Travel Album Challenge - Week 2
Welcome to week #2 of our month-long challenge. If you missed last week’s assignment, you can catch up easily because the first assignment should take less than one hour to complete. (go here to read the details).
This week, we are going to spend 30 - 60 minutes creating all of our background pages.
When I am creating mini albums, I like to keep the pages similar in design – not exactly the same, but similar. To do this, I frequently utilize one of my favorite “tools” to create both a uniform look and a quick and easy system for assembling the pages for my album. This “tool” is better known as a sketch. I almost always start my pages with a sketch of some kind, but it’s especially important for this challenge for the two reasons I mentioned above (uniformity and speed.)
Before I started assembling my pages, I quickly created two very simple sketches to follow. Now before you start thinking I’m super boring, please note that these sketches can be turned again and again to create several different combinations. You can also add lots of different elements to make each spread unique – the sketches are just a starting point.
Next, I cut all of my background pages to 8” x 8” – then I just started assembling pages according to the sketches. I didn’t create any of the pages with specific photos in mind. I can always add specific elements (such as letter stickers or additional flowers, etc.) after I start adding my photos and journaling – but for today we’re just doing the basic backgrounds.
Use my sketches or generate your own – now create as many spreads as you need to fill your album (or to hold the number of photos you’ve chosen to use). The amount of time this takes really depends on how many spreads you are creating, but once you get into your groove, you should be able to create all of your backgrounds in 60 minutes or less.
Of course, if you would like, you can add additional techniques such as stamping, sewing, inking, etc. to further personalize your pages…but you’ll definitely take more than 60 minutes if you choose to incorporate these fun, but time consuming, techniques.
We're half way to a completed album! Doesn’t it feel great? Please let me know if you have any questions – and if you’re joining in, please feel free to link your project in your comments below. See you next week.