As promised (below) - here's the video footage. :)
Oddly enough. Having the boogers in preschool twice a week has kept me pretty caught up with the photography business as of late. Woot.
So caught up - in fact - that last Thursday - I granted myself reprieve on "getting ahead" on things and instead used the peace and quiet - to exercise my piece of mind.
Yes... I got down and crafty y'all. I scrapbooked.
And I was efficient.
You see... I've developed a new system for helping me to dive in more quickly.
Sometimes I sit down and look at my "TO SCRAP" pile and I just get a little paralyzed. Where to begin? How to flip the creative switch and get busy on-demand? I only have an hour here people! That's what usually goes through my mind.
Usually I start combing through photos on my computer waiting for a great story to come to mind.... or vice versa.... I'll have the story written on scrap paper and I'm hunting for an appropriate photo.
Tick. Tick. Tick. Time's a wasting.
Then there's the process of sifting through supplies... Looking for just the right things that will help the layout sing. Finding those that will help tell the story more completely. The right patterned paper - the right embellishments... finding that bit of life ephemera to staple on.... Just, where did I put those concert tickets... Right?
Any of you suffer from this too? Sound familiar?
And finally - just when I have everything at my fingertips and I'm about to start cutting and glueing - I'll get interrupted. The phone - the kids - the washing machine.
Fun time - over.
Mamma puts up a big FAT goose egg on the scoreboard.
Knowing this was the way of things and I was determined not to let myself waste this afternoon in my empty workroom. I had a plan.
In order for me to scrap with speed and efficiency - I lift. I scrap lift. I take a sketch or idea from a layout I've seen somewhere - magazine - Pinterest - blog - book - advertisement... and I run with it. It may be the layout design... or just a color scheme I like... or maybe it's the way the person used some patterned paper that I own in my stash. Something to get me going.
SO! On Wednesday evening, knowing the kids were gonna be in preschool and that I was gonna use a bit of the afternoon to be a naughty little scrapbooker... here's what I did.
I compiled my "TO SCRAP" stuff and started sorting the stories and photos and put each coordinating thing into a simple page protector. Then I started combing through the various scrapbooking magazine tear outs that I keep at my desk.
I subscribe to "Creating Keepsakes" and "Scrapbooks Etc." and when I get them each month insted of dog-earing the pages to the layouts I like and saving the entire magazine (as was my old routine) - I've recently begun just tearing out the pages with layouts I find inspiring and throwing the rest in the recycling bin. I clip the whole stack together and then I would flip through it when I sit down to crop.
But not this time.
THIS time I unclipped that stack of inspiration and tried to find layouts that would pair nicely with either the photos or the amount of journaling that I had already in those page protector sleeves. When I felt I had a match - I slipped them inside the plastic as well.
I leafed through those too looking for inspiration. Since I didn't want to rip anything out of these "reference materials," (or as I like to call my two SIGNED copies of Clean & Simple I & II - "my holy grails") instead I simply tucked the photo and/or paper containing my handwritten journaling inside on the appropriate page.
Organize.... divide... conquer.
I was ready for the day ahead.
Did it work?
Indeed it did.
Come Thursday afternoon - I opened one of those books to the first page I had marked with stuff stuck inside and I got crack-a-lackin'!
And I finished 5 - yes that's right F-I-V-E layouts in a single afternoon. And completed two more the following evening.
I was on a roll.
Mamma's got a new system - and it's working baby.
Ok, folks - it's pretty late right now - and so I'm gonna hit the hay and get this post scheduled to publish.... but tomorrow morning I'm going to film a very short video showing you this great new system and I'll post it here by lunchtime....
So all you AM readers - come on back for a look-see. :)
And because I wholeheartedly believe that every post needs at least ONE photo... I'll give you one.
"Whassup wich U?"
"Awww. I dunno. Same ol' - same ol'. Whassup wichu?"
Oh yeah almost forgot - ACTUAL fruit of thy labor (the layouts people) will be posted tomorrow! Stay tuned.