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!