Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Process...

No one asked, but I thought I would share anyway. I hear so many times how people don't scrapbook because they don't even know how or where to get started. It can seem overwhelming (even to me) when you are staring at piles and piles of pictures! I admit it, since I went digital I don't print off my pictures very often. I also am one of those people who still print almost every picture I take. Now I don't scrap all those photos, but I like to have the hard copy of all the ones I have taken. I probably print my pictures about 4 times a year, maybe only 3. As you can see that leaves me with LOTS of photos at one time to be sorted. I thought I would walk you through my process. About a month ago I had 260 pictures printed and delivered to my door. Needless to say, it has taken me this long to actually sort them and figure out which ones I want to scrap. I do mine chronologically and by event. The next step for me is to put them into piles according those events. I usually do this while I am watching TV. I find it a great task to do while DH is actually watching sports. That way I can pretend I'm interested in what he is watching and also be productive at the same time. hehehe! Once I have all my piles, I then go ahead and pick up a pile (event) and then narrow down this pile into which pictures I want to actually scrap. So for this example, I picked up the pile of pictures I took while we were trimming our Christmas Tree last year. I think there were something like 12 photos total (picture here to your right). As I went through all 12 pictures, I was thinking about what my layout would look like. I knew I wanted to keep this even to a single page spread, so I know that 3 or 4 pictures are all I can fit on the page. I also pick the pictures that will best help tell the story of the event. After all, that is why I scrapbook-to tell the story of my family. To finish the sorting, I went from 12 pictures down to these 5. Now when I actually go to scrap this page, I still may not use all 5 pictures, but I know these are the best ones for the job. I put these 5 pictures into my memory keeper box (mine is from Creative Memories, but you can use any box with dividers to hold you pictures until you are ready to scrap them) and then move onto my next pile. I do this until all my piles are gone. I put the pictures I am not scrapping back into the photo envelope (the one they came in). I need to figure out a good way to store all of those pictures, but for now they sit in the envelopes. Check back tomorrow and see the end result of this page! Since I am doing the Got Sketch ?102 class, I already know how these pictures will go on the page. I hope this motivates some of you to pull out those stacks of photos, sort through them and at least figure out which ones you want to scrap. To me, this is the hard part-a long tedious task that I don't enjoy. I get this out of the way so I can get to the fun part-the creative process of putting it all on a scrapbook page!


  1. Thanks for sharing, it was very helpful! I guess I need to start with PRINTING MY PICTURES, lol!

  2. Very cool! I don't have a process, it's very random, so thanks for sharing these great tips! I really love your scrapbooking!


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