This year I am looking forward to creating a themed daily album for the month of November. While I have done this album many times in the past, as I shared here, this year I am approaching the project from a different perspective. Instead of documenting something I am thankful for each day throughout the month, I am going to focus on finding something good in each day. This slight shift in my focus renewed my excitement for the project as this year has been challenging and I really do want to embrace the philosophy that “every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day”.
I really enjoy themed albums and I have found that I am most successful at completing the album when I do a few things:
- Limit the variety of supplies I use. This allows me to maintain a cohesive look throughout the album, which is important to me and helps be not become overwhelmed.
- Use repetition throughout the album. I don’t mind if I use the same paper or element several times – this helps me feel like the album flows well and that appeals to me.
- Decide on my supplies and kits ahead of time. Then be happy with my decision and no second guessing myself…it really isn’t that deep and shouldn’t be stressful!
- Print all my elements and papers before I begin the project. This allows me to have them ready to use so I can easily and quickly create my daily pages. I then feel good about the project which inspires me to keep going.
- Create a smaller sized album. I’ve created 6×8″albums, pocket page albums, and traveler’s notebook sizes in the past. This year I am going with a 4×6″ album which will allow me to keep it simple and manageable. Simple is key for me!
- Don’t overthink things! After all, it is paper and photos and words and my creativity. It’s all good in the end. :)
So this year, I am continuing to follow what has worked for me in the past and have decided to use a few digital kits that I have started to print and cut. I’ll mix in some physical elements such as ink & stamping, embossing, stitching, staples, and washi tape. The digital products that I’m using are from Memory Pockets Monthly: Document/Jan 2020, Yes from Paislee Press, and Good Things from Designed by Soco.
I’m super excited to continue to work on prepping my supplies and creating some base pages for my album so that when November arrives, I can really strive to find something good in each day and document it in my album. It is time for a mind shift and mental mediation on the the good things! I hope to share some of my pages with you as November progresses and I’d love to know if you are creating your own themed album in November!