Recently I shared my alternative to Project Life scrapbooking. Here is a gift you can make for friends and relatives using your weekly photo collage.
Each week I make a collage of the pictures I’ve taken of my children and paste it into my one-sentence journal. I email the file of the collage to relatives who live far away. And for Christmas last year, I made this little gift for my parents in-law. This is the gift that keeps on giving, because every time I see my in-laws, I give them the latest layouts to add to their binder.
I found this photo binder in a Korean stationery shop in my local Chinatown, but you can also buy a similar style binder on MochiThings. You can buy a pack of 20 refills for the binder too. It comes with 30 double-sided photo pockets, so a year’s worth of weekly layouts will fit in the one binder. The ring spacing is exactly the same as the two-hole punch that is standard in Australia (about 8 cms apart). So you can use a regular hole punch if you want to make your own dividers or special pages.
Which got me thinking about making baby albums again. I really want to make baby albums for my children, but I’m still struggling to work out how to do it. I want an album that is small because I like to print my photos small, with rings so I can move pages around, and that I don’t need to buy lots of special (expensive) equipment for. And I want to do something handwritten, like a love letter I write to each child as I watch them grow up.
I really like Instagrammer Himebouzu’s baby album made from a simple spiral-bound memo book. I love the way you can carry this in one hand and baby in another as you jot down quick notes about what baby is doing. Perhaps with these ring binders I may have found a solution. I’ll update you when I have it all figured out.