The kids were eager to make summer scrapbooks again this year. Last year they used photos, scrapbook paper and stickers in their albums. This year I decided to have them use strictly photos and Project Life cards to speed up the process and have everything look uniform.
- Project Life 6×8 albums
- SN@P pocket pages
- two 4×6 pockets
- one 4×6 and two 3×4 pockets
- four 3×4 pockets
- Project Life mini kits
- 4×6 and 3×4 photos (not pictured)
- pen for journaling (not pictured)
- paper trimmer (not pictured)
- Becky Higgins Project Life corner rounder (optional)
- photo editing software (optional)
1. Gather supplies. The kids choose their own album and the Project Life mini kits that they wanted to use. Having the children select the supplies gives them a sense of ownership and guarantees that they will like the final product! I scoured several Michales stores to find Project Life pocket pages for the albums but they were sold out everywhere! Luckily the SN@P pocket pages fit perfectly in the Project Life albums.
2. Select and print the photos. I sat down in front of my laptop with my kids beside me. We looked through all the photos that were taken this summer. The kids each chose the individual photos that they wanted and I copied them to their individual photo folders. Next I edited all the photos in Photoshop. During the editing process, I added text to some of the photos.
Any vertical photos were changed to 3×4 photos. You can use my free Photoshop/Photoshop Elements template to place two 3×4 photos on a 4×6 photo for easier/cheaper printing. After I received the printed photos, I used a paper trimmer to cut the 4×6 photos in half to get the 3×4 photos. The kids then used the corner rounder on all the photos. The Project Life cards have rounded corners so I wanted to keep the photos and the cards consistent.
3. Populate the pocket pages. I worked with each child individually on their album. We did the majority of Kara’s album while I was in the hospital. You can read a little about that in this post about letting go of perfect.
My son Colin started kindergarten a few weeks ago. I told him he could do anything with me the day before he started school. He surprised me when he said he wanted to work on his summer scrapbook!
The kids added all the photos to the pocket pages leaving some pockets empty for Project Life cards. Colin included postcards from our vacations in his album. Next they selected Project Life cards and added them to their albums. My 7 year old Kara was able to write all her own journaling card but my 5 year old Colin needed a lot of help. He wrote one card on his own and I wrote all the rest. He insisted on signing all the cards that I wrote with a heart and his name. Sometimes he even added exclamation marks.
Kara had a two week art camp over the summer. I asked her art instructor to fill out a Project Life card so I could add it to her album. I forgot to give the card to her instructor during camp so I mailed it to her and she mailed it right back to me. Kara loves reading her note from Mrs. Nolan out loud. You could add notes from family or friends.
4. Enjoy looking through the albums! My kids each have a square of my IKEA Expedit shelf where all their memory albums live. Since this area is accessible to them, they come and look at their scrapbooks and other memorabilia at least 2 or 3 times a week.
I love to hear them talk to each other while they are looking through their albums and it make all my efforts worth it!