|Posted: 3/21/2013 1:43:50 PM|
I have a January baby and wanted to do a PL Album for his first year. I did a traditional 12x12 album for my first son, and I know this time I won't have as much time to scrap.
I'm debating the following 4 formats:
-12x12 PL paper album, like Becky Higgins core kit
But 12x12 is huge and I'm getting weary of the size, so...
-6x8 PL format like simple stories snap or studio calico handbook?
I love the size and think it'll be perfect because I won't be photo crazy enough to fill 12x12 pages. But I take a lot of vertical photos and they don't have vertical 4x6 pockets.
Also, I was thinking about doing digital this time so grandparents can have them, and if my son wants it when he grows up, I can easily PDF him a copy. Our kids won't possibly want a paper album right?
-so I am also considering a digital photobook or Becky Higgins in digital format.
I don't like the pocket protector format in a digital album because it kind of defeats the purpose of the freedom of digital and the ease of physical divided pages. But the core kit and the prompts on the journaling cards (in the baby edition) does make things easier, I suppose. But I won't want to print in 12x12. Printing in 8x8 might make the journaling too small to read.
Right now I am in the middle of designing a digital photobook, but I do find myself lost in deciding the layouts, and I'm not journaling enough because it's hard to journal while keep the layout visually appealing.
Ugh I am so torn and feel paralyzed. I need to discuss with scrapbookers to help me think. What do you think? Anyone has experience with any of the above format for a baby album?
|Posted: 3/21/2013 2:00:35 PM|
I am doing PL digitally this year. I love it. I wish I had done it for my son's first year. I do have 'divided page protectors' or the similar looking templates. I love them because they make it easy to narrow my picks down. If I have a lot of vertical photos, I just rotate my canvas to accommodate.
I am doing 12x12. That said, I have read in multiple places that if you want to print 8x8 it's not a big deal whether you start 12x12 or 8x8, since the constraints are the same. Just make sure you keep your font sizes large enough to read. I also like the 12x12, because if I don't have a lot to "fill" it, I have a few templates that are a larger picture size(6x6, 6x8) that I can use.
I am designing a photobook for birthmom right now, and I find I miss the ease of my templates that I use weekly for Project Life. The advantage of digital, is you could start with the templates, or not, and if you find it makes it difficult and time consuming (or boring and uncreative), then switch.
As a quick sidenote: I find that even using templates, I can add elements and other things, or shift the slots to add creativity. I also have templates I've purchased from other places (Including Two-peas) that adds to my freedom.
Yes, I can spell. No, my Kindle can't.
Just my humble opinion. And no, I wasn't being mean.
|Posted: 3/21/2013 7:43:47 PM|
Thanks, great advice! Anyone else?
Loc: Just a short drive from Nashville, TN! (Yee-Haw Ya'll!)
|Posted: 3/22/2013 2:20:06 AM|If it were any thing other than a first year baby album - I'd say go for the smaller size. But in my opinion, the first year is the year I take the most pictures of my life!! I would welcome the chance to have all those pockets for memorabilia, journaling and journaling and more journaling and loads of photos. The baby changes so quickly that first year. I would have loved to have taken a photo a day of my daughter. That was pre-scrapbooking days by one year. I really regret not taking more pictures the first year and I cherish all the ones I do have.
Here's a blog post by my friend, Kristina Proffitt, about how she is redoing her child's first year traditional scrapbook into a PL format. I think it's a good example of how you can fill all those pockets and I thought you might be inspired by it....
One Happy Mama: Redoing a Baby Album
Loc: Las Vegas, NV
|Posted: 3/22/2013 6:28:00 PM|
I would go with 12x12, I know it looks HUGE but think about it like 4 4x6 and 4 3x4. I wasn't very good at taking pictures during my daughter's first year, and I wish I had a ton more! Go photo happy because the baby stage doesn't last. Write down a lot, because you won't remember it in 5 years. Save things (clothing tags, formula labels, cut up the diaper box ect) and put them in when you don't have photos. Becky Higgins also made a baby edition that can help as well.