There are two things I've been a bit preoccupied with of late: gratitude and screened back type and graphics. (Well, there's actually three, if you count hot flashes, but I digress…)
I was toying with the idea of creating a new gratitude layout template and then thought, why not just make a whole album? Whenever I approach beginning a new album project it has to be something I can actually complete or make good headway on from the get go. Enter the Album of 'Fuls project.
This template set, designed for use in Photoshop Element or Photoshop, is meant to be either fully digital or hybrid. My project is digital to hybrid, as I printed the entire thing out at home onto photo paper and cardstock. There are five spread concepts to cover: things you are thankful for, grateful for, hopeful for, joyful about or mindful of.
I wanted to share the start of my album with you today beginning with the album, a 6 x 6 ring binder from We R Memory Keepers that I picked up at my local Archiver's store.
All you need to complete the album (aside from the written and photographic content) are photo paper and cardstock. Here's my title page:
Each large word comes on it's own layer and depending on what background color you choose, you have to play a bit with the Opacity on each type layer to get it just right. I had to bump all of my opacities up 10 to 15 percent beyond what they are set to in the template itself. The title 'an album of 'fuls' uses a free font, Lobster.
Once you drop in your content, you simply print with the Crop Marks option turned on (found in the print windows of both PS and PSE). Trim and you're ready to pop into the album page protectors.
Here are the rest of the spreads:
I see this as a continuing project that will let me focus on gratitude, hope and mindfulness, all things I'm shooting for in my life as I continue to evolve and take stock of what matters and what inspires me.
I especially like the idea of focusing on what I'm being mindful of. This can have so many implications for a person who's working through some of her, well, you know, crap.
I designed a simple binder label to share with anyone who'd like to do this album project as well. You can download it here and customize it for your album. It fits into the We R Memory Keepers 6 x 6 binder.
Here's to the 'fuls in your life!