Sunday, March 30, 2008

What do you do with this?

Ohhh, how cool is this painted transparency??? One of the goodies for EXPO!!!!

Sunday Tip for Creating Albums:

STEP FIVE: Journaling. This may not be the case for you, but I find that I have trouble journaling when I’m cropping with my friends. I just can’t concentrate the way I want to. So I usually save this step for a time when I’m by myself. Do whatever you need to set the mood to journal, a nice cup of coffee or tea, light a candle or play some relaxing music. Then start journaling. When you get in the zone, you may be surprised that you can journal for an entire album in a couple of nights, when you're focused on the writing (I know some of you are saying, i hate to journal, i know, i know, but its so important, don't worry the ones reading it won't judge your grammar or spelling, write from your heart.

ALSO, if you’re traveling or waiting for your kids to finish an activity, this is a great project to bring along. All you need are your album and pens!
You finish that last paragraph of writing on that last page, and guess what. You my friend are done. You have finished an album!
It’s beautiful, it’s satisfying, and it’s done.

Now you and your family actually get to enjoy looking through the photos and remembering the fun times you shared. And it won’t take long at all. I am not exaggerating when I say that with this approach, working only one night a week, if you are willing to do simple layouts, you can complete an entire album in two months or less.
How’s that for motivation!

Working in this style can be satisfying because you can really see yourself"getting somewhere!" It makes sense . You may find that you actually work a lot faster, because you're not constantly switching gears from choosing photos, to being spacial, and laying them out, to being creative and decorating pages, to being verbal and journaling. It’s just hard sometimes to keep that many parts of your brain going, all at once!

With the assembly line, you only have to use one part of my brain at a time, and the arranging, decorating and journaling steps go SO MUCH more quickly, because you can get on a roll. Another side benefit, is that when you come to crops you won’t have to carry so much stuff! If you’re just cropping and arranging one night, you won’t need to bring your papers and embellishments, and if all you’re doing is decorating your pages, you won’t need your cropping tools. OH, IT’S SO LIBERATING! NOw, i'm not saying change the way you scrapbook, i'm saying try this to get some layouts completed & change the pace a bit. Happy Scrappin'!!!

1 comment:

shondell said...

Oh my Gosh!!! I can not wait to get my hands on those transparencies. I have been waiting on them since I first saw them on the blog. Oh where is April 5th????? Hurry, Hurry, Hurry!!!!!!!