Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How I Survived a Scrapbooking Marathon

In September I attended a scrapbooking marathon, organized by Big Picture Classes with Lain Ehmann as an instructor. The marathon lasted 26 days and you were supposed to make 26 layouts, one each day.

I was busy with a craft fair for the first two weeks so I started 14 days later than the others, determined to make all 26 layouts. My advice: don't do like I did if you ever attend this kind of challenge, start in time - no start ahead if you can! I had to make 2 to 3 layouts each day. Sounds impossible for someone who has a day job and who usually makes one layout in 4 to 6 hours!

But I did it! I accomplished 26 layouts in 12 days! How did I do it?

1) Scrapped in digi. I scrapped 23 digital layouts and only 3 on paper. Digital scrapbooking is so much faster!

2) Found photos easily. My photos are pretty organized. I star them using Stacy Julian's method: I give 3 stars for those that I want to scrap, and 2 start for those I might scrap. I also use a limited number of keywords to tag them and have created plenty of smart albums (albums with predefined rules) in iPhoto.

3) Made some smaller sized layouts. 5 of the layouts were in 8 by 8 size. I usually scrap in 12 by 12 inches but I discovered a new concept with 8 by 8 size. I use only one photo on the page. The subject of the page is "Today". The photo is taken on the same day that I scrap it. I write about miscellaneous stuff connected with that day. This concept suits so well with my life! I might take an odd photo with iPhone, then just go to my computer and scrap the page. I have made plenty of these after the marathon and it is one of the greatest discovery for me provided by the challenge.

Here are a couple of the layouts I am particularly proud of.

I am a terrible cook but as everyone in scrapbooking is crazy over cupcakes and there are so many designs to got with cupcake photos, I baked some! And the cherries on top are from the cherry tree in our garden! The digital elements are from Mary Pop's kit I heart Sweets.

The guidance for the last day was to let go and do something wild and break the rules of scrapbooking. I decided to use my own elements only, few photos, a poem written by myself many years ago and some doodling. It all came so easy, knowing then that I am passing the finish line!

7 comments:

  1. This is nice. I really like the last one! Uniquely you!
    Congratulations on finishing.

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  2. How wonderful that you grew so much through the MotherLOAD! That is what it's all about. Congratulations on determining that you would finish by the end by doubling & tripling up, and now you have a new go-to process that keeps you scrapping all the daily goodness *applause*

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  3. Thanks all! LCSmith, I had heard that taking part of this kind of challenge would change one's scrapbooking but could not believe it until experienced it!

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  4. Great post! Thanks for the great ideas.
    Your pages are wonderful, you did a very nice job. Congrats!

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  5. what website do you use for the digital scrap booking. I have iPhoto but not sure I can do scrap booking with it.

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  6. ifluctuate, you must have meant what computer program ... I use Photoshop CS5. If you are a beginner in photo processing I recommend lighter version: Photoshop Elements. Unfortunately you cannot digiscrap with iPhoto.

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