Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Hi everyone :o) SP here…and I am SUPER DUPER excited to launch PROJECT SCRAP (twenty eleven)!!!! YAY! I posted about it last week…if you missed that one – you can SEE IT HERE!
WHAT IS project scrap?
It is what I call an attainable goal, lol :o) I have often wanted to join in the various projects that challenge you to take a photo a day or scrap a layout a day (oh my! lol)…or even a layout a week – what a great concept, huh? Unfortunately, with my schedule (and many others, too…I would suspect) – that is just a little too ambitious for me and I know I would be setting myself up for failure (something I try to avoid, lol)! What has always appealed to me the MOST about these kinds of challenges…is the MOTIVATION that comes along with doing something as a group and by way of established guidelines and criteria! These are the elements I need in order to follow through :o) The ‘accountability’ of being part of a group is very inspiring to me! So, I decided to come up with my own ‘project’…but one that I consider practical and realistic in terms of the numbers, lol! As a result, PROJECT SCRAP was born :o) Now, I just hope that you girls will JOIN IN THE FUN and together, we will SCRAP 2011!
So, here are the basics…
As you can see…this is not an overwhelming project – it is one of those goals or resolutions that you can actually achieve, lol! In a nutshell…you take TWO PHOTOS PER WEEK. These two photos can be of or about ANYTHING you want! Remember, this is YOUR book/album…so there are no ‘themes’ to follow, etc. Just try to think BIG PICTURE and what you would want to remember in a couple of years, five years, twenty years. That will be different for each of us. I’m sure that MY album will be full of little everyday moments as well as events, holidays and milestones (or at least that is my hope and plan). Yours might be themed as a BABY ALBUM…a HEALTH album…a SCHOOL YEAR album…a PHOTOGRAPHY album and so on (you get the point)! You might even want to do one album per child, etc. This project can and will be whatever YOU make it!
So, once you have decided on a ‘theme’ or direction for your album…you will want to be sure and take your TWO PHOTOS PER WEEK (yes, I plan to ‘say’ that over and over again as it is the basis for everything else, lol)! Then, we get to the SCRAPPING portion of the project! At the end of EACH MONTH, you will create TWO scrapbook pages! Best of all…we make this part super easy for you, by providing you with simple templates! I’ll be honest…this portion of the project kinda follows my own scrapbooking style, lol…hey, what did you expect…it’s the only style I know? LOL! As many of you already know…’my’ style of scrapbooking is TWO PAGE LAYOUTS! However…I am not talking about matchy-matchy pages. As I have mentioned before…when I take pictures – I take LOTS AND LOTS of them…and often have a difficult time choosing just one or two for a page. So…I scrap ONE page with lots of photos along with some journaling, etc…this is generally what I refer to as my ‘fun’ page! Then…the opposite page (could be left or right side, doesn’t matter, unless the layouts lend themselves better to one side or the other) almost ALWAYS features just one LARGE photo from the same day/event/memory/photo session/etc. I do this for several reasons. For the most part, my albums really are like my ‘photo albums’, too. I do not often print out individual photos (unless I am gifting them or inserting in a frame, etc.)…so I like to have a nice and BIG photo from each group of photos…something that shows all of the details! My ‘fun’ page often features lots of photos…and all kinda small…so for me, it is important to incorporate this large PHOTO as well :o) Also…I figure if I am going to pay for the page/album – I might as well get my money’s worth and have some portrait size photos in there, lolol! I don’t think you will regret working with this ‘style’ :o)
Alright…let me stay on track (at least a little!). The END GOAL is to have a BEAUTIFUL and ready-to-print album at the end of 2011. At that point, you will have at least TWENTY FOUR completed pages along with a cover (I’ll share this toward the end of the year) - all ready to go! HOW GREAT IS THAT?! By creating this album gradually…you take all of the stress out of it…and you do not miss any of those important moments throughout the year! Of course, you can add MORE pages if you like. You might even wish to create special layouts/spreads for birthdays, sporting events, holidays, etc. I will probably do that myself :o)
Best of all…you are up-to-date. Well…if you are like me – you are already WAY BEHIND in your scrapping (I still haven’t finished our son’s baby book, lol). I know that feeling, trust me…you feel like you will never catch up…or even worse – that you are FORGETTING all of the important ‘stuff’! I’m with ya! So…let’s start catching up together! Or should I say, let’s STOP GETTING BEHIND together, lol! I love knowing that at the end of this year…I will be ready to print an album with all of our best moments of 2011 – that is a refreshing feeling to me!
