Saturday, July 12, 2014

Confession Time: I just finished my first album!

I feel like shouting from the rooftop, "My 2010 Family Album is DONE!" I'm thrilled to finally have one finished!!

Technically, this is not my first completed album. I have finished a couple of my daughter (baby & preschool years) and a few trip books. But this 2010 album is my first {completed} annual family album.

I have completed pages that will eventually go in over 10 year's of incomplete albums. A couple more are like this one was a few hours ago: assembled with over 90% of the work completed but waiting for me to finish a page or two, add journaling (my least favorite part) or other minor tweaks.  This morning I decided "Today is the Day" and finished everything that was outstanding for 2010.

Not perfect, but done!

Most of what I did today was journaling. When it comes to journaling, I am a horrible procrastinator. You know how some people have math test anxiety? Not me, I love math, but the sight of a blank essay book scares me to death! So I tend to put it off journaling because it is so hard to get it perfectly. Today, I decided I'd rather have it done than perfect and incomplete. So I just grabbed my journaling pen and started writing in all those blank boxes the first thing that came to mind.

In order to wrap this album up, I utilized Studio J digital scrapbooking on several pages. These beautiful pages mix perfectly with my traditional paper pages. This title page is from the Year In Review Express Collection, so all I just dropped my pictures in and updated the title and journaling.

I also mixed full layouts with pocket pages. For example, I had several random pictures of things that happened over the summer that didn't really fit on layouts, but helped tell the story of what we were doing that year. I used the Horizontal Divided Page Protectors (Design 2) to include these pictures in my album. I created the journaling card in the top left pocket in Studio J.

I also used Flip Flaps throughout when I had more pictures than space on my pages. This allowed more room for the titles, journaling, embellishments and just space for everything to breathe :)

A stack of 4 " x 6" pictures with Flip Flaps

3" x 3" Flip Flaps to add a mini-book to my Christmas page
I finished the album off by putting the year in a Label Holder and clipping it to the spine. Now this album truly is shelf-ready.

So, I've shared my secret of incomplete albums. Now it is your turn! Do you have unfinished projects waiting for just a few minutes to wrap up? Tell me about it in the comments.

Keep Creating,


  1. I have a few layouts in each book waiting for journaling. When I'm in the mood for it, I go back and pull them out and add in the journaling.

    1. Good to know I'm not the only one who saves the journaling for last. Unfortunately, I'm never really in the mood for it, lol.