You may remember from my post a while back that I’m a BIG fan of fitting lots of photos into a scrapbook, and doing it in a fast and easy way. I got married over the summer, and knew that I’d have another huge pile of photos to get into an album. Our wedding was a bit untraditional (we got married at the courthouse and then threw a big party to celebrate with family and friends), so a “traditional” wedding scrapbook wasn’t really what I was looking for, and I knew I wanted something that was fast, easy, and with pocket pages. Enter the 6″ x 8″ album from Simple Stories!
I loved putting together this album, and it was so simple!
Because I knew I was using this album size ahead of time, I had our guests sign 6″ x 8″ pieces of coordinating cardstock at our party. They were the first pieces that went into my album.
Next, I mixed in several different styles of Simple Stories page protectors. I printed my photos to fit (the smaller sizes are 3″ x 4″, or two-up on a 4″ x 6″ print), trimmed and matted them with white cardstock, and slid them into the protectors. I enlarged a few photos for the cover and intro page, and made a couple of photo collages to include. I also shrunk down my marriage certificate to put into one of the protectors. You can do all of this at Archiver’s in-store Print & Copy Center!
Next, I filled the open pockets with patterned paper or cardstock, and added in a few stamps and embellishments. I wanted to keep it simple, not only to let my photos shine, but to keep the album from getting too bulky. You could also use pre-printed insert cards (like those from the Sn@p collection, or Archiver’s exclusive insert cards) in the pockets if you want!
Then, I mixed all the pages–the photos, my guest book pages, my memorabilia–together, added some journaling, and decorated the cover (including a title I cut myself using the Cameo machine). FINISHED!
When all was said and done, I fit 130 photos into this small album (and there’s room to fit even more). I love it because my photos and memorabilia are together in one place and it’s easy to take with me to show relatives or friends. Best of all, I love it because it only took me a few hours to put together!