I shared my minibook that covers the first three months of 2015. I had fun experimenting with my documentation method, but I realized that I didn’t love looking through memories in that format. I think minibooks are better, for me, for specific ideas or events.
So I knew I wanted to get back to it for 2015. I just didn’t want to feel stuck or limited. What I ended up changing doesn’t actually amount to much. But it feels fresh enough that I’m inspired by it again. And no more corner rounding! Thank goodness I gave that up.
I dropped the 12×12 format. I already think I might go back to it next year. But for this year, I’m doing 9×12. I wanted to be able to use up some of the stash I collected, so real 9×12 binders were out. They all seem to be four-ring binders, and my page protectors all have three holes. So I’m customizing.
I bought a 12×12 American Crafts album because I saw other people had luck just chopping it down to size (currently sold out but hopefully not forever). I plan to cover it with something so it doesn’t look so plain, but I haven’t decided what yet.
I took some of my Design A page protectors and chopped off three inches from each one. I’ve seen people make their own inserts by just running the pages through their sewing machine. But that sounded like zero fun for me. So I decided to go completely lazy and use a stapler. I’ve gotta keep some standards, though, and regular staples did look pretty bad. So I bought a Tiny Attacher, and I actually think three tiny staples closing up my pockets looks cute.
I’m really loving the 9×12 format. I think just because it’s something different.
For this new, April start title page, I used a Midnight edition 3×4 journaling card to set up where I’m starting. The Midnight edition is the one I originally bought for 2015. I still love it, and it will be my main kit for the rest of the year. I cropped the date out of a page in my Stendig calendar. I found a quote that might sound a little negative for an intro page in a Project Life album, but that I think is perfect for where I am right now. And I printed out some digital Sunshine and Seafoam edition pieces.
I end up with four 4×6 photos and ten 3×4 spots in each spread. I use my iPhone to take a lot of my pictures, so the little vertical spots work well for that. I made a page of recent eats and some snapshots from the month.
I love the square photos, but the fact that the page isn’t wide enough totally bugs me.
I made a page for Easter at my parents’. I love the little title card.
We took a trip to the Poconos, so that got a spread with just a few snapshots from the weekend. I stacked the journaling down the outside columns.
And that’s it for April!