In my post- scrapbook organizing euphoria, I began purging, consolidating and re-creating some layouts.
Why on earth would I do such a thing, especially if the layouts weren’t the beginner deco-scissored ones?
Because those 12×12 albums take up a lot of space, and I rarely looked at them anyway. It’s not that I disliked my old pages (although some were covered in so many embellishments that it was like looking at a “Where’s Waldo?” poster where you can’t find the kid). I had just moved on creatively, and was perfectly happy with the space-saving idea of storing old layouts digitally rather than physically.
Photographing a layout is quick and simple – much better than the old days of scanning and stitching. For tips on photographing scrapbook layouts, see this article by Maggie Holmes.
As for consolidating and re-creating layouts, I’m currently in the process of making small, storybook-type albums for my children that contain stories about them. Kind of a “greatest hits” rather than a documentation of every single thing that happened every day, which is what led to my past abundance of layouts. Some stories and photos from the old layouts made the greatest hits list.
So whether you’re thinking about re-creating layouts, switching to a smaller size, or just think I’m crazy, here are some makeovers:
(Click on a photo to see it larger)
- The Good: Fun story.
- The Bad: I didn’t need a photo of every angle of his head, and the glitter glued all over the page wasn’t working, either.
- The New: I chose one photo, used glitter stickers, and selected a better shade of green to match the grass in the photo.
- The Good: I didn’t realize until writing this post that I used BasicGrey’s Lollipop Shoppe (my all-time favorite) on all three! I also like the design of the second layout.
- The Bad: The giant groovy letters take up too much space.
- The New: I consolidated the two layouts because both referred to how my daughter pronounced the letter G.
- The Good: Cute story.
- The Bad: This was made in 2005, and I was trying the trendy freestyle (which is totally not my style). It’s also a little dark for a fairy page.
- The New: Sparkly and fun, with fairy stickers and a happier shade of purple.
- The Good: I like the main photo in “Meow, and the design and story in “Fearless.”
- The Bad: A lot going on in the first layout.
- The New: I consolidated the two layouts because both were about how my daughter liked pretending she was an animal/insect.
- The Good: Fun layout.
- The Bad: A lot of products.
- The New: A 2-up 4×6 photo sleeve – fast and easy. It later occurred to me that I could have just printed the old layout on small photo paper (but then the photo would be small, too).
- The Good: I like the story and photos.
- The Bad: Sunglasses are required for viewing the first layout. A lot of products were used on all of them.
- The New: I consolidated the three layouts after I noticed my son was wearing the same yellow shirt in all of them. I actually have a few more pages with that yellow shirt – it’s like a funny “chapter” of the album!
Black & White
- The Good: I like the story in the “Black & White” layout and the photos in the “Classic Girl” layout.
- The Bad: A lot of wasted space. The second layout doesn’t even have journaling.
- The New: I consolidated the two layouts and chose one photo.
That’s all the scrapbook page makeovers I have to show right now. Thanks for not judging. :)