Last month I managed to scrapbook the remaining photos of my July 2012 wedding, thus completing my wedding album. *Cue the Hallelujah chorus* Now that the wedding photos are behind me, I've moved on to documenting our honeymoon. My goal is to have our entire honeymoon (200+ photos) scrapbooked by the end of August while simultaneously working on my 6x8 summer album and keeping up with various design team obligations. Ambitious? Yes, but not impossible. I'll be sharing my process with you here on the blog and hopefully you'll be inspired to finish up (or, perhaps, begin) an album that's been sitting around collecting dust.
We went on an Alaskan Disney cruise for our honeymoon and it was perfection. The gift shop actually sold 12x12 scrapbook albums and you can bet your bottom dollar that I brought one home with me. I'm embarrassed to admit that it sat empty at the back of my closet for almost a full two years. When I saw the Ahoy There collection from Carta Bella, I knew it was the *perfect* line to document our honeymoon cruise. I pre-ordered the collection pack and when it arrived earlier this month I got right to work.
That's my first tip for completing an album in a pinch - find a collection you love that coordinates well with the photos and use it. Sure, you can mix in pieces from other lines as well, but having one collection as your album's backbone will speed up the process so much! My next tip is to make good use of sketches. Print off a whole bunch that you love or pin a bunch to Pinterest to help get your creative juices flowing.
For my first honeymoon layout, I decided to use this sketch from Life Paper Scrapbook …
Here's the page I came up …
I don't usually do two page layouts but I decided to give it a go for a change and I really like how it turned out. Here's what the pages look like side-by-side in my album … (the layout on the left was inspired by a sketch over at Scrapbook Challenges)
Paper Issues is hosting an "In The Navy" themed challenge and I thought these pages fit (I mean, we are on a ship after all!), so I'm linking them up over there.
I hope this post has inspired you to get to work on whichever projects you've been procrastinating on! No better time than the present to get 'em done :)