Hello, Simple Stories fans! Melissa here today to share a project using the Simple Stories December Documented collection.
I've mentioned on my own blog a few times this season that in 2011 and 2012 I took photos and typed up journaling for Christmas albums in a Google Document, but I never moved past that stage to finishing the actual album. This year I decided to start things differently and put together my 2013 foundation pages ahead of time using a 6x8 Sn@p album- a red faux leather one, to be exact. As I put more and more pages together, I fell more and more in love with the process of working with the divided page protectors in this small format, and it wasn't long before I'd decided to pick up my 2012 and 2011 albums and work on them in the same albums!
Today I have several pages from my 2012 Christmas journal to share, along with some tips for those who are either feeling behind on their Christmas albums, are still thinking that they might want to jump onto the bandwagon with others who are documenting the holidays, or those (like me!) who have started this project in past years but never completed those older albums.
Stick to one collection. There are so many great choices available in the way of Christmas scrapbooking supplies, and, while it's fun to pull lots of them together, it can also be paralyzing to have so many different options available. Narrow those choices down to just one line- in my case December Documented- to make the decisions easier down the road.
Use one page per entry. You can decide what an "entry" is to you- is it a day during December? One activity in December? Whatever it is, limit yourself to one side of one page protector per entry. It'll cut down on the number of pages you need to scrap, obviously, and it'll also force you to edit what you include down to the most important items.
Start with the most recent entry. If you're behind on this year's album, or if you're wanting to catch up on albums from one or more previous years, then start with what's freshest on your mind and then work backward. If you try starting an album today (on December 14th) with an entry for the 1st, you're more likely to feel behind and tempted to give up. By starting with what's new and exciting and then working backward, you get an immediate sense of accomplishment that will help keep you moving forward with your album.
Fill the pocket with a full-size photo. It's fun to get creative and make little mini-layouts in all the different slots on a Pocket Page, but if you're pressed for time, using a photo that completely fills a pocket is a great way to quickly fill up your page real estate!
Keep it simple. In any album that has lots of entries, the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts. Having a completed album full of Christmas stories and memories is more important than having each page be a masterpiece, so concentrate instead on adding just a few touches here and there- I promise that in the end your album as a whole will be wonderful! My rule of thumb for each page in this album is a photo, a decorative card of some sort, journaling, and then just a tiny touch of embellishment.
As I mentioned earlier, I'm using a red faux-leather 6x8 Sn@p album for my Christmas journals along with a variety of 6x8 Pocket Pages. I've fallen in love with the quality of these albums, and they truly have a luxurious feel to them.
December Documented Products Used:
- 12x12 Collection Kit
- Simple Basics Kit
- 6x6 Paper Pad
- Expression Cardstock Stickers
- Sn@p Cuts
- Sn@p Cards