Yapha's Easy Organizational Plan
Time? Who has time?
Between work, kids, family, pets, and other obligations, time for
scrapbooking is a scarce commodity indeed. But it is important to carve
that time for both ourselves and for the preservation of memories fr
those we love. Since my time is so valuable, I have broken my
scrapbooking process down into a series of steps that allow me to
maximize my scrapbooking through more efficient time management. Plus,
I always have something ready to work on!
1: Sort Photos
I admit it, I am a chronological scrapbooker. I am obsessive about the
date order, and do not permit myself to scrapbook out of order. But you
do not have to be to let this step work for you. As soon as I get my
photos back (or when you print them out) I bunch them into layout
groups, and fill out a little piece of paper with the event title and
the date on them. I created the Croppers
Photo Pads for this exact reason. They have a space to write down
even more, including number of pictures, number of pages, journaling,
and all sorts of layout ideas. I fold the sheets in half to hold the
photos. I then stick them back in the photo envelopes until I have time
for my next step. If you prefer something that will completely hold
your pictures as well as other embellishments (see the next step), try
my Cropper's Photo Envelopes.
2: Choosing my supplies
When I know that I have more time available to really spread things
out, I choose the supplies that I need to go with each layout. I pull
my background paper, my matting paper, and anything else that I want to
use for embellishments -- stickers, die cuts, fibers, etc. The only
thing I don't pull are eyelets and brads. Those are too little and I
worry that they may get lost. I pile my completed sets and pack several
of them into large 13x13 clear plastic envelopes. You could also put
them into page protectors to hold them. This is a great time to sketch
your layouts as well, if you choose to do that.
My next free chunk of time is for journaling and creating my titles,
both of which I usually do on the computer. If I am going to use my
QuicKutz or stamps for the title, I save that for step four most of the
time. I sit down in frnt of the computer with my pack of layouts that I
organized in Step 2, and just jam through all of the journaling and
titles at once. It is easier for me to get things done when I stay in
the same mode.
Now I'm ready to put my layouts together! Plus, everything is put
together and portable so if I want to grab my stuff and go to a crop,
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Last updated February 23, 2005.