. I can taste it now. …even though it might be a while–a few weeks?– because I have some high-priority stuff going on in the background these days, and so this project is put into the “only if there is extra spare time” category…
Just a reminder, you can see all the posts about my 2002 China album project by clicking THIS LINK. I started this album in 2002 but never added the journaling. It’s been on my mind (and my scrapbook shelf) ever since, and a Finish-it-February thread in the Scrap Gals Facebook community inspired me to try and finish it during February 2017. My intention was to stay as true to the 2002 style as possible, even though my aesthetic has changed dramatically in the intervening 15 years!
Here are the pages I finished in the fourth week of February:
Summer Palace – before
Summer Palace – after (There is additional journaling under the flap made by the photo on the bottom left.)
Beijing Concert – before
Beijing concert – after
It was at this point that I decided that instead of finishing the end of the album, I would go to the beginning and work up to the point where I started in the first week of February.
the plane journey to China – before
the plane journey to China – after (I haven’t yet printed-and-cut the title tag for this page… it will be added soon!)
Shanghai hotel – before
Shanghai hotel – after (I don’t think I needed to add anything except another key card holder that I had in my stash of extra ephemera)
Shanghai bus tour – before
Shanghai bus tour – after (This became the introductory page for this first city that we visited. You get a sneak peek of the way I’m going to cut out my titles from cardstock to add to the beginning of each city section. The top left and bottom two photos lift to reveal photos underneath; the caption tags line up when they are closed.)
Scenes in Shanghai – before
Scenes in Shanghai – after (The original page had a photo flap (see the dark red diamond?) that lifted to reveal another photo and more journaling. There were two problems– the journaling in black pen was hard to read on the darker cardstocks, and the flap itself was getting bent every time I closed the album. I took it apart, redid the captions on white strips, and now the only interactive elements on this page are the pockets for the city maps.)
Currency – before
I don’t have an “after” photo of the currency page because it’s quite simple and still needs the title tag. I’ll show it when I share the die cut titles.
Jade Buddha Temple – before
Jade Buddha Temple – after
Yu Gardens – before
Yu Gardens – after (This was one of the very few nearly-completed pages in the whole album, the other being the Oriental Pearl TV tower page that I started with in week 1)
Acrobatic show – before
Acrobatic Show – after (In contrast to its facing page, this one started with nothing but a program/brochure for the show– no photos!
After this Acrobatic Show page was finished, I had caught up to where I’d begun in week 1, so I went back to the end of the album and our time in Beijing…
Temple of Heaven (left) – before
Temple of Heaven (right) – before
Temple of Heaven (spread) – after
Like I said, I don’t have much left to finish before the whole album is completed! I will share more when it’s done– hopefully by the end of March! We shall see…