Ah yes, here we are. It is late at night and I gather some of the layouts waiting for their home. Kiddos are sleeping. Hubby is at work. Just me, my layouts and my post-it notes...
Oh yes, and some brand new page protectors!
I have all of my working albums waiting patiently on the sidelines. In the mix: A baby album, 1 album for each child, a family album and an album just for me. I have seen it discussed on various threads that scrappers tend to have a favorite color and do all or most of their albums the same. I like this idea, however I love all the choices and colors available too much to settle on just one, so I mix it up!
Aren't they so pretty?Alrighty - lets get to it! And, oh goodness, I quickly learn some of the reasons NOT to wait too long before getting those layouts protected - letter loss! Luckily, I find another "p."
Also, I learn that fringe puts up a good fight when going into it's protector.
I am making progress, all the layouts are down. Look at those clips, just waiting to be filled back up!
As I find a home for each layout, I begin taking notes and considering the continuity. I don't scrap chronologically, but obviously pages are filed that way. Shimelle addresses this in her video. In some ways this is great because I won't end up with 5 pages in a row that are using the same products and techniques. On the other hand, when pages were created at very different times, there is a chance of loosing the continuity. I do like that it shows my progression of style. After all, isn't that one of the joys of creating? In the photo below you can see this example plain as day! But, I am going with it as I enjoy seeing how my style has developed.Here is another example of that. But, its interesting to me that the colors seem to hold the continuity even though the style clearly doesn't. Works for me!
Oh, and how about this? One of my favorite pages on the left right next to a ridiculously themed page where I clearly lost all sense of sanity in the sticker isle! But, you know what? I made them both and it reminds me of what makes me smile and what I might not want to revisit. So, on that note - let's move on...
Well, now we have a gap - as in 1 less layout than needed. So, I quickly make a note that I need another page for this daughter's book around this time period. This one is first on my list - see how the backside showing is upside down? LOL!
I love the look of a fuller album - just look at all the memories packed in there! Happiness.
And here is yet another example of the completely different styles side by side. But , the colors hold the continuity and its working for me!
And yet again...
Alright, kiddos are done. Let's move on to the family album. I use this one for anything that has multiple kiddos featured, or anything that is of hubby.
Cover page settled in...
Now, here is a spread that really makes me smile! Two pages that I love and that feel very much my style. Right next to each other. Hooray for that kind of continuity. I will strive for more of that!
See the layout below on the right? That was during a stash-busting spree where I took tons of old outdated papers and altered them with paint. I don't love it and it is not really a style I repeat. I seriously considered redoing this page. But, it is part of my creative journey...so, it shall stay! And, I am thinking the white backgrounds on both holds the continuity just fine. Onward we go...
Here's an interesting spread. I really like both of these layouts. However, the one on the right is totally not "me." I did that LO during a period of trying lots of different techniques in order to find my style and groove. The one on the left has to be a favorite. Interesting, the continuity holds through the pink and the circular elements. Hoorah!
And lastly, my album. I started this album to house random things. Things that only have to do with me, or from before hubby and I were married, or just fun things I want to try. Keeping that in mind as we go, I am expecting this one to lack the most in terms of the continuity factor.
Pretty cover page :)
And, look here - I better get my post-its ready, this spread needs some help. I love the idea of different sizes in an album, but this is a bit jarring. We are getting glimpses of 3 totally different styles and layouts. Let's make a note of perhaps a 6x12 transition page here.
Once that is turned, things match. Perhaps too much. That is the same collection. Time to make another note that I need 2 more 12x12 layouts here to add another page to turn.
Now here is the same sort of situation, but I like this spread:
However, once the 8 1/2 x 11 is flipped, the drastic change in color seems a bit jarring. Noted: need another 6x12 transition page.
And with that last notation, I am finished! My notes are made and I am ready to start filling in the gaps. It feels good. I enjoyed thumbing through all of my little creations. I smile knowing they are filed, protected, and ready for viewing. I love seeing the process of finding my style throughout my pages. And, I love knowing there will always be more - more stories, more creating, and more organizing.
How do you organize your albums? What do you love most about looking through your pages? I would love to hear from you!