Thursday, November 15, 2012

My scrapbooking process

My craft desk is a mess!


I try to keep it neat but then I start getting creative and…BOOM! …a mess is born. I actually feel I'm more creative in a mess. It's harder to find stuff but more ideas seem to come out of the clutter than if it were neat and organized.


I have about a million and one projects going on at the moment, I have a few paper mache decorations that are in the process of drying, I have a few altered books I'm working on as gifts, I have some Christmas ornaments in the making, a few scrapbook layouts…the list goes on. Seems like a lot, huh? How many projects do you have going on? I can't be the only one. Don't be shy, I won't judge you.


Today's share is a scrapbook layout. I love scrapbooking but sometimes I get overwhelmed with the photos and the perfect placement, and making sure the colors match, blah, blah, blah. When I print out the pictures first, it takes me a really long time to finish the layout just to get it perfect.  Well, to take the stress out of it. I've started scrapbooking differently. I use templates. I don't like scrapbooking the normal 4x6 size, so I created templates in Photoshop elements, printed and cut them out. It was real simple to do.


I don't always know what size I want to use so I print out an index sheet of my photos by month. When I scrapbook, I write down in a notebook which photos I want to use and start scrapbooking. I don't plan out the page, I just take my templates and start creating. When the layout is done, I write down in my book what sizes I chose for those pictures, resize them in Photoshop elements, then add to an 8.5 x11 or 8x10 document, depending on where I print them,  and get them printed out. (I do this because I don't normally use standard sizes. )


After I get the pictures I remove the template, adhere the photos and add any finishing touches. Simple, not as stressful, I get more done and I don't waste money by printing out any unnecessary  photos.


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