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August 21, 2013

Lydia's Printed Album

This front cover was made with my new release tomorrow.
I also used Happy Travels by Tickled Pink Studio.

I think I've mentioned to you all that I finished up Lydia's album. My original plan was to make digital scrapbook pages of our trip to China and her first year home with us and then get them printed in an album. Well, after about 65 pages of just China pictures I just couldn't wait to get them printed. Plus I knew it would probably be a long while before I got through her first year home pictures. I decided it would be good to print our trip to China and then print her first year home in a separate album. AND I was able to have her China album at her 3rd birthday party last week. It was so great to have it there for people to look through....I'm pretty sure I saw a few tears as people read through it. Oh wait, maybe that was just me.

I chose to use Blurb for the printing of this album. I've used them before and I thought it was the best, most cost effective option for the 70 pages I was printing.


While the pages were super easy to upload and organize I had a little problem with the spine. I could not figure out how to get my digital scrapbook paper to go on the spine of the album. So I left the spine white but it kind of blends in with the front cover. I'm sure it was user error as it was late at night and I was tired.

I converted this page to a template that you'll see soon!
I also used Happy Travels by Tickled Pink Studio.

I not only included pics of our trip to China but I included our whole journey to adopt Lydia. This very first page shows the timeline of when we started the adoption process all the way through to the day we came home. I kept note of special events, like her referral, our Letter of Approval and other paperwork that was very important to her adoption process. I've scrapped all those, as well as some very personal journaling pages.

Recyclables 18 by Scrapping with Liz and Perfect to Me by Bella Gypsy Designs

About 1/3 of the pages in her album are double page spreads like the one above and the one below.

Big Photo Fun Templates by Scrapping with Liz and Leavin' On a Jet Plane by Laura Banasiak and Jenn Barrette

The double page above is one of my favorites. I think I like the really big photos and how it seems to all kind of blend together.

Left page made with Journal Card Inspired Templates 1 by Scrapping with Liz and You Rock by Kristin Aagard
Right page made with Recyclables 22 by Scrapping with Liz and Leavin' On a Jet Plane by Laura Banasiak and Jenn Barrette.

The page above shows what some of the single page layouts look like side by side. I kind of like the contrast. Proof that you don't always have to use double page, matching pages side by side in an album.

Artsy Journal Templates by Scrapping with Liz and Art and Soul by Tracie Stroud Designs.

Then this is what the last page looks like, the binding and what the album looks like when opened.

I was very happy with my Blurb book, as I was last time. I really love that Lydia has her own, special album sitting on our bookshelf right next to my other girls' baby albums. Now to work on her first year home, finish up our 2012 family album and begin to work on our 2013 family album. Shwew!

-Liz
*This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are 100% my own.

7 comments:

Dolores said...

Wow, that's beautiful Liz! Thanks for sharing.

Shari Brown said...

Love it Liz. She, and you, will treasure it always.

Berniek said...

Beautiful album! Thanks for showing us! And thanks for the idea of printing the layouts with a white trim around them, to Ensure nothing of the LO is cut off. Is this a 12x12 album?

Elizabeth said...

I guess I didn't mention that in my review. It is a 12x12 album.

Jenny said...

Is there a setting in Blurb to add the white borders, or do you add them in PS before uploading?

Elizabeth Albers said...

It's a setting when you upload to Blurb. If you choose not to use the white border you have to be careful about the bleed and gutter.

Jenny said...

Thanks! :)

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