Hi.. this might have been done before..
and maybe some one can point me in the right direction.. but can you all please share what you do for your first and last pages in your scrapbooks? maybe even post pictures of them.
For my annual albums, the first page is usually a synopsis of the year (journaling with maybe a photo or two). The last page just ends with whatever photos I took at the end of the year. When I did my husband's memorial album, I did a dedication page as the first page, with one pic of him and a quote. Then the last page was a multi-pic page with bunches of photos from his adult life and the years of his birth and passing.
I understand what you mean by this. I too have a hard time deciding on the first & last pages. I guess this would also depend on the way you arrange your album. I do mine chronologically by year and the first page is usually "happy new year". the last page either finishes out Christmas holiday or I put a just a sheet of patterned paper with no pictures.
If you arrange your album opposite mine(put the end of the year or most recent first), you could start your album with a summary page of the year or even a calender page depicting the months with important events penciled in.
For DD's albums, the last page isn't anything specific. I figure I could always be given pictures later and add to the album so it just ends.
The first page however is done with some thought. I generally use it as a title page. She's only 17 months old some I'm only on her second album. I think I may begin it with a picture from her 1 year portrait session. For her baby album, I did this page with a picture taken when she was just a couple minutes old. It's not fancy but I wanted something really simple for this first page of her life.
Beautiful title page!! I don't have a problem with baby books and such, but my yearly albums, I do. Coming up with a title page is tough for me. I usually pass over them til something hits. Which means alot of them are blank for a while!! I end my books with Christmas or New Year's Eve.. depending if we did anything for NYE or not. I should do a Year in Review page like some of the others I have seen here do!
For the first pages, I left them all blank for YEARS.
I recently started going back & making some first pages for older albums. I discovered that since I'm a "plain jane" kind of scrapper, that when I had zero pix to use on the cover page, I could just go crazy & really decorate & make it look pretty. I didn't have photos that I was worried about competing with!
Also, I enjoyed those cover pages so much that I've now saved a few to work on later when I'm "blocked" or not "into" scrapping. Hey, wait a sec, I'm not "into" scrapping these days. Maybe I should do one of these cover pages tomorrow
Don't have many suggestions for a back page. Maybe just "the end" or "see you next year"?
the last page i cut 1x1 squares from the pics i have left and kinda put them together as a grid its really interesting that way its not empty and still interesting to look at i find people look at it more closely then the other pages bc you notice the smaller details that you missed on the other pages
When i'm working on my albums of years...I save the first page for until I'm all done. Any pics that I didn't use throught the album get put together in a collage as a peek as what is to come in that years pages. The last page is sometimes Christmas cards or simply photos from New Years Eve. If I'm working on an album from a trip or something I start off with a simple title page and end it with all the memories that I forgot to journal or thoughts that just didn't fit.