Spectacular Friends Layout

Oh my goodness has it been one of those weekends for me. This weekend just seemed to fly right by me and I didn’t get to do half of the things that I needed to do this weekend. I have no idea how this keeps happening to me.  I came home from work today to a sick little one so I am not expecting  a better tomorrow just a really busy tomorrow too.

I wanted to share the remaing layouts that I did in this great digtal 6×6 album that I made with my Creative Memories Software. Don’t get me wrong I love my Photoshop Elements but there is something about the ease of the Storybook Creator and that really just makes digital scrapbooking a breeze!

You can find my first half of the album here! So do you have a best friend that you scrap about?

 


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How to Scrap Quickly and Easily Part 1

My motto has always been and will always be that you don’t need five hours to complete a scrapbook page. I also always state that organization is key. I want to teach people how to scrapbook quickly and easily so that they can preserve their memories and share them with their family.

The first step for scrapbooking and the most crucial step is……drumroll please!!!!

ORGANIZATION

Organizing your photos ahead of time is key if you want to be able to quickly scrapbook your photos. Know what you are going to scrap and in what order you would like the photos to be in your album. This way you can take your stack of photos and adhere them to your paper without agonizing over each photo while you are trying to scrapbook.

I handle this by organizing my photos when I print them. Sometimes I just sit in front of the TV with two pieces of card stock in front of me and lay the photos out. Once I am done doing that I place them in my creative memories sort box and each set of photos is divided either with the dividers that you can get from creative memories or with little post it note flags,  by sticking the post it note flag to the last photo in each set on the back of the photo.

Sometimes when I am organizing my photos I will come across a set of photos and I know exactly what paper I will want to use, if that happens I write that information on a larger post it note and stick it the last photo in that set of photos on the back of the photo. I never place a post it note on the front of my photos. If you have the creative memories dividers you can write on those as well.

I absolutely love the creative memories sort box because it truly does help me keep my photos organized and definitely makes my life a lot easier when I am going to scrapbook.  You would think I was a consultant for creative memories with the way I promote them but I’m not. I have just found that the majority of their products make my life a whole lot easier.

When I sit down to scrapbook the goal is for me to get my pictures into an album but I also want to enjoy it. I feel in order to do that your photos have to be organized so that you know what photos are worthy of being in album. Since the switch to digital has happened many people including me take  more photos than they could ever do anything with. For this reason it is important to have your photos organized from the moment you load them from your memory card and on to the computer.

I also use the creative memories, memory manager software to edit, crop, organize and rate my photos for printing. This makes my life a whole lot easier when I am ready to upload my photos for printing. Organization is key whether you are scrapbooking traditionally (meaning paper scrapbooking) or digitally scrapbooking. I will be posting part 2 within the next few days as you may have read I have entered the ultimate blog challenge so a post every day for the month of October is what you are going to get from me, or at least I am going to keep trying to post every day!


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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?!

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