I am starting a series about a baby’s first year scrapbook. It’s about the first year of my son’s life, the first year of my Digital Project Life process. I’m going to publish every Michael’s month, and at the same time talk about the evolution of my style and vision of the project.
Michael is 6 years old now, and he likes to look through the finished photobook:
It’s no secret that many scrapbookers come to their hobby after the children birth. I’m not an exception. Mary gave me a big world of scrapbooking, and Michael narrowed it down to Project Life.
I always tried to combine artistic experiments with life documenting, but I should give a thought to separate these incentives. And when Michael was born, life documenting became much more important than paper and inks. In April 2012, when my son was two months old, I made the first digital Project Life spread.
Michael was born in February 2012, and I firmly decided to scrapbook the whole first year, from the last weeks of pregnancy to the first anniversary. So I moved in both directions.
These layouts were ready in July 2012. I made a themed spread for the first time.The birth of my boy looks light and frosty:
The left page looks just like a classic scrapbook layout with a title and a journaling:
Pros and сons of my spread:
➕ I used one paper pack kit «Wintertime» by Echo Park Paper Co. to create cohesion across the spread. I still love those papers of clean light blue shades. At that time, I have actively used the word arts by Ali Edwards already.
➕ I had to shrink the journaling as much as possible to tell about the impressions from the hospital. My favorite Candara font is 10 points with a minimum interline spacing. I removed the cards under the journaling to give my story even more space.
➖ Now I look at the spread in the printed album, and I see shortcomings. I ordered a borderless printing. It was a mistake. The side margins, provided by the template, were absolutely cut off. The additional margins would be helpful for a more harmonious perception of the whole picture.
➖ That photo on right page (where daddy is taking our son) should be black and white. There is an annoying green color of the plastic bag.
Supplies used regularly in Project Life:
Do you often add themed spreads into your albums? Which big themes are your favorite?
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