Having just embarked on my first traditional album, a Project Life Baby Album for Her, I really was at a loss on how to get started. And while I do find the tray the supplies come in cute…it just overwhelmed me more than anything because I couldn’t SEE it all. I knew there were prompt cards in there I would need, and I knew there were certain filler designs I wanted to use more than others…but everytime I turned around I couldn’t find the one I wanted. The frustration finally hit the boiling point earlier this week and I sat down and did what I should have done in the beginning.
I pulled out some Design F protectors and got organized!!!
The first thing I did was clear off a big table (trust me you need a lot of space to do this as there are a lot of cards) and separate the cards into piles. I had a pile for:
- Journaling cards that had journaling lines only, front was vertical orientation and the back horizontal
- Cards that had journaling lines on one side, and filler designs on the other–all vertical orientations
- Cards that had journaling lines on one side, and filler designs on the other–all horizontal orientations
- Cards that has specific prompts (like Cost of Living in our Country, or first bath), or cards made for journaling that there was only one of (for example there is only one that says “This was amazing”)
I had some 4×6 card stock cards lying around, so they became my title cards for each category. Here is a look at how it turned out. First up, journaling cards only. I am just showing the vertical side, which is what I kept on the “front side,” since I use Design A most often:
Next, cards that had journaling lines on one side, and filler designs on the other–all vertical orientations. I took a photo of the front and then the back and placed them next to each other below. Isn’t it great that, at a glance, you can find the colors and design you need?! I actually ended up with two full Design F protectors of this type, but will only show you one so you get the idea:
I ended up with one “extra” journaling/vertical filler on the back, so I included it in with the journaling/horizontal filler on the back cards and just made little labels so I knew what was what. Note, this page is missing a 4×6 title card so it looks a little strange:
Finally a Design F I filled with prompt and special journaling cards. I ended up with two protectors of this variety as well. If your doing this from the beginning, there may be more, remember I have a chunk of them in use already:
The tray houses all of the cards, as the Design F protector acts only as a guide and unfortunately can’t hold them all. So that I could find everything easily, I put all of the cards in the order they appear on the page protector in the tray. As soon as I find rubberbands I will band it all together, as the baby has already grabbed the box and spilled it all over the floor! I also put a post it note label on top of the card pile that says which category the pile is (i.e. journaling cards H/V only or journaling cards w/ filler-Vertical).
I really wish I stopped a minute to do this before I started.
I say again, I really wish I stopped a minute to do this before I started. It has helped me soooo much, and I know that when you couple this with Becky’s ideas on how to get the baby album set up, you will seriously have a lot of fun putting it all together. Oh…and don’t forget these planning pages. My husband always says that any project is easy if you have the right tools. He is so right!
I have already filled up some additional Design F protectors with my Studio Calico cards (yes you read that right, this digi gal is starting to collect some paper supplies…uh oh) and thankfully I have an extra binder I have now labeled my “supply folder” to house all of this in. I have some ideas on how to get my digi supplies organized–let’s keep our fingers crosssed that I can get a handle on that!
I know I am not the only one that digi scraps and has NO IDEA of exactly how much, and what kits/elements and the like are in her stash? Right? Please tell me I am not the only one…..