At this point we're around 2007 ish.
Now, I don't know when it was, but I know I went on a scrapping hiatus for about a year at some point.
I was frustrated with having to keep up all the time.
I was completely overwhelmed with the photo developing part! I was getting them done for mini albums, the holiday album, chrono albums - gosh, I remember how confusing it was.
I'd come home with so many photos for so many things and in so many sizes. All that organising took so much effort...too much and I flicked it eventually.
I know I stopped making mini albums in 2009. It might've been halfway through 2008.
I didn't do it on purpose, it just happened.
I think they had just run their course with me pretty much.
I wanted to simplify things and just concentrate on our everyday photos. They were where my heart was.
I wasn't happy with my process though - there was definitely no output.
I see myself as a lifelong scrapbooker.
A lifelong photo and story organiser.
I am a scrapbooker, yes.
I am a lifelong scrapbooker more like it.
So, no output for a year.
I hoped an answer would come, so I just left it.
One day (and I've blogged about this before), I saw an open album using divided page protectors in a photo that Ali Edwards put on her blog and all of a sudden the penny dropped.
"I need my stuff out where I can see it."
You can read the story here...
After that - it all started happening.
I was getting so much done and I was standing up - amazing.
Before the penny dropped, in an effort to change things up and find a solution, I bought Project Life by Becky Higgins.
It was going to be my introduction to scrapping using a pre-made kit, divided page protectors and a three ring binder (something I'd always avoided)....and hopefully the solution I needed.
(Project Life started out as a photo-a-day project, but it's evolved into more than that. It's a whole system that you can buy and use however you want. My intention was to just use it with my photos as I took them and got them developed).
While I waited for Project Life to arrive...
I kept scrapping the old way to use up the albums I already had...
(Yep, that's an 8 1/2 x 11" page protector in a 12 x 12 album. Ah la Ali Edwards too. She mixes all the different sizes.)
...which led me to my new way.
My old way of scrapping?
- Post bound albums
- Photos developed in lots of sizes
- Full sized page protectors
- White backgrounds (the ones that came in the album)
- Some colour with patterned paper and bits
- Fairly flat - no buttons or whatnots.
- Chronological order
- I sat and scrapped at the dining table (or other location)
- I scrapped in bunches a lot more - 2 or 3 times a year for days or weeks at a time
- I did mini albums, chrono scrapping, other 12 x12 albums, gift albums etc etc all at the same time and got very confused!
My new way of scrapping?
- Three ring binders (we'll be friends for life)
- Photos developed in 4 x 6
- Photos chopped from 4 x 6 if I want them smaller
- Some larger photos, but not many.
- Divided page protectors - all sizes, all brands including Project Life
- Colour with patterned paper and bits
- Fairly flat - no buttons really
- Chronological order
- Standing up at my cabinet in the living room (I'm now one of those ladies who scraps in what they call shared spaces).
- I scrap more often.
- I do just my chrono photos now. I don't do any other mini albums, 12 x 12 ones or anything like that.
- Actually not true, I do do the occasional other thing, but it pretty much goes all into the one book (except trips). I really like that.
- Trips will be in divided page protector albums too from now on, but separate from the chrono pages. I like to be able to pull a trip album off the shelf and look through it.
- I like December Daily albums. I'll do them for as long as I want to. If I don't want to, I won't.
In my next post I'm going to have a look at the three DD albums I've done and then after that show you some pages in my current chrono album.