I’ve been talking about my Friendship Album I started last year and never finished. I seemed to get frustrated with it, and I’ve undergone some serious research to discover why.
But first, let me show you some of the additional problems I was facing.
Because of the size of the album (6X6), I couldn’t use the photographs I wanted. Most of the letter’s or journaling that I had, were so big they almost took up the whole page. This left very little room to see the papers that I had chosen specifically for each friend.
When choosing the papers for each friend, I sat and stared at my paper stash for hours. I went through bins of paper at the stores, and kept my friends in mind. Every once in awhile a piece would jump out that was perfect. For instance, for my dear friend Chris, a fun, colorful paper with building blocks was perfect. She was my assistant teacher when I was teaching preschool. We became fast friends and most of our friendship centered around my teaching years. Then, for my girly girlfriend Wendy, a cute purple paper with butterflies that almost look like fancy “W’s” all over the paper was perfect.
But you see, this is where I went wrong. The album really had very little uniformity except my journaling style. And honestly it was at this point I think I became frustrated. I shut the album literally, many pages incomplete and left it.
When I picked it up recently the first thought that came to mind, is that in order for me to do this right, the album must be bigger. A 12×12 album is really too large for this project, and I’m not sure an 8×8 is big enough for the project. So I’ve now settled on an 8.5×11 album. I will start with the changes I’ve made tomorrow.
Please read the next installment, Friendship Theme: My Personal Album – Day Four by continuing to visit my families.com blog each day. I will be adding an entry a day about this album, until it is complete.