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How to organize your scrapbooks

When I first started scrapping, I put together an album based on the past year’s photos. I got myself a lovely post-bound and it was done. However, now that I’m scrapping more based on new purchases, CT requirements and challenge ideas, the chronologicity is pretty much shot. I end up starting with a kit and then find a photo to coordinate with the theme. I have a lot of lovely layouts, but little sense. This made me wonder how best to organize printed digital scrapbook pages.

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In this post, I’ll share a couple of methods that might work for you!

  • Chronological in page protectors: If you’re mostly scrapping this year, then an “in date order” method might work great for you. Use page protectors to add flexibility for inserting pages in between.
  • Chronological in photo books: Some prefer to print their layouts in hard-bound books, usually based on a specific time period or even a single event. This offers a permanence that can be desirable.
  • By “when-scrapped”:  This is a chronological method based solely on when you scrapped the page. This is an excellent approach for seeing how your skills evolve over time.
  • Category-style: Instead of worrying solely about “this happened before that”, sort your layouts based on themes. Birthdays, Christmas, Vacations, Daily Life etc. are some good categories that might work. Choose separate albums or add tabbed sections to a single album.
  • Stage-of-life semi-chronological: Construct albums around “School Days” or “College Years” or “Our Courtship”. Don’t worry so much about specific date-by-date order, instead focus on telling the story of that special time.

Are there other methods? How do you organize your layouts once they are in hard copy? I’d love to hear detailed descriptions of your scheme! Tomorrow we’ll talk more about the different products you can use to store and protect your pages.

Don’t forget to enter Aud’s giveaway by midnight on April 15th. That’s only 2 days away! In the meantime, the scrappy goodness at Simple Scrapper continues. We’re excited to offer a fresh and fun mini from Sara Ellis. Sara’s designing home is Gotta Pixel and she is a guest designer at Enchanted Studio Scraps this month.

Coordinating with Sassifrass….

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is the Sassifrass Add-On!

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9 Responses to How to organize your scrapbooks

  1. gabs April 14, 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    I prefer to it by years. everything I scrapped in one year goes in one box

  2. Amber April 22, 2009 at 1:35 pm #

    Lovely, bright kit! Thank you for the wonderful add-on!

  3. Heather aka MuddyPawPrints April 22, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    I am loving the bright colors! Thank you so much for the add-on!

    Heather aka MuddyPawPrints’s last blog post..Meet my Birdie Sling….

  4. Carole N. April 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    Thanks for the lovely extra Add-on by Sara.

    I am still trying to decide what order to use for the scrapbooks for our grands. One time I like one way and the next time I am thinking something completely different. At the moment I am printing them and putting them in page protectors and will organize before I give them as graduation gifts. I really love the printed books that are so popular now, too.
    Thanks again.
    Hugs!

  5. Ramona July 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    I am looking for suggestions on how to organize my books. We have three children ages 18, 10 and 2 ! I am debating if I should just make one set of scrapbooks for myself or do I make a set for each child? Some things such as family vacations would then have to be scrapped four times, once for my set and once for each child. Will I drive myself bonkers trying to keep up with this?

    • Jennifer July 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

      I think part of this answer depends on whether you’re scrapping digital or paper. If you’re doing digital, you can easily print out multiple copies of a LO to insert in a child’s book – and I know many people who do this.

      If you’re scrapping in paper, then I would suggest creating just one original LO for yourself and then make sure you keep a scanned or photographed digital copy of each. If you like, you can print up annual books for each child, but in this age of more digital = less clutter I think your kids will appreciate just having the digital copies to do with as they see fit.

      I do think that scrapping the same story four times will make you bonkers – life is too short for that!

  6. Carmelle Landreville September 13, 2014 at 1:16 am #

    I put all the layouts I made in scrapbooks but they are not in order presently
    When I will give them I will place them in each child album.

    I did this because I gave some scrapbooking workshop and the people like
    to have examples.

  7. Carmelle Landreville September 13, 2014 at 1:31 am #

    I do the layouts Chronological in page protectors; based on a specific time period or even a single event like birthdays, school event, sport activities, Christmas might be a P. Life pages, babies layouts, etc.

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