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Un-Chronologically Organizing My Albums

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When I first started digital scrapbooking, I started scrapping the photos I wanted to when I felt inspired to scrap them. This was very freeing for me in many ways. I still, for the most part scrap this way, six years later. I will do some special albums in chronological order, but for the most part, just try to tell the stories I want to when I want to.

However, for a long time, I had a problem and that problem prevented me from printing layouts for quite a while. I didn’t know how to organize those layouts once they were printed. I knew it would drive me crazy to put the layouts in albums chronologically and then have to reorganize them later when I printed a layout that needed to go in-between two others.

Two years ago I signed up for Stacy Julian’s Library of Memories class, mainly because I wanted to figure out how to organize my albums, un-chronologically speaking, but also because I was intrigued by her system. I have to say that the one thing I have come to depend on getting from Big Picture Scrapbooking classes is a paradigm shift! I always leave looking at things with a brand new perspective and that happened in many ways during Library of Memories! I was thrilled to learn about Stacy’s method for organizing albums, which she gave me permission to share with you today.

True to Stacy Julian fashion, this system is SIMPLE and, when implemented, will help you see your scrapbooking from a different perspective than you ever have before. I have adapted it only slightly for my own needs. Stacy divides her layouts into these categories which go into albums by the same title:

  • People We Love
  • Places We Go
  • Things We Do
  • All About Us

I divide my layouts into these categories:

  • People We Love
  • Places We Go
  • Things We Do
  • All About Us
  • All About ___________ (name of each member of our family)

I added the ‘All About Steph’ (or any other member of our family) for example, so pages that were just about that person could go in there. My kids love to look at their very own albums. The ‘All About Us’ is about us as a family and our relationships with each other (since I love to scrap moments, this is a common theme). The other albums I try to focus on the WE, for example, a layout about us playing Rock Band would go in the ‘Things WE Do’, but a layout about the play my son was in would go into his “All About” album, because it is something HE did not WE.

Stacy only teaches her Library of Memories class once a year. Once you take the class, you can re-take it up to two times during the consecutive years following your initial class, for free as an alumni. Stacy told me that she has made a lot of changes to her class for digital scrapbookers this year as well. I will be sitting in on the class as an alumni this year and am really excited to see these changes! Registration for this class ends on January 25th (or when the class fills up, whichever happens first). Here is how Stacy describes her class:

I used to ask the question: are you caught up? I don't believe that is the most important concern anymore. More important than your productivity is your passion. Yes, Library of Memories is about organizing printed pictures and digital images. Yes, Library of Memories is about letting go of unrealistic expectations and unnecessary rules. Yes, Library of Memories teaches a wonderfully satisfying approach to meaningful pages and projects. Best of all, Library of Memories teaches you how to connect to your past and value your present—it is about you finding and sustaining your personal inspiration in what is the coolest hobby on the planet.

If you think you might have too many self-imposed rules around scrapbooking, I encourage you to take this class! (after all, it was these self-imposed rules that led to me STOP taking photos for almost the first year of my sons life because I knew I would have to scrapbook them and I couldn’t handle that pressure If there were no photos, I wasn't behind!…..biggest regret!) The most important thing to do in scrapbooking is to get those memories down before we forget…no matter how…or in what order we do it!

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P.S. Today’s GIFTaway winner is Kendall who said: “I LOOOOVE all Traci’s stuff! She is seriously amazingly talented. Out of all her kits (that I don’t already own! lol), I’d have to say my favorite is “10 Things.” I just love the color pallete and the thought behind the kit. It makes me so happy!”

Congratulations Kendall, you won a $10 GC to Traci’s Store! THANKS so much to everyone for taking time to comment, we all appreciate it! :)

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