Anyone pre-make their scrapbook pages?

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Posted 8/18/2013 by [Karen] in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 8/18/2013 9:38:03 PM
I seem to get a lot more scrapping done when I make the layouts ahead of time. Spent most of the weekend working with the TJM & TM paper pads I got thanks to the enabling post

It doesnt work for all my pages but lately a lot of them are pre made. I think I am overwhelmed with all the supplies I have to make decisions the other way.
Am I the only one?


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Posted: 8/18/2013 9:46:29 PM
If you mean make a page with out any photos in mind no. I always start with my photos. If you mean make my page before I actually have my photos yup! I don't print my photos until I have a sketch. I do batch scrapping and sometimes I will actually start my pages before I've printed my photos, but I know which ones I'm using and what size they will be.
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Posted: 8/18/2013 10:02:50 PM
The first time I tried it was with Shimelle's The Perfect Collection class. I thought it would be hard to do - making pages without having the photos in front of me. Turned out to work really well and I made a ton of pages (that I love) at a weekend crop.



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Posted: 8/18/2013 10:38:27 PM
I make mini books before all my big trips and then add pictures and journaling when I get home. It usually makes for a pretty quick finished book right after the trip.


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Posted: 8/18/2013 10:53:49 PM
You know it's funny you ask that. I have a stack of pages that are pre-made (I did them for one project or another or as samples/kits) and they are just sitting there waiting for photos. Since most of my work is photocentric (or I try really hard to make it that way), I find that the pages that don't start with the photos never seem to get them.

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Posted: 8/18/2013 11:01:33 PM
I do that sometimes.
I used to do it all the time.
I had an idea what photos would go on the pages but I hadn't had them processed
At the time it worked well for me.
Now I prefer to have the photos first.

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Posted: 8/18/2013 11:28:04 PM
I used to do that a lot and I loved the pages I made... until I went to put photos on them only to find out they were the wrong size or orientation. It became a lot of work trying to make the layouts work and then I wasn't as happy with them when I altered them to fit the photos. Plus, it was hard to layer without having the photos in place. So I quit doing it, it was just making more work for me.


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Posted: 8/18/2013 11:39:39 PM
I do with my pl.
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Posted: 8/19/2013 1:16:32 AM
Up until this year I always printed my photos and then made the layouts to suit them. Now that I have a new born in the house and I'm not getting alot of sleep or having a lot of free time, I have found I have been buying kits and making them with no photos in mind, then finding or even taking photos to fit the layout.

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Posted: 8/19/2013 2:28:04 AM
No...I'm too anal about my papers and embellishments matching my pictures.


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Posted: 8/19/2013 2:30:40 AM
I make mini-albums sometimes and then have a list of pics in mind to go with them and while I actually enjoy making the project without photos - I find it very difficult to follow through on completing it. For my Project Life - I always follow the same process which starts with the photos.


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Posted: 8/19/2013 5:50:03 AM

I find that the pages that don't start with the photos never seem to get them.

That. I made some pages at a crop when I hadn't brought enough photos, but here they sit, two years later.

I always start with photos then build a 'kit' around them and scrap with that.


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Posted: 8/19/2013 7:16:01 AM
I have two iris containers full of layouts with no pictures. I have white squares with the size of picture needed and will print pics that fit the pages. I am an equal opportunity scrapper: with and without pictures!!
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Posted: 8/19/2013 7:45:53 AM
that makes my brain twitch just thinking about it. nope, can't do it...


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Posted: 8/19/2013 8:31:34 AM
I did Shimelle's The Perfect Collection layouts with BG Shine On and Serendipity pp, but I haven't used them for anything yet. I also need to start with photos and build the layout around them and the colors in them. Doing the PC class helped me realize that that's my style. I think I'll use the Perfect Collection layouts for pictures of art from an art show or quilts from a quilt show because they have so many different colors in them that they will match the color of the pp no matter what it is.

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Posted: 8/19/2013 9:21:47 AM
I do this when I come to the end of a kit or collection and have left over scraps and embellishments. It's more of a hassle to try and figure out how to put away and organize the little bits than it is to premake a page.

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Posted: 8/19/2013 9:44:39 AM

I really have to have my photos and ephemera in my hands to do a LO. My LOs are almost always multi-photo and seldom have the standard 4x6 size in it, so pre-making a page wouldn't work for me. As it is, I often have to reprint photos in a different size as the size I expected to fit ends up not working.


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Posted: 8/19/2013 11:56:21 AM
I don't think I can ever pre-make pages. I need to have the photos in front of me before I do anything else! Kudos for those of you who can work that way, though! It sounds like it would be an awesome time saver
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Posted: 8/19/2013 11:59:22 AM
I sure do. I have about 11 layouts completed with no photos and it's fine with me. I will pop up most embellies so I'm able to slip my pictures beneath when ready. That process works great for me, because I'm not at a standstill if my pics aren't printed or the size I want them.

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Posted: 8/19/2013 12:25:06 PM
I don't think I could ever do this. I rarely know how my page is going to look until I put the pictures where I want them on my page. Then I go for the embellishments.


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Posted: 8/19/2013 1:26:45 PM
I do this. It's a great way to finish up a kit and sometimes I already know how I want to use the paper.


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Posted: 8/19/2013 1:45:49 PM
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Posted: 8/19/2013 1:50:33 PM
I would be going trying to remember how the pictures are supposed to be taken for their pre made layouts.

