Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Trends on Tuesday - Simple Stories

The whole Project Life and divided pockets and partitioned papers has been growing from strength to strength.  Having read Mel's post on the 'I Heart Summer' papers and already having a Simple Stories album it was the perfect excuse to start a holiday album from our recent camping trip.  

I'll pop back and keep you up to date, but I have a Blue Simple Stories album which has some blue pages and the chipboard partitions as well as some pocket pages.  On top of that I bought the I Heart Summer Stickers, Snap Pages, the 4 by 6 cards and a couple of sheets of paper.  I also used some stickers and offcuts left over from a project with  Vintage Bliss.  

The process I went through before I actually started sticking was to sort out the Snap Pages with the beautiful die cut ones into the album and mixing it up with the blue pages and plastic inserts, I then added in the journal cards too - just randomly but so I have somewhere to start and can look at them all.  As I go through I can always swap an insert or a die cut for another one, it just helps to have them evenly spread throughout the album so I know that I won't end up with a cluster of them all in one place.  The next step I went through was to sort out the photos in date order and then place them on pages - just roughly so I know where to start and how many pages I'm filling.

At the start of my album I began by mounting one of the journal cards on some acetate, and journaled all the details on the back.  I have yet to decorate the cover or the chipboard dividers.

Here are the pages so far, I've used lots of the stickers and made a few embellishments too

The right hand page is one of the full clear pocket pages, which I cut one of the papers to fit - it is slightly bigger than 6 by 8", I made my own journal squares by cutting up some of the journal cards, which is also where that beautiful camera comes from.

I have loads of photos so lots to fit in this album, hence the stacked photos on the 1st page. To add a little more dimension the right hand page I cut out Summer and Snapshots banners from one of the journal card and then mounted them on pop dots.

I still have a long way to go, but I think this album will easily my summer holidays in too as there is still plenty of room in the binder.  

If you would like some more inspiration then check out this series of videos by Vicki Boutin - video 1, video 2 though there are more to follow.