Scrappers who want to be almost caught up or get lots of pages done

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Posted 12/23/2012 by IScrapCrap in General Scrappin'
 

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StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 12/23/2012 1:47:10 PM
I feel like I'm in the minority here. I primarily scrap for memory keeping and making it a little crafty so it doesn't get boring.

With recent events in my life, I feel pushed even more to get meaningful pages FINISHED and put in a book. I also feel like I've wasted so much money if I'm not using what I've bought.

There are some shortcuts that have worked for me. I keep my pages simple. I like to do photo collages and use PhotoSheet for printing smaller photos. My photo editing is done in Picasa mostly because I don't understand PhotoShop. I scrap 8.5x11, so pages are done quicker. I don't like a lot of white space, so more room for pictures and less room for embellishing.

For those that scrap like me, how do you stay organized? My albums are sorted by theme and filed chronologically. I have a notebook where I jot down a page idea and in the margin I write what binder it will go to.

Any other suggestions? I have all these ideas of what I'd like to see on a shelf, but I'm lacking in being well organized.

birukitty
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Posted: 12/23/2012 3:47:59 PM
I'm like you in that I prefer clean, simple scrapbooking and am defiantly more in the memory keeping category rather than the current very popular trend of scrapbooking which includes one photo and then a lot of embellishments and layers on a page.

For me my photos are the most important so I love the 12x12 size because I almost always use 4x6 photos and can fit up to 4 on a page. I don't crop very much because I was taught in college photography classes to compose within the camera-we weren't allowed to crop at all. That was 34 years ago and I still can't shake the habit. I do crop to eliminate distracting elements if I need to.

I never cared about "being caught up" (my son is 23, I've been scrapping for 14 years and his baby album has yet to be done) I prefer to scrap whatever I'm in the mood to scrap. What photos inspire me to sit down and create a page or an album. My favorites are trip albums.

I do care about getting a lot of pages done. I haven't scrapped in the last 4 years due to a chronic illness that is now cured, and I finally finished an album for my father about his trip to England that I started 6-7 years ago. It's going to be his Christmas gift.

I was able to make 40 12x12 layouts for that album in 3 weeks using the Creative Memories Power Layouts Box and Guides. It's a really cool system if you are making a theme album (like the trip album). There are 12x12 (If you really want to stick with 81/2 x 11 you could cut them down) plastic sheets that you lay out over a large surface (I used the table and floor). You start with one sheet (the first page) and then do double sheets (what will show when the album is open) until the last layout which is also one sheet.

Next you gather all of your photos and lay them out onto the sheets page by page. You decide where and how many will go on the page and how they will be aranged at this point, but you don't glue anything down. Add memorabilia next to all of the plastic sheets. Next you choose letter stickers for each sheet, paper (I like to use solid cardstock a lot), and a post it with notes if you are going to use a sketch (which one), and journaling facts you might need for that page.

Next (phew! this got long) you pick up the sheets one by one starting with the last one first (keeping them level so everything doesn't fall off) and each one after that (backwards order) and when you have a pile you put them in the Power Layouts box.

Now the next time you have time to scrap or you go to a crop you take that box and sit down, pull a sheet at a time out of the box and all you have to do is glue everything down. It goes so fast this way!! I was shocked how fast my father's album went together using this method (I hadn't done that in years) and am absolutely going to use it often from now on.

I don't think CM sells this any more, but you can find it on Ebay. It's a 12x12 black box with white plastic sheets.

Other than that I think having your photos organized to where you can find what you are looking for quickly helps the pages come together faster too. Also, don't be afraid of white space. White space is good, it provides a balance to the other elements on the page.

If you like Cathy Z's style (simple but beautiful design and great journaling) you might want to check out her class on design. I took it, it was a self paced online class. You can check out my first few pages I made-they are in my gallery.

Debbie in MD.

theshyone
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Posted: 12/23/2012 8:41:11 PM
I did my MIL memory album using the power sort method. It ended up 60 double pages. I used an iris box to keep them in.

I started using studio J from CTMH to document the stories and memories. Getting that memory and story down has always been important to me; even more so now.
I use my physical supplies to scrap those odd photos that are pretty; don't match anything else; or move me.


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Posted: 12/23/2012 9:55:55 PM
Page Kits!
Simply put photos, cardstock, patterned paper, embelishments, letter stickers or whatever you choose into a page in your album. Then next time your stuck you just pull out a kit and you are ready to go. For simple pages you'd have to add alot less to your page kit.
I find this works well if I have an event in mind when I purchase something or if some products or photos spark an idea.


xoxoxo Sarah

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Posted: 12/24/2012 9:18:19 AM
I am a chrono scrapper, want to be caught up, am 10 years behind, and unfortunately a slow scrapper no matter what! I could have it all planned out and it'll still take me a long time. Nuts.

