It’s finished, it’s finished, it’s finished!!! I am so excited and proud to say that my China album is complete. I added all of the memorabilia, all of the journaling, all of the titles, and even a few stickers!
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 (and March!!) 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!
At the end of February, I had all but four pages finished. Throughout March (which has been quite a month), I managed to finish those last remaining bits of the album:
Two pages that started with just photos (and a bit of memorabilia) in place:
And the two (which became three) pages that started with just memorabilia+photos:
In a previous post, I mentioned that I had added all of the city titles to the pages, too. I cut the lettering using my Silhouette SD and the font “akaDora.” Here they all are, together.
Even though I am a little disappointed that it took 15 years to finish this project, I do think that the delay had some benefits. This album was the very first “archival” scrapbook I’d ever made. When I put it together right after my trip, I did start to add some writing. But the writing I added was mostly basic captions. In the intervening years, I’ve learned a lot about memory-keeping and doing more storytelling in my albums. I think that because I waited this long to complete the album, the story of our trip is more fully present in the album pages themselves than it may have been if I’d just captioned everything right away. I am so, so thankful that I kept such a detailed journal. My story was taken almost directly from its pages, and it brought back so many memories.
I’d like to share a flip-through video that I made of the album. The still photos in all of these posts don’t quite capture the volume of photos and journaling that I did end up including in this album. Almost every page is interactive, with flaps and accordians and pockets. In almost every case, business cards, tickets, and brochures are attached in such a way that they can be removed. Enjoy!