| Written by Ronnie |
Three weeks ago, I picked up a beautiful trestle table from Timbermill. Made from recycled timber, it provides the perfect backdrop for photographing my memory keeping projects. Now, finally, I can start sharing my life album layouts here in this space - something I've been itching to do since launching this blog three months ago!
For those of you who are new to this memory keeping concept, I like to think of my life albums as photo albums with extra benefits. They allow me to document photos together with words in an album format, in a way that is simple, easy, and beautiful. Unlike the traditional bound photo albums, life albums utilise ring binders like this one which makes memory keeping extremely flexible: I can add extra pages at any time, and it's easy to change my photos or to include more journaling. Despite my ever-increasing love for designing and creating story books for my family, the basic building blocks of my memory-keeping these days are still my life albums.
You may already know from the blogosphere that there is an infinite number of ways you can do life albums. You can buy simple scrapbooking kits from Becky Higgins and hand-write on pre-printed journaling cards. You can purchase digital journaling cards from designers like my gorgeous friend Liz Tamanaha and print your own journaling cards. You can use papers from your own stash and journal straight onto them. You can purchase Photoshop templates, type your words onto them, and then print out your photos with words already typeset on top.
As for me, when I first started putting together my own life albums two and a half years ago, I soon realised that hand-writing my journaling was not the path I wanted to take. I also wasn’t a fan of using Photoshop templates because I didn’t feel it would make for a very efficient workflow. So instead, I set up my own InDesign templates which I felt allowed the photos and the words to shine. It took me probably a few weeks to get the templates 'right', but once I did, I didn't look back. I've been using them for the past two years and more, and I'm still completely happy with them.
I'm seriously happy to be blogging once again about my life albums. There'll be lots to write about in the coming weeks and months, including how to get started with life albums, how to put together your first layouts, how I'm planning to catch up on twenty weeks without stressing, the time and cost involved with life albums, tips for printing and saving money, and snapshots of my weekly workflow and process. Some of this stuff I've written about before, but I feel the time is write to revisit all of these topics from scratch given the way my own approach to life albums has evolved and everything I've learnt in these last two years.
Hope you're half as excited as me! Let me know if there's anything specific you'd like to know.
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Note: I used to call these albums my Project Life albums. However, Project Life is actually a registered trademark that belongs to Becky Higgins' company. When we launched our LIFE:CAPTURED Inc site three months ago and we started selling my templates through our online shop, I made a conscious decision to stop calling them my Project Life albums as I didn't want to risk misleading customers that my templates were affiliated with Becky's' brand. Hope this clears up any confusion for those of you who used to follow my old blog.