Pulled my photo boxes out and with the thought of being able to cut into the new You Are Enough papers, I was looking for photos with jewel tones. Have you seen these papers yet? The shinny is rose gold!
For as lovely as these papers are, the photos I pulled from the box just fit so nicely with this old Jubilee paper workshop layout (LO) that I will continue to wait to cut into the You are Enough pack.
One of the “photos” was really just a print on plain paper, so I backed it with cardstock and was able to use it to show more of the people that shared the day with me.
Here is the video that includes my thought process in fitting older photos with empty layouts.
As some of you might know, I have found 1000s of photos and hundreds of blank layouts as we unpack and settle into our home. I’m trying to pair the photos with the layouts in an effort to get them into albums that everyone can enjoy.
These photos (all 3 of them) are from my husband’s high school senior trip. He really likes the layout.
The thought of getting years, decades really, of photos into albums is overwhelming and can force me into shutting my studio door and pretending they don’t exist. Instead, or after trying that for a while and it not working, I decided to “eat this whale” one bite at a time. Here’s what I did to start, and I’m still at the beginning stages of this journey. Step one: gather the photos. Unless you are already well on this path, even after you think you’ve exhausted every possible place a photo could be, you will find more. So, gather the photos that are easiest and do a quick flip through. Step two: create a plan. Well, create a plan, or at least a jumping off point. for me that meant looking at some photos and deciding that I wanted to sort them by events in paper folders. I needed paper folders. I got out my printer paper, score board, cutter and bone folder and created folders.
Now I had photos and folders. . . .
Step three: start sorting. That may sound funny but just start. if you have 40 photos from an event, put them in a folder, label the folder, and set them aside. If you have 1 print, put it in a folder, label it and set it aside. Once I got a few folders of photos done, themes, categories, or groups started to make themselves know. I needed a section for each child, those even broken down by age, school, activity (football, soccer, swimming, robotics) plus a family section a section for trips. . . .
The more photos I sorted, the more categories I needed, and some categories got renamed or combined with others categories. For me I used the mantra, how would I look for this event or photo. That became the category for it.
After sorting most of the photos, I went through my boxes and created a list of the categories AND each of the photo folders contents. This has already proven to be a very good thing for me and how my brain works.
Have you hung with me? After the photo sorting, I turned my attention to the boxes of memorabilia I had gathered over the decades.
My original plan was to use file folders and sort all the papers, stubs, and doodads into those. It works well for some things, but I found I also needed smaller folders & envelopes as well as some page protectors to corral the items I had saved. To keep track of what memorabilia was in which folder, I set up a system of small (envelopes), medium (legal file folders cut in half) and large, (standard file folders). I choose a color for each group and numbered the folder or enveloped it with a number in its group’s color. Large (red), Medium (blue), envelope (green). I created a list of what was placed into the folder. Each group had it’s own list.
Remember how I told you more photos would appear as you traveled on this journey, More photos were in the memorabilia boxes and are currently sitting on top of the photo boxes waiting for me to put them into their folders and file them.
Currently, I have photos under control. I have a plan that is working for memorabilia and and I found 200+ blank layout pages ready to be put to use.
I thought if I refreshed my memory of what layout pages I have perhaps I can more easily pair the photos and the memorabilia to the blank pages. Here is a video flipping through the blank layouts. In the upcoming weeks, months, years even, I plan to use up every layout and tell our family’s stories and get them into albums where they can be enjoyed.
The Craft with Heart (CWH) card kit is great. If you assemble them following the directions that come in the kit, you will have 24 cards that cost less than $1.85 per card (yearly subscription). How great is that?
If you fall in love with the patterns on the card bases, you can do what I did and cut them apart and make many more cards adding your own supplies. For one set of the cards (the kit makes two of 12 different cards), I limited the supplies when making the first half to items I think most crafters will have on hand. See the first set of slightly modified cards here.
For the second set of 12 cards, I decided I was not going to limit myself and just create. Sometimes the mojo works with me, other times it doesn’t. This time, I truly enjoyed the process of creating these cards.
I got all these from the first card base! I added some cricut cuts, (pink flower, leaf & greenery) Silver and outdoor denim Cardstock. I did pull out my scrap envelops and pulled some of the matting colors from that.
Cards 2-5 didn’t call to me like some of the others, so I just added some more embellishments (cricut cuts, hearts, sprays of leaves. . . ) and silver cardstock for a wow factor.
The card on the left is very close to the original card #6 in the kit instructions, but by cutting back of the base off, I was able to create two more cards.
I absolutely loved the leaves on card base 7 and I had to cut the back off of the card base and stretch it to make multiple cards. (I also went back and cut it off the back from the original slightly modified set too!) As you can see I really had some fun playing with Cricut cuts, die cuts, embossing folders, silver cardstock matting, punches and more. The blue plaid paper was a scrap from another base (10?).
Here are the last few No-Limits CWH cards. (Cards 8-12) I truly enjoyed playing with my tools, using up scraps, and just going for it.
Hope you find some time to add some crafting joy to your day!