Throughout the album the journaling is written in first person and focuses on physical traits, such as a family's similar dimples and smiles, as well as character traits. All the journaling was typed and printed in a font that looks like handwriting.
After the dedication page, use the next two pages to create a photo collage of physical traits. The border at the bottom of the collage page is repeated on other collage pages, while all the journaling pages share similar backgrounds and buttons.
- White card stock
- Navy card stock
- 3/4 blue foral and solid paper
- Tags of different sizes and shapes
Choose pictures that chart different points in your mother's life.
1. For journaling pages, type text to fit within the page size (7-3/4 x 7 inches), allowing room for several small photographs. Print the text on white card stock and matte it with blue floral and solid paper. Closely cropped photos with the same brushstroke frame help break up the large blocks of text. A few buttons in coordinating shades add minimal embellishment, letting the focus remain on your words.
2. Scan, crop, and resize photos of you and your mother by using a photo-editing program. The program also allows you to add a creative brushstroke frame around each photo. Print the images on vellum, tear the edges, and matte each with blue torn-edge card stock. Use tags of different sizes and shapes to give you several options for labeling the photos.
3. Type the title "Traces of You" multiple times and print on white paper. Handwrite "Physical Traits" on navy card stock and adhere on top of the border. To add more texture to the page as well as create lines around the border, add two lengths of navy fibers.
Use white space for a clean and simple look.
- Decide on the theme and think of an appropriate title.
- Plan how to best organize the album. What will the chapters be? Will you separate chapters by years, people, or events?
- Choose an album or make your own. Do you want a 12 x 12-inch album or is a smaller album better suited to your project? Will you want to expand it over the years?
- Pick a color scheme. Will you use shades of one color for the entire album? One color per chapter? Will you use colors that are meaningful to the recipient?
- Gather appropriate photos (making duplicates if necessary) and mementos. You may need the help of friends and family with this step.
- Work on your journaling and decide from what perspective the text will be written. Consult and interview friends
and family if necessary.
- Create thumbnail sketches of each chapter. This step helps you double-check that you have enough elements to fill every page.