I’m extremely excited to be debuting a whole new product in my shop. For quite a while now, I’ve been brainstorming, designing, researching, researching and researching to learn how to create long-lasting wire-bound scrapbooks/journals. This project (and really this entire “Capture the Little Moments” series) came from my own desire to make documenting life easier and something I could keep up with – and I am thrilled that the “Capture the Little Moments” book is finally complete and up for sale!
Why create it?
A couple of years ago, I attempted Project Life. I have to say, I loved working on it and I loved the outcome, but I just didn’t have the time for it. Taking a photo a day, every day, and journaling about each one was a lot of work for me and naturally, I fell behind. My book is great up until about July, where it only has photos through the rest of the year and no journaling (hence a lot of empty space and photos that make little sense without captions to explain them).
After looking through my Project Life book and seeing how many little moments I was able to capture from my daughter’s 1st-2nd year of life, I was determined to find a way to do something similar again so that my poor son wouldn’t feel left out. Not to mention, for the past two years I have saved and organized my photos on my computer with the intent of creating a year-in-review photo book… but alas, I have never set aside the time to do it (nor do I see myself doing it). And so, fueled by my past failures and my disappointment in my lack of documenting, I created the concept for the “Capture the Little Moments” scrapbook and journal.
What is it?
It’s really quite simple; the 10×10″ book has a two-page spread for each month of the year. It’s up to you how you want to fill it. It can be as simple as pasting in a few printed photos from the month, or as elaborate as rounding your corners, adding in scrapbook paper and embellishments, etc. It’s totally up to you!
Because I believe that documenting life is helpful in not just photos, but words as well, there are also journaling prompts included in each month. Things that will be fun to look back on one day like, “Three words that describe life right now…” “Things I learned/enjoyed/accomplished… this month,” and “One word to describe this month.” November and December also have special journaling prompts to capture the memories of the holidays.
Perhaps my favorite part is the family questionnaire at the end of the book… a place to reflect on the year and look ahead to 2015 – and a place to set some family goals for the coming year!
(a short sales pitch – but only because I believe in this product so much!) What makes this book different from others on the market is that the design is already done for you. You don’t have to use other products to finish it (if you don’t want to), like journaling cards, scrapbook papers, stickers, etc. If you don’t consider yourself crafty, this is the perfect album for you. And if you are crafty, but lack the time and energy to put your skills to work in order to document life, you might find this book helpful. And if you want to add to it and go crazy because crafting is your life – it will still work for you!
Now for the technical details…
- As mentioned, the book is 10×10″ which means each page will fit at least 2 4×6″ photos. There are some tips and ideas in the book for how to create collages and fit more photos if interested
- The pages are printed on premium 100 lb recycled cardstock for durability and vibrant printed colors
- The book contains a frosted plastic cover and recycled chipboard (hardcover) backing – ensuring that your photos and pages will stay safe for years to come
- The entire book is wire coil bound with enough room for your book to expand as you add photos and mementos throughout the year
- There is a 5×7″ envelope adhered to the back cover so you can slip in any added mementos, DVDs, photos, etc.
I fully plan on adding more than just photos to mine, items such as drawings from my kiddos, tickets or receipts from fun events we attend, etc. One thing I learned from Project Life is that the littlest things you might consider trash can actually hold quite a memory if kept and reviewed at a later date.
If you’ve been joining in the “Capture the Little Moments” photo challenge, this is a great place to put the photos that you fell in love with. It may be February, but it’s not too late to fill the space for January and get your book going!
If you’re interested, you can find more details and purchase the book in my Etsy shop.
I’m excited to add to the scrapbook/journal series… baby books, travel books, and more are to come in the future!