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Raise your hand if you feel that you have far more photos to scrap, especially from past years, than layouts completed and scrapped. I’m pretty sure I am not alone. At least I hope I’m not!
How would you like to get that scrapping organized once and for all?
I have such a great secret to share with you. You are going to love this.
One of the biggest time traps for me is picking out which photos to scrap with and then matching it with a kit. Just that part of the process alone can keep me from even wanting to scrap. So we’re going to skip this step by simply creating layered documents for each group of photos.
This is my plan for catching up on way too many years of photos!
Step One: Gather Photos
All of the photos I take with my phone and that my husband takes are automatically uploaded to our Google Drive account. If you have an iphone, you probably have yours synced up to iphoto. No matter where your photos are stored, if they are not already on your harddrive, then I want you to download them all into folders. You can be a bit selective here! Obviously, you may not want to scrap every single photo you’ve taken, so pick out the ones you do want to scrap and save them to a folder for that year.
I have boxes of photos that need to be scanned in. So for my example, I’m using some photos from 2002 that I scanned in!
Step Two: Set up Photo Documents
Open Photoshop or other program you are using, and create a 12 inch by 12 inch at 300 dpi or 3600 pixel by 3600 pixel at 300 dpi document. Fill it with a white background layer.
Next, we’re going to open your photo folder and start from the beginning. Photos that were taken on the same day or for the same event, basically the photos that go together, you’re going to place into your open document. You aren’t worried about a kit or anything like this, at this point. You simply place all the photos, each on their own layer and move them over to a corner. You may have 1 photo or 5 or 10.
Step Three: Add Text
Now, type in any font and any size, on its own layer, the date of these photos, the event and whatever you can remember about them. This will turn into your journaling, but it isn’t that yet, so don’t spend time making it perfect. Simply get out as many details as you can remember.
Step Four: Add A White Layer
Create a layer on top and fill it with white. This will hide all the stuff underneath, but it will help save space on saving.
Step Five: Save the Document
Save it as a layered document (either a psd or a tif file) so you can come back and finish later. Save it in a folder where you will keep all future pages like these and name it either the date, the event, the theme. You want it to be something easy to remember when you see just the name. For this one, I named it “Abby_Garden_2002” That way, at a glance I know who, when and where!
Now move on to the next group of photos. Set a goal to complete as many of these Starter Pages as you can in an hour. Maybe work on this just once a week.
The next time you are in the mood to scrap, or you see a kit you must purchase, simply open your folder of saved Starters and choose one that will go well with that kit.
Most of the work as been completed for you, and you can fill in with the papers and elements. Get picky about which pictures to use or how to use them, refine the text into your journaling. You’ll most likely find at this point of the process, you can scrap a layout in about 10-15 minutes.
Give it a try and let me know what you think! And always feel free to share your layouts with me! You can even email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll share them on our Instagram wall!