It all started a few years back when my friend Ali remodeled her office.
Seeing her albums all lined up in one, glorious uniform color made me swoon. A number of years back, I decided on a direction for my scrapbooks. I have always used 3-ring binders, but I decided to do what my other friend, Stacy, was doing and bought these fun canvas and chipboard binders from American Crafts. And as much as I liked them at the time, I’ve recently started craving a simpler presentation.
Hello basic black album.
I know. It may seem wasteful. I mean, I’ve already got an album system, right? But there is no written rule in scrapbooking that says, “Thou shalt not change mind midstream.” Right now, migrating all pages to basic black pleather albums feels like the right move.
My albums are not out on display…yet. They currently reside inside my scrap cabinet.
The albums take up two shelves and they are set up the Stacy Julian way: All About Us, People We Love, Places We Go, and then All About each member of my family. I also have two albums each for Cole and Aidan that are from before I started this approach, plus one family album, plus a host of other albums.
Oh yeah, and three 12 x 12 albums full of, well, 12 x 12 pages that are from the very early years or from assignments for various projects I’ve done.*
You remember my cabinet, right?
I had this sucker custom built to fit this weird cubby space back in 2006. The doors close so when need be, you don’t need to be staring at scrapbooks all day. I store many of my smaller projects here, as well. (Three volumes of December Daily can be see in the upper shelf.)
So that’s an ongoing project, the Great Album Swap-a-roo. I’m going to donate my older binders to Cole’s school if they want them. The album covers are chipboard and I would think creative high school kids could find some way to have fun with that. My plan is to order two albums a month until they’re all swapped.
My long term storage plan? One day, far in the future, I will buy a beautiful cabinet for my living room (something like this, or this), and the beautiful black binders will be tucked safely and visibly behind glass for all to enjoy.
Oh, and my photo albums will go there too. (You can read about that still-in-progress project here.)
That’s the scoop from album organization land.
*I’m an 8.5 x 11 scrapbooker. I only do 12 x 12s for three reasons: 1) For classes or workshops I’m teaching, as needed, 2) For assignments or articles I’m writing for Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, and 3) When I am forced to do so for any other reason. When I decided to do 8.5 x 11s as my main page size back in 2002, I felt like I could stop trying to do something that just didn’t fit with me and my creative mojo. That, and I don’t have a ton of space for my albums. 8.5 x 11 albums are smaller. It’s a win on every level.