I scrap my originals (I don't want boxes/photo albums of extra photos) and I scrap all my photos. Or pretty much - as I'm learning to be more judicious once in awhile. What doesn't get scrapped will be tossed or passed on to someone else and they can keep or toss.
Because I scrap originals and I'm working with film prints I can't resize. I have to work with what I've got so sometimes I can crop and sometimes I can't because either it's too close up or I don't want to cut stuff out.

I have my photos organized chronologically. For some odd reason, I find it easier to scrap from photo albums than from a box. Maybe because it's easier to see how many pics i'll be working with and what'll be coming up. So, I have a bunch of photo albums my pics are in and the rest in boxes. When I empty the albums, I refill them from the boxes.

I try and make up starter page kits. Which means I don't usually have everything I'm going to use, I have the basics. I start with my photos and from there I pick a sketch from my binder of sketches. On a post-it, I write down what sketch it is. For example: BF March 10 #3 which translates to Becky Fleck March 2010 3rd sketch on page. If it's a 2 page sketch I put L or R for left or right side. Or BH 74 - Becky Higgins #74. Or if it's one of my own, it's just a number like #54.

I actually have mini size cutouts of my sketches that were printed out small (though not all of my sketches since more came later) and I laminated them. In that case, I'll just include the mini in my page kit. Otherwise, I just write down the number.

Then I pick the background paper. Sometimes I can't decide on one, so I might put a couple option in and decide when I'm ready to scrap. Then I might add some other papers I know I want to use.

So my page kits are just the 'starting' point - not completed. Unless something specific comes to mind while I'm getting it together, the rest I just come up with when I scrap. I don't pick and choose all the details for my page while making my kits, I just put the other stuff in if it pops into my head.

I've also started using an inspiration jar when I scrap so it gets me thinking of using different tools and techniques so that things get used.



EllenPea
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Posted: 12/24/2012 10:10:47 AM
My main thing is 1)Scrapbooking almost a layout a day and 2) Being selective about the photos I take, and when that doesn't happen, selective about the photos I use and 3) Lots of multiphoto/smaller photos so they fit on two pages or just one.

That being said, once I got the day after Thanksgiving scrapped, I took a scrappy break and if I resume from that break in January, I may have to slow down the pace or change my approach completely. I am already behind for January, and I resolve in 2013 to cut back from that $25 to $50 a month I was spending on scrapbooking in recent years. My thing is, sometimes I just "have to" have new paper or new embellishments, because the room full of stuff isn't quite right. For instance, on my last layout, I had to have Cars embellishments because the kid's birthday party was Cars themed.



EllenPea
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Posted: 12/24/2012 10:13:28 AM
My main thing is 1)Scrapbooking almost a layout a day and 2) Being selective about the photos I take, and when that doesn't happen, selective about the photos I use and 3) Lots of multiphoto/smaller photos so they fit on two pages or just one.

That being said, once I got the day after Thanksgiving scrapped, I took a scrappy break and if I resume from that break in January, I may have to slow down the pace or change my approach completely. I am already behind for January, and I resolve in 2013 to cut back from that $25 to $50 a month I was spending on scrapbooking in recent years. My thing is, sometimes I just "have to" have new paper or new embellishments, because the room full of stuff isn't quite right. For instance, on my last layout, I had to have Cars embellishments because the kid's birthday party was Cars themed.

I also should note I am a grandmother who has lots of photos of kids not scrapped, they occasionally are scrapped in a non-chronological manner though, and I am being very selective with what photos I scrap of my grandkids because I plan to give those albums to my stepdaughter and I don't want her to have the pile of albums I do to contend with.



pelirroja
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Posted: 12/24/2012 10:49:31 AM
I too am a chrono scrapper. Not caught up (several years behind) but I too feel the crush of needing to get it done. I spent this summer putting all the bits and pieces of ephemera inside the scrapbooks where they belong. Lots of disassembling and re-assembling but the end result is good.

I don't worry about all the money already spent. It's a substantial stash but it is what it is. So be it. I just focus on what I already own and what I can do with it. I experiment with techniques and color combos and focus on assembling page kits. For the page kits, I make sure to include embellies and rough draft journaling.

I keep a comp book full of notes, details, and rough sketches. It really helps make the scrapping process go faster since finding scrap time is a rarity nowadays.