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Posted: 8/19/2013 2:59:02 PM
I do it all the time. I usually have a theme before I start - vacation, wedding, Christmas, etc. I sometimes end up with more pictures than will fit, but then I just do a fold out with the best picture on top. I only do this with my 12x12 layouts or mini albums. My PL I scrap as I get the pictures printed.



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Posted: 8/19/2013 3:47:17 PM
I like the idea of the fold out for extra pics

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Posted: 8/19/2013 3:57:50 PM
I tried to premake a few pages the first year I did December Daily and I ended up throwing them away. I have to have the pictures first.

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Posted: 8/19/2013 4:05:27 PM
I have done it before. But by the time I get around to using them, I am no longer liking the paper or something about the layout.

Club Scrap had process and a series of videos they called "Assembly Line Scrapbooking" where they would take a kit and make the cuts to create pre-made layouts. (I don't know if it is still around.) I tried it. I even liked it to some extent, but my style has progressed to something new and that style no longer suits me.


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Posted: 8/19/2013 6:37:03 PM

I make mini books before all my big trips and then add pictures and journaling when I get home. It usually makes for a pretty quick finished book right after the trip.
But how do you know what you're going to want to scrap BEFORE you have the experience?

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Posted: 8/19/2013 6:47:15 PM
Club Scrap still does Assembly Line Scrapbooking. It's one of the many reasons I'm still a member. Obviously you don't have to do it, but the instructions are there if you want to.

They provide cutting instructions and examples online to use every bit of each kit so that you can make 14 layouts per kit.

I dug in my heels for YEARS (I've been a member since 2000) saying the photos had to come first, but finally this year I decided to give it a try. And I love it! It's fast and it's economical. I can use my creativity to switch things around as much as I want, and I do this often.

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Posted: 8/19/2013 7:09:24 PM
To me, Shimelle's perfect collection was more about STARTING layouts in advance, not about having them complete and waiting for photos. I never put on any embellishments or finished the layouts until I had the photos. I only did that process once though, should really try it again.


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Posted: 8/19/2013 8:06:24 PM
I do it some times but I do find it difficult. I teach Scrapbooking classes and always tell my ladies with enough notice what they need to bring. Some layouts are more difficult to just add photos in later. I think it helps to get most of the layout done then add the photos then some extra embellishments and the journaling. I'm a huge journaler, much like Shimelle, and find it difficult to do a page that doesn't incorporate a set space for the journaling.

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Posted: 8/19/2013 8:07:33 PM
I don't, but I think it's definitely the faster way to go. I was at a crop with a lady that pre makes her pages, and she was just zooming along!


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Posted: 8/19/2013 9:24:33 PM
I always choose my photos first and really have a hard time understanding how someone can make a LO w/out a picture in mind. It does baffle me.

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Posted: 8/19/2013 9:38:03 PM
I've done it, but I don't really like it. I have a stack of pages that need photos, but I don't have photos that really work for them. When I get my photos printed, the first thing I do is go through those layouts and find layouts I can use. I can typically find 2-3 layouts I can use, but I still have a lot left.

I've done Shimelle's Perfect Collection class and I find those layouts easier to use. It seems like photo sizes and number of photos are not as fixed, so they are easier to work with.

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Posted: 8/19/2013 10:07:04 PM
I made my whole NY vacation album using Shimelle's Perfect Collection and I loved how it turned out.
I also made the layouts from Scrapbook Generation kits without any pictures placed yet.


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Posted: 8/19/2013 11:46:11 PM
If I have photos, yes I pre-make scrapbook pages. I've tried doing it in the past without and they never turn out right.


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Posted: 8/20/2013 1:26:44 AM
Now I am really inspired to do this!!!
I like pages to be a bit themey so I think I'll go that way and say "right, at some point in the next year I am definitely going to go to a farm so I need a pigs page, a ducks page" and also I need grandparent pages, picturesque view pages etc etc. Yay! I'm so excited to do this now! Thank you
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Posted: 8/20/2013 1:57:07 AM
Yes I do!!!!

Love it as a way to get come scrapping done. I find I can super scrap.....lots of pages done when I look for photos later

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Posted: 8/20/2013 8:19:08 AM
I have several pages that I pre-made which are still waiting for photos that fit the layout.

I still occasionally will try it, but it just seems to work better for me if I start with the photos and build the layout around them.

If it works better for you to do the layout first, go for it!

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Posted: 8/20/2013 8:36:20 AM
I do this when I am emptying my scraps basket. But I really dont like having them hanging around unfinished. I have about 6 of them right now that I would like to use up before I make any more. I prefer to get the photos on them right away.

It's really fun to make them without thinking about specific photos. Sometimes I have a stack of photos in mind, how many 1 photo layouts or how many horizontal vs vertical photos I'll be using. But this may matter more to me since I scrap 8.5 x 11 and have less room on the page. Maybe you don't have to commit to orientation as early if you scrap 12x12?


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Posted: 8/20/2013 8:38:18 AM
yes i usually always do and im concious about the size of the photo as well especially with my upcoming vacations
i do it all the time
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Posted: 8/20/2013 9:30:51 AM
No. The photos and stories are the most important aspects of a page to me, so I like to start my LO off with the photos and amount of journalling in mind.

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