I was cleaning up my scrapbooking space today and ran across a 2009 calendar mini-album I bought. I thought I would describe the project I have in mind, and invite others to join along. Never scrapbooked, but wanna try? This is a good place to start.
[Edited Note: You can definitely use your own supplies or come up with your own format if you want to join in but add your own spin. Even a regular 4x6 photo album with journaling blocks tucked in would work for this.]
I can think of two approaches to this project. Both would be fun.
1) Favorite pictures throughout the year
The album is 5.5" x 5" so my plan is to order 5x7 prints and then trim them down to 5.5x5. I plan to print an even number of my favorite photos each month. Since 5x7's can be more expensive than 4x6's, I will probably keep the number somewhat low - say 4 to 6 prints a month. You could definitely print more per month or print different sizes to save $$.**
2) Documenting your life on the same day each month
Another approach is to pick one day a month - like the 1st or the 15th - and commit to carrying your camera around that day to document your everyday life. This would be pretty cool over the course of a year, because the day would likely fall on a Monday one month or a Sunday another month. It would be a fun way to track your routine and to see changes in your life over time. The downside is that you have to remember, which is why I'm not going to do that this year. I'm forgetful!
Whichever approach you choose, the supplies you need to complete it are fairly basic.
I ordered black (on sale) but you may be more fun than me and want some color.
The album comes with 1-inch rings to hold the album together. It also comes with a blank cover, although it is not very sturdy.
You may want to make or buy an album cover. I plan to make my own cover with chipboard I have on hand. You could also glue or sew two sheets of cardstock together for a study cover. I will have to cut the cover to size, punch holes in it, and decorate it. You could also buy an album cover. Here are a couple possibilities.
- Black 6x6 book board from 7Gypsies
- Clear Acrylic Albums (disclaimer: Not sure that the holes will line up with the calendar)
- Or these cute albums (blue and red) from Chatterbox (again, not sure about the holes)
Other supplies you'll need are: a pen, a glue stick, and some plain white cardstock for journaling. If these are acid free, even better. The tools you need are a hole punch and a paper cutter or an exacto knife and ruler.
If you want to add some stickers for journaling directly onto your photos, here are a couple small stickers that I recommend: some small rectangular stickers by 7Gypsies or journaling spot stickers from Making Memories in black or in various colors. Also, these tiny alphas from Making Memories are fun in black or color.
Lastly, I a designed 5"x5.5" journaling block for you to cut out and adhere your photos to. It is a downloadable pdf.
If you're interested in joining along, let me know. If there are a few people, I'll post a reminder for you to pick out and print photos once every quarter. I'll also write up a tutorial on putting the album together once your photos come.
Have fun in 2009!
** You can order prints whenever you feel like it. I'm going to try to print them about every 3 months and put this album together in 4 sittings. I've looked around for pricing on 5x7's. The cheapest printing I have found is Winkflash where you can get 5x5s or 5x7s for 25 cents. Great deal. 5x5s would be good if you don't want to punch holes in your photos. Most 5x7s I have found cost between 70-99 cents a piece. You could also use 4x6s and cut them down to 4x4 of 4x5.