Thursday, July 12, 2012

My Scrapbook Process: The Big Finish

I set up a challenge for myself to scrap the final layouts from our trip to New Mexico. There are already 4 completed pages and a divided page protector in our Places We Go album. I had saved room for 4 more single-page layouts to complete the section. So I formulated this challenge: Staying in the style already established, prepare 4 page backgrounds, select photos, and finish scrapping this trip!
The papers I chose were kraft cardstock and two collections from October Afternoon, Sasparilla and 9 to 5. The first collection has an obvious western theme, while the colors in 9 to 5 would work well with my photos from New Mexico.
Here are the four backgrounds I created, inspired by Shimelle and her Starting Points series. I wasn't going at this completely blind; I knew what photos I would eventually be working with, so I just glanced through them and went to work.
Then I distributed the photos onto the pages where I felt they would work best. I had more than enough pictures, so I was confident I would find the right matches.
The next step was to crop the photos, mount them onto white cardstock and add them to the backgrounds. After this step, I also had a good idea where my title and journaling were going to go on each page.
I was going to add my titles and journaling, then go back once more and add the embellishments. But once I got going, I just wanted to complete each page. So I went with it.






Done! - and happy with the results. For me, working this way is very satisfying because I can establish a flow. Really get into the groove. How about you - does this process have appeal? It didn't to me at first, but now that I've tried it several times, I really like it!

I'll be taking a blog break for a couple weeks, but I have some new layouts scheduled for the end of the month. See you then!

27 comments:

  1. I love how the layouts came together. Love the color and paper choices and the design of each layout. Wish I could work that way. I have to think 1 layout on their own otherwise I get confused with how I wanna work on them. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Wonderful pages - the perfect colors for your photos. I used to do vacations this way planning all the pages together. Now I like doing each event on its own with maybe a few things in common from page to page. Part of the joy of this hobby is the ability to try different materials, techniques and processes. It never gets stale.

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  3. So fun to see how these all came together! I should try this with our vacation photos too. Lord knows I have tons of them. LOL!

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  4. Thanks for sharing. I love seeing the process of your pages. Great pages

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  5. These are so fun! So cool to see your process and how they came together. I love the papers you used. I have been playing with this kind of thing too - working in a flow, putting the background together and then finding the photos. I have found that I pretty much love the process no matter how I start! :)

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  6. That is an interesting way to do a series of pages. I think I would like to try it (FUN!), they turned out great!

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  7. Nicely done Sue. I like the way you set your parameters and then pull together such great pages that look like they've taken much longer. Enjoy your break, we'll see you in a couple of weeks.

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  8. Great pages! I love this idea and may have to try it for my vacation pictures.

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  9. These turned out amazing, Sue!! Great process to knock out pages fast and they all look totally fabulous!! Love the great colors, along with some of the kraft papers!!

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  10. Wonderful pages, Sue!
    All fabulous and all done!!
    Enjoy your blog break :)

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  11. Great process, and your layouts turned out beautifully.

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  12. Great process! All your pages turned out wonderfully!

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  13. Love the process and love the outcome! Your layouts are fabulous!!

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  14. very fun look into your process! The layouts turned out so great!

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  15. I really like what you have done here...the layouts are just great and the process to create them was fun to watch.

    I guess it is like what I do when i create a 2 page spread so i will just multiply it by whatever number of pages I need.

    Yep, I am going to employ this method!

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  16. Wow! You're so productive with your time. I love your process and your gorgeous layouts.

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  17. Oh my goodness Sue, these layouts are amazing. The Oct. Afternoon collection was perfect for your photos! Love to see your process!

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  18. Great choice of papers Sue..TFS your process
    Alison xx

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  19. Those colours are just so perfect! Great finished layouts too.

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  20. Beautiful pages Sue ... I love them all... you rock!!! hugs...xoxo

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  21. Enjoy your break.

    When were y'all in New Mexico? We are heading there at the end of the month for a little get-away for my birthday.

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  22. Wonderful pages! Great designs and awesome mix of patterns!

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  23. I hope you are enjoying a good break!

    yes, I think this way of working does appeal- it's a nice way of relaxing into cutting up paper. And that's something I love to do. Your lovely results certainly make for a persuasive post

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  24. These are fantastic! Wow, 4 layouts at once... but you make it sound so simple. Thanks for sharing your process.

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  25. wonderful lo's!!!!! love how you tackled them all.
    and I love your banner photo. so cool. =)

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