Having wrestled with the whole post-bound or D-ring album debate and a dollop of my-goodness-they-weigh-a-ton disquiet, you might remember that I decided back in January to experiment with putting everything into a single home-made spiral bound album this year. To my chagrin, my This is 2011 album has been piling up in loose sheets, and seven months on it is clearly Time To Get A Grip. You might think that an argument against a spiral-bound album is that you can't insert pages later? Well ...
- a recent post by Mary Anne reminded me that, years ago, I bought a file in which the holes of the transparent pockets have a little slit so they can be easily moved on and off the spiral binding. I found it and had a good look.
- after making a row of holes with the Bind-it-All in a piece of card, I snipped from the edge to the centre of each hole.
- with a finger gently pushed the card into place around the spirals: you might think it would fall out or pop out on turning the page, but it is quite secure.
So this weekend, I will be putting it all together: current completed pages, blank pages for the future, and resting content in the knowledge that if I want to insert a page somewhere, it will be possible. Here's how the first spread of a Week In My Life is shaping up:
- journalling cards with dotted lines (never mastered writing in a straight line)
- strips of double-sided tape, using a journalling card as a guide, to make a pocket on the back of the printed photo-sheet
- photo-sheet stuck onto album page, card slipped into the pocket behind the photo, easy to pull out, with hidden journalling
- double page spread in the queue for the spiral-binder
Only another six to go! Have you finished yours yet? Please feel free to leave a link so we can come and visit. :)
Thank-you to a recent visitor, Justasiam, whose interest and nice comments reminded me that access to the archives was not clear. After some steep learning curves and wrestling with html code and CSS style-sheets (refusing to accept Typepad's assertion that the words Archives and Categories could not be styled in a colour to match the other headings), I am pleased to report, a little puffy-eyed. that they now display in the column on the right.
Time to stop going round in circles and get spiralling somewhere instead! Hope your weekend is lovely. :)