Wednesday, May 11, 2016

TCMFF photo album

Over the last few years I've gotten in the habit of making photo albums -- you know, the old fashioned kind where you print out pictures and put them in binders. I make one per year and then I also make little 4" x 4" albums for vacations or themed photos (I have one album called "OMG!" with photos from really exciting things that have happened in my life, like when I met Steve Carell)

And this is my TCM Film Festival album. I wanted to share this one in particular because I thought it might be helpful for other festival attendees. It's a great way to preserve your memories and it also solves the "where the heck do I put this now?!" problem that presents itself when you come home with a ton of ribbons, buttons and a festival pass :)

I made a cover page for my album that features my "2nd festival" button. I printed one of my festival photos (this one is a close-up of the montage that was playing on the movie screens before the films started) on glossy label paper, and adhered it to a piece of thin chipboard. Then I punched holes in the side (I lined it up with a photo sleeve to make sure I was punching the holes in the right place) so I could put it in my album.

To attach the button, I just pressed the button onto the board so that the pin on the back left two little marks. I punched holes in those spots and was able to pin the button right onto the board! Then I just added some glittery stickers that said "2016 TCMFF"

My next page is a collage of movie posters from the films I saw at the festival! I made mine in photoshop and then followed the same steps listed above (I printed it on glossy label paper, adhered it to thin chipboard and then punched holes in the side... including an unfortunately placed one on Gary Cooper's eye. OUCH!)

If you don't have photoshop you could easily print these out individually and do an old-fashioned collage! :)

I also punched holes in the ribbons I got at the festival (I obviously wasn't too good at collecting them, but I'm proud of the two I did get!) and then filled the rest of the album with a combination of 4" x 4" photos and pages with four little 2" x 2" photos.

Finally at the end of the book I included my festival pass!

I'm also planning on adding some text pages to the back with memories and stories, and maybe even a little itinerary so I can remember what I did each day. The key, I think, is to do these tiny albums as soon as you can before you start to forget all of the little details from your trip (or before life gets so busy that you don't even have time to order the pictures to begin with! I still haven't assembled my album from the TCM cruise last year..)

Materials I use for these books: 4" x 4" albums / glossy label paper / thin chipboard / glitter stickers are from Michaels / long-reach hole punch