I feel that I learn best by doing, which is why I chose a learning project that requires a lot of hands on work. I thought that after spending last week reading up on how to create appealing layouts and how to choose colors, I would be able to create a few pages pretty seamlessly. I think my pages look okay so far, but some look plain and some look too busy. I think I need to add some pops of color on some pages, and tone down the others. I think a lot of it will just come down to trying new things and seeing what I like best.
One thing I noticed was that I have way more pictures of my niece than I do of my 2 nephews. I don’t want to seem biased and have more of her, but she was just in front of the camera more. I don’t really want to leave any out though, because I really like all of them. So, that’s a small problem I’ll have to think about and decide what to do.
So far, I’m trying to make facing pages carry a similar theme. Because I’ve just started, it’s been easy to do. I’m not sure it will continue to be that easy though. As the book goes on, facing pages may end up having different subjects.
I have a lot of stickers that I can use – mostly letters. I underestimated how hard they are to use. Not only are they hard to get off the sheet without ripping them, they’re hard to get placed exactly where you want them. I try to envision the spacing before I stick them to the page, but it’s harder than it seems. On the first page I was going to use more letter stickers, but changed my mind after realizing how difficult it was.
I’m also trying to decide if I should just include photos, or if I should include short little blurbs to give some explanation to the photos. I think it might be nice to add those so that when I look back in 20 years, I know what was going on at the time.
Here is what I’ve got done so far!