Nearly finished with my Paris travel journal. Which means I'll be putting 100% of my creative energy into my upcoming June class. I can't wait to share more details with you about the journals we'll be building.
This is the type of vintage photo album to look for:
Having just recently bought a dozen or so on Ebay within the last week, I can tell you they are plentiful. Ranging in price from 10 bucks for some fabulous falling apart junky ones, to 80 bucks for something more pristine. If the description says RARE I don't even look. If the price is over 80 bucks I don't look. There really is something in every price category, but you MUST be persistent – dogged. Lately I come home every single day and check the listings, put them on my watch list, and see what they're selling for. Here are the words that lead to the best results. Try THEM ALL:
- victorian photo album
- antique photo album
- vintage photo album
- celluloid photo album
- cabinet card photo album
- CDV photo album
Check Etsy too. One of you lovely blog readers emailed me this week to say you found an album there, I went and checked and there are tons! Don't get discouraged by the high prices if you keep at it you will find something you can afford. There is no shortage and more and more get listed every day. Check the BUY NOW category too when searching if you are auction impaired. A few more tips: DO NOT bid, instead put it on your watch list and swoop down 10 seconds before the auction ends. Bidding runs the prices up for everyone. Much better strategy to swoop down like a hawk. Find auctions ending at strange times, much less hawks circling at those times! By the way this hawk won't be competing with you – I'm done bidding.
I'll be showing you 3 different journal structures to make with these albums. Naturally, we won't just make journals. We'll be filling them up too! 1 of the structures will be made with the actual photo frame cards inside the albums.
Nearly everything else for the class will come from your existing stash. If you don't find an album you can use an old book with cool covers. If you don't have any photo frame cards you can use anything that is stiff – cardboard or chipboard will work! In other words if you're crafty and clever you'll find alternatives that work for you. I promise. If you're ambitious and have extra cash burning a hole in your pocket, pick up a couple of these albums.
If you have extra photo albums and want to sell your surplus, contact me with your details so I can send people your way. I've had A LOT of inquiries. My Nikon is in the shop but the second I get it home I'm going to start filming the class. I'll have a promo video, more photos of exactly what we're making, plus more details than you can shake a stick at by early June. Class will follow in mid June. Thank you for your boundless enthusiasm. I appreciate and value it very much. More than you'll ever know. 100% true story!