scrapbooking without words
Sometimes you want to create pages or even an entire album just to showcase pictures from a particular occasion or theme. Sometimes you want all the focus to be on the images. While I highly encourage photos AND words, I totally get that sometimes, no words are needed.
We recently found out about how newly-married Molly Porter pulled her wedding album together with Project Life. Inspiring.
Molly has never scrapbooked before Project Life and mentioned that she probably wouldn’t have started without the system. She said, Pre-Project Life, I followed along with bloggers as they shared their traditional pages. I would get very inspired, buy a bunch of stuff, and then I had no idea what to do with it. I tried it, but I just didn’t get it and it didn’t click with me. I decided to try Project Life because, again, I was very inspired by others and the investment was pretty low for me if I didn’t end up doing it. But I did it, and I got it and (bonus) I was able to use up the “stuff” I had on hand from my other attempts at scrapbooking. There is something about slipping the photo or journaling card into the pocket that makes it feel finished. Even when you’ve done nothing but print out a 4×6 photo, if it’s in the pocket, it’s official. I love that feeling of being finished.
Regarding her wedding album, Molly goes on to describe her experience:
I knew that 2012 was THE year to document since it was the year we were getting married! I wanted someplace to keep all these changes that were happening in our life. I had no problems documenting the before, or the after, but the wedding? So tough. How was I supposed to choose just 16 photos to fill those Design A slots and tell the story of our fantastic day? What was I going to SAY about our fantastic day that would fit on a 3×4 grid journaling card? I couldn’t figure it out so I just left it blank. For months.
As we were looking back through the 2012 album a few weeks ago, I realized that leaving the week blank because I couldn’t decide was just silly. So I started small…or I should say big. I printed 2 divided 12×12″ photos and was ready to call it good and done. But what actually happened is that I was finally inspired to do it. The starting of this important week was the hard part, not the doing. So I added 3 additional Photo Pocket Pages between these 2 large photos and after about an hour, I was done! No more gaping hole in our 2012 album.
Molly added that when choosing the photos for the inserts, she tried to choose the pictures that might have been considered out-takes or just the extras from the photographer. She said, I used one of my bridal portraits that had a man in the background wearing a Superman t-shirt. I think it is hilarious, but in the big wedding album, I chose one without the man (call me traditional). We were married in the middle of downtown Chicago, so that Superman in the background totally reminds me of that fact. I am so glad that I have a place for this picture.