Are you new to scrapbooking or a seasoned pro? Do you have a plan of which pictures to use or is this something you struggle with? Personally, I’m somewhat in the middle between having a plan and struggling with what to work on.
General Plan – My plan in general is to work chronologically (I’m currently in 2004) through my pictures. I don’t feel pressured to ‘catch up’ mainly because I am enjoying the memories from these sweet years (my boys are 15 & 11 now – not so sweet/cute anymore!) My layouts are generally geared toward albums for my boys. In 2004, my younger son hadn’t come along yet.
Once we get to 2005 – I’ll start duplicating layouts and just flipping the perspective depending on whose album it will go into.
For example, the duplicate for this layout will take the middle picture on the right and swap it with the bigger picture on the bottom left so my younger son is the focus (really the cat is the focus – I’m not kidding anyone!)
Exceptions to the plan – As a CTMH consultant, I work with the current featured paper pack. Sometimes the paper theme doesn’t fit into my picture flow, so I have to decide which pictures to use. In these cases, I start with the paper theme to see what pictures I have.
The No Worries paper packet was a good example of this. My boys haven’t been to any lush tropical locales/beaches and I’ve already created layouts of their first (and only so far beach trip – we’re just more mountain than beach people). So I looked back through my pictures for a trip my husband and I took to Hawaii in 1997.
What do I do if I have themed papers that I don’t have pictures for (or just haven’t taken the time to find pictures for)? I have created the layouts anyway in hopes that one day I’ll figure out which pictures to add to them. Some are in WIP albums and others are in a stack!
I’ve also created a list that I can refer to that identifies the paper, layout titles, and photo sizes needed. This way, as I work through my photo library, I can look at my already created layouts and see what I can work with.
I have other pictures that don’t quite fit into either of the above options. These will require more time/thought or special attention – maybe to find just the right paper or to be in the right mind set. Not sure how I’ll tackle these yet – I think I’ll know when I get there.
Do you have a plan for working your scrapbooking or are you more of an ‘in the moment’ kind of person? I’d love to hear how you set about to play!