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You guys, vellum is so last year. Ok not really I still love using vellum, but this year you have to try printing on transparency film. It's basically like what your teacher used on the overhead projectors in school (if you're old like me then you'll remember this). Anyway there is a specific type of transparency film you have to use if your printing on an inkjet printer. It must have a "rough" side that is made up of a bunch of tiny dots you can't see, this let's the film soak up the ink and dry quickly. If you were to try to print on a piece of plastic the ink would never dry. You can feel the rough side to the touch but you can't see it. 

Here's a link to the transparency film I ordered /

I haven't tried any other brands, but I'm sure I won't need to because I love they way these are working for me. The ink prints super vibrant and it's so satisfying! For my cover page I used cards from the W–17 collection, and only stickers from my minimalist scrapbook kit. My album is 6x8 again and this one is an old handbook I had from Studio Calico. I will try to link everything or something similar down below.

My cover page is simple and that's what I wanted this year, to simplify the process. I love to include a selfie in my cover page, and throughout the album over the year. I think it will be fun to look back and see the trends, how I styled my hair or what I wore, etc. I think sometimes albums with "too many" selfies get judged harshly, like oh that person is really into themselves. But I don't think that at all, this album is for me so it should not only include photos of friends and family but also a ton of photos of me.

Another thing I like to do is write a letter to myself to read at the end of the year. Here I just used paper from an ace hotel paper pad I had sitting on my desk. Folded it into three sections, the first has accomplishments from last year, the second has things I'd like to accomplish this year, and the third space is left for me to say what I did at the end of the year. It's my way of making resolutions.

Links to products used/

Tips for printing on transparency paper/

  • choose designs that are light in color to create overlays for photos, also heavy ink coverage can cause the paper to curl up.

  • check your print dialog box settings, there's a paper type selection and you should set it to transparency film.

  • make sure the textured side is the side that will be printed on (for me i have to face it down in the printer tray, but all printers are different)

  • let dry completely before trimming to size

  • when trimming, place a white sheet of paper under film to make the cut lines visible, also turn upside down to avoid smudging ink.

Don't cut all the way to edge, follow the numbers and crop marks and keep cards connected to an edge until the last cut is made. This allows all the cards to stay put in the template and all the crop marks align correctly.

turn the side that has ink on it face down before trimming to avoid any smudging of ink, and keep it free of finger prints, because you can clean the side with no ink and easily wipe offfinger prints.




Caytlyn Chilelli