180 days.

This will be a long post, outlining what I believe is a very doable, FUN school-year photo album scrapbook.

The project is called 180 Days and it is a photo-a-day + question-of-the-week photo album I am doing with and for Clark to capture and document his senior year in high school, but you can do this for any year of school. I have enlisted a group of friends and senior moms to do this project with me–strength in numbers, right? (plus, we can share and exchange photos of key events!)

Here’s what you need:


An inexpensive 2-up photo album that is designed to hold 200 photos. Most of these albums feature a narrow strip/sleeve designed for labeling your photos. We will use this strip/journaling area for a weekly Q&A (we will also use this strip for our title, some quotes here and there and for labeling of months etc…) I purchased my album at Target for $4.99 (it is very plain and I plan to alter it) You can purchase any 2-up album designed to hold 200 photos–as long as there is a journaling strip (see photo.)

NOTE: I created the 4×6 sheet of circles (top portion of this title page) in a text box in Word. A similar sheet is clipped to a clipboard that is hanging on Clark’s bedroom door. Each day, he fills in one circle. In the end, I’ll replace this sheet with the sheet he has filled out during the year.

TIP: You can stamp (with acrylic paint) right on top of your photo sleeves. Just use a light touch. If the impression doesn’t turn out the way you want, wipe it off and try again!


Three or four sheets of two-sided 12×12 pattern paper. Cut these sheets into 4×6 blocks and then find 9 coordinating colors of cardstock (one for each month during the school year.) I considered doing Clark’s book in his school colors and then opted (big surprise) for a broader range of colors! The strips on the swatch ring was simply part of my organization/design process — not needed! You can pre-cut your cardstock for use in your journaling strips (keep reading for more info!)

TIP: I pre-cut my monthly slips and used some “old” Making Memories rub-ons. I have slipped these into my album already!

Journaling strips will also be used to record a weekly Q&A (I’ll text a question to Clark each week and record his answer back.) My mom friends and I have already brainstormed 50 questions to choose from for the 37 weeks of school. If you’d like these questions and a word document formatted for easy printing, email stacy@stacyjulian.com and put “180 Days” in the subject line.

I’m also using these rub-ons to occasionally note which “day” it is on our countdown from 180 to ZERO (Graduation)

For all the details (from an email I sent to the other moms) click on the “read the rest of this entry” below!

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