Welcome to Unfinished, my blog project for 2015! You can read all the posts here to catch up, and please feel welcome to join in at any point!
Despite the month-long circus around here, I managed to get a Really Big Thing finished: school photo albums for the grandparents! This project is the kind this Unfinished series is meant for—something I really should have undertaken years ago but... didn't, for a hundred different reasons (HBO and laziness high on the list). Here are a few things I learned about projects like this one:
1. It is SUPER helpful to keep all school photos in one designated place, and far less helpful to keep 85% of school photos in one designated place and the rest in various secret undisclosed locations.
2. It is OK to break apart a giant project like this into smaller ones if it means someone will get an album. Because my goal was to get albums prepared and sent to grandparents, it suddenly became more manageable then committing to getting theirs and ours done, too. I still need to design one for us that includes class photos, but it will be much easier to do when the time comes because I already have done so much work to prepare (see #1).
I promise you won't understand what took me nine years to get this project off and running when you see how simple they are:
Three brag books from Michael's (x2 in this case) are the perfect thing. The first thing you want to do is throw away the cheesy cover and backing they come with and cut your own (4 1/2 x 6 1/8). I used my suddenly-dwindling stockpile of Scenic Route paper, because I didn't want anything that might seem dated in 2020, 2023, and 2025 when the girls graduate from high school. (!!)
I included preschool pictures for each of them and there is more than enough room for photos up to twelfth grade.
It took me a while to figure out how I wanted each page to look, but once I did, it was easy to print/assemble the albums quickly. I cut heavy white cardstock to fit the album pages (4 x 6) and then ran them through the printer with the little frame for the standard 2.5 x 3.5 size school photo, changing the grade/year/school info each time. The girls have attended eight different schools so far; this project would move even more quickly if you aren't a transient military family. I used original photos for each except for one year, where the school very inconveniently didn't offer the 2.5 x 3.5 standard school photo size. For that one I scanned the original and printed it out myself to fit.
They are packaged and awaiting the post office run this morning! What a relief to have these caught up and ready to add each new picture easily. It is so fun (and a little heartbreaking) to see all these pictures organized properly, the way school photos are intended to be enjoyed.
How about you? What did you finish this month? Link up here or share in comments, and be sure to stop back on Monday for June's interview!