So…a few words about the templates! Since we are taking TWO PHOTOS PER WEEK…of course, one of the templates will ALWAYS have spots for EIGHT photos! Then, the other template will always have ONE LARGE PHOTO SPOT…to feature a special photo for the month. This can be one of your eight photos (just larger)…or you can choose a ninth picture to highlight here! Both pages will have places for journaling and a title, etc. Please keep in mind that these templates are just a starting point for your creativity…you can make them your own by adding more or taking away. A NOTE: for this project, I plan to keep the templates somewhat simple. After announcing this project last week…I have had quite a few emails asking me to have the templates simple and PHOTOS only (no embellishments/papers/etc.). And, I LOVE that idea (truly, and many of my albums are just that, photos on a white background)…but I also know that many of my scrapping friends will prefer to have ‘scrappy’ style pages. So, I am hoping to compromise and bring the two styles (clean/simple and scrappy/shabby) together! Again, you can delete some of the layers to have a super simple style…or, you can add embellishment clusters and anything else you can think of!
I’ll share the templates at the end of each month and we would LOVE to see your ‘spreads’ in the Shoppe’s Gallery! In the next few days, I will be setting up a special gallery just for this project…so please be sure to post there, so we can all be inspired by everyone’s ‘take’ on the templates! Then, at the end of the year (or early next year) – I would LOOOOOOOOOVE to see photos of everyone’s printed albums! How fun will that be?!
THE MAIN THING TO REMEMBER…BE SURE AND SCRAP YOUR PHOTOS MONTHLY…do not put the scrapping portion off until the end of the year…that is the point of this project, lol! SCRAP NOW and gradually throughout the year, so that you do not have to do a BUNCH of work at once to pull it together :o)
A few words about PRINTING (a very few, lol)! I know that lots of you have been curious about this particular aspect of the project…and trust me – I understand completely…printing is a big deal and can be complicated and pricey! I just wanted to let you know that as we get closer to the end of the year – I will DEFINITELY be sharing some printing tips and suggestions. This will include various labs and album companies, etc. I think it is a little premature for me to go into all of that just yet…as prices, offerings, sizes and companies are bound to change throughout the year. So, when we get closer to the end of the project…I will be sure to do a special post just on the process of printing and creating an album! IF you have never had any pages printed…or if you have never had an ALBUM printed…you are in for a treat! There is nothing like seeing your work all nicely bound up in a book (trust me, lol)! And, best of all – your children feel like STARS when they see themselves in a ‘library book’ lol! It’s so wonderful :o) Of course, you also have the option of just printing your layouts individually and inserting them into a traditional album! We’ll get to all of that, promise…but didn’t want to address it all just yet! For now, let’s focus on having fun taking pics and scrapping!
How about some templates? LOL! Obviously, there are no examples for you at this time, as the month is not over and we are all still taking photos :o) But, I wanted to go ahead and show and share these with you NOW…so that you have some idea of where your photos are going! In future months, the templates will not be shared until the very end of the month :o) I love these…they were a collaborative effort by myself and Kylie and I can’t wait to scrap with them! Just click on the preview below to download the templates (in layered PSD and TIFF formats)…or simply CLICK HERE!
PLEASE NOTE: if you participated in project SCRAP 2011 right here at the Shabby Shoppe’s BLOG…you do not need to purchase this product. Be sure to check your hard drive before purchasing :o)
Alright…I think I have covered everything! Of course, throughout the year, I will be sharing more ideas and suggestions to help you make your 2011 album the best it can be (not that you need my advice, lol)! In the meantime, keep taking pics and having fun with it! Speaking of which, we are having our BIG family Christmas this weekend (yes, I know…a little late, but that’s just how everyone’s schedules worked out lol) – so I plan to take lots of photos for my album :o)
We’ll be back tomorrow as Kylie shares a favorite recipe with everyone :o) xoxo –SP
P.S. Please leave a COMMENT if you plan to join in the fun with us – I would love to have a little ‘roster’ going :o) THANKS!