What the School Scrapbook Committee Has Taught Me About My Process

Our local elementary school is truly amazing, with more parent involvement than I’ve ever seen. Which means that we have PTA committees galore. When I found out that there was a scrapbook committee I thought it would be a perfect place for me! But I have discovered that while I love to scrapbook, I don’t love serving on the school scrapbook committee. Not because of the women, they are all a lot of fun, but because of the process you have to use to pull together a scrapbook that includes all the events of the school year. So I thought I’d share a few things that the school scrapbook committee has taught me about my process!

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Story Matters

I need a story when I scrapbook! I never realized how much I use the story to drive my scrapping decisions. It is very difficult for me to take a pile of photos and scrap them when I don’t know the back story. Give me 1 or 2 photos with a good story over a pile of pics any day!

Everyday Life Excites Me

I’ve known for awhile that I’m not much of an event scrapbooker. Especially for events like birthdays and Halloween. I get bored scrapping the same events year after year. I’m drawn to those little everyday life moments. The things that seem mundane now but are easily forgotten in the future. That is what I’m drawn to scrapbooking. So scrapping the same school events year after year is difficult for me to get excited about.

Print As I Go

I’m an impatient scrapper so I’ve always preferred to print photos at home. But I didn’t realize how essential that was to my process. The scrapbook committee prints photos ahead of time in 4×6. I really struggle to come up with a design when the photos are sitting printed on the table in front of me. I much prefer to come up with the page design first and then make my photos fit into it by using photo collage templates.

Single Page Design

Which brings me to my next item. I used to be a die hard double page scrapper but over time I’ve found single page designs to be more inspiring. But when a pile of 4x6s are placed in your hand, double page designs are needed to get all those photos scrapped. And while I used to create them all the time, now I struggle. I guess that means I’m now a die hard single page scrapper!

Do you have any scrapbooking process must dos? 

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  1. lynne moore
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting observations. I notice some of those things in my own scrappy process but I am actively trying to change to some more event scrapping again… just to get some things done that family is looking forward to seeing.

    • Posted May 21, 2014 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      Lynne I totally understand that. My family loves the event stuff too. Which is why I do mini albums for Birthdays and Halloween and such. Allows me to document the events quickly so I can get back to scrapping what inspires me. 🙂

  2. Posted May 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    I’m creating an album for a group my son is involved in. I’m having many of these same issues. I’m struggling to create pages where I can not tell the story.

    • Posted May 28, 2014 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      It’s so hard isn’t it Alice?!! Good luck with your album!

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