So far this week, we’ve talked about defining what it means to “finish” your project and adding a summer yearbook-style quote to your album. Today’s conversation is a build off of both of those, as we talk about deciding what to do with your remaining Little Summer JOY Traveler’s Notebook pages.
Let’s Finish this Album
If you’re here and you’re reading this, you’ve probably made some commitment to finishing your album pages. Congratulations! That’s awesome. And it’s a big step. So let’s talk about what your options are and give you some tools for deciding what to do.
How many pages do you have left in your album?
Depending on the number of pages, and what you want to put in them, this could feel overwhelming, or it could be a breeze. For me, it was a little overwhelming at first. I had more than 20 pages left in my album. And while I knew there was a lot left to tell, I had no idea where to start or what to include. So I asked myself another quest.
What stories have been told? What stories are missing?
My stories were broad. There were certainly some favorites, big events, and meaningful experiences. I had bullet journal entries from most of the weeks. I had a calendar layout and planner style stamps of what we did each day in June and July. But there was an entire vacation missing. There were random adventures that I wanted to include. And there was a general sentiment – a feeling – of this summer that was missing from the pages.
WHAT | Make a List
Still, I needed clear direction. With so many pages to fill, I needed a bit of a plan if I was going to make this happen while I still had the interest, motivation, and the commitment to doing it. So I made a list of what I wanted to include.
This is my list:
- One more week of bullet style journaling
- One more monthly calendar with planner stamps
- A favorite quote
- Travel photos from our last vacation
- A list of favorite places, things, events from the summer
Decide on HOW
Once I had my list, I had to decide HOW I was going to bring that all together. I knew what the bullet page and monthly calendar layouts would look like, so I did those first.
Next, I added the favorite quote to the last page of the book.
Then I decided which stories I wanted to tell from vacation. This was a bit more complicated. I knew I wouldn’t be able to capture our entire vacation – nor did I want to – but I wanted to highlight it in some way.
My solution was to use collaged images, printed on matte photo paper, and cut to fit the book.
I also printed some panoramic photos that I knew would be fun to include.
Then I added a brochure and one more favorite picture from our trip. You can see how it folds out.
Love that I had a place to store that because it was an awesome experience for all of us.
In the last few pages of the book I included our summer favorites. And, truly, this was one of the fastest ways to fill the pages, and also one of the most creatively fun.
Because it was a series, I picked a single format for the layouts. Each page had the same photo size, the same border, the same layout, and the same elements. I brushed titles and noted details. And below each picture, I added a short entry on what I loved most.
So simple. So quick. SO DONE.
I’ll admit: I didn’t take much care for the brush script. And I know when I look back on my album, I’ll probably cringe a little at the messiness of the titles. But done is better than perfect, friends. And this time, “done” meant doing unpracticed brush script via book light with a brush I’ve never used before.
Your assignment today is to make a plan. You don’t need to detail every single page, but take some notes. Figure out which stories or elements to include and how you want to include them. Pick a format for the pictures and start printing.
And, when you’re ready, start creating those last layouts.
If you’re feeling stuck, or feeling blah about these pages, try incorporating a new technique, medium, or element in your pages. Make it fun. Make it more than worth your time – make it a creative experiment. Enjoy the process.
I promise, finishing this album is one of the most satisfying things I’ve done in a long time. Finishing projects, and doing so while feeling that you’ve done a good job, is totally worth the push to make it happen.
Good luck and happy documenting!