mini album inspiration: this is me (girl)
We’ve had family with us all week. Such a party. We love when they come. And … we’ve been in the midst of another party called the Mini Album Love Fest (*wink*) … so you can imagine that there was no way I could resist encouraging my teenage niece and nephew to whip up their own Mini Album.
Ele and Thomas couldn’t really escape my prodding – I mean, they came to Aunt Becky’s for Spring Break. What do you expect? But let’s be honest. They actually did enjoy this and, oh my stars, can you imagine how cool this time capsule of their life will be – and how much more meaningful it will become – in 5, 10, 30 years? There is so much awesomeness in documenting life and I so wish we saw more kids doing this.
How we pulled it together:
STEP 1. Ele went through her cell phone pictures and chose a bunch of random shots that represent her life right now as a 15-year-old just “doing her thing”.
STEP 2. I helped her take a handful additional pictures of details that would really help illustrate the story of who she is and what’s going on in her life right now.
STEP 3. We uploaded and printed the photos locally (I would have chosen Persnickey Prints but we needed the one-hour pick-up time in this scenario).
STEP 4. Spreading all her photos out, Ele chose some of the Prompt Cards from the Mayfield Mini Kit and started writing.
STEP 5. Ele “matched” notes that she wrote on the cards with photos. Some were a great fit, but of course she wrote about some things that she didn’t have a picture for (yet) and she had a few pictures that didn’t have journaling yet (which she later was able to complete with the more “generic”, non-prompt cards that come in the Childhood Mini Kits).
STEP 6: She started slipping everything into pockets. Photos and cards. That’s it. No embellishing. No techniques. No fussing will a million products. She’s far too busy for that – you know, with all the instagramming and texting and laying by the pool this week. : )
Those pens are the Project Life Pens that were sold on HSN, and coming to stores and online next month. Okay – here is her album! This is all about Ele right now. Not a full history of her life. Not the past couple of years. Right here, right now. BAM.
Ele is truly an impressive young woman. I love everything about her (except that she’s growing up too fast on me and she is already a couple inches taller than me! She was a baby yesterday.) But seriously, this girl is smart. She can sing. She has a heart made of gold. She has a passion for special needs kids. And – she has the best laugh on the planet.
PS – That’s her brother Thomas who also did his own Mini Album. And Crew, half-dressed, coloring on “Becky Cards” as he calls them. I have lots and lots of cards to add to Crew’s album. ; )