I assembled these 8×8 albums on National Scrapbook Day this past Saturday. The four black albums are for my children’s teachers and the purple and red albums are pre-K graduation gifts for my daughter’s best friends. All six albums contain a total of 140 scrapbook layouts.
All the fun started with the arrival of the 8×8 photographic prints from Persnickety Prints.
I only use Persnickey Prints to print all my layouts because of their great quality and customer service. This is how my layouts arrived. They were in plastic sleeves and taped securely to a cardboard container. I love the thank you tag that was attached to the prints too! I ordered a few 12×12 prints along with my 8×8 prints.
Next was the task of sorting and ordering the layouts so they could be place in the book. For this step I had a lovely assistant.
She sorted the layouts that were the same all together. Then I used my scrapbooking spreadsheet to make sure we put the layouts in the correct order. I do include the date on every layout but it was easier to look on the spreadsheet than at each individual layout. When the layouts were ordered by album, Kara would give me the pages back to back. I explained to her how we sometimes had to put pages out of order so the two page layouts could stay together. She picked up on that really well and would tell me that we had to do “something different” when we encountered one of those situations.
I had never used gate fold albums (Recollections from Michaels) before but I thought they were interesting because they stand up on their own and had all the fun photo spots on the cover. For the cover photos, I chose to include a photo of each teacher and my child, a title picture of the class name including the year and the remaining two photo slots listed the names of all the students in the class.
The last step was to make everything look pretty!
All the gifts are ready to go! We are going to give the scrapbooks to my children’s teachers because today kicks off teacher appreciation week at school. The graduation gifts will be given to Kara’s friends on graduation day.
I had so much fun doing the layouts and putting these scrapbooks together. I was flooded with good memories and I hope the recipients will like their scrapbooks!
Update: The teachers LOVED their scrapbooks! 🙂