Which order should I scrap or do you?? Past to present or vice versa?

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Posted 1/6/2013 by ashazamm in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 217,769
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Posted: 1/6/2013 5:03:50 PM
I'm finding myself behind. I just finished up my DD today, so happy to be finished.

Next, I'm tackling my kid's albums that are behind since June 2012, so six months. Should I start from June and work my way to present or work on Fall/Halloween and go back??

Trying to decide is making me procrastinate.
Which order should I scrap?? Past to present or vice versa?Results
Past to present
Current and go backwards


PeaNut 281,136
October 2006
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Posted: 1/6/2013 5:36:37 PM
Current - get your memories while they're fresh!
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Pea, Glorious Pea

PeaNut 43,536
July 2002
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Posted: 1/6/2013 5:38:17 PM
Neither. Although, I do scrap a lot of my photos as soon as I can, most get pushed aside for other things. I scrap whatever suite my fancy. When a photo was taken makes no difference as to when I scrap them.


PeaNut 524,203
October 2011
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Posted: 1/6/2013 6:16:30 PM
I alternated between old and new until I ran out of old photos.


PeaNut 229,609
October 2005
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Posted: 1/6/2013 6:19:52 PM
I agree with KiKiPEA, I scrap whatever makes me happy. It's very freeing to not think about being behind and just scrap whatever you feel like scrapping
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PeaNut 308,134
April 2007
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Posted: 1/6/2013 6:27:59 PM
I think it's a matter of personal prefferance, but I do from past to present.

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 31,617
March 2002
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Posted: 1/6/2013 6:29:46 PM
When I first started scrapping, I started with current pictures and when I was current with those, I went back and scrapped older photos. Over the course of a few years I was able to scrap all the old pictures I wanted to yet keep current with my new photos.

These days I generally run about 4-6 months "behind".


PeaNut 11,926
March 2001
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Posted: 1/6/2013 6:35:25 PM
To get over feeling guilty at being behind in my hobby, I've just started scrapping whatever I'm in the mood to work on. Sometimes it's vacation photos, other times birthdays, and not in any particular order either.

7 years to get here... So now what?

PeaNut 251,919
March 2006
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Posted: 1/6/2013 6:36:42 PM
I also scrap whatever makes me happy because I don't care about being behind... If I did I'd probably be too stressed about scrapping and not create anything! But if you're that current, I'd go with present to past because the memories are fresher... But I might throw in an older one every now and again too!

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 395,153
October 2008
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Posted: 1/6/2013 8:50:02 PM
I pick my favorite and jump around from there, but if you are determined to do them in chronological order then I agree with the posters who said to go from present to past so you can get your newest memories scrapped while they are fresh.


PeaNut 553,290
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Posted: 1/6/2013 9:32:01 PM
I personally dont know how anyone can be caught up! I have all my childhood to do and I have all my grandparents pictures ,too. Plus I now have 3 grandchildren...so there is NO WAY I will ever be caught up!!! I have more pictures than I will ever have time!! At this point I scrap mostly my GC but not in order,but what strikes me when I sit at my desk. I this hobby!!!!!


PeaNut 31,845
March 2002
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Posted: 1/6/2013 9:40:32 PM
I was three years behind and went to "catch up" and I found I rushed through some layouts and didn't do my best work. Even though I was caught up, I was disappointed with the caliber of my work in some cases.


PeaNut 204,991
May 2005
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Posted: 1/6/2013 9:40:57 PM
I scrap a little of this then a little of that. There is no rhyme or reason. I just pick pictures that I like at the moment and that is what I work on. So on any given crop weekend you may see me working on baby pictures from 20 years ago, pictures of my grandson, and anything in between.

I would work on whatever interests you at the moment. To me it takes the fun out of scrapbooking when you feel forced to work on certain pictures.

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 51,456
October 2002
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Posted: 1/6/2013 9:54:45 PM
Can I suggest that you take an afternoon and sit in front of your pictured and jot down notes. You think you will remember it all but over time the fall down funny stories just become who what &why.Then like others have mentioned try and scrap what makes you happy

California Dreaming

PeaNut 153,156
June 2004
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Posted: 1/6/2013 10:07:50 PM

I think it's a matter of personal prefferance, but I do from past to present.

Me, too. It motivates me to get caught up. I'm working on August 2010 pictures right now.

Photo HapPEA!

