PL: Am I insane to start 2013 in May?

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Posted 1/22/2013 by cmacha in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 289,123
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Posted: 1/22/2013 12:47:45 PM
I've done PL for three years now, and have been pretty successful at keeping up and getting it done. I don't use much else but the actual kit components and add in some tickets/programs/paper memorabilia I pick up along the way. I was all set to go with the Seafoam for 2013, which i liked but didn't love. But then Becky released all the new kits, of which I love almost all of them!

So am I insane to take the photos now to start my 2013 PL in Jan but not get a new kit until May? I'm planning on getting a big pack of the A pages so I can keep up putting photos in their slots; that way when the new kits are available in May I should be ready to go--just need to catch up on 4 months of journaling and extra bits of paper memorabilia.

Tells me Peas, am I crazy?


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Posted: 1/22/2013 1:12:33 PM
If you will still keep up with the photo printing and have your journaling all written down somewhere to then just add to the new cards, i don't think it would be SO bad.

That being said, I couldn't do it. The thought of being THAT far "behind" makes me twitch


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Posted: 1/22/2013 1:25:30 PM
From my POV, you are not crazy. I am basically a year behind. Yes, I said YEAR. I did weeks here and there for 2012, but I am going back & filling in major gaps & planning to have a full year of 2page spreads for every week. I know I probably seem crazy for doing it, but it was a very big & busy year for us and I want it documented. I'm mixing stash, clementine, & amber. The monotony was not my thing so I have a variety.
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Posted: 1/22/2013 1:39:25 PM
I have taken that approach before buying a kit. It is just can be rough, depending on how organized you are and how much scrap time you have. If I were to do it again, I would buy some 3x4 grid cards for temp journaling. I would complete each page using the grid cards for my journaling. The title cards will be easy to add in later, you could even just use a post-it for now. This way, you can just go in and replace the grid cards with the kit cards in May. It also means that you aren't technically behind. Since the pictures and stories are already there, you can just update with the new kit as you have time. And if life gets in the way...your album will still be complete...just not as "colorful" as you had planned .


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Posted: 1/22/2013 1:40:24 PM
You can start any time you want! Its personal to you. you are the creator.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 1:50:00 PM
When I read your thread title, I thought you were asking if you were crazy to start the YEAR of PL in May. That is, run your album from May to May. Of course that'd be fine -- people start whenever (on their birthdays, or their kids' birthdays, or certain special dates, etc.).

I am also really behind. Until this past weekend, I was eight months behind. I had the photos printed out (because of the page protector I use, I had them all printed out at 3x4, so I had no worries about having the right size photo for the slot that was "up" next in the album).

Finally, yesterday, with the kid off school and me off work, I sat down and told everyone that I was busy and I couldn't be bugged. I had to shoo the kid away a few times, but she finally "got" that she needed to leave me alone.

I now have it all caught up through most of August. I still have to choose and print all my photos from September through the end of the year, still.

It only took ONE day (and it's not like I worked at it for 24 hours, hard -- maybe 5 hours, mostly). I did all of May, June, July and most of August.

So ... you're not crazy. It's definitely doable. Keep good notes, and, like someone else suggested, print as you go. WRITE THE DATES ON THE BACK of the printed photos. I hadn't done that, and I had to devote a day to going through iPhoto, finding each photo I had printed out and adding the date to the back, lightly, in pencil. But in the end, I had a stack of cropped photos, dated, ready to go.

For my September through December photos, I'll probably go through iPhoto and "flag" each of the photos I want to use. Then I can do a search function that will show me only the flagged photos from that time frame. I can export those to a separate folder on my desktop, copy that folder to an SD card, and pop the SD card into my PictureMate.

I really had concerns about whether I'd be able to follow through on this for the year. But I'm determined. I'm going to reward myself with a new core kit in May. Or two. Or three.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 1:59:27 PM
My initial reaction was "Yes", that said I have been months behind before and caught up fairly quickly. As long as you have the page protectors with the photos in them and journaling recorded somewhere, you should be fine.

You may want to consider how fast it has taken previously to put together your spreads; then realize you will be starting 5 months behind and the weeks will keep coming.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 2:28:04 PM
I also like the idea of using the grid cards for now so everything is in your album.


PeaNut 120,617
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Posted: 1/22/2013 2:31:07 PM
I agree with several of the other ladies. If you're going to keep the pics printed and in slots and keep the journaling written down, then I think you'd be fine. Like Abby, I'm trying to do this year and last year at the same time and I don't even have the pics printed from last year!


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Posted: 1/22/2013 5:12:12 PM
Speaking as someone who has half of last year done and is now desperately trying to play catch-up on pages from as far back as last March -- I wouldn't do it. For me the best part of what I got done was having the "in the moment" feel. I've been focusing just on catch-up for about a month now, and I haven't wanted to start my 2013 because I'm too busy trying to get the older stuff recorded. If you don't want any of the current kits, maybe just leave the title cards out (and fill them in once the kit comes), and use the blank grid cards for journaling; then when you get your new kit(s), if you want to re-do some of the journaling cards, you can. I can't see how that would be any more work than taking detailed journaling notes now and then trying to write them on the kit cards.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 7:36:34 PM
On your deathbed, will you regret starting it late?


PeaNut 289,123
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Posted: 1/23/2013 3:09:52 PM
Thanks all--great points. No, on my deathbed I will not regret starting late. I will be happy I gave a gift to my family that I think is more attractive (the new kits) than what's available now.

I've downloaded PL weekly planning sheets and will keep up that way until the new kits become available in May. I'm also planning on printing as I go and will absolutely write the dates on the backs (I have to do that now when I have more than a few weeks to enter so great idea).

Thanks again, the Peas rock!

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Posted: 1/23/2013 4:00:28 PM
Yup I think you are crazy. Why make all that extra work for yourself? 5 months is a long time to "catch up" on journaling just so you can use certain journaling cards. By then I bet there will be other projects you have jumped in to.
I suggest you do your journaling and keep you PL up to date and then just change the color scheme over in May.

In my opinion on one sees the "bones" of the project.. they see the photos

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Posted: 1/23/2013 4:33:10 PM
Personally, I wouldn't start the project with January pictures but not be able to actually do the scrapping until May. I would just start my album in the month when I could get all the supplies together that I wanted. I might also consider starting with one kit for the first 4 months, then plan to switch to a new kit for the next 4 months, then finally a third kit for the last 4 months.

I plan to start my "project life" on my birthday, which is June 24. I am going to document the last year before I turn the big 5-0, so my year will run from June 24, 2013 to June 24, 2014.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:04:30 PM
I am planning to do the exact same thing. So far I have printed and inserted the photos for this month in the page protectors (A). I also used post its for the dates, but I have written the dates on the backs of the photos too. I have kept a notebook for all the journaling, but LOVE the idea of using the grid cards to insert them already in the slots so it'll be less daunting come May. Also if life gets in the way, I can just leave those in there if necessary, and still have a somewhat finished album.

So no, I don't think you're insane to start in May. Unless we're both insane and don't realize it!

One thing that has been greatly helpful though is that I just got the Epson Charm, so I can easily print the photos at home. I (hopefully) won't get behind in printing the photos like I've done in the past.

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