Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My Scrapping Process

I'm fascinated by the process that other people use to scrapbook.  Everyone does things so differently!  Here's my process:

1) I always start with the photos.  I spread all my photos on a sheet of either white or cream cardstock, then start arranging and rearranging.  I crop photos some down.  Eventually, I settle on which photos I'll be using and where they will be on the layout.

2) Next, I choose my patterned paper.  This is usually the step that takes me the longest.  I agonize over what to pick.  This time it was actually very fast, as I knew I wanted a green, orange, and blue palette, and these Fancy Pants papers had just arrived from Flamingo Scraps!  Perfect!

3)  Next I decide which color will be my background, which will be the photo matte, which will be an accent, etc.  This often takes me a long time too.  I almost always walk away from a layout at this stage and come back to it the next day or so with a fresh eye.  Sometimes layouts stay at this stage for weeks or even months!

4) Next, I decide where my title and journaling will go.  This is sometimes a problem, as I rarely leave enough space for both a title and the amount of journaling I want to do.  Usually, I come up with a solution, but if I don't, then I'll look for a sketch.  I try to find one that matches what I already have- in this case, a vertical block of photos and a horizontal band of color.  Here's what I found:

Sketch from Scrapbooks Etc., October 2008.

It looks very similar to what I already had, though both reversed and flipped.  Looking at the sketch, I realized I could crop my top photo and create a journaling block from the extra space.

5) Once I know where my journaling and title will go, I use random chipboard letters to check that I like the title placement.  I don't put too much effort into finding the correct letters- as long as they have the same basic shape, it's good enough. 

6)  My next step is to adhere the photos, patterned paper and title to the background paper.  I leave the journaling block loose.  I place embellishments where I think I might want them. 

7)  The last thing I do is journaling.  I don't usually pre-plan what I'm going to say, so I'm lucky that it usually works out and looks good! 

From Flamingo Scraps: Fancy Pants patterned paper
Other: Fiskars border punch; Queen & Company flowers and brads; Paper Company cardstock


  1. wow, it IS so interesting to see the different processes!! I wish I were that organized/planned with my scrapping haha!!

  2. Thanks for sharing your process Cindy! I always start with the photos too! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  3. thanks for sharing your process Cindy. Your layout is really cute.


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