Finish-it February: China album progress week 2
February 16, 2017 by Natalie (QSOgirl)
I’m so happy to say that I’m keeping up with a better-than-one-spread-per-day rate of finishing up my China album! I added journaling and title tags to 8.5 spreads in the second week of February.
It’s an interesting project to work on. Since I’ve committed to just keeping my 2002 style in the album, it means that I’m basically just writing on the pages and doing minimal design work. The biggest decisions I make are usually where to put that writing! Occasionally, there are repairs to be made, and in a few cases, I’ve reorganized the photos. There are a few pages I’ve had to make from scratch, but because of those sketches I made back in 2002, it hasn’t been too hard to put them together.
For these reasons, finishing a spread is actually pretty quick. I decide where the writing goes and copy it down onto my page. It’s been surprisingly relaxing! It has been a bit of a gift: This month so far, I have been feeling quite uncreative this month due to seemingly unrelenting sickness, weather, general busyness…) and it’s great to feel like I’m being productive on a project nonetheless. That being said, it’s not at all pretty, and so I’m also looking forward to finishing it up and moving on to more aesthetically pleasing projects!
Here are the before-and-afters for the pages I finished this week (because you know they are so thrilling):
Tianjin hotel – before
Tianjin hotel – after (not much different! just a few captions)
Tianjin – after (I have no idea what I originally thought that I would write on this page to leave so much space! I’ll try and make it look less blank with a die cut city title, but otherwise, I just had a few captions to add.)
Orchestra banquet – before
Orchestra banquet – after
Rug factory – before
Rug factory – after
Food Street – before
Food Street – after
Dumpling banquet – before
Dumpling banquet – after
Water park – before
Water park – after (note that I added a photo, which was given to me later by another member of the tour group, to the bottom right hand corner. The photo that was there previously is now under the top left photo, which now flips up)
Tianjin concert – before
Tianjin concert – after
Yangliuqing Gallery (left) – after (I forgot to take before photos of this spread). I had a lot to write for this one!
Yangliuqin Gallery (right) + Children’s Palace – after (I forgot to take a before photo of this page, too). As I was photographing it, I also realized that I forgot to print-and-cut the label for the Children’s Palace section, so I used another label (upside-down on purpose!) as a placeholder.
Old Culture Street+Drive to Beijing – before
Old Culture Street + Drive to Beijing – after
Beijing hotel – before
Beijing hotel – after (I will probably add the Beijing city title to this page, because I don’t have a better page for it!)
Beihai Park (left) – before
Beihai Park – after (this was one of my favorite places we visited)
Beihai Park (right) – before
Beihai Park (right) – after
scenes around Beijing – before
Scenes around Beijing – after (clearly this one started with just a few loose photos, and I didn’t have a sketch pre-drawn! I did my best to remember what I’d been thinking for this one…)
Antique Street – before
Antique Street – after
Tiananmen Square – before
Tiananmen Square – after