Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Wedding Album: Making Page Kits

Start making some Wedding Album page kits!

Use your 12 x 12 three-ring album to actually hold the page kits that you are organizing for this album in chronological wedding order. Here is how I did it. Print out that list I gave you previously of all 30 wedding layout topics. Print them onto a sheet or two of paper. Cut them up into individual slips that you can tuck one by one into the empty page protectors in chrono order. Tuck the strips into the protectors now.

Truthfully, I START making a page kit with my accents. I afterward pick my papers that match the accent. This is in reverse order of how many people do things. I choose my accents first because they are more spendy --and much more color-specific to match to than my (cheaper) thousand sheets of paper in hundreds of shades of color. For any page kit, start with your accents, add fiber or ribbon if you like, then add matching papers, feel free to make the kits, and finally add photos when printed.

A single title page is usually the first thing in any album. I placed a slip in that protector with a "Title Page" wording in there and any accents I want to use to showcase the couple in a 5x7 photo, their names, and the date of the wedding. I tuck it all into the first title page 12x12 protector in the album and move on to my second topic--the engagement. I keep making page kits --accents first! On and on I go throughout to the end of my wedding timeline which is The Honeymoon. Place everything for a certain page layout set into a protector to keep it coraled together during the longer album-making process.

I was pulling accents from about two grocery sacks worth of lovey-dovey, Valentine, wedding and nature embellishments. I placed each chosen accent into the protectors for that specific event. I then added blue, brown, white and green solid and pattern papers to match the theme of the event and the color scheme of that accent. I made up 30 two-page layout sets in about 4 or 5 hours. It got to be very fast and easy to sort in this way the more that I did it. I also tuck in 4 to 5 sheets of paper for each 2 page layout to finish off that kit. I do 4 or 5 sheets so I have several patterns for each set and lots to choose from for matting or accenting. Be sure to check your scrap stash too for appropriate cardstock matting colors.

Tuck it all into the actual page protectors and you will be ready to transport and to work on your album!

Next: One page at a time...


Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting your album process. It's helping with future abums.

Anonymous said...

Just found out my nephewis getting married next year. Don't know the colors yet. though. KarenR

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting your process. It seems so efficient! I often get bogged down with too many paper choices and then I don't seem to have just the right accents for the page. I'm going to try your method and see if that doesn't work better!