I held my own private speed scrap last night.
So you know how all of a sudden you’ll be in the middle of a big scrapbook project and you reach this point where you’ve scrapped a lot of pages but – YIKES – you still have sooooo many more photos to scrap? Yep, I hit that point the other day with my Alaska album.
I have scrapped at least 40 pages altogether of my most favorite photos and moments – many of the pages took me quite some time to do and some took me less than 15 minutes. Yet, I still have so many un-scrapped photos. I haven’t even gotten to the cities of Vancouver and Seattle where we spent a lot of time and where I have great memories that I want to document.
In addition, this summer has been very busy for my family with quite a few milestone events that I want to scrap and even more travel including a big trip to Hawaii yet to come. I quickly realized that my goal was going to be to get this album fully completed before my trip to Hawaii.
So, I challenged myself to gather up all the photos of the ports-of-call & scrap one double page layout of each port in Alaska and call that part of the album – done. I figured I could knock those out very quickly by using some great double page templates & some strategic scrapping & setting limits for myself.
Here was my strategy:
1. No dilly-dallying with the photo editing.
- The photos were already good – I only permitted myself to auto correct the tone, color, clarity & sharpness. I spot checked a few photos and used batch editing in Lightroom which is a wonderful way to edit.
- By editing just a few and then syncing the rest with similar exposure my editing of over 150-200 photos was completed in less than 30 minutes.
2. Limit of ONE layout per port-of-call.
- Choosing only the very best & most favorite photos. I did have to cull out some good photos but by setting myself a limit I was able to tell the story of each port and not get overwhelmed. There are only so many pages that can fit in my albums after all!
3. Most importantly – use TEMPLATES!
- I chose Cindy Schneider’s Double It Up templates because I can get a lot of photos scrapped and I have found that I can manipulate the photos holders easily when I need one bigger or smaller space etc. This was not the time for artsy templates with 1 or 2 tiny little photos! 😉
- I also eliminated many of the embellishment spots that come on the template then added just the few that I needed. The more embellishments the more time consuming.
- If I found myself hitting that un-do button too often I continually coached myself to move on as I worked. My mantra was the phrase “progress not perfection“! I reminded myself of the agreed upon rules in my head: no complicated layering or clustering, no lengthy journaling as I already have journaled a lot on other pages, no blending or cutting and pasting and follow the template as much as possible!
4. Work with photos before adding papers and embellishments.
- To gain a feeling of accomplishment I often will choose the templates after I see what shapes of photos I have.
- I then lay all the photos out first in the templates all at once without filling in with papers and such. Once I have all the photos in place (in this case on all 6 pages) and exactly where I want them I then go back and fill them in with my digital content.
- This way because I am working so thematically I can remember to use the same or similar colors and trends so that the pages have some continuity. I knew these pages would be very bold so I wanted to be sure they all went together somewhat.
5. Use a limited number of digital kits.
- I stuck with the main kit that I have used throughout the album which is “Traveler” by Creative Memories but for continuity I also wove in some of Mari Koegelenberg’s “Anchors Away” that I had also used for the sea lions layout.
- I also chose some papers & embellishments from Jennifer Fehr of Simple Pleasure designs. She has the most amazing vintage elements and papers that I knew would look great & help to evoke some of that 1800’s Alaskan fishing & mining history vibe to my pages.
- Limiting my product saved me a TON of time.
As I build my album these pages can then be dividers for sections in my album with the port-of-call layout being more in the front of the album or I can place all the port-of-call layouts together in one section , adding Seattle & Vancouver when I complete those.
My next private speed scrap will be to gather all the special photos taken by the ship’s pro photogs of my husband & I from this cruise and scrap those much in the same way as I have done here – yet…a little differently. But that’s for another post! I expect to make a significant gain in project completion all within 2 weeks. So again…shortcuts pay off and not every page needs to be an artistic masterpiece! 😉
What Disney memories do you hold dear to your heart that deserve a speed scrap? Just do it!
Thanks for reading and I hope you gain some inspiration from my layouts. Please leave any comments or questions you might have for me as well.
Check out more of Sharon’s adventures in Alaska on our Trip Reports Page
Scrapbook Page Credits:
- templates by Cindy Schneider – Double It Up series
- Anchors Away by Mari Koegelenberg (papers, ribbons, flowers, nautical elements)
- Simple Pleasure designs by Jennifer Fehr (antique buttons, wood press alphas, papers, flowers)
- Traveler kit by Creative Memories digital