Hi and welcome back for my last day of hosting!
I scrapbook chronologically and have always done so. I have thought of doing separate albums for family members, events etc. but it just doesn't feel right for me. My scrapbooks are just like our lives: this and that mixed all together. I guess it can seem odd that I have a page about when I saw my friend Linda for the last time before she passed away and a layout about our pets right next to eachother, but that is how our lives look, highs and lows and inbetweens all mixed.
I also sometimes scrap different sizes of layouts and keep them all mixed together in the same albums. Although I tend to mostly scrap 8,5x11" (actually it is A4 but it is close in size) both vertical and horizontal, I like to add a 6x12” page here and there.
I also do minibooks from time to time. This summer for example I did a summer mini and I love how used it looks and feels now that I am done with it.
My minibooks tend to have themes like summer, December daily or birthdays. I have recently started a happy fall mini!
As I said on Monday, I am intrigued by seeing other peoples creative process and just because of that I am going to invite you to see how I go about to start a project.
First I almost always start with a photo/story. Not that I have a photo for every memory I want to keep, but I do tend to have my camera with me most times :) Then I pick out my background paper which is either black, white or kraft.
After that I dig into my stash of embellishments. I pick out an assortment of things that I think will be used and just put them together with my photo + background paper.
My next step, if I do my journaling on my computer is to write and print that. If I do my journaling by hand I do that when I have added (adhered) the photo and embellishments.
My problem arises when I have almost finished a layout. When I sit there and think, what else should I add? You know when you can just see that it is not all finished?? I usually end up adding some flowers, diecuts, ink or sewing. Nowadays I can actually leave a layout sitting on my table overnight. By morning I usually see what still needs to be added. I used to have a hard time walking away from an unfinished project before, but it seems that has changed.
I get my scrapbooking inspiration from different things and areas of life. Mostly though, I thrive on seeing other people's pages. Nowadays I keep my favourite layouts in my paper pinterest folder. Now and then I copy the images from there onto a Powerpoint presentation and print it as audience copies, it is super easy and leaves me with a wide collection of page inspiration that I then can keep with me when I sit down to scrap.
Thank you so much for this week and please let me know if you have any questions!
☺ Lisa O