I'm not obsessive about staying 'caught up' with scrapping, but I do prefer telling the stories sooner rather than later so that I don't forget the details or what exactly I wanted to capture. I'm pretty good about journaling daily, so it's easy enough to go back much later and find the story as I recorded it the day it happened. But sometimes having a ton of journaling is more of a curse than a blessing when it comes time to scrap a page. Such is the case with practically every vacation.
Because of my weird quirk, I only create one 2-page spread per trip. Once in a blue moon, I break my own rule and split a trip into two 2-pagers if the two halves of the trip are very distinct. Such was the case with the 2013 trip our family took to celebrate Timothy's birthday in Florida. We spent one week at Walt Disney World and then a week on a Disney cruise.
I finished the cruise layout in 2014, but the WDW portion of the trip has remained 1/2 finished on my desk, buried under a dozen other half-finished layouts, for 2 years. The reason? Too much to say, and not enough space to say it. After numerous false starts and attempts to reduce my journaling, I realized I didn't want to cut any of my stories. So I put all the journaling on one 8.5" x 11" page, folded it into fourths, and tucked it behind the photos. I'm not a big fan of hidden journaling, especially when there's nothing private about it, but I decided it was more important to me that all the stories made it into the scrapbook than that the whole story is immediately visible.
Once I committed to the hidden journaling, everything else fell into place. Thank goodness.