Well its my turn to start a bit of a discussion here on the blog. The SAG team love discussions and we love hearing from all of you, so make sure you join in!
So what I want to chat about is "How do you organise your layouts?". By this I mean chronologically, what sort of albums you have, layout sizes etc. Now before I fill you in on what I do, let me say there is absolutely no right or wrong way. It is whatever works for you.
So now for a bit about what I do. Firstly, I use American Crafts D Ring albums. I love these albums and I love that it is easy to take layouts in and out and rearrange them if needed. All my layouts go in the albums, I don't have albums for each child or anything like that. It all just goes in these albums and I figure the kids can fight over them when I'm gone! I did consider having an album for each child, but for me that would have been way too daunting and off putting to scrap one event 3 times to cover each child. So I went for this option and I'm happy with it. Sure I want the stories to be there for my kids, but its also for me and I have to do what works for me at the moment. The one thing I do have is a seperate album for more personal layouts. This album is not in the bookcase, its in my office. Its not really one that I show people. Generally its the layouts about myself or my husband and I.
I do not scrap chronologically. I started scrapping about 6 years ago when my youngest child was 1 and my eldest two were 3. There was so much of their lives that I hadn't scrapped and I wanted to start from the beginning so they would have everything in albums. But there was so much and I knew I would never be caught up so to speak. So I decided that scrapping for me is about recording the story. So I got over my fear of not being caught up and focused on telling the stories or using photos that inspired me at the time. So when I sit down to do a layout I might use a photo from yesterday or a photo from two years ago or a photo from 8 years ago. It doesn't matter to me, as long as there is a story. I will never get everything done and I am ok with that.
So I know many of you will be horrified, but I also do not store the layouts in my albums chronologically. They just go in the order that I do them. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, because I don't scrap in order, it would be too hard to keep them in order in the albums because I'd be forever moving the layouts around to make them stay in order. The other reason is that my family (inc. extended family) really like looking at the layouts I do. So it makes it easier for me to just pull out the most recent album. This way they always see the new layouts I have done and they don't have to flick through lots of layouts to find the new ones.
Lastly, layout size. I know we have touched on this on the blog before, but I thought I'd cover it again as its relevant to this topic. I use 12x12 inch albums, but I scrap in both 12x12 and 8.5x11 sizes. I love the versatility of this. I did start off as only doing 12x12, but after awhile I realised that I like both sizes. So when I saw that Ali Edwards (and Nicole!) put all different sizes in her albums, thats what I did and I love it. It really doesn't worry me that its a bit all over the place, I like it like that, it has more of a hand made feel about it!
Well that covers what I do, now I really want to hear about what all of you do. This subject really interests me. I'm always open to new ideas, so let me know what you do.
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