Like many folks, I love to scrapbook. Alas, it’s a hobby that I’m not always able to dedicate a lot of time to. However, I was able to finish a ton of scrapbooking at the Hayley scrapbook studio in Tyler, Texas, last week. I think that, altogether, the finished product was around 20 pages.
- I keep a running list of topics/themes that I want to scrapbook. My list right now reads: Monthly scrapbook pages January-June 2008, Places in England, Christmas 2007, Ireland, Kitties Theme album, Vacation 2008
- I work on one topic/theme at a time
- I maintain a tear file of sample page layouts, color themes and other ideas that I have pulled off the internet and out of my favorite magazines. These become a reference for future page layouts that I will put together.
- I have a box which holds all of my “mementos,” organized by the above listed themes. Mementos include ticket stubs, information brochures, confetti, give-aways, etc.
- I do not print digital photos until I am ready to scrapbook a particular topic/theme. I also do not purchase specific background paper until I am ready to scrapbook a particular topic/theme. (I do, however, keep a stock of rather generic background paper.)
- I only print a select number of photos to scrapbook – the “highest and best” images, if you will, for that particular topic/theme. I’ve found that digital cameras allow us to capture so many things that if I tried to scrapbook them all, I’d never get done.
- Once I start a topic/theme, I try to break it into sub-sections that allow for 1-2 hour worksessions that will give me a finished product. For example, I just scrapbooked our 2005 vacation to Scotland while in Tyler. The sub-sections were: Scotland Overview; Alloway, Scotland; The British Open; Glencoe and Grey Mare’s Tail; Iona; Places We Stayed and Things We Did; Loch Ness
- I cross things off my list as soon as I finish them. Talk about a feeling of accomplishment!