This was the opening statements in the article I found while I was purging my old scrapbooking magazines. This article was one that I actually folded the page down for me to refer to later, so now almost 5 years later, I'm getting back to this article and actually going to try it out. I am in that purging mode to clean out my stash and I came across an Iris container full of printed photos just waiting to be put in albums. This challenge came just in time and I hope you will follow me as I try to do this seemingly impossible challenge. I've never done anything like this before. I typically take 1-2 hours to create 1 layout and usually they have 2 or 3 photos at the most on each of them. So this will definitely be challenging, but I will try to follow the suggestions and see if I can do it. Yes, I can do it. I hope I can.
First off, my interpretation of 'one evening' is about 6-8 hours. The article didn't specify how long one evening should be...but I think I'm safe if I go with 7 hours. Let's make that the challenge. Scrap 100 photos in 7 hours! Seems a bit out there, but I'm up for the challenge! Let's get these photos out of the box and into albums - yay!
Let's Get Ready... (directly from the Creative Keepsakes article)
- Select a theme. Choose what type of layouts or album you want to create (i.e. year in review, holidays, baby, etc.)
- Select a design strategy. Choose a simple design that can be used and reused throughout your entire album. Keep it simple. Keep it consistent.
- Select a formula. Use one of our predetermined formulas or feel free to create your own. Whatever it is, write it down, and stick to it.
- Select photos. With your strategy in mind, review your photos, and select the amount called for in your formula.
- Print and trim photos. Since you have your design plan in place, you should know exactly at what dimensions to print and/or trim your photos.
- Select products. Use one collection or a kit to simplify the selection process and provide consistency throughout the album. I can't stress this enough! When you streamline your choices, you'll finish your pages in a fraction of your normal time.
- Pre-trim/pre-print items. If you know you'll need multiple pieces of the same item, pre-trim or pre-print them now.
- Gather tools. In addition to your scrapbook products, gather your paper trimmer, ruler, scissors, and lots of adhesive.
- Purchase an album or photo sleeves. Make sure you have the proper home for your completed project.
To see how I got ready and interpreted these steps - please check out my intro video below. I didn't follow these steps exactly. I explain further how I got ready in my video, so please check it out below. Check back for my next post to see the supplies I pulled from my stash to make my kit for this challenge.