Thursday, May 16, 2013

My Scrapbook Process: Batch Scrapbooking

I have greatly enjoyed being on the Get It Scrapped! Design Team this past year. The time has flown. We'll be announcing the 2013-14 team with a blog hop on June 1. Hope you'll stop by!

In the meantime, when I receive my GIS Design Team assignments and need to meet a deadline, I often turn to Batch Scrapbooking. Instead of doing each layout from start to finish, I do a few steps at a time on each one and keep coming back to the pages until they are completed. I like the way this keeps me focused.


First, I print out the assignments on a separate sheet of paper and lay them out on my scrap table. Each one is unique and usually requires a different starting point.


For the first assignment, I select my photos and a few sketches. I know this one will come together quickly, since the design choices are already there.


The next assignment I'm starting with photos, title and journaling, a particular piece of patterned paper, and a shape from the Silhouette store. I need to decide on a design scheme and may have to wrestle to get everything I want on the layout in a cohesive manner.


Here I selected my photos and some masks for misting. I have an idea for this assignment which may or may not work, so I better test it out very soon. And have a Plan B in mind just in case.


For my final assignment, I matted a photo, wrote my journaling, and ripped a bunch of pages out of back issues of Scrapbook Trends. I'll write down ideas I like from each page, keep my list and toss the pages into the trash. This is how I get inspiration without copying someone else's work.


For the next step in the batch scrapping process, I go back and select patterned paper for each assignment. Now I can begin to lay out the photos, select a background and get to work. Notice the masks are missing. Plan B it is. Oh well.

You'll be able to see my finished work in June when these layouts post both here and on the Get It Scrapped! blog. Do you ever take a batch approach to your scrapping? It's a great way to break up the routine!

14 comments:

  1. A fascinating read. I'm not sure I could make this work for my scrapbooking because I really like to concentrate on one page at a time. But I definitely do it for cards and you are right - a different way of working can make it all seem fresh

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  2. What a Great Post Sue!!!... You are so organize... how I wish am like that...I am so random!!! hugs...x

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  3. I like how you have each assignment printed out so you can refer to this info and keep everything together for each project. I do the batch approach with some travel pages and definitely if I'm doing a mini-album to assure there is room for everything. Mostly though I like working one page all the way through.

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  4. I am going to have to try some batch scrapbooking. It could help me to be more productive and keep the layouts coming for posting to my blog. It also lends itself to revisiting pages - which I find helps me with making the design more cohesive. I also suspect having things simmering will reduce the stress of figuring out "what I am going to scrap next"! Yes for those 3 reasons and more, I'm definitely giving this a try. Great post Sue, thanks for sharing.

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  5. I don't do batch processing a lot, however for NSD I had my Mama & a friend coming over to scrap with me. That morning I printed some challenges, pulled photos, papers & embellishments and had them laid out (like you have on your table here) so I could scrap the day away. It worked really well & I know I'll try it again when I have a whole day to scrap - doing the prep first really made the day productive. Enjoyed seeing your process!

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  6. Interesting to see how you respond to a deadline! I love to separate the design from the journaling when I can, although I usually accomplish that by leaving the writing last. The mood to scrap and the mood to write rarely coincide.

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  7. I've thought about doing this, (batch scrapbooking). Shimelle did a video on it once. I think it's a great idea.

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  8. I've never tried this, never even though of it to tell you the truth. I love the idea though as an approach to assignments. I am going to give this a try. Such an interesting post, Sue. Thank you!

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  9. great post sue. I think the first step to being on design teams is being organized. i always combine my DT commitments to one calendar so that i know what is expected each week. I do not "batch" scrap but I do take a day to sit down with the calendar and write my ideas (sometimes there is a specific product we have to work on) and the photos etc. once i have a plan for all of them I can start working but I am very OCD and can only work on one project at a time- LOL!!

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  10. This is so fun to read! I think I'm going to copy your idea on my blog, too :)

    ~ Heather

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  11. I don't thinkI could have several on the go but iLife your idea of printng off the different assignments :)

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  12. I tried it with the Glitter Girl video and then again for NSD when I knew I would have limited time at the crop. I must say it worked really well for me, but I have been doing one page at a time since then.

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  13. I don't hunk I have ever tried batch scrapbooking. But it looks like it works really well for you :)

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