The past year has been a bit of an experiment. After a few years of feeling lackluster about making 12×12 layouts (to the point I was only making cards), I finally hit a creative stride in 2014 with using smaller formats – both 8×8 and 6×8.
My 2014 album is a mess though! Lots of unfinished pocket pages due to spontaneously adding those in in the middle of the year, and not really having a plan or organization method for them.
Since that is the kind of thing that drives me mad, I needed to make a few changes this year, so here’s my M.O. for 2015:
1) Prep Album
This means doing the following:
- Buy an album – okay, this is obvious, but I went forever last year needing one and delaying purchasing it because I wanted to buy prettier things instead. (DOH!)
- Have enough pocket page protectors on hand for Project Life pages – because this is the equivalent of running out of adhesive when you’re ready to make a layout. The. Worst.
- Punch necessary holes in Simple Stories protectors to fit in my We R Memory Keepers 8×8 album – since I’m mixing brands and sizes of protectors, I have to punch a few extra holes into my Simple Stories 6×8 pages to fit in my album. Just an ordinary 3 hole punch (that I’ve adjusted the holes in) does the trick, but doing this beforehand means I get it sorted in the album faster.
- Make album title page in advance – because I’m terrible about doing this, and it instantly makes everything feel more cohesive. But hey! Done! See first photo!
2) Use File Folders To Collect Memorabilia And Photos
Oooo, I found out real quick that this is a must for pocket pages. I don’t always work in chronological order, but my pages are arranged that way. And since I’m sporadic about WHEN I’m making stuff, it’s a lifesaver to have all the random bits (tickets, magazine pages, etc) that I want to include already sorted. I separate everything by month, because the traditional PL weekly format would never work for me.
Previously, I was just throwing printed photos and everything else into a plastic bin with no rhyme or reason. YIPES. Not productive!
3) Edit Photos On Phone And Add To Collect App
For reasons that I don’t understand, I LOATHE editing photos on my computer, but enjoy doing it with apps on my phone. So I’ve decided to just run with that. So many of my photos end up being square (cause I love them that way!), so the majority of my photos are going to be added to the Collect app after editing, and then printed with my Canon Selphy. I love having the date automatically on the photo, it makes it sooooo much faster for me to plan where it goes! And the Polaroid style bottom is great for leaving blank, journaling on, or adding a strip of washi tape.
Since my Selphy doesn’t print true 3×4 photos, I’ll still be matting them on cardstock or patterned paper to fit the pockets since that is the kind of thing that drives me crazy. Photos that I really love or have a bigger story will be printed in larger sizes (not through Collect) and made in layout form…cause those are still more fun for me to make :)
I also plan on upgrading my phone this year, since that’s how most of my photos are taken – my iPhone 4 with only 8GB of memory is barely cutting it at this point, eesh.
We’re over halfway through January, and I’m already loving this method so far. YAY! How about you? Does the idea of planning your crafting stress you out, or does it make you more productive? (I love reading what others are doing!)