Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Hello everyone! This is Kim here today with a bit of scrapbooking inspiration. It’s that time again… the beginning of another year. I know the beginning of a year makes us think of all sorts of things, but for us as scrap bookers, it often means the beginning of scrap projects! I don’t know if that makes you excited or intimidated or both!! I do know that sometimes the thought of starting a big scrap project can be overwhelming and I get asked a lot by friends how I get “organized” to start a scrapbook. Since these people know me and my obsession with taking pictures, I think what they mean is “How do you take the mountain of photos you have and make that into a scrapbook?” I’m not sure I have a simple answer to that question, and really there are lots of ways people organize their photos and scrapbooks. But I am going to share a few of my thoughts on scrapbooking with you and hopefully you can take some inspiration from these thoughts to help you get started in scrapping 2012 (or whatever project you are working on). So here it is… my “top ten” list of scrapbook advice!
Now for a little more about each of my top ten items.
Consider what the purpose of the scrapbook is: What is it you are trying to capture and want to remember when you look back at your book? For example, the baby books I have done for my children were meant to capture their first year in detail. I wanted to include lots of little stats like what they weighed and when they first rolled over and what their first food was. These books will be given to them when they are older so that hopefully when they have children and enjoy all those milestones, they can look back and see their own. However, when I create my family yearbooks, I don’t include quite as many of those details. Point is, think about what YOU want to show in your book, and let that help you decide what is important to be included.
Set certain times to sort through pictures and pick what will go in your scrapbook: This is one of the most important things I do myself to stay organized through a year of taking pictures. Why? Because our lives are busy and if you don’t set a goal for yourself and be intentional about it, it probably won’t happen. (This is my experience at least!!) For me, I stop at the end of each month and look at all the pictures I’ve taken. I copy all the pictures I want to include in my scrapbook to a certain folder in my computer I’ve set up for this. The folder can be deleted later when the scrapbook is done so you don’t have two copies of the same pictures. But I find it helps me to have the pictures I want to scrap set aside in a certain place.
Keep a running list of layouts/pages you want in your book: Once I have my folder of pictures for the month, I go ahead and organize them so I know what pages they will go on in my scrapbook. Because I am a list person, I keep a list of the pages I still need to work on. One good thing about this is that it helps me make sure there is not a single page layout that will not have another single page layout to print next to it. In grouping my pictures, some things are easy. If there’s a big event like a birthday, I know those all go together in a birthday layout. Some things are harder and take a little more creativity to decide how to group them. This is one of the things I have come to love about Project Scrap 2011. I can take several of the “random” pictures from my month that I love and intentionally include them in my book with a journaling overview of our month. I intend to keep doing this as we start up Project Scrap 2012… coming this Thursday!
Be realistic about how much time you have to scrap: Let’s face it. We love to scrap, but it’s not the most important thing in our lives. So I think it’s important to be real about the amount of time we have. Two things can help you be real about the time you have to scrap. Number one, pick a reasonable number of pictures to scrap. For me, I may take 200 photos each month, but I only have 50-75 that make the cut for my scrapbook! There’s no way I can scrap every photo I take! I say that just as an example. Your number may be different than mine, but make a realistic decision about what you will have time to scrap. Number two, remember that it’s OK to simplify the design of some of your pages. You may not be able to create a masterpiece layout for all your pages in the time you have. I very often do some “collage” style pages with simple design when I am getting behind on my scrapbook. Although I love to spend a lot of time on a layout and think over every detail, I can’t do that in every page of every project. It’s OK to simplify! And I might add that there are great products in the Shoppe that can help you too. Take a look at the piece-a-cake pages and easy-as-pie templates for some great ways to get layouts done more quickly.
Write down things you want to remember as they happen: If you like to include journaling in your scrapbooks, it is helpful to record things as they happen. There are a ton of ways to do this and different ways work for different people. I would just encourage you to be intentional about doing it!
Try not to get behind: Let’s face it. It can be hard not to get behind! When I mentioned that I look at my pictures at the end of each month and figure out which I’m going to scrap and group them by pages, I would love to add, “Then I go ahead and scrap all of the layouts from that month.” Sometimes that may happen. Other times, it just can’t happen! That’s why I like to do what I can to stay organized and keep a list of what I want to work on. But I will say that I do attempt not to get too far behind. It’s always my goal!!
Research book printers and pick one before you start: SP talked about this in her post to close Project Scrap 2011. She had a lot of great advice, so I won’t repeat what she said here. I do agree with her that it is best if possible to know what printer you will use before you begin a project and to follow their bleed and trim guidelines. It will save you time and headache later. One other comment I would add about book printers is that I find it helpful to know what their page limit is. One popular book printer I have used works great when I am doing a shorter book, but will not work for my family yearbooks, which go over their 100-page limit. You may not know how many pages your book will be at the start, but you don’t want to be surprised when you go to print and find there is a page limit.
Don’t forget the simple moments: It’s sometimes the everyday pictures and moments that will mean the most, so make a point to capture those too!
Stick to your style: I admit that I forget this sometimes myself. There is a lot of GREAT inspiration shared on blogs and galleries, especially our Shabby Shoppe gallery. And you should use that to inspire you. But you should not feel that your layouts need to look like everyone else’s. Make them your own! Create layouts that will make you proud because they come from your creativity. And related to this, I would encourage you if you are new to scrapbooking not to become discouraged if you can’t do everything you’d like to from the very beginning. Trust me, if you could see my first digital scrapbook, you would see how simple I started out! But you know what? It still records that year of my family’s life and I am glad I have it. So feel good about what you create!!
And last but not least… Have FUN!! That’s what it’s about, right??
I hope there’s something I’ve shared today that helps as you get started with your next scrap project. I know many of you are getting ready for Project Scrap 2012, which SP will kick off here on the blog this Thursday! It really is a great way to know that you are not alone in scrapping your year. There will be beautiful (FREE!) templates given away each month and lots of inspiration along the way. I can’t wait!!
But before then, stop by tomorrow for another fantastic post by the very talented Beckie. I always look forward to those! Have a great day!!