I managed to get 9 spreads of my 2002 China album done in the first seven days of February! I am so excited about this (and I’m hoping that the momentum of my excitement propels me onward to complete more of the album! This is by no means a “pretty” album, but it tells a great story!
I am so thankful for the detailed notes that I took during the trip. I decided that aside from general captioning, I would just copy sections out of my journal onto the scrapbook pages– that really is why I took the time to write a journal in the first place! I was also delighted to discover that I had actually sketched out layouts for almost every page in the album! This was my first ever “organized” scrapbook, and I still do the same kind of planning to this day.
Those layout sketches were really helpful, because I hadn’t actually put all of the photos and memorabilia into the album. I was a bit stymied at first, because like I said in my first post about this Finish-it project, I want to remain true to my 2002 style. When I found those pages of sketches, I practically jumped up and down!
I am using my Silhouette software to make print-and-cut title labels for each page using the font “akaDora” for the text. I will be using that same font to cut titles to highlight each of the cities that we visited on our trip, though I am going to wait to add those titles until the end, since I don’t know how much of the colored cardstock I will have left, and I want to use it efficiently.
Here are some “before and after” shots of the pages I’ve done. I started a few pages into the album– I can’t explain exactly why, but I think I was intimidated by the incompleteness of the first few spreads and wanted to hit the ground running. I’ll go back to those spreads later, of course!
Oriental Pearl TV Tower – before
Oriental Pearl TV Tower – after
Silk Factory in Shanghai – before
Silk Demonstration in Shanghai – after
Shanghai Museum – before
Shanghai Museum – after
pearl shop in Shanghai + Bund in evening — before (just loose ephemera and photos)
pearl store in Shanghai + Bund in evening – after
Zhouzhuang – before
Zhouzhuang – after (I will be adding a large city title to this page)
Zhouzhuang tours – before
Zhouzhuang tours – after
Zhouzhuang canal boat ride – before
Zhouzhuang canal boat tour – after
Suzhou – before
Suzhou – after (I will be adding a large city title to this page)
more about the Shanghai hotel – before
more about the Shanghai hotel – after
market and Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall – before
market and Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall – after
Shanghai concert – before
Shanghai concert – after
Drive to Nanjing – before
Drive to Nanjing – after
Nanjing hotel – before
Nanjing hotel – after (not much changed!)
Nanjing concert – before (starting with loose ephemera and photos– I found the photos tucked inside this program! I’m so glad that I looked…)
Nanjing concert (insert in pocket with program) + post-concert dinner – after
Nanjing – after (forgot to take a “before” shot; I just added captions. I will also be adding a large city title to this page)
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s Mausoleum – after (forgot to take a “before” shot; I fixed some of the booklets of photos and added captions and a title label)
flight to Tianjin (left) – before
flight to Tianjin (left) – after
flight to Tianjin (right) -before
flight to Tianjin (right) – after