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  • Writer's pictureMichele Anderson

Are You an Empty Nester Missing the October Daily Fun?

Now that our sons are in their twenties and out of the house, I’m missing scrapbooking

traditionally occurring October events. The days of going to pumpkin patches, jumping in

fallen leaves, and all things Halloween do not happen as often, if at all, as they did at one

time. I love scrapbooking in October and find every opportunity for my husband and me to

enjoy the changing weather, but I needed more so I decided to do a Halloween album.

I’ve scrapped all the Halloween pictures from the years my sons trick-or-treated and

placed those pages in their individual albums. Pictures from Halloween have made their

way into the weekly and monthly pages of Project Life albums. Last year, I made a

December memories album and loved having one page of Christmas memories all

together in a book. It’s so fun to look back on how the boys changed from year to year. I

thought the same concept from that album could apply to Halloween.

I tackled this project in several steps.

1. Gather the photos. I used the easily searchable database of Google Photos to get my pictures. I started with the first year I wanted in the album, choose the photos worth adding to this page, and then downloading. I created an album in my photos app. Edited the photos and moved on to the next year. I didn’t choose many photos for each year. I wanted it to just be a snapshot of the year since the whole experience is documented elsewhere.

2. Tip: Add the number of edited photos to the title of the album so it is easier to choose a template when you know the number of photos you plan to place.

3. I made a folder for the project in the photos app so everything is all together.

4. Choose a kit to use for the whole album. I’m not changing kits for this project. I choose Magical as the kit that will work throughout the album.

5. Choose templates for the album. I found a few templates that I liked with 2-5

photos and decided to simplify

6. Scrap!

7. The last thing you need to decide is if you are going to choose printed loose pages put in an album or if you are going to order a photo book. My plan is a photo book that can live on our entertainment center near the Christmas album I created last year.

I’m so glad I found a way to enjoy the October scrappiness that is being shared!


Thanks for stopping by!

Michele Anderson

Creative Team Member

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