I still believe in Santa
These pages took me a ridiculous amount of time to put together. I was trying hard to strike a balance between telling the one story of the day (visiting Santa) versus telling the story of the whole day. I tend to use photos to support my story, but the images I took really didn't come close to telling the story. I really only took photos for about a quarter of our day's adventure.
But, because we are in a new city this Christmas, I know that some of the things we did yesterday may seem novel right now, but someday they will become traditions, or so common place we won't believe there was a time we found it exciting.
So, after trying many different combinations, I wound up making two simple spreads. One, with two 6x8 photos + journaling. And another with my favorite image of my daughter with Santa enlarged to 6x8 + a purely decorative page to complete the spread.
This album is a little weird for me in that I am experimenting with more embellishment than I usually use in my photo books. I am story-driven. I tend to stick mostly to photos + words in telling our story. It's weird for me to create an entire layout like the one above just because it's pretty. I admire it when others do it, but it's just not what I normally do.
I think working with the pocket-style layouts has a lot to do with it. I tend to work with full-bleed images and my decision to try to work with a lot of white space is definitely changing the whole feel of the album for me. It's not good or bad, it's just different for me. A stretch outside of my comfort zone.
DIGITAL PRODUCTS USED FOR THIS SPREAD
Ho Ho Holiday Words and Phrases Brushes and Stamps by Cathy Zielske
There's Something About Merry collection by One Little Bird
Busy Week Papers by One Little Bird