It’s no secret we’re living in uncertain and unprecedented times. While most people prefer to scrapbook the more positive times in life, it can be therapeutic to take a moment to commemorate any and all times (even unusual ones), such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out how blog contributor Krislyn Mattei has been filling up her Happy Album with monthly reflection pages in the form of quarantine scrapbook layouts!
My Happy Album monthly-reflection photo journal has been my most treasured album project these past couple of years! I love its compact size and portability, and the variety of Happy Album Kits and accessories make this monthly project one I really look forward to. I’ve used it to record highlights from the previous month and count my many blessings.
I have to admit that when the COVID-19 pandemic struck the U.S. early this year, I wasn’t sure I wanted to fill my Happy Album with the details and emotions I was dealing with personally, especially since most of them were definitely not what I’d call “happy” or “highlights!” But the reality of the crisis consumed all my days and filled my thoughts, and I knew I wanted to record how the pandemic affected my life and I also needed a way to cope with the anxiety I was feeling. Even though our world turned upside down and fear gripped me, there were still many silver linings to be found. I felt the need to tell my personal story of this time, and I wanted to capture it in my Happy Album reflection journal.
To create layouts like these you’ll need:
- 6.75×10 Happy Album with White and/or Fast2Fab™ Refill Pages or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Happy Album Planner Kit or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Happy Album Kit #17 or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Happy Album Kit #22 or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Love Each Other Theme Pack or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- White Sans Serif ABC/123 Letter Stickers or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- 4×6 Peekaboo Pockets™ or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Original Border Maker System or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Cable Chain Border Maker Cartridge or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Clouds Border Maker Cartridge or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Spring Leaf Chain Border Maker Cartridge or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Personal Trimmer or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- 12-inch Trimmer or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- All-Purpose Scissors or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Tape Runner or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Repositionable Tape Runner or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Foam Squares or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
- Black Dual-Tip Pen or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)
There are a few guidelines I follow every month to help me create the pages easily and thoughtfully:
Step 1: I go through photos and print the most beloved. I like using my Canon Selphy printer. It allows me to create collage prints so I can get several small photos on one 4×6 piece of photo paper. I can then crop them into 1-1/2″ squares to fill the calendar squares.
Step 2: Fill in the dates of the month on my Happy Album Planner Kit pages and add photos and notes to some of the squares. Adhere the Planner Kit pages to the album pages.
Step 3: Flip to the next two-page spread and use it to zero in on a couple of the most important happenings or themes of the month. I use some leftover small pictures and then print some larger ones for these pages. I also comb the internet for memes that help to tell the story. I choose to create grid-like layouts for these pages to keep continuity throughout the album and to simplify the process each month. Adding titles and stickers helps to highlight the “themes” of the month. (For the layout below I used Happy Album Fast2Fab™ Refill Pages.)
Step 4: Journal about the month. Because there has been so much to journal about during this time, I’ve been using 4×6 Peekaboo Pockets™ on each of these pages. The stories are tucked behind the photos and really help me to document this time and how I feel. I’m always looking for the silver linings and try to keep that front and center in what I journal.
Step 5: Return to the calendar pages and decorate them, repeating a design element from the two-page layout. Then use the “Notes” section to fill in any remaining thoughts I’d like to record.
Here’s a look at the past few crazy months from my point of view:
I hope this gives you ideas of ways you can document this unprecedented time in history — YOUR history. How have you been documenting the past few months? Have you been creating any quarantine scrapbook layouts? Let us know in the comments below!
Stay safe and well, friends.