Friday, 4 February 2011

Project 365: 2010

My Project 365 photobook arrived this week! Yay! :-)


The front cover has an aperture so my 'title photo' shows through.


The cover is white with a leather-texture finish.


There's a protective page inside the front cover, also with an aperture of course.


I added a bit of extra text to the title page.


I used a simple standard template for each double page spread, with 8 photos around the edge and brief notes for each day in the middle.


It's a nice thickness - satisfyingly solid, but won't take up too much room on the shelf.


I got it from Photobox - it should have cost just over £30 for that number of pages, but I was lucky and got a special offer on it so it was less than half price :-) It was very easy to put together: just pick a template, drag and drop in the photos, and add the text!


It's a shame that the sides of each photo had to be cropped to fit the template so I lost the ends of the overlay; the pages have printed with a thin strip missing from top and bottom, too, so the borders of those photos are uneven. I'm not that bothered by it, but this year I'm not using the overlays, partly to avoid that problem.


A little of the inside edge of each page is lost due to the tightness of the binding, too. Again, I can't say I'll all that bothered! I haven't lost any important details from the photos, and it's clear what the dates are from the other photos on the page.


The penultimate page has some white space because, of course, 365 doesn't divide by 8 - but that's not a problem either! (Notes blurred on this photo because lots of names and a couple of locations were mentioned.)

Overall, I'm really happy with how this has turned out. I may well do the same for this year's project, I like the idea of continuity from year to year. By the end of the year, though, I may have had another idea! But it's been so much fun flicking through the pages, being reminded of all those moments big and small through 2010. The Doctor enjoyed it too, and now sees the point of my daily photos! I'm so glad I decided to carry on this year.

I did notice though, looking through, the times when I was influenced by wanting to share the photos on my blog. I'm glad I've changed that up this year. There were a few occasions where it would have been nicer to have photos of people or recognisable places, but I didn't do it for reasons of privacy. This year, I'm making sure to take those photos anyway, and they just won't appear on my blog. This year's project will be better for it, I know.

Yay for Project 365! It's given me - and is still giving me - so much pleasure :-)

Just wanted to add a quick reminder that my 1000th post giveaway is still open! Visit this post and leave a comment there if you'd like to be in the draw. You have until 5pm GMT on Sunday (6th Feb). Good luck!

24 comments:

Sian said...

It's fantastic! Seeing the end result must be a great incentive to keep going this year. You might even have to order two copies next year - one to keep safe and one for lots of flicking through.

Cheri said...

The book looks awesome Mel!

helena said...

fantastic - love the template you used for the pages. How satisfying to have it to flick through.

What have you done with the food photos?

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

I LOVE it, Mel!!! This makes me so excited about finishing my 365 and having it put into a book! Well done, my friend! xo

Heather said...

How satisfying to see all your hard work & perseverance pay off!! Job well done Mel xx

JO SOWERBY said...

ooh what a wonderful momento of last year. it looks gr8. sad the overlays got cut but cathy zielske said in her blog ages ago u have to search out the right places for making the books and that can be time consuming and expensive. i like the look and it will be gr8 to show people and the children as they grow up.
Jo xxxx

Sandra said...

what a fabulous way to remember happy times :) ... it really does look lovely, I can imagine its going to be well loved.

Beverly said...

A beautiful finished project that ya'll will treasure. I do think you are going to be so happy this year including the people and places that are near and dear to your family :)

Kai said...

That's just awesome. I really wanted to do 365 this year but plum forgot to start snapping photos on Jan 1. I guess I'd best use the rest of this year to get organized (with reminders) for 2012.

Melissa said...

Your book came out so nice and I like how you've reflected on what worked well and what you'd like to do differently this year.

The Mann Fam said...

How perfectly awesome your book turned out.

alison290 said...

You book turned out so well...no wonder you're pleased!

Guilty Kisser said...

Looks great.

Ruth said...

You've every right to be pleased, it looks amazing!

scrappyjacky said...

It's wonderful,Mel....what a great,permanent record of the year....something to treasure forever.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Mel,
This is fantastic! It is so much fun to be able to flip through things, not just see them on the computer.
Rinda

Mary B said...

Your year book looks great, and lots of lovely memories will be conjured up as you flick through Well done

jillconyers said...

Mel your project 365 turned out awesome! To be cherished for years to come.

Ginger said...

What a wonderful keepsake for you and your family!

Giselle said...

Amazing! What a wonderful memory of your year & there are some good page LOs in there too.
Your family will treasure this :)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Great looking book!

Tracey said...

Looks wonderful! :)

Jimjams said...

An awesome book - Project 365 always seemed like a LOT of work to me, but seeing that finished album makes me wish I'd given it a go. Maybe next year.

The Clip Cafe said...

I love it!