I tried to work on this monthly spread a few times last year and I always walked away for one reason or another - usually a general lack of motivation and a feeling like I was forcing it to come together (sometimes that's just the way it goes but I knew from experience if I gave it some breathing room it would get done eventually). Today felt like a good day to jump back in and finish it up and I can tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed the process.
A couple things to note:
- I'm using the 2020 August Stories By The Month™ kit (digital version available here).
- For this spread I went back into my Instagram posts from August and copied and pasted much of the journaling I added to the photos I shared. This continues to be such an easy way + place to hold stories.
- As you'll see I put the wrong date on these (2021 vs. 2020) so I'll be reprinting a couple of the journaling pieces.
Let's dive in:
Here's a look via images with additional descriptions:
For my August storytelling in my 9x12 album I decided to include two 6 inch x 12 inch inserts along with my two 9 inch x 12 inch page protectors.
On the first page of the spread I included a couple sentiment/pattern cards from the kit along with three 3 inch x 4 inch photos. On top of those photos I added labels that I cut from a 3 inch x 4 inch journal card with a bit of handwritten journaling on top.
When I flipped back through my 2020 album I noticed that in a previous month I'd rounded up a bunch of my Instagram posts and corralled them together onto one big page of journaling and decided that made sense for August too. On the front of the 6 inch x 12 inch insert I printed out a photo enlargement using my Epson XP15000 and added a chipboard circle on top. I opened IG on my computer and went back through my August posts and copied + pasted what I had written there onto a 6x12 canvas in Photoshop and then also onto three other 4x6 canvases. I had too much journaling to fit on the 6x12 so spreading the words out onto the other cards made so much sense.
Along the top of my 6 inch x 12 inch journaling page I added a "love August" triangle.
My second insert held 3 inch x 4 inch photos and a sentiment card. I cut this down from a 9 inch x 12 inch page protector (I just cut off the third row). When I looked at my August photos I noticed that I took quite a few selfies in August. I printed out a bunch of them and added them all together here. This is me making myself visible in my story.
On top of a couple of those photos I added banner stickers, a chipboard piece, and a cut section of a 3 inch x 4 inch journal card.
The back of that insert includes additional photos that illustrate the story of our month.
The last page of the spread holds to more of the stories I copied and pasted from Instagram. One journal card was printed with a blank circle in the middle (created using a Text Wrap feature in Illustrator) and on top I added a 1 inch circle punched photo. For the second journal card on this page I anchored my text along the bottom and added a strip of one of the pattern cards on top. The final 4 inch x 6 inch journal card is from the kit and invited me to write down five things I was loving about August.
Words + photos for the win!
- 9x12 Album
- 9x12 Page Protectors
- 9x12 Page Protector (all 3x4)
- 6x12 Page Protector
- 2020 August Stories By The Month™ Kit (digital version available here)
- Tiny Attacher
- Precision Pen
- 1.5 Inch Circle Punch
- Rolling Date Stamp
- Black StazOn
- Epson PictureMate PM400 Printer
- Epson XP15000 Printer
- Epson Matte Presentation Paper
- Avery Index Tabs