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Posted 1/12/2013 by craftymomto3 in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 547,251
March 2012
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Posted: 1/12/2013 9:11:04 PM
After scrapbooking off and on for about 13 years and still being behind by about 13 years I finally figured out how to catch up. I have decided that I really want to get those first few years really scrapped. So I went and bought a bunch of the WRMK page protectors that are 4x6 in horizontal and vertical style. Most of my earlier pics are all 4x6 anyways. I am using PL style scrapbooking but not the actual PL, not sure if that makes any sense. I will put my pics in the spots and then leave 1 or 2 empty for journaling and decorative paper and embellishment type stuff.I have been working on it this evening and have already knocked out 1999 and half of 2000. For me it is working but might not for others. Now if I come across a couple pics that really scream "SCRAP ME THE TRADITIONAL WAY" then I will of course but I will then put the protector sheets in my album in chrono order mixed up with my regular layouts. So far it is all looking great together and I am loving it. Like I said I am not that great at explaining this so sorry if this makes no sense. But I was just so excited to share my way of getting me caught up.



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July 2012
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Posted: 1/12/2013 9:22:30 PM
I know exactly what you are saying! I'm doing the same thing! Getting it all in albums and then going back to do layouts for the ones that need it! We are brilliant!

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September 2005
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Posted: 1/12/2013 9:29:01 PM



PeaNut 63,578
January 2003
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Posted: 1/12/2013 9:32:56 PM
I love using the divided page protectors to fit all my photos from events and holidays in. I often scrap 1 or 2 traditional layouts then add the rest of the photos in divided page protectors. So glad you have found motivation!


PeaNut 281,136
October 2006
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Posted: 1/12/2013 10:05:27 PM
That's great! I love the versatility of using divided page protectors!

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July 2007
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Posted: 1/12/2013 10:22:14 PM
I don't worry about dates any more, grab a photo that inspires and scrap


PeaNut 23,047
October 2001
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Posted: 1/12/2013 10:31:09 PM
I'm never going to be caught up and I'm okay with that. I'm glad you found a solution that will work for you though.

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December 2002
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Posted: 1/12/2013 11:05:46 PM
I am never going to be "caught up", and I'm not sure I want to be...but this sounds like an awesome way to scrap those older/less inspiring photos!

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PeaNut 451,123
January 2010
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Posted: 1/12/2013 11:20:37 PM
Fabulous idea, I plan to do this for my DDs 2nd year and all her birthdays so far

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PeaNut 252,090
March 2006
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Posted: 1/12/2013 11:30:19 PM
I have thought about scrapping my vacation pictures this way. I take so many pictures it can be overwhelming just thinking about scrapping them. I did buy a bunch of divided page protectors to scrap with. I'm going to incorporate them in my albums with the 12x12 layouts. Less stress faster scrapping. I have multiple trips just waiting to be scrapped.


PeaNut 452,482
January 2010
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Posted: 1/13/2013 12:24:04 AM
I am so far behind that this could actually work for me too Am glad you have found something that works for you and good to hear how quick it is going

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February 2005
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Posted: 1/13/2013 12:32:59 AM
If you like it that's all that matters!

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Posted: 1/13/2013 12:36:31 AM
Good for you!



PeaNut 547,251
March 2012
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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:59:17 AM
I just plan on using this method to get the 1999-2007 mainly done since it is already 2013. Then I will probably continue to use this method for vacations and maybe some Christmas since I take way too many pics so I don't feel pressured to scrap them all. As I am going through all my older pics if I find some that stand out or I want to scrap then I will. But considering my kids are still fairly young and I am still taking lots of pic I want to get a little caught up on the 10+ year pics.


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PeaNut 108,542
September 2003
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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:36:14 AM
I am basically doing the same thing. My life is too busy these days to worry about doing full layouts for every event. My kids enjoy the D-ring albums filled with divided protectors just as much as my other traditional albums. My photos need to be in albums not in photo boxes!


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PeaNut 113,955
October 2003
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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:40:03 AM
That's so great you found a system that works for you!

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PeaNut 272,954
August 2006
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Posted: 1/13/2013 11:07:21 AM
It sounds like a good idea to me.

I still prefer traditional scrapping, but maybe I can do that with my unscrapped photos at least till I scrap them. I am another one who may never be completely caught up, but it would be nice to be able to enjoy the photos and have some journaling written down before I forget some things. Then I can scrap photos as I have time and then re-use the page protectors for new photos that are waiting to be scrapped.

Thanks for posting your solution.

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PeaNut 447,871
December 2009
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Posted: 1/13/2013 2:17:35 PM
I've been doing the same thing for a couple of years. It has helped me get photos out of boxes and into albums without feeling (self-imposed) pressure about getting them onto a layout.

I did this with a cruise that my extended family and I took almost 3 years ago. The album includes photos in divided protectors that were taken from several cameras (we shared photos), traditional layouts of some particularly meaningful photos to me, 8X10 formal shots that were taken by the cruise line photographers that I adhered on patterned paper without added embellishments, and itineraries, ticket stubs, and other goodies that were picked up along the way. It was a quick way to put the album together. In fact, it was so quick that I ended up making one for my parents and assisted with a third album for my SIL. Easy, beautiful, and so much more satisfying than having those same hundreds of photos in boxes waiting to be scrapped.

I've continued to do the same with my photos for subsequent vacations, special events, and every day happenings. The pressure is off, but I still have the opportunity to be crafty whenever the mood strikes me. Win-win for me, my stash, my photos, and especially, for my children who get to enjoy the albums rather than sifting through piles of photos hidden away in boxes.

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PeaNut 178,994
November 2004
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Posted: 1/13/2013 3:32:55 PM
I love doing this for big projects. I did my Alaskan cruise and it worked so well. I scrapped a lot of pages for the diff. stops we made but when I had mutiple but beautiful pics of scenery I would use 4x6. I think it's a great way to get all your photos into an album for people to see


PeaNut 521,093
September 2011
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Posted: 1/13/2013 5:52:40 PM
I'm doing this for my trip to San Francisco, and this is my plan for this yrs pictures. Big event I will scrap the traditional way, but everyday or random stuff will get scrapped the pl way.

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