PeaNut 110,614
October 2003
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Posted: 1/7/2013 3:55:29 AM
In any order I choose. I flip all over the past century, depending on what speaks to me. Unless the photos are new, I'm usually inspired by a story and pull photos to go with it. And if I am working with shiny new photos, I'm usually scrapping them by what inspires me most, rather than any particular order.


PeaNut 217,769
August 2005
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Posted: 1/7/2013 6:06:32 AM
Thank you for all your feedback! I usually do past to present but like some posters, I rush through it and don't enjoy it to get to the current stuff. I think I"ll try something different this time and jump around to whatever I want to work on and maybe work out better for me.

Jeepers PEApers

PeaNut 54,155
October 2002
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Posted: 1/7/2013 7:16:32 AM
I work through my newest supplies and newest photos first, but if one doesn't work with the other, I have a stack of photos and stacks of papers that I can pull from. Somehow it's more fun to scrap the newest memories...and I remember more about them to boot! But I would feel terribly constrained if I went in ANY sort of order.

I suggest you pick through your photos for those that are either super meaningful or fun and go from there.

As for being "behind", I had 25 years worth of family photos before I ever heard about scrapbooking!

Pea with a Pen

PeaNut 70,644
February 2003
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Posted: 1/7/2013 11:04:52 AM
I actually am only doing current photos in order, the older ones only when I feel like it. Current photos means that the last LO I finished, day before yesterday, was of Dec. 1 and then I will progress the rest of the way through December ending with some I took on Dec. 30. (I have not taken any photos in January I want to scrap, primarily because on Jan. 1 and 2 I was using my improperly loaded film camera)

When I first started scrapbooking in 2001, I started with my wedding photos (2000) and worked forward, and from then on for the most part kept up with current photos. I also started with my oldest photos, which were from my teen-age years, and worked forward. In 2003, I was scrapping photos from 1994, but a combination of things stopped me from moving forward. 1) I was also scrapping DH's photos, but they were not in order and every time I thought I had finished those from a trip he took in 1987, I found more. 2) My XH took way too many photos when we went to the Grand Canyon in 1994, and I just couldn't keep thinking of new creative ways to scrap photos of the canyon. 3) Life got in the way and I ended up not scrapbooking for eight months, at the end of which time I had to spend quite awhile catching up on "current" (by then, almost a year old photos), and 4) I became really enamored with the Two Peas challenges, but on quite a few of them, if I wanted to participate, I couldn't limit myself to specific photos.

So, I decided then that I would do my best to stay current with the current photos, but give myself permission to take breaks from that and scrap any photos that fit with challenges.


PeaNut 530,045
November 2011
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Posted: 1/7/2013 11:18:13 AM
I tend to lean towards current because are those are what are on my desk. I typically am able to find something in them that a. strikes a chord to scrap or b. feel like i need to get done to get it off my desk. On the latter note, I gathered up all my son's football pics from this fall & pulled page protectors last night. I also got one 12 x 6 insert done. There are around 60 photos, most will just go in photo sleeves but I picked a couple of different protectors to mix it up a bit & force me to put some inserts in to jazz them up a little.


PeaNut 472,567
June 2010
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Posted: 1/7/2013 1:19:24 PM
I try to scrap current and if the supplies I am using are a certain theme or seasonal, I will check to see if I have something from the past to scrap along the same theme or season.

For example, if I was scrapping current football season pictures, I check in my past "to do" list to see if I have any past football seasons to scrap.

About 1 or 2 times a month, I scrap something from the past.


PeaNut 335,340
September 2007
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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:04:25 PM
I jump around and do whatever I find inspiring. If I find myself skipping certain pictures over and over I put them in a photo album instead.


PeaNut 84,507
May 2003
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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:43:45 PM
I'm not much help but I am in the same boat as you with lots of old and current pics to scrap. I find that if I scrap what I am in the mood to scrap the pages come out so much better. They eventually get up in an album in chronological order. Sometimes I'll sit down and do several years worth of team pictures or sports all at one time. That way I have all of my sports themed papers and embellies out and don't have to look back and make sure the layouts don't look the same!
Good Luck!

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PeaNut 273,602
August 2006
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Posted: 1/7/2013 3:30:50 PM
Neither is my vote, as well. I scrap the pictures and/or stories that inspire me at the moment; otherwise it just feels like 'work' to me (not fun) and I don't want it to feel like that.


PeaNut 217,769
August 2005
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Posted: 1/7/2013 6:35:20 PM
So I scrapped in reverse today. Got my Thanksgiving pages done and started halloween! Let's hope I keep up the momentum!
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