Scrapping Out of Order

I do not scrap in chronological order.  This should come as no surprise to anyone who has read my blog before.  In the past few weeks, I've posted the following layouts in this order: our anniversary (May), a trip to San Jose (June), Trevor at preschool (Sept-April), preschool graduation (May), adopting Trouble (June), a pumpkin patch visit (October), and Trevor's birthday (June).  That's not just the order in which I posted them- it's the order in which I completed them.

Even though I don't scrap in order, I always put the pages in chronological order in the scrapbook.  Here's the system that works for me: I order a stack of prints every 2 or 3 months, sort through them to figure out how many layouts I'll be making, then put post-it flags on my page protectors to show where each page will go.  The top of the album looks like this:

Once all the pages are tagged, I start scrapping, beginning with whatever photos I feel like working on.  When I finish a page, I slide it into the marked spot in the album and remove the post-it note.  Here's the spot where yesterday's layout about Trevor's birthday party will go:

Occasionally I misjudge how many pages I'll be making, but it's very rare.  When that happens, I just move the layouts and post-it notes to make room for the unexpected layout.

Do you scrap chronologically?  If not, do you put the layouts into albums chronologically or in the order in which you finish them?  What system works for you?


  1. I love this system! I don't scrap in order either....I always just grab photos that call to me! :):):):):):)

  2. I used to only scrap in order, so I would scrap then put them in book, or even before that, I was scrapping IN the book(CM albums you put the pg protector over the actual page)there was no moving pages. Today I still try and work in order but that hasn't worked out well for design team work. So now I have my books that are in order and a bunch of misc. ones that I hope to work into the others. Does that makes sense?

  3. Wow! You are very organized. When I'm done with a layout, I just slip it into a page protector. When it accumulates into a pile, I make an album for the layouts.

  4. I do not scrap chronologically and I have recently decided that I don't need to place the layouts in the albums chronologically either... at least not for now as it seems like I'm constantly moving stuff around and I get irritated by that, LOL I can't do what you do because I generally don't know ahead of time what photos I will be scrapping. I do have an album for each theme/subject though. For example: Hamlet has his own album,and as I complete layouts of him I just slide them into the next available empty page of that album. That's why including a date on a layout is very important!

    1. That makes a lot of sense. What do you do with layouts that don't fit in any album's themes/subjects?

    2. Well... since I barely started actually putting pages in albums again I'll let you know when I get to that point, LOL
      (my husband's new job at Michael's w/ 30% employee discount is what got me started again... score!)
      But when I think about it I can't really think of any pages that don't have a theme... even if it's a "loose theme". I'll see as I organize more though.


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