Once upon a time, I got the idea in my head that documenting one month in photos would be a cool thing to do. It was probably after several failed attempts to do Project 365 (taking at least 1 photo a day for a year) or the lackluster results of my Day in the Life attempts.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done this before…I like to take 1 Instax photo a day as part of my December Daily™ project each year…but this mini-goal seemed different. It needed to be less about a giant project and more of a personal challenge to take at least 1 photo a day for an entire month.
In May 2014, I took at least 1 photo every day.
I used the Collect app (available for iOS
and Android devices, don’t worry! Thanks, Kiki for pointing out that it isn’t available for Android — I’ll try to find another app that works similarly! If anybody has a suggestion, please sure!) to not only organize my photos but to also remind me to take a photo each day — there is an in-app feature that will send a push notification once a day as a reminder to take a photo. Why the Collect app? Why not one of the dozens of other apps that will help me organize my photos? I chose the Collect app because I knew I could easily order 3×4 photographic prints from Persnickety Prints.
I’m all about easy.
For the album, I used:
- 4 3×4 Project Life® cards with rounded corners. Of those, I made sure 1 card had a calendar
- 31 3×4 Collect app prints from Persnickety Prints on photographic matte paper (I did not round the corners)
- Crop-o-dile to punch the holes
- 2 1-inch silver binder rings
- Embellishments + adhesive
To create your simple album:
- Download the Collect app to your phone and start organizing your photos. Select the designs you would like for your images. Save.
- Upload your images to your Persnickety Prints order and follow their directions to order 3×4 prints. Complete order.
- Select 4 3×4 Project Life® cards — 1 will act as the front cover, 1 should be a calendar or journaling space for the inside cover, and 2 more for the back inside cover and the back cover.
- Adhere the cards for the front cover and the insider cover together using dry adhesive, like a tape runner. Adhere the cards for the back inside cover and the back cover together as well. Set aside.
- Decide where you would like the holes for your album to line up and use the crop-o-dile to punch holes into the front cover, where desired. Line up the remaining photos and back cover to replicate the holes.
- Guide the open binder rings through the holes and close the rings to hold the album together.
- Use embellishments to decorate different pages of your newly created mini-album!
Additional ideas for this quick mini-album:
- Mount each photo on cardstock to give each page a little more oomph
- Use a journaling pen (or even a fine-tip Sharpie) to add extra journaling or doodles to different photos
- Put the holes for the binder rings at the top of the album so you flip the photos up like a steno-pad instead of opening the pages like a book
- Create an album like this to document an entire summer or long vacation
I love how easy this album was to put together and am thinking that this may be a good way to work with my December Daily™ album this year…