If any of you out there have read my second book, Clean&Simple Scrapbooking: The Sequel, you might recall this bad boy:
(Copyright CK Media on the above, and the following four images.)
This is my Halloween album. A simple themed album, with a basic design that is simply one of my favorite scrapbooks. Let me refresh your memory as to the contents. Above, of course, is the title page to my album. I know, ADORABLE.
Then we have the introduction (click to see all of these larger):
Next we have the dedication (thank you, Jerry Seinfeld!):
Followed by the album guts:
It's just year after year of Halloween goodness, and such a visible way to document, OH MY HECK! The kids are growing!
Here are the pages you didn't see in the book, including Aidan's 2nd and 3rd and 4th Halloween, which for some reason, got the axe in the editing room:
Okay, so maybe it wasn't my finest moment in Holiday photography, still… pretty friggin' cute if you ask me.
And okay, I know it LOOKS like the same year, but trust me, she had grown.
(FYI: After the fourth installment, I walked away from the black and white film.)
And here are the ones that came AFTER the book was published:
Sure, the ink colors were slightly off from year to year on account of changing printers and levels of ink, but that's not really the point of this project now is it?
I realized last week I hadn't added to the album since 2007. Naughty little scrapbooker! So, I'm now working on the files to complete 07 and 08. Here's 07 so far, in digital form:
And I would show you 2008, but I have NO record of my eldest child from last year. Needless to say, when I confessed to Aidan that I hadn't managed to get her on film she was HORRIFIED. Who would have predicted that reaction?
No worries, I'll figure out something to go with this picture:
I share this album with you because I'm always struck by how powerful a simple approach can be. A shot per year and a bit of journaling for a finite period of life. This is simple scrapbooking at its best.
I created this album in 2004 after Aidan had clocked in more than a few All Hallows Eves. My point: you can always go back and find a shot here or there and make a complete picture of a tradition or other memorable, continuing event.
AND NOW A TREAT FOR YOU: In the spirit of Halloween treats, I converted this album design into two layered PSD files for you, my template lovin' blog readers. You can use them for a digital album or be like me, and go hybrid. The journaling page has been designed using Arial, which is simply a placeholder font. Feel free to add in whatever font you like. My album you see above uses Gill Sans.
Here's to simplifying the process!
(to download, click on links. PC users: right-click, and scroll to "Save Target As"; Mac users can just click on the links.)