I've kind of gone off DIY blog posts. Not from other people (I am totally inspired by other DIY projects) but just my own. I like doing things my way, and I find that while the result may look good, I'm not the best at explaining how I got there. There's never any real "method" when it comes to my projects so sometimes the tutorial falls a bit flat. What I do like doing is sharing what I've done and letting you decide if you'd like to try.
Last weekend was our first one back after our holiday in Niue and I thought it would be nice if I spent the whole weekend just doing crafty/creative stuff. Seriously, the best weekend ever. I'm considering boycotting socialising so I can just spend all my time doing that. Ha! Okay, not quite, but I do really enjoy it and I find it pretty relaxing as well. Because I took a whole lot of photos (around 1000!!) I thought it would be nice to create a little holiday album. I've since decided that I'm going to do this for every trip we go on. It might seem like a lot of work, but I've found a pretty neat way of doing it that is not only cheap, but looks pretty darn cute as well!
WHAT YOU NEED
a photo pocket album (mine was from harvey norman but you could probably pick one up anywhere! mine had 36 pockets) / photos / coloured paper / scissors / glue stick / any other crafty stuff
I've always wanted to do a scrapbook but I know that it can take a lot of time and it seems to require a lot of supplies. Coloured card, buttons, sequins, washi tape, special stamps.. The list goes on! Because I wanted something personal that wasn't going to be a huge amount of work, I decided to go and buy a cheap little photo album that really is just full of photo pockets and add something interesting to each individual photo. I liked having the freedom of not having to glue everything down and there was no worry of layout. Each photo had it's own pocket and what I did to it was totally up to me.
I wanted to have a similar "theme" throughout the whole album so I went through the paper I had and just chose a few patterns and colours to use. I also stuck with similar "fonts" and text layouts so it felt cohesive. I really loved the cover I made which was just a piece of patterned paper and cut out glittery letters. Ahh. I love glitter! So so much. Anyway... I wanted to use those letters throughout the book so there were a few layouts that had them. I also wrote funny (well, funny to me!) comments straight onto the photos and cut shapes out and wrote on them as well.
I won't lie, it was hard to be funny and quirky throughout the whole photo album, but I think it was worth it! A lot of the pages just explained who was in the photo of where we were. I cut out arrow shapes that looked like name signs to show where the photo was taken. I just wanted people to enjoy going through our album and get a feel for where we were. Obviously you can't really sum up a holiday in 36 photos or less, but I just loved the idea of having a little summary sitting on our coffee table.
There are so many ideas as well, in terms of what you can do. It's easy enough to mix it up with colours, and with type. Especially because different locations will require different themes. You could even predesign the type or collages on photoshop and print it out so it's ready to go straight in the book. Because I work mostly on the computer, I love being able to get busy with my hands and creative with things I can find lying around.
I've since printed out photos from our trip to Australia and I think I'll make another little one for that as well. Even though they are little, I think they are super cute to have lying around for when people come and visit. They are also easy to store and flick through! So nice to be able to take a trip down memory lane every now and then.
NIUE SCRAPBOOK // AUGUST 2014
(How clever is this GIF?! It's my first time making one and I love it!)
Let me know how you guys get along and if you decide to make one! I'd love to see what you come up with. Just remember, it's your holiday and you really can do what you want. Make sure it reflects your personality and your trip. And just have fun! Because that folks, is what life is about.