Tackling the Dream Project with Meg Gundlach

Hi, friends! It’s Meg back today with something a little different for my pocket lovin’ heart. The April 2021 Kit and add-ons are pretty much everything I love in a scrapbook supply: colors, cameras, and travel. I decided to throw it way back to the first real adventure in my life, the year I studied abroad in Cairo, 2004-2005.  

Supplies | April 2021 KitApril 2021 Print and Cut Labels, Adventure Printables, Smile Cardstock Die Cuts, Adventure Puffy Label Stickers, Acetate Heart Stickers, Teal Parker Acetate Alphabet Stickers, Celebrate 6 x 8.5 inch Paper Stack, Love This Smile Stamp, Parker Alphabet Stamp, Monthly and Daily Tab Stamp, Daily Tabs Stamp

Though I’ve had thousands of pictures printed and neatly arranged in (several) pocket page albums for 15 years, I have never really focused on making these pages. Of my multiple excuses, the biggest is that it’s simply overwhelming. The names and dates and places involved are recorded across a variety of journals, planners, and notes—after all this time it is definitely a research project!

As the concept of memory planning evolved in recent years, I thought this would be a perfect project to finally get some of these moments recorded. Instead of having a full spread (or multiple spreads) for an event, I chose 1 or 2 pictures a day that feature me doing something and tackle a week at a time. This is a long-term project, but it’s so fun going back through and selecting photos. There have been several that didn’t make the cut for printing at the time but are now nostalgic favorites.  

I knew right away that I wanted to start with the Adventure Printables because it’s both simple and adorable to scale down digital tags to memory planner size. If you look closely, you will spot all 6 files from the Adventure Printables in this spread. The remaining spots were filled with a couple of tags cut down from the April Kit. Perfect for using up leftovers and scraps! 

Since I am only planning to have 1 or 2 photos per day, there will definitely be days that I did far more things. I’m utilizing the sidebar to list events and sites that may or may not be shown in photos. This is going to be an amazing resource when I finally sit down to make the ‘main’ album because I’ll have all this information organized and in chronological order. The fact that is also decorative and fun to create is a bonus.  

I am new to the memory planning game and I was delighted to realize that since Elle’s paper stacks are 8.5″ x 6″ inches, they fit exactly across the top of my 8.5″ x 11″ pages as little accent strips. I pulled teal in from the Celebrate Paper Stack to anchor the ‘Remember’ element, which was actually a scrap from a card in the April Kit. So love the many uses of this non-traditional paper stack size! 

Aside from the fact that I love absolutely everything about this release, another thing that inspired me to complete a memory planner page is that so many of the new products are gloriously flat. I am determined to keep this project in one album so I’d already been leaning heavily on stamps and labels, but the new Smile Cardstock Die Cuts, Acetate Heart Stickers, and Teal Parker Acetate Alphabet Stickers are just perfect. Throw in a couple Adventure Puffy Label Stickers and the spread practically made itself. 

Alright folks, I know that I’m not the only one with a dream project I have been avoiding. Fess up—what are you looking for inspiration to tackle? Is there a project that you’ve totally reapproached in a different style? Is there a type of memory keeping you’ve been wanting to try out and just need an excuse? I’m here for all of it!

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