My Scrapbook Process

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Posted 11/13/2012 by ca angel in General Scrappin'

ca angel

PeaNut 400,602
November 2008
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Loc: So Cal

Posted: 11/13/2012 4:28:41 PM
I've posted about my scrapbook process a few times over the years. Well I finally have some picture examples so I though I would share. FYI- I am totally a type A/Planner person so this probably wouldn't work for some one who likes to just go with the flow. I don't print my pictures until I have a plan!

Link to example pictures

In a nutshell
1.Select my pictures (on the computer) and create a contact sheet per LO
2. Pick a sketches per LO
3. Assemble kits (papers, embellies make notes on the contact sheet re cropping and photo sizes)
4. Crop all pictures at one time and upload for printing
(3 and 4 can go in any order)
5. Once I have a complete kit I work on one LO at a time until it is done.

All the details

1. I usually pick all my pictures at the same time for about 10-15 LO. I print 1 contact sheet for each Lo using picassa. Before I used picassa I would just put the pictures on a page in word. Picassa prints the title of the folder and photo name which is usually a date for me. Somepages will only have 1 pic others will have 7-9.

2. I use sketches/scraplift for everything. So I find a sketch/lo for each of my LOs. I like ones that already have the dimensions. I put each set in its own 12x12 page protector that I reuse for kits only. I sometimes copy the sketch on the contact sheet with any necessary modifications and make note of paper sizes, photo sizes, borders, coloring (bw) and croping orientation. I also make any notes that come to mind regarding journaling and titles or even papers that I want to use.

3. Then I either crop pictures in pse and upload them for printing
4.I start pulling papers and embellies. A lot of the time I end up starting on my pages (cutting papers) without even having my pictures. Since I already know exactly what size my pictures will be and any motifications I'm making to the original sketch it is really easy to start and add my pics when I get them.

5. If I don't have time to finish a LO it is easy to just put everything back int he page protector. When I do finish a LO I have a contact sheet for each one. If I was keeping track of how many LO I make it would be pretty easy to count!

ca angel


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Posted: 11/13/2012 9:07:52 PM
Thank you for sharing!!


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Posted: 11/13/2012 9:21:31 PM
Thx for the explanation from another Type A planner. I am somewhat at a crossroads in my process b/c of scrapping at home ow rather than going to crops, so very nice to read someone else's way of doing it!


ca angel

PeaNut 400,602
November 2008
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Layouts: 36
Loc: So Cal

Posted: 11/13/2012 9:31:36 PM
Glad others are finding it helpful!

Susan~ I started doing this process when I was planning for a weekend retreat. Of course I over prepped, and when I came home I still had a bunch of kits that I hadn't worked on. After using them at home too I realized that I really liked the process. Now I do it regardless of where I'm scrapping.

ca angel


PeaNut 161,947
August 2004
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Loc: Midrand, South Africa

Posted: 11/14/2012 3:17:39 AM

My process is almost identical except that I keep everything in folders on the computer. Each layout has its own folder.
I use photosheet to resize pictures and put all pictures to be printed in a 'Printing' folder. That way I always know what needs to get printed.
Once I have printed the photos for a layout I move the corresponding folders (which has a sketch saved in it too) to a 'Done' folder. I also use 12x12 page protectors and keep the printed pictures, sketch and papers and embies in it till I am ready to scrap. Once I have scrapped a page I delete its folder completely (I havge the photos all stored elsewhere anyway)

Nice to get someone else's input. Thanks for sharing

Rhonda in TX

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September 2007
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Loc: Houston, TX

Posted: 11/14/2012 7:34:50 AM
I love this! I especially like the contact sheet idea. TFS!

Been scrappin' for 15 years
Homeschool mom of 2 - DS (16) and DD (15)


PeaNut 567,001
September 2012
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Posted: 11/14/2012 9:03:03 AM
I love the idea of use picass to make a contact sheet for each layout. I definately will have to do that. I do find that making kits speeds up the process as long as you like the kit you put together
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