I talked a lot about how I finally buckled down and organized my scrap stash–and my awesome results. I emailed Kayla about them and was so super tickled to see she’d tweeted my post. I have to admit I’ve now become a disciple of her method and cannot talk enough about my love for Adobe Lightroom.
Anyway, I thought I’d do another post tackling other misc things involving organizing my supplies. These came up during and after the process for me, so they may not have any real order.
First off, I talked a lot about my keyword process and how I took a peek at Kayla’s before developing my own. In case anyone needs it, here are my keywords (in Google Docs format). This is entirely based on my thought process and as a result, usually when I tag my previews I can pretty much predict which keywords to use.
Searching my stash: There are two main ways I search my stash–I simply click on the number to the right of each keyword and it pulls up everything I’ve tagged with that keyword. OR I can type out what I need in the text/metadata field above the thumbnails:
What happens next:
Okay, okay, I promise, this’ll be my last Week in the Life post for the project! As a sort of summary of doing the project I thought I’d also share the process I went through to get my album.
First off, here’s my completed album (again) in slideshow:
And this was my workflow:
WITL Documentation: Spent the week taking photos and documenting thoughts and events. I used Ali’s PDF printouts and thought I would use my OhLife account, but turns out I quite liked scribbling things down instead of typing it. At night before sleep when Mark and I talk a lot, I type a quick note on my phone and record it on the paper sheets the next morning.
The PDF sheets are always on top of my desk. I clipped them together using a tiny alligator clip and every so often I would scribble down thoughts or events as they happened. I especially loved how Ali had boxes that indicate thoughts I had, conversations, things to be grateful for (since it is my theme for the whole project), and favorite moments. It helped to organize my thoughts as I had them. It also helped me figure out how to put together my journaling.
During the day, since I spend the majority of my time in front of the computer, I took a lot of screenshots using Paint! I made a folder on my desktop and stick the shots in there. I had shots of work I was doing, sites I was visiting, tweets, etc. Majority of the time I was at home by myself so aside from just doing the same chores, what varied was my work and the places I visited online.
The next day, I would download my photos from my camera to the folder I created on my desktop (where my screenshots are).
WITL Album Preparation: Products to use: I’d determined beforehand which kits and other materials I would use. And I’m just a wee bit OCD in that I figured out which fonts I wanted to use as well (about three fonts, tops) and the color to use.
Product list & links
Papers (some blended) and elements from:
Everyday by SSD designers (scroll down the post)
Painted Words by Designs by Lili (retired)
Fonts: Clarendon Lt Light, District Thin, Marydale, LaCarte Pen
B&W action used: Florabella B/W Vanilla
Photo-editing: I use Lightroom 2 SOLELY to edit photos, not to organize them. My computer harddrive is so small that most of my stash and photos are on an EHD, so I don’t bother. I LOVE Lightroom–it makes photo editing SO freaking easy! It is photo editing for lazy people. Anyway, I started collections/folders for each day and edited the photos there (at this point I’d already chosen which ones I wanted) and exported the edits back to their original folders on my harddrive. I scrap using Windows Explorer open so to have everything there works for me.
WITL Album Scrapping
a. For each spread, I ended up using a mix of the 10080 Minutes Slip-Ins and the Templates of Traci Reed. I resized everything to 11.5 inches all around, so I could have a border of my kraft paper background.
b. First, I’d determine how much journaling I had, where to put it, and then choose papers and journal mats to use.
c. Then I’d figure out where to put the photos and which photos to use and clip them to the canvas.
d. Then I’d add little bits and details, such as the date, day, weather, what I ate, etc. I’d cluster elements in some spaces.
e. Lastly I’d fill in the journaling–I followed Ali’s organization in her PDF printout so I had spaces for “grateful for,” “overheard,” and “notable events.”
- Editing photos as soon as I could, so it didn’t seem overwhelming to me
- Determining beforehand what materials to use. I ended up putting EVERYTHING in one go-to folder for easier access (since I scrap using Windows Explorer) during the process. I did end up not using some products and adding some, but it was very minimal.
- Determining my “pre-formats:” this meant what fonts to use (I didn’t want to use too many), color of my journaling, measurements of background papers, B&W photo action to use, etc. I wanted everything more or less uniform in the overall look.
- Ali’s documentation sheets–they provided a structure for my journaling and random thoughts I had during the day
- Scrapping as soon as the documentation process was over! While everything was still fresh and my enthusiasm high, I did an average of a spread a day. I did falter mid-way for my last three days, but I think I would’ve procrastinated for much longer if I hadn’t done this earlier.
- Making time to scrap this–I also had CT assignments, work assignments, offline obligations, so while I ended up doing less aimless Internet surfing, I got to finish this album. YAY!
What Could’ve Worked Better
- It took a lot of time (too much!) to figure out where to put my photos and journaling in the templates I used! I think next time I should just put all photos in one page and all journaling in another. Not as visually appealing, but mid-way through the project I was so freaked at how much time it was taking and I didn’t scrap for three or four days!
- I was dealing with HUGE layered files with all the papers and photos I was clipping unto templates. Definitely need to upgrade my PC to handle the load.
- using Paint for my screenshots–I needed more hi-res ones and I neglected to check the resolution of the ones I was getting. Next time I should just save screenshots on Photoshop.
Ooookay, here we go with my first CTM choice–the Torn Bits overlays of Creashens (images linked)
Often, I found that whenever I wanted a little more drama in my photos or if I was expecting to not clutter up my layouts in elements, I would reach for these. And I don’t use it just for photos–clip on some pattern papers, cluster them together, and enjoy! For overlays with spaces for three photos, try clipping papers on opposite ends and your photo in the middle There’re lots of ways you can play with them! With every new collection she puts out, they become my favorites, lol. Here are a few layouts of mine (images are linked) where I’ve used them
Super versatile, right? Anyway, hope this inspires you to check them out and play with them yourself Thanks for looking