Ok, this is cool. Simple Scrapbooks latest special issue is called Quick and Easy Photo Albums. If you took my Have More FUN class this summer, or you know me at all, then you know that photo albums are near and dear to my heart. Two or three times a year I create a scrapbook using an inexpensive photo album (the kind you can get at Target and Walmart) so that I can seriously deplete my stockpile of photos. Doing this results in a wonderful sense of relief that buys me more time and energy to focus on pages and projects that are (by choice) more time-intensive.
Quick and Easy Photo Albums is all about photo-album scrapbooking. If you have thousands of unscrapped photos (anyone?) or are overwhelmed by the time and expense you feel traditional scrapbooking requires, this special issue is for you. You can pre-order this issue by using the linked titles above, which will take you to the CKMedia pre-order page, or you can watch for it at your local scrapbook store or newstand (it is scheduled to hit shelves November 11th)
Tina Cockburn is hosting the Simple Studio blog this week and is providing some photo-album scrapbooking challenges. Be sure to check it out. Tina's photography and designs are stunningly simple. She is one of my favorites.
If you want more information and a tip or two on how I use photo albums, keep reading …
There are certain types of pictures or picture-overload that tend to spark photo-album ideas in me. Here's one scenario. You attend an everyday event and something happens that spawns dozens of pictures. You think to yourself "wow, I just took a TON of pictures — am I really going to scrapbook ALL those pictures? Do I really want to feel obligated to scrapbook all those pictures?"
CASE IN POINT: We attended a summer picnic at our friends' house. I ate and talked and snapped a handful of the expected pics and then realized that Clark was no where to be found. I then remembered that he was on the dirt bike track (behind this family's house) I decided to make the short trek. The sun was starting to set and I since I had never really watched my son ride, the conditions were in place. I stood there in golden lighted sheer amazement at what he could do and snapped at least 75 pictures. I uploaded and deleted (the really bad ones) and still had 30+ photos. I knew I wanted to create a traditional layout for our "All About Clark" album, but man was Clark ever thrilled that I had photographed him. He came downstairs two nights in a row, just to look at the photos. This is a sign that a child (especially a teenager) wants to be celebrated — and there is NOT a better, more portable, more doable way to do this than in a photo album.
Here's what the album looked like when I brought it home from Walmart …
I like to look for albums that have a post binding …
so that I can take them apart and have fun customizing the cover! The coolest thing of all is the fact that in a matter of a few short hours (one evening) I can boast a finished project, full of great pictures and memories and even family connections.
No. This is NOT the highest quality album, but it is safe (meaning archival) and MOST IMPORTANT, it is available almost immediately to a boy that NEEDS as much approval and acceptance as possible. I LOVE photo album scrapbooking — it is one of my best strategies for sustaining my commitment to this crazy and demanding hobby of ours.
Photo Album TIP: Limit your supplies. What I mean is determine ahead of time what colors and products you will be using to enhance your photos and carry out a theme within your project. This will almost guarantee a harmonious design and will SAVE YOU SO MUCH TIME. It's extrememly difficult to shift into production mode that photo album scrapbooking encourages if you are stopping to find paper or embellishments for individual pictures or pages — look at your project as a whole and dive in with a "kit" you put together.
This is the kit I created for my photo album scrapbook of a trip I took to Puerto Rico in 2006. I basically pulled colors and patterns and embellishments that felt like PR to me and used them throughout the album. You can see my album and learn much more about photo albums and this freeing approach to scrapbooking in Quick and Easy Photo Albums. This is a purchase I support 100% — don't be surprised if it shows up on my 12 Days of Christmas Gifts (coming soon)