A couple of weeks I ago — while I was gathering items for the garage sale and thinking about this place I’ve lived in for four years — an idea for a mini album hit me: my favorite places around Franklin. Since I’ll be moving back to Florida soon, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the things that I’ve grown to love here in Tennessee.
First thoughts were that I’d spend a day going around town taking photos and gathering the best of the best places that I love. And then I realized that 1). There was no time to do that and 2). I’m too impatient to wait that long!
My tip for the day is: when inspiration strikes, you need to go with it!
Here is what I came up with:
Supplies: Album – Maya Road tag album. Pattern Paper – DCWV Songbird stack from Michael’s. Embellishments – AC Bones Thickers, My Little Shoebox brownie letters, Petaloo Flora Doodles in various colors, various ribbon. Tools – Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink and EK Success journal plate punch.
Because I didn’t have a lot of time to devote to the project, I chose a very small tag album. I find that when I use a really small canvas like this or a 6×6 page, there isn’t a whole lot you can do with it. Once the photo and journaling are put down, there is only so much space left over for embellishing so it doesn’t take a lot of time to complete. And we all know how good it feels to complete a project!
I simply went through all of the photos I’ve taken over the last four years and found a handful that fit my needs. While there are a host of other places I love and would like to highlight, I chose these because I already had the photos. This is another thing that really helps me stay productive when I’m short on time – using photos I had on hand.
For the journaling, I chose a simple punch and wrote the words as small as I could. I tend to be wordy, but I tried to make the journaling short and sweet because there just isn’t room for detailed descriptions here.
As I was creating this album, it made me start thinking about all the things I won’t miss about living in Tennessee. It’s another side of the coin….perhaps not the most positive side, but for me, another way to help express what I’m feeling about this big change. Another way to help me deal with it. A new layout idea has already sparked!
The back page is unfinished at the moment. I am leaving it blank right now because I’ll use it to record the dates – the day I arrived here and the day that I left. I don’t know the latter date yet, so I will add that finishing touch when the time comes.
I’m still thinking that before I leave for good, I might have a day to go around town and take other photos and I could create a companion scrapbook page. There’s no rule that says you can’t have both mini albums and pages in your scrapbooks with the same idea!
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