Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Scrapbooking, 2016 Style

I recently listened to a podcast that made me stop and think about the kind of scrapbooker I am right now, a whopping seventeen years since I first started scrapping. If you don't listen already, I highly recommend the Scrap Gals Podcast in general, and more specifically Episode 133: The New Rules of Scrapbooking, featuring guest Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer has a great new book of the same name available on Amazon. Her main goal is to help scrapbookers understand that you can make this wonderful hobby anything you want it to be. In fact, one of her 5 "rules" is Personalize Your Process. I have definitely overhauled my process, especially in the last year or so. 

In my current season of life, there are three main forces at work when I scrap:
1. an album process highly influenced by Stacy Julian and Shimelle
2. a commitment to photos and story influenced by Debbie Hodge
3. less time to scrap

In order to maximize my time, I've been tailoring the hobby to my situation, which basically translates as doing my own thing. After years of scrapping, learning about design, taking classes, and serving on design teams, I'm not trying to re-invent the wheel with each page. I've settled into a groove that I like and I'm going with it. Blogging and social media have taken a back seat, but rest assured I am still enjoying this hobby very much.

What I would like to share is my very own personal Batch Process for going from photo to layout to album. In this post I will outline the steps, and in future posts I plan to go through each step in more detail, with photos. Here is the big picture:
Step #1: select a seasonal storage binder from my shelf 
Step #2: organize photos from that binder into layouts; include rough journaling 
Step #3: assign each layout to an album; keep track using a Pages document on my iMac  
Step #4: select a sketch or idea from Pinterest for each layout 
Step #5: place the photos, journaling and sketch into a page protector in the appropriate album 
Step #6: now I'm ready to batch scrap...choose a kit and go for it!

I rarely post without at least one photo, so here's a big reason I am scrapping less these days...can you blame me?


  1. What a lovely family! Happy to see one of your posts.

  2. Great reasons to slow down! Miss your videos but I'm happy to see you're still around!

  3. What a treat to see your post pop up this morning. I am not quite to where you are in your scrapbooking journey, but after a very long conversation by phone with my sister-law/best scrapping pal on this very subject yesterday, I think she and I are coming to that same place. It is fun to have lots of experiences that evolve how we scrapbook, but now we are to the place where we know what works for us and we want to power through lots of photo stories. I will be watching for more details on each of your steps. And I am betting you'll be sharing more layouts featuring those adorable grandkiddos too. Can't wait.

  4. So happy to see your post! I love, love, love Scrap Gals and like you really enjoyed the new rules episode. Still a relatively new scrapbooker so I'm still figuring things out. But the podcast really did was the guilt I feel sometimes of not being prolific enough to get all the stories running through my head translated into pages in the album. I'm looking forward to seeing more of you process as it has always seemed like my intuitive style is so much like yours. And congrats on the growing family! They are beautiful!

  5. So FUN to see this post and your beautiful family! Of course, that's a great reason to be scrapping less - making memories with those grandbabies!

  6. Thanks for your post and all the good information in it!! Lovely photo of your family!

  7. I'm going through podcast withdrawal so I'm looking forward to hearing this.

  8. Wow! This is an interesting post. The rules you have described are essay to perosnlize the process. The Family photogrpah is awsome. Thank you for sharing this post.


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