Albums Used

Ever since I have been scrapbooking I have always used Creative Memories Albums. I have never used a different album. Target is currently selling more scrapbooking products and one of the things that are now available are We R Memory Keepers Albums and page protectors. I figured that I would purchase a small album to start with. I ended up purchasing an 8×8 album that comes with the multi-page, page protectors and I also purchased 8×8 page protectors that hold a single 8×8 layout.

I still struggle with using multi-photo page protectors, I know that they are supposed to make scrapbooking easier for me but for some reason my mind just doesn’t work that way! I am hoping that I can train my mind to scrap with these multi-page, page protectors otherwise I am going to have to give them away!!!

I am looking forward to working with these alums and seeing if they work for me. It would be nice for a change but I will always use my creative memories albums as they are still my favorite. I am thinking that I might be able to fit more layouts into a We R Memory Keepers album though. Only time will tell!

What albums do you use? Do you use more then one brand of album?


How to Prepare Photos for an Album

I wanted to share with you my process for preparing my photos to be scrapbooked. I don’t have a photo printer at home so I am dependent on printing my photos at an outside source. I haven’t decided yet if its worth it to have a photo printer at home or not but I am starting to lean towards a yes for when I want to print pictures for a specific project.

Back to the process, all my pictures are sorted in the creative memories software. I really like this software program because it gives me the ability to sort my pictures in the chronological order that I like them considering I am a chronological scrapbooker.

Steps that I follow:

Step 1. Import my pictures into creative memories software from my memory card from my camera.

Step 2. I sort my pictures into the corresponding folder. I create a sort box and in each sort box I have a folder for each month of the year. This really works for me but you can set up your sort boxes and folders any way that would work for you. That is one of my favorite things about memory manager.

Step 3. I review, edit and rate all my pictures. By doing this I am able to pick out the ones that I am going to print for my album. Anything that I deem print worthy I rate as a 3 or higher. Sometimes I just print all the ones that are rated a 3 or higher and other times I review the ones that I rated a 3 or higher and pick the ones that are really print worthy.

Step 4. I upload my photos to Shutterfly. I have albums in Shutterfly that are for each month of the year that way it is easier for me to keep track of what I have printed and what I haven’t printed.

Step 5. Wait for an awesome sale to happen at Shutterfly and order my prints.

Step 6. Receive my prints and go through them again. I generally organize my prints and divide them in to layouts while I am looking at them. I do this by taking 2 pieces of 12×12 white paper and I layout my photos. I generally have 3 to 6 photos on a layout so I like to see what it might look like. I then place my photos in my creative memories sort box with dividers and they hang out in there until I am ready to scrap.

Shutterfly always has great sales and promotions going on so its easy for me to get my photos in a cost-effective manner. My process works really well for me because all the steps are done in stages. I wish I could just sit and scrapbook all day but unfortunately I can’t so the process enables me to do bits and pieces at a time.

Of course I do all this while watching some mindless TV. All my favorite shows are back on such as Criminal Minds, all the CSI’s, Parenthood, Greys Anatomy and Private Practice.

Tell me how do you prepare your photos for a scrapbook album? or Tell me what your favorite shows are?!


Digital Album is Done!

It may have taken me all summer long and a tropical storm to keep me cooped up in a house but I finally completed the digital album of my son’s trip to Puerto Rico! Summer keeps a mama busy that is for sure. Sometimes my little monster doesn’t let me get anything done either and other times you realize that its 9 o clock at night and all you want to do is crawl into bed! So between all those issues and some paper crafting and paper scrapbooking in between I finally managed to complete the album. I am very happy with the result. I created this album with CM Storybook Creator which I find is the easiest program to use if you just want to create a digital album and use papers that are already made. If I choose to get fancier I use Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CS5. I hope you all enjoy my album :)