As I was cleaning out my basement the other day, I came across a stack of old photos. There were pictures of my older son when he was about two, black and white prints that my husband and I made about fifteen years ago, and several photos from my husband’s childhood and school years. I instantly wanted to scrapbook all of them because of the memories they brought back. The first pictures I tackled, however, were the ones of my husband. The photos were all of him and his family, taken before we ever met. Luckily there were just enough pictures to make a nice 8.5×11″ album.
I knew that if I thought about this album too much I would never get it done. So I limited my supplies and found a sketch to follow for each page. I had the May Best of Both Worlds kit from Shimelle Lain out on my desk. Because the photos were so varied–some black and white, some Polaroids, some small, some large–I new that this kit would provide a nice background for the pictures. I also wanted to put the pages together quickly, so I turned to a sketch. The sketch that I used is from Simple Scrapper‘s June member sketches and templates.
Each page has a block of cardstock at the bottom and two smaller blocks at the top. Coordinating washi tape runs across the middle of the page where the blocks meet. I edged the pattern paper blocks in black ink to give continuity to the album. A few of the photos were 8×10″ so I simply edged the cardstock in washi tape and adhered the photo. I also left room on each page so that my husband can add journaling if he so desires.
I separated the photos into three groups by time period and titled each section (shown in the pictures above). By limiting my supplies and using a single sketch, this album came together very easily and quickly.