Monday, April 7, 2008

ALBM Title Page and First two pages

If you haven't covered your covers, do so now. Just choose some paper you like, score it (as per the diagram) and then glue to both the inside and the outside of your chipboard (score the chipboard too). It's easier to punch holes after the paper is on. I recommend the Crop-A-Dile. It's also a good idea to put a little dedication on the inside front cover. Mine is dedicated to my kiddos.

Next, using cut out the title section from your Typography Graphic pdf. This is about 4 inches by 5 inches. Decorate it if you wish (I used my Dots and Circles Template from Crafter's Workshop; I also used the Dots all Around Template in this album, but I don't think I used it on the front page). Ink the edges of your graphic to help it stand out a bit. Embellish the whole page as desired (I used chipboard coasters to carry on my circle theme).
Your first "chapter" in this book goes with the "Just the Facts" section of your Typography Graphic. You'll need a picture of yourself somewhere on the left hand side of the page. It doesn't matter how old you are--it just needs to be you! On the right side of the page, write out your biography. I really recommend that SOME of this be in your own handwriting. In fact, I want you to sprinkle your handwriting all throughout this book. You may hate it, but it will be precious to those you are making the book for. If nothing else, just caption your photos with names, dates, and a short description in your own handwriting. Please do this, you won't regret it.
You'll see that I used my Crafter's Workshop templates here again to decorate my page. Also, ink the edges of your chapter title (the "Just the Facts" part). You may want to cut out all the chapter titles and ink the edges in one step now, to save assembly time later on. I cut the circle out with my EK Success cutting system. You can use any circle cutting system you'd like. You don't even have to cut out a circle! I just had one and wanted to carry out my circle theme.

There you go, the first two pages of your book! Are you excited yet? I truly hope you are enjoying this project. One tip for you: Be aware of your gutter when you are putting the elements on your pages. You'll be frustrated later when you put your book together and discover that something important is INSIDE the gutter and can't be seen. This is true no matter how you are binding your book.
Enjoy! Keep up the good work!

1 comment:

Satina said...

I have read through your last several posts. Very good, as always. I love your photos! You do have a talent to bring others into your realm. Kudos!

I LOVE the poject! I will be honest, I am not going to take it on just yet. If you read my blog you see I have a lot of plans for bed rest! I am starting off with typing up my recipes and starting my life story in journal form. BUT I HOPE to be on bedrest for several more weeks (5 1/5!) so maybe I will have time yet to get to this. It is so cute! And what a great keepsake!

Thanks for coming over this morning. Helping with Ben and the dishes was a huge help, but most of all I love your company! I always enjoy our talks, you make me happy! Love you!