Making Your Celtic, Renaissance, or Heritage Themed Album
First, decide why you are making this album. Write it down, as this helps you focus.
Then ask yourself, what exact event/memory are your trying to preserve? Is it a Celtic festival, a clan gathering, a renaissance faire, your family heritage or genealogy project, the birth of a child, your wedding, etc.? What is your emotional connection to this event/memory? Again, write it down. Is it a lively romance, a deep-felt gratitude, a joyful remembrance, the need for preservation?
What is your album’s planned use? Is it a gift, a showcase, an update, a yearly record? Once again, write it down. _____________________________________________________________________________
What size is your album? Is it a 12 x 12, 9 x 9, 8 x 8, 6 x 6, 5 x 7, a mini-book, a bag book, or some other creative display?
How will you organize this album? Is it chronologically, by theme, by favorites, alphabetically, numerically, by Q&A, or just plain any way you want?
What is your color scheme? Let me repeat, write it down, but also attach samples of papers, etc. to this printout. Is it monochromatic (shades of one color), analogous (beside each other on the color wheel), complimentary (directly opposite on the color wheel), triadic (forming a triangle on the color wheel), or some other fantastic choice? ___________________________________________________________________________
What embellishments do you plan to use? Are they coordinated, paper, ribbon, eyelets, brads, etc. You may want to carry a sample of these with you when you shop. _______________________________________
An important part of preparing a themed scrapbook album is developing a unified feel in the design elements. To that end, you should have the following pages: a title page, a dedication page, a table of contents, perhaps section pages, filler pages, and maybe journaling pages. Make a drawing to make it clear in your mind.
The Who’s, When’s, and Where’s
Now, it is time to get to work. Obtain from your picture box or spare drawer, your photos and other paraphernalia. Now, dig for the stories, names, and dates that go with these photos and flush out the story you are trying to tell. Do not forget the 5 W’s and the H, i.e., who, what, when, where, why, and how!
Ideas of Albums
Possible albums include: about me or about you, family, church, pet(s), friends, home, look into the future, restraints, car(s), routine, hobbies, art, current events, goals, mistakes, thankful for, things to teach your kids, your fears, hopes and dreams, secrets, favorite moments, influences, and the ever popular top 10 lists (funny moments, quirks, why I love you, unknowns, strengths, weaknesses, things you want remembered, and favorite possessions). There are also travel journals, heritage and memory albums, Christmas albums, children’s first years, quote and saying books, family reunion albums, courtship and wedding albums, Ifs albums, wedding and baby scrapbooks, recipe albums, and time capsule books just to name a few.
Prepared for you by Scrappy Celtics - Sharon MacEwen
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