Last week, I mentioned THIS blog post over at The Daily Digi. In the post, Katie the Scrapbook Lady talked about a method that she has used for streamlining the scrapbooking experience. Basically, you break the task of creating a layout into managable chunks, and then work on a series of layouts assembly line style. Immediately, this idea stuck with me. I am constantly looking for ways to scrapbook that don’t take a hour or two to do one layout. With the other responsiblities in my life, I just don’t have the time. So, I decided to give this approach a shot.
I won’t go into the specifics of the “how to” (you can click and read the blog post), but I will say that this was by far the easiest way I have completed 4 layouts in I can’t tell you how long. It took me about a half hour to identify the pictures I wanted, edit them, and pick a template that went with the photos. The problem was, at that point, I had to leave the computer for a bit…so I had to make mental notes of the photos I wanted to use and what templates I would use with them. Later on in the day, I came back and picked out kits for each layout. I actually wrote down the kit names this time, no more mental pictures. This took me about 15 minutes. I tend to be indecisive. I think. Maybe I’m not really indecisive though. I don’t know.
When I came back to the layouts later that evening, I was able to start the assembly process. I took the time and put each layout together, and then went back to do my journaling and to save the files as jpegs. This took me a bit more time, about 45 minutes. When I was done, I had 4 layouts completed and had spent only about an hour and a half on them. These are the layouts:
Click on the layouts for the credits.
As you can see, the process worked well for me. What I did have trouble with, however, is keeping track of what I was going to use for each layout. In my paper days, I would have slipped everything into a folder and put it aside until I could work on it again. I could do that on my computer, but that would mean a whole lot of moving files, or copying files which would take up precious EHD space. Writing things down kept me organized, but I am such a visual person. I must say, I wrestled with this idea for the days following, and then it hit me. ACDSee!
With ACDSee Photo Manager 2009, I can tag items with multiple tags (which you may remember from my post about how I organize all my scrapbooking stuff). So what I could do is create a tag for each layout, and then tag the photos, the template, and the kit that I wanted to use. When it came time to work on the layout, I could hit the tag in ACDSee and everything would pop back up. I am trying this strategy out on a new set of layouts I am power scrapping.
Another issue I ran into while power scrapping, is editing photos. I will admit, I am bad with keeping up with my photo editing. As I have said before, since taking the Jessica Sprague photo editing class, I love editing photos…but I can’t seem to keep up with it. The biggest issue, I don’t edit as soon as I upload. If I could force myself to do that every time, I would be in a much better place. So this speedbump, totally my fault.
All in all, power scrapping worked really well for me. I was able to get four layouts done in a short amount of time, and was able to break that time up into chunks that worked for me. Right now, I am using power scrapping to work on our photos from Disney World last summer. I can’t wait to show you those!