How to Scrap Quickly & Easily Part 4

I have wonderful news! My 2010 album is finally finished. It felt like it took me forever but in reality it really didn’t take me to long. 84 layouts in a few months is not long at all. I am able to scrap this way because of the way that I scrapbook.

  • Part 1 – covered how to organize your photos so that they are ready to be placed on a layout.
  • Part 2 – covered how to figure out your style of scrapbooking (chronologically or theme scrapbooking)
  • Part 3 – covered how to prepare your embellishments ahead of time especially if you are going to make your own embellishments
In Part 4 I am going to discuss how many pictures to have on a layout. There are many sketches out there that are going to incorporate one photo per layout. I will put one photo on a layout for important pictures but for the most part the majority of my layouts are going to have 3 to 6 photos on them. I do this because I don’t want to be scrapbooking one year forever and because there is no way I want to purchase that many albums!
The point is that there are many ways that you can still make a layout spectacular with more than one photo per layout. This is important when you are trying to scrapbook quickly and you don’t have a ton of time to scrapbook. In Part 1 I explained the best way to organize your photos and to group them as you picture them on a layout.
This does not mean that your pictures will necessarily go into the album the same way you organized them. There are many times when I will sit down to scrap a group of pictures and I end up eliminating some of the pictures and regrouping other pictures. Your pictures are already organized though so it is a lot easier to regroup pictures and figure out the best way to lay them out on to your layout and fit them into your album.
With digital photos this year it is not always to figure out which picture is scrapbook worthy because we all take so many photos. So the more times you organize your photos and review them the easier it will get to pick the scrapbook worthy photos. Look at your pictures  and decide if the picture is scrapbook worthy, make decisions like your child is smiling in one picture but not the other and choose the photo that best fits your needs for that layout. Sometimes the person you want to scrapbook looks horrible in one picture but you didn’t realize that before you printed it, these are the pictures that get tossed to the side and out of the album for me.
Other pictures have a horrible background or don’t match the layout or story at all. Just remember that it’s ok that you printed the picture and decided that the photo is not worthy of a scrapbook layout. All the pictures that you printed don’t have to go into your album and the photos can be used for other projects. I always have photos laying around because inevitably my children will need a photo for a school project at some point during the year.
The take away from this is to think about putting more than one photo per scrapbook layout so that you can complete your albums quickly and easily and without a ton of stress. By following these simple tips you will be on your way to completing your album before you realize it.
Here are a few of the final layouts that I completed for my 2010 album. Some people get bored scrapbooking chronologically but just because I am a chronological scrapbooker does not mean that I don’t scrap other things while I am working on a layout. I often work on many projects at a time!


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