2012 Summer Manifesto Album

Finally found some time this past week to finish up my 6x6 Summer Manifesto album.

I first posted about the concept of a Summer Manifesto here and posted initial images of the album here: Bringing The Summer Manifesto To Life.

Here's what I loved in the beginning: setting intentions for the summer and printing out all the pages in advance.

I didn't end up jotting things down throughout the summer as I initially planned which was totally okay. It allowed me to set intentions and then go out and experience life.

Here's what I loved in the end: the reflection & the perspective.

I loved going back through the intentions and my photos from the last few months and thinking about all the things I did do (even if they weren't exactly what I had intended). It took me a little bit longer to finish it up because at first I was trying to think through how I would address the things/intentions that I didn't follow-through with. Those ended up being some of my favorites as I reflected on why some of those things didn't happen and what other things happened instead. Hello life, right?

This is totally something you could still do now - go back through your photos from the summer and pick out the themes and activities that were most meaningful to you.

Here's a look at the completed album:

A few details:

  • All the foundation pages were printed out in advance on Epson Matte Presentation Paper and are available as PDF (and PSD) files in this set: Summer Manifesto Album.

  • I printed out all the photos with a white border.

  • I attached the first hand-written manifesto I did to the back page using an arrow clip.

  • There's one page that's not finished yet. I can't for the life of me remember what Simon wished for (#8) and I'm planning to ask him when he gets home from school.

I love memory keeping.


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  1. kristiwl says…

    Hi, Ali -
    Love the whole idea of this album and will have to make one next summer (we usually make a huge posterboard list of what we want to do/visit/accomplish over the summer, but this is much better!). I am wondering where you found the yellow bike paper or transparency that you used for the back page? Thanks for all your inspiration and so glad to see you looking so happy!!!

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    1. Ali says…

      It was from Hambly - unfortunately it's not available any more :(.

  2. Abby P says…

    I jumped on the band-wagon for this project and got off to a good start - but, like you, didn't complete everything I wanted to. I LOVE how you documented WHY some things didn't happen, and was DID happen instead. You've motivated me to finish my project -- thanks for your great tips! BTW, LOVE how yours came out!

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  3. Sharon in TX says…

    Great album! I'm going to try one for Fall ... I feel like Fall is such a great "gap" season; after summer, school starting, before the holidays. One question, please. When you print the journal pages is all of the background color from the printer as well? Wondering if it takes a lot of ink to print those solid colors. Think it might be cheaper to print them out on photo paper at Costco? Thanks so much!

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  5. Sharyn says…

    loved taking a closer look at this again when I'm writing my list for 2013. Love how you went about including the items that you didn't necessarily get to. I have high hopes. :)

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  7. fannyathome says…

    Thanks Ali! I was inspired by this mini album and created my own this year. Here's a linK to it: http://fannyathome.blogspot.com.es/2014/09/mini-album-summer-manifesto-2014.html
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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