For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you know that the UPS man made a delivery to my house yesterday that made me quite excited–he delivered the Project Life Baby Edition for Her! I have decided to finally tackle Holly’s baby album, and in seconds I had ripped open the box (seriously if you saw me you would have sworn it was Christmas or there was chocolate in there) and was immediately blown away by how beautiful the kit is in person. Remember, I rarely see this stuff in the flesh being digital and all, so it made it that much sweeter to see it, touch it, and spread it out all over the counter.
But honestly…I was also bit nervous. I hadn’t paper scrapped since early 2007, and even then my experience is spotty. I am sure I have at least a half dozen unfinished paper layouts in drawers somewhere! Following through isn’t really my strong suit, and I started to wonder if I had taken on too much.
Luckily I had a scrapbooking date scheduled with a friend last night, so I was sure I could get at least a little bit started. Turns out the product is so darn awesome I got much farther than that! (But didn’t we all know that already!?)
In a couple of hours I categorized and placed as many of the cards as I could, and to get a handle on the images part I have started putting post it notes where I see photos slipping in. I am sure many people before me have figured this out, but I was very excited to have thought up what I think will be an efficient system once I get the stack of photos back. Here is my plan:
1. Choose the photos on my hard drive that I want to print, rename them all with a number. (For example holly_1)
2. Write that number on a post-it and stick the post-it on the page protector pocket I want the photo in.
3. Most photo printers print the file name on the back of the photo, so my plan is to match the photo number up with the number on the post-it.
I do need to find good journaling pens however. I tend to like a more medium versus fine point–if anyone has suggestions I would love to hear them. I truly think that once I get the photos back from Persnickety Prints, and have my journaling pen ready, this will come together in a night or two. Thankfully I kept a personal blog from 2006-present so I have all of the stories and milestones ready to go!!!
I couldn’t be more excited! Would love to hear if any of you have completed or started a baby album and what tips or tricks you have to share. I am also super excited to share this, as my album will be very simple–I really will be slipping in photos and the cards and calling it done. I may use a brush or two on a photo…but that’s it. My hope is that it will inspire someone that may be a bit intimidated by the task!
Have a great Wednesday!