Art Journal Volume 20: Use some album art!

Use your favorite bands album art as a special touch.

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Okay, so I got this idea in the shower a few weeks ago. I have all of these photos from going to concerts over the years and I was trying to figure out how to use them!

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Someone snapped this photo of me at a Mayday Parade concert a thousand years ago. (Okay, not a thousand…it was 2007) Here’s the story behind the photo: 2007. Mayday Parade had only released their EP Tales Told by Friends. They were playing at this tiny hole-in-the-wall venue in Akron called the Daily Double. There were 7 people there to see them (at this point, no one knew who they were). They played five songs, and the last song they played was my favorite song on the EP. They invited anyone in the crowd (remember, there were 7…three of us were friends) to come on stage and sing if they knew the words. Score! I jumped on stage and started to sing along. One problem: I was so excited I forgot all the words! So, I just started laughing! Click! My friend took a great photo!

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I thought it would be a great idea to use the album cover to add some personality to the page! I used a similar technique on this page last year, but instead of using a photo, I used an image of the album art.

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The first thing I did was turn the image into a 12 X 12 image in Photoshop. Then, I divided the image (still in Photoshop) into the sizes that corresponded slots in my design pocket. After I printed them off, I trimmed them down to fit in the slots. I would suggest just printing on normal printer paper rather than photo paper (save some money!)

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I arranged them in my slots and chose a card that to write my caption.

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I have a good memory…but I still have the concert poster from that day, signed and everything! That’s how I was able to remember the date.

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I don’t think that you have to use this with just concert photos. I know a couple albums that I could use with photos with friends of our favorite bands.

Try it!

Talk soon,
Jennifer