Scrapping the season: Part 1

Jennifer Wilson

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December 31, 2009


If you’re like me, you had grand visions of leisurely photo editing and scrapping in between Christmas and New Years. Well, it’s officially New Year’s Eve. How much have you accomplished?

Somehow these days off that we had so longingly looked forward to just evaporate in an endless stream of gift returning, un-decorating, the errands that had been put off, more parties and a movie or six.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a lot of fun this past week. However, my goals of having all of December’s photos in and out of Lightroom and my 6 layouts nearly complete… well let’s just say I’m not very far along. Are you in this boat with me?

Let’s break it down. In this post, Saturday’s and next Wednesday’s, I’ll take you through a simple 3 step process. We’ll do it together!

Step 1: Your Photos

Scrapping is just an art journaling project without photos in the mix, so let’s start here. Use this checklist to go from memory card to edited, scrapbook-ready images.

  • Offload photos from your memory card.
  • Organize the images into folders by date and/or event.
  • Do a quick run-through to delete the super blurry, non-keepers.
  • If you have time, go ahead and bring out the best in each photo with editing.
  • If you don’t have time, choose the photos you’d like to scrap first.
  • Then, edit those images with the time remaining.
  • Make notes or tags to indicate which photos for which layout.

Take this basic framework and adjust it to your needs. The point is to create a to-do list of actionable items, so you can make progress as time allows over the next few days. If you grab 15 minutes here and there, you can be done by the time I come back here with my next step.

Photo collage by summerlovin

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