Time is short, life is busy, and we all have too many things we should/would/could do if we had the time! Scrapping for me has been one of those things I used to do lots and in the last year or so time’s become even more precious than before so it gets pushed to the back and neglected. So in an effort to get a shot of mojo and make my scrapping time more efficient I’ve come up with a simple exercise to to get back into scrapping and to simplify the process so I can make the most of the time I have. (note: these ideas are the results of my collecting and reading too many mags, idea books, and blogs and distilling down into my own little simple theory)
So first I found a few pages that I’ve made and just really love and came up with a list of questions to think about, if you are ambitous you could write these out but you get the idea…
Look at the page (s) and see:
a) what I like, b) what’s missing, and c) final verdict.
#1 Two of my first pages I made after having my babies. (2006)
-what I like: very clean, simple, no doubt the focus is on the photo, love the contrast of my hubby’s hand with these little faces. Love that I have these photos, love the little ache I get in my chest when I see these.
-missing: journaling? None, not even a date it was made. I think it needs at least the date don’t you? But then I look at these pics and there’s so much to say that can’t hardly be written in the space provided.
-verdict: might not be the best but I still love these pages, and wouldn’t change anything but adding a small date. Keep this technique in my tool box for those photos I want to highlight but maybe add a pocket behind the photo or mat where journaling can be tucked in.
#2 Square collage (2006)
-what I like: all the squares, all the little photos, all the cute patterns, sanded edges, handwritten journaling
-missing: journaling is a bit random which is fun but each of the photos is part of a bigger story, have I told it? The title was a oops and I just made and went with.0
-verdict: more squares, like using lots of patterns in small bits and photos. I like this LO but I think a few of those photos need separate pages to tell their story
#3 Motherhood so far (2006)
-what I like: the photos of course! clean and simple (after cathy z) typed journaling
-missing: nothing? the typed journaling (after ready cathy z’s book)
-verdict: like the focus on the photos, and that somehow while being in the trenches of taking care of 2 babies I had a moment of clarity where I documented how they would wake up each morning.
Final Verdict: (again it’s been said lots of others in a variety of ways but here’s my take)
-Love focusing on a photo for the sake of the photo
-Two kids, usually two sets of photos, perfectly okay to do the same for the boy and the girl–geeky but there it is
-Every photo has a story, tucking journaling in pockets is a way I like to use when I want to focus on the photo
-Journaling is important, I don’t have patience/time to mess w/typed so I’ll just write it out
-Love the squares, going to do them even when they’re way un-cool!
-Try to capture those special little nuggets of our life, but not stress that I might miss something! And like my dad the original smart alec likes to say “your kids have to be the most photographed kids in the world it’s not like you’re missing out on anything”. And I have to say he’s right, I’m not missing anything. But I’m sure my kids aren’t the most photographed kids in the world. Just look at Brad and Angelina’s family!
In conclusion (just like high school debate) if you are trying to get scrapping or just make the most of what you’ve got I’d encourage you to try this exercise.
-coming next time, pages recently made loosely following these ideas! exciting!!!
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