Pelly





Cat E. Clysm
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Posted: 12/24/2012 11:34:49 AM
I'm a simple scrapper, mostly of trips, and have created a system that works for me.

First I sort through all my photos of one specific trip, dividing them by city or country or event (special theme dinner, side trip e.g. to Stonehenge, etc.). Then I put the photos into envelopes on which I write the city (whatever) and date. I collect my ephemera and some embellishments that might go with the pictures. Usually I scan or edit my photos, either before starting or after sorting into envelopes.

Then I take one envelope at a time, select background papers (usually color coordinated wtih the pics), and create page kits (I do mostly two-page layouts). I lay out the photos and ephemera onto the selected background paper, leaving room for titles and/or journaling. Then I take a photo of each proposed layout - and print out a small copy of that photo to include in that page kit. I can take several page kits to a crop, or work on one at a time, at home.

(I always include several alternate sheets of cardstock or patterned paper, again coordinated with the photos. I like to have several choices especially at a crop, so I don't have to carry a huge stock of papers with me.)

Often my final layouts don't match what I've proposed, but at least I have a starting point, so I don't sit for HOURS staring at a blank sheet of paper! I am a VERY slow scrapper - even with pagekits. Sometimes I use sketches, but mostly for inspiration.

Because I usually keep a simple journal of each trip, I can use that to create journaling for each page later. I like to type/print this out (hate handwriting). I use 3-ring binders, so I don't have to scrapbook in order but can arrange the pages chronologically later.

birukitty
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Posted: 12/24/2012 11:55:20 AM
Theshyone, can you tell me about Studio J? I went to the CTMH website and you have to get an account to get a look at it. Just curious about what it is and does. TIA!

Debbie in MD.

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Posted: 12/24/2012 1:22:07 PM

I do care about getting a lot of pages done.


That's how I feel as well. That's why I said "almost" being caught up. I like to see a finished product. birukitty, it makes sense the way you described the process. I do something similar with my pages. I have photos in sheet protectors organized by date and take out a page when I'm ready to scrap. I think my problem is taking just one set of photos out and not putting them back in the right order when I finish the page.


I keep a comp book full of notes, details, and rough sketches. It really helps make the scrapping process go faster since finding scrap time is a rarity nowadays.



Because I usually keep a simple journal of each trip, I can use that to create journaling for each page later. I like to type/print this out (hate handwriting). I use 3-ring binders, so I don't have to scrapbook in order but can arrange the pages chronologically later.


Good reminder for me to keep that type of stuff together. I do have some sketches printed on cardstock and cut out. They are in sandwich bags. I need to remember to keep a notebook hand for writing the details of the pictures. Or maybe a word file on the computer.

Donna in GA
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Posted: 12/24/2012 1:52:39 PM
I need to make an inspiration jar! That might really help me!


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theshyone
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Posted: 12/24/2012 1:54:26 PM
Studio J

Each paper pack issued by CTMH over the last 3-4 years; plus some other ones; most layouts that are available from the CTMH idea book. Many many combos available. Layouts from 2 to 15 pictures.
You can change card stock; patterned paper; have metal embellishments; buttons; ribbons; stick ease; alphabets; etc.
There are so many choices; changes and customizations you can do. You can make it as complex or simple as you want. And it's easy. (I'm a photoshop failure)
You can get jpegs and prints; just prints (12x12) or just jpegs. I often get just jpegs and print 8x8 at Costco for gifts.

I have some of my Studio J LO on my blog in my link if you want to look.

There is a woman Amy Ulen that has a utube channel of tutorials as well.


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birukitty
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Posted: 12/27/2012 4:55:52 PM
Thank you so much for that wonderful explanation theshyone! I really appreciate it. I'm going to have to check that out!

Debbie in MD.

mebarnet
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Posted: 12/29/2012 10:55:43 PM
I scrap chrono and was years behind until I joined scrapbook generations, super sketch club and bought a few of the books. In about a year and a half, I scrapped the entire years of 2009, 2010 and I am mostly finished with 2011. All of the pages are done but about half of them still need to be journaled and embellished.

My goal this year was to be about half way through 2012 by now but unfortunately a move and life in general have gotten in the way.

I love how I just use the kits and the sketches and don't really have to drive myself crazy trying to put a layout together and my pages look great.

Hoping to get some scrapping done next week, I really need to get 2011 done so I can move on with some of my new,kits!


Mari - Loving Scrapbook Generation kits and sketches!!!

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2012
12x12 double LO - 267 / 7 cards
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12x12 207 doubles / 8x8 39 doubles / 3 6x6 Holiday Daily / 20 cards
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