Hi again :) I've been pretty good with keeping up to date with the day to day happening this year but my 2014 album is quite a different story, so I have been trying to make an effort to go back and fill in some of the blanks which I never got around to doing last year.
I shared this layout over on the PL Junkies blog today with a few tips for making the catch up process a little bit easier.
Catching up on previous years can seem a little bit daunting at first, which I why I highly recommend keeping a record in either a diary or your phone of what was happening in your life from week to week. Having some brief notes is a great way to help you to remember what you and your family where doing throughout the year and it makes the task of playing catch up a lot easier.
One of best ways to simplify catch up process is to keep your pages simple. This doesn't mean you need to change your style, but rather just
create a simpler version of your own style and get those pockets filled! My style is pretty clean and simple to begin with, but I do like to add layered embellishments and print my journaling directly onto my cards which can take up a bit of time so to simplify this, I decided to print my journaling onto one sheet of card stock which I cut into simple journal strips to document the details and opted for just a few wood veneer accents and small embellishments for a bit of extra colour, although I did still sneak in a few extra layers onto the title card ;)
Another time saver for playing catch up is to pre-select a colour palette to compliment the photos you are working with. Sorting through all your cards to try and
find a perfect card for each photo will take up a lot of time, so instead I like to use a palette that doesn't necessarily match the photos but still works because it picks up a few of the colours featured the pics.
Working with the aqua colour in a couple of the photos, I selected a mix of cards from the 'Happy' core kit and combined these with a few bits and pieces from the Elle's Studio 'Cienna' collection that had the same water colour look along with a couple of extra cards from my stash. I deliberately chose filler cards that featured white text and matted all the pics with a white border to give my pages a consistent feel which also worked well with the journal strips.
I hope that some of these steps will help you fill up your pockets and tackle a few of the pages you may have missed. The past 6 months has flown by so fast and this is my final share for the PL Junkies team - it has been wonderful to share my layouts and tips along the way and I have really loved the experience of working alongside such a talented mix of crafters. Thanks for stopping by xx