Posts Tagged ‘making photo albums’

It’s been mighty quiet on this here blog of mine.  Meanwhile, it’s been a blur of designing and cutting and scoring and readying over in this here studio of mine.

Last week left me with the satisfaction of having completed two big work projects.  The first being this wonderful 50 page photo album for my brother-in-law’s 40th birthday.  The second being a small show in which I was a vendor and we can just leave that one for another post, can’t we?  (Yes we can, especially when I’m averaging one post every other week).

Chip’s album was commissioned by Jef’f’s Dad, who supplied me with a comprehensive 75-photo stack to chronicle some of the highlights of Chip’s 40 years on planet Earth.  It was my job to then mat and crop each photo, add captions to some, put it all together in some logical format, bind it all together and exercise good editing all the while.  It felt like a big undertaking with a busy 7 month old alongside me.  But great undertakings allow for great satisfaction once they are completed, don’t they?

I don’t like my albums to be too scrapbook-y.  I think simple is best when making something to hopefully last for years and years to come.  Yet, it is nice to have a little fun with colors and patterns and text.  Just enough to make it special.

I always find that making albums like these for family members is such a rewarding process.  I get to construct a small chronicle of their lives and immerse myself in all the fun and emotion that each photo conjures up.  Chip has been such a big part of our lives that I found much of my family scattered throughout the pages of this book.  It reminded me of just how very rich I am with the love and presence of warm, funny, generous, good people.  A rewarding process, indeed.

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One of the projects that fits nicely into my card design repertoire is album-making.  Photo albums are big, time intensive projects that when complete, feel especially sweet and rewarding to me.   I recently was hired to make a photo album for a 40th birthday celebration.IMG_2575For my past 4 albums or so, I’ve been starting with a 50 page text block from Paper Source.  If I had to cut and size and bind 50 pages before beginning, I think I would go out of my mind.  So hooray for text blocks!IMG_2576IMG_2579The fun part is picking out the paper for the covers.  I chose this red poppy wrapping paper for this album.  Wrapping paper seems to be just the right thickness for the cover boards. Thicker paper can really put my adhesive to the test and can be a challenge to fold in just right.  Wrapping paper adheres so quickly and easily, you just have to be sure to smooth out any air bubbles  right away.IMG_2582Then I attach the book cloth.  Here is where I have to be extra careful to leave exactly enough room for the spine of the book.  I’ve had trouble with this part before, but it went off without a hitch this time.  IMG_2596I love adding some coordinating ribbon and a cover plate.  At this point the whole assembled thing needs to be pressed.  I still don’t have a book press which is maybe a little bit ridiculous at this point, but between you and me, a stack of dictionaries and coffee table books works just as well.IMG_2600I deliberate for a long time over each page.  How many pictures on each page, how to mat and arrange them, how to work with any text that the client wants included… a single page can take an hour while I hem and haw.IMG_2607 IMG_2605IMG_2609IMG_2611IMG_2612Finishing an album always elicits a big phew! from me.   I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the pressure of creating a possible family heirloom with cherished family photos weighs heavily on me.  But after delving into the intimate photographs that are shared with me and working with them  for some time, I always feel such love for the recepients of the album, whether I know them or not.  It feels really special to be privy to the chronicle of a life and the inner bits and authentic pieces of a family.

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