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Scrapbook Layout Planning and Organisation

Rebecca Vavic is our Guest Poster for this article on tips for planning and organising your scrapbook layouts. Be sure to check out her free download template! Rebecca is from Australia and is the owner of Creations to Cherish.  She is also on the Design Team for Addicted2Scrapping, Aussie Dares (How Dare You), EntreArtistes Magazine, Exquisite Scrapbooking, and Maya Memories. Rebecca is a scrapbooker and mixed media artist. You can visit her blog here and also see her resume here.

I find planning and organisation to be one of the main challenges of our craft… here I share with you one of the tips I have learnt over the years:

With my scrapbooking I like to plan quite a few layouts at once, about once or twice a year I get sorted and this is how I do it:

·         I get a whole lot of photos printed (this ensures I don’t miss any events and is also more cost effective)

·         I match them with cardstock and patterned papers

·         I place each layout into a plastic sleeve with any other embellishments, stickers, chipboard, letters etc that goes with the layout

·         I fill out my “layout design guide” form and add it to the sleeve: rebecca-vavic-layoutdesignguide.pdf

At the end of this process I have about 50 – 100 layouts all set to go… that can last me some time, depending on how productive I am.

I do the same for mini-albums too.
I get my plastic sleeves from Corporate Express for about $13 per 100.

I print off a few of my “layout design guide” sheets and carry them with me in my “studio to go” bag, which goes pretty much where ever I go.

I take it in the car while I wait for my daughter at the end of the day {and while my son naps}, or to any of her afterschool activities. If an idea strikes, I am able to do a sketch immediately.

Sometimes I will flick through some magazines or my inspiration scrapbook (which is mainly colours and fonts from house mags)… then I use those ideas to do some sketches.

Using this form means that I have all necessary information with the kit… I don’t have to check when the photo was taken, or if I have some journaling to take from my blog… I do it all straight up and then it is ready to go.

I have found this to be the best tool for organisation, I hope this helps you too, enjoy

Rebecca Vavic

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  1. txscrapaddict
    September 16th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Great tips! Thanks!

  2. Alyssa
    September 16th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Thanks for the awesome idea! I’m gonna try this out. Will you give more info about the sleeves please. I went to the Staples site and found poly bags for $126/ 500!!! I’d like to get the ones you use. Thanks!

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