Just wanted to pop in today to share my title page – not for 2012 though, but for 2011. Seems counter intuitive I suppose, but I usually save the titles and covers for last. It’s easier for me to create one this way. Once I have content to reference, I feel I can make a page that accurately reflects it. Usually, I pick a favorite photo (especially when I’m doing photobooks). For this album though, I just used a simple kraft envelope with “snapshots of twenty eleven” printed on a doily (purchased from joann’s) for the title page.
The title opens up to a year in review spread for 2011. I could have stuck this page at the end of the album but I like it as a opener, it kind of doubles as a table of contents.
The front side covers the months of January thru June. Every month includes a photo and next to it, a list style summary of things we did, places we went and milestones (birthdays, etc.) we celebrated.
You know what I just noticed? The monthly summaries are much shorter at the beginning of the year and get progressively longer and more detailed near the end of the year. Starting from May especially, and that just happens to be the month that I started Project Life last year. Coincidence?? I think not. I feel like I’ve been doing a much better job of documenting since I started Project Life…and now I see the proof. Thank you Becky Higgins.
The photo protector I used is Design F – it has ten 3×4 slots + one 4×6 slot. I treated the 4×6 spot as two 3×4 slots so it works out to 12 slots total – perfect for year in review. Here’s a close up of the 4×6 slot.
I use the same steps with just a few differences – I usually resize the photos after I’ve dragged them into the 4×6 canvas and I like to use clipping masks. There’s no wrong or right way, just what feels right for you. I print out 3×4 photos and stacked 2×3 photos pretty regularly so I created templates to make the process easier.
And another one that I don’t use very often, but Jessica posted a question about it on facebook, right as I happened to be packaging up these templates, so I included it.
These 4×6 photo collage templates are now available in my shop as a free download.
If you’re new to photoshop or aren’t familiar with how to use templates/clipping masks, see my introduction to layered templates tutorial HERE. On my list of things to do is a video tutorial on how to use clipping masks – that step can be a little tricky and is much easier to learn when you see it being done.
PRODUCTS I USED
Page Protectors (Becky Higgins Design A), 3×4 journaling cards (Becky Higgins), Binder (American Crafts 12×12 cloth D-ring), Red Label (vintage blank label rubber stamp by purple onion designs), Black striped journaling card (then & now printable journaling card kit by paislee press + three paper peonies), journaling card printing template (paislee press), 4×6 photo templates (paislee press)