With the Summer Holidays all over, and piles of photos to scrap, it can be quite daunting. I made an 8" x 8" album to document our family holiday last year to Provence, France. Sometimes a layout just isnt enough.
I am a huge fan of sketches, and am the founder of Pencil Lines, the sketch challenge blog, so I have used my love of sketching, photography and writing to bring you this 8” x 8” album I made from our holidays last year, when we visited the South of France.
When starting to work on a whole album, the first thing is to choose a colour scheme, or range of papers that you like, to use throughout your album. I chose a Basic Grey collection that I hadnt yet used. I also had stowed away, chipboard and alphabets that matched.
I also decided to use 1 photo size, 7” x 5”. The photos were to be the main focus of my album; my page design was to be kept simple.
This simple sketch is seen on all the pages of my album, with slight variations on photo orientation and embellishments; this is the beauty of sketches. Flip, turn, add!
Within the pages of my album, I have made a simple “mini book” to house extra photos and journaling. Pages have been cut to size and scored at ½” and bound together using brads. I always have way to many photos from the Summer, too many for this album; making extra books within my album was the perfect answer to my dilemma.
When photographing holiday photos, remember to photograph signs of the town/village you are visiting. It can be difficult to remember all those wonderful places you visited and how to spell them, when you return home.
I was in awe of the beautiful painted murals on the walls in Provence, and photographed many a wall.
One year when in Barcelona, door knockers became an obsession.
Find something that inspires you from your travel and photograph. Maybe the colours and design will inspire a future layout.
Provence was a wash of colour, from the market stalls to the ochre walls, and I wanted to remember this colour when I returned to England.
Finally don’t forget to get “you” a photo or two! My self timer and a rock became firm friends when on holiday. Also don’t be afraid to ask other holiday makers to take a photo of you and your family, pay the favour back, I am sure they will appreciate it as much as you.
I love writing and my online journal, “blog” has been a great source of information for me, from when one of my daughters lost her first tooth, too how I felt when my Dad passed away. When it came to journaling in my album, I went back to my blog where I had kept a diary of what we did on each day; this has been invaluable for this album.
Don’t bypass your blog for day to day journaling, you will be surprised on how much information you store!.
Finally, when it comes to decorating the front cover of your album, keep it simple. Use a few select papers/embellishments that you have used in your album, a simple title and call it finished.
I hope you have been inspired to scrap your summer memories in an album. Remember to:
- Keep to a theme/colour combo
- Choose one photo size
- Use a simple page layout throughout
Leave me a comment telling me what your favourite summer memories are, and 1 lucky reader will win a RAK from me to make a summer mini album.
Album - American Crafts
Inserts : AMM
Pattern paper - Basic Grey
Cardstock : Bazzill
Chipboard - Basic Grey
Alphabet - Basic Grey and American Craft thickers