Welcome Back! After a nice long blogging break to take time to spend with family and friends I am back today to share with you the last few layouts of Isabel’s baby book. This was my main Project Life project for 2013 and I put my weekly album on the back burner (which I am still catching up on and will share in video form later this month) Overall, I have a few pictures to fill in here and there and have to catch up on lots of journaling, but I am not so concerned about that right now. The key thing is the general album is complete.
In addition to doing a layout of the year in review (see below) I also do a spread for each birthday. Above are shots from her first birthday. I make sure to include photos of her friends that came (which I may type up a list later to include as an insert) photos of the decorations/cake, opening some presents and anything else relevant to the day. I have yet to find a place that I like when printing instagrams. I know this is mostly because I don’t want to take the time to edit/layout in photoshop ahead of time. Call me lazy but something has to give in my schedule and that is one of those things… I want Project Life to remain simple and easy for me. Anyways, I digress, back to the instagrams… Becky Higgins (creator of PL) actually came up with an insert meant for instagrams Design I. I use Design I to crop my 4×6 photos to include. Its a great way to include a few extra photos without having to do an odd shaped insert or struggle to fill up an insert that has more spaces.
I also included highlights of her artwork. Right now they are in sheet protectors but eventually I will order the big envelope page to go in the back to store it all. I always make sure to write the date/age of when they were completed for reference later. Some pieces if they are more fragile or have tons of glitter I try to get those laminated so that the store more cleanly.
Above in the last few images you can see how I document the year in review if you will. The Design F works really well with being able to include as many photos as possible. Then I leave space for one folding journal card to summarize the year. I plan to continue this through year 5 and at that point I will most likely just do an individual album for her and her little brother.
So there you have it – Isabel’s almost complete baby book! Pretty excited for it to be as complete as it is, I think one more solid weekend of working on it and I’ll be done until her next birthday!