Maybe this should have been Part 1, but I usually just start scrapbooking and then figure out how to put it all together later.
This is a very special album, one I hope my kids fight over. Since this will be an on-going album (at least for the next four years, God-willing) I'll share my start-up process with you.
Normally, I don't engrave my albums until they are done, but this is one that will hit the shelf next week.
I chose this older Creative Memories album, and engraved it myself (yes, I am hardcore, I have my own machine). I like the quality, love the "executiveness" of it and pray that I get to meet Obama and put my photo with him on the front cover (hey it might happened, I've already been to one presidential press meeting in the last year).
I have a small stack of pages that are either in process or done, I try to always digitize them before putting them in the albums. I'll be either sliding them into CM portrait sleeves or trimming them down to fit right onto the CM hinged pages (for those of you who wanted to know).
My focus on the pages is how I, we, my family feels about the new President, it's not a biographical depiction of the Obama's, there are enough books out on the market for that. I want to record our experience, not repeat media sound bites.
Here are my stack of newspapers...I sprayed them with Archival Mist by EK Success. More on this process later.
Scrapbook Papers...totally an optional piece, I first thumbed through all of my current stash of papers and then picked up a few sheets in the stores, only if they fit my theme (I am not an enabler).
Here is my small collection of photos I've started to print using my brand new Epson Artisan 800 printer. I've created a folder on my laptop to house the photo collections I'm sent via e-mail and copied my personal photos related to this whole experience to the same folder for easy access.
Lastly, is my stack of memorabilia, stuff I collected from the election, stuff I printed out from Obama's website, and my voter's guide check list, that helped me make my decision (way more on this later).