Many of us scrapbook and I think many of us are in the same boat- we are behind. Some people are decades behind, while others of us are swimming with partial books done and we are still adding kids to the mix, which means, ofcourse, more pics, more albums, more scrapbooking stress.
Well, one of my tips today originated with a little hint of organization I found at my “real-life-friend” Missy’s blog, Four In Tow . She had written about how she keeps all her pictures for cropping, a paper-cutter, and a printout of her contact sheet so she could keep her pictures organized while she cropped. (Her method was a bit more elaborate since a) she crops her pics into shapes as well; and b) she crops multiples of many of her pics for several albums.)
What is important here is to jump in where you’re at. Start scrapbooking the life you are living now, and gradually work backwards. If you work on scrapbooking the most recent photos first, you will have better quality journal entries, and you will get a real sense of accomplishment.
Here is my goal: Part One: On the last day of the month, order all the pics from the month that I want to purchase through whatever photofinishing service I want (my online store of choice is kodakgallery.com). Part Two: During the following two weeks, completely scrapbook the previous month. (Scrapbook all of January during the 1st two weeks of February). Part Three: During the last two weeks of a month, work backwards with whatever of my scrapbooking is left undone. (For me, I will be working on 2005, one month at a time)
Anyways, so my Efficient (otherwise known as Get ‘er Done) Scrapbooking WFMW tips are as follows:
1. Organize your pictures on your computer. Have them organized by year, then month. Do this as you upload them so that when you go to order them at the end of the month, you don’t have any sorting to do. Editing? Maybe, but sorting? Nope.
2. As soon as you have your paws on those pics, start cropping! Follow Missy’s plan explained aboved, and simply crop till you drop. I spend about the lenth of time it takes to watch a movie cropping the pictures for the month. Each picture has it’s own style. If you do shapes, great. I do not, all my pics are squares & rectangles.
3. As I crop I begin to envision certain groups of photos together. For instance, if in January, we spend a day at the Science Center, then ofcourse I will do a spread on that. And if I have a group of 3 pictures of the kids doing something – like building the Arch shaped tower… well, I will cut those 3 pictures into the same size square – framing the action – and then they can be scrapbooked together in a row or column along the edge of my 12×12 page. Get it? Here is an example…see the pics on the right side? I cropped those all the same size, so it brings a sense of planning, order, and symmetry to the page.
4. Also as I crop, I use simple white envelopes and put cropped pics together in envelopes according to event/theme and keep those sorted chronologicallly.
I also try to plan what layouts will go where in the album, and to do this, I simply slip the pictures for that page inside the page protector – which acts as a sleeve/envelope – that way I can come back to do these pages and remember what I had planned. Here is an example of what I mean:
5. I begin scrapbooking by matting all my pictures for a certain spread (I personally mat most of my pictures in white – but some I will double mat with an accent color). I do this for ALL the spreads for the month. (Think of these steps like assembly line – do ALL the cropping, then ALL the matting.
7. Then I do all the journalling/titles/captions. I like to do some by hand and some on the computer. The computer gives a polished look and it is quick. But the handwriting is so personalized – a treasured keepsake for your children.
I have found that scrapbooking in this fashion has helped me to get more accomplished in a short period of time. If for instance, I have all the pages laid out, I can little by little add the journalling or embellishments. Or if I am in the craft store, and I see a set of stickers or embellishments and I have the pages I have “finished” in my head, I know what to buy that will match, and what to skip – even though it may be cute, simply because it won’t go with the color scheme of the layout or there won’t be room for it. Does that make sense?
Anyways, this is how I scrapbook and I hope these tips helped you. They work for me!!
For more WFMW tips, check out Rocks In My Dryer.