I had an idea late last August. One that I really wanted to tell other parents about.
But I also really wanted it to be a surprise for my senior girl, who at that time had roughly 39 weeks of actual senior year school to complete before I could give it to her.
The idea was simple. Each week, write a short note to her and find one photo from that week to pair with the message.
A photo. A message. From a mama to her girl.
I set a calendar reminder every Monday morning at 11 a.m. As soon as the alarm popped up on my desktop, it was time to stop, drop and write. Then I snagged a photo from the week at hand and dropped it into my template.
With a set limit on how much I could write, it was both extremely do-able but also challenging. I find I have a lot to say to this young woman. I chose my words carefully.
Nearly all of the book's images were taken with my iPhone.
Using a basic template, each week I would open the previous week's file, do a File > Save As… and rename the file for the week at hand. This created a lovely (and numerically ordered) set of PSD files.
Once the school year was over I spent time proofreading each file, then saved each one as a JPEG.
Next I created a simple cover design, saved it as a JPEG and uploaded it first to create the cover.
Then I uploaded all the weekly files to Artifact Uprising, in order, to create the guts of the book.
I created a final closing page using images that appear in the album.
I gave this book to her last Saturday. As of today, I'm not sure if she's read it yet. She told me she wasn't ready.
That's cool with me. I'm not ready to read it again right now either. Not just yet.
I think this would be a really great project for any mama or daddy who has a senior starting that last, final hoorah in the Fall. Heck, you could do it for any school-aged child. The titles are all editable and use free fonts so you can make them say anything you like. I wanted to share this album today so those of you who do could start thinking about it before September rolls around. Whether you use my design or create one of your own, this is a very do-able and potentially meaningful memory project.
And yes, if I make a little money off this project, you can rest assured it will all be going to the University of Wisconsin–Madison come September.