Week 24 and I still love this project.
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Got outside of the box a little bit more this week and stuck a fabric ampersand into the pages. I had messed up on the first one I cut for my pillow (couldn't erase my pencil lines), so I had an extra "&" on my desk. I decided to mount it to patterned paper and add it to the book. The first paper I used was diagonal striped and just ended up being too busy. So I added a piece of yellow cardstock on top of that and re-cut again. This time it looked pretty good.
The original plan was to just punch holes in the giant ampersand and have it randomly in the album as decoration. But once it had cardstock instead of patterned paper, it looked like a good place for journaling. I wrote some text until it was full about Paul being home this summer and our "plan" for the next few years.
In addition to the ampersand, I added a photo pocket insert this week. It's a nine pocket We R Memory Keepers page that I trimmed down to hold six photos. On the front side, it had six photos that I posted to instagram this past week with the hashtag "#morningyard". (My instagram username is elisejoy.)
I added American Crafts thickers to the outside and then small black letter stickers (from Staples) to each pocket to designate the day the photo was taken.
On the backside of the insert, I put five more instagram photos from Thursday night when I went to Urbanic's summer social with Amy & Ann-Marie. I picked up a few business cards and the "invite" and tucked those into the pockets too.
And then nothing ground shaking for the normal left & right pages. Photos, photos, photos and some collected odds & ends.
My family was in town this past weekend and they paged through the albums Saturday afternoon. I think my brother described it best, "Oh...yeah, this makes more sense in real life then it does in the photos on your blog." I can't really describe how happy these albums make me and just how much LIFE and LOVE is poured into them. I love the record I'm creating.
supplies / Paper Source circle label, Martha Stewart & Avery labels, American Crafts letter stickers (thickers and small blue ones), Amy Tangerine sewing machine brad, de-flecto letter stickers, My Mind's Eye patterned paper (c/o Scrapbook Circle), Elle's Studio circle tag, Office Depot shaped paper clips, Design A page protectors (which are available in this variety pack), We R Memory keepers photo pocket page, Clementine core kit, Bebas quote font. I use a Fiskars corner rounder (it's not amazing, but it's lasted the longest of any corner rounder I've ever had). I am using a Zig Millennium 0.1 pen and Recollections glossy marker throughout this album.