Hello! Thanks for stopping by my little space on the web. Today I want to share with you some of my tips for getting those old photos from years gone by scrapped in this fabulous pocket style of scrapbooking. I know that pocket scrapbooking is not for everyone, but it is definitely the right fit for me. I am one of those that is fashionably late when it comes to trends and popular things. This of course includes, my coming around to the idea of pocket style scrapbooking in a digital format. Looking back, it is almost funny that it took me so long to jump on the bandwagon. I am practically the poster child for this style of memory keeping. I have always been a chronological scrapbooker, even back in my paper scrapbooking days. For years, I have kept a journal to document the everyday things. It seems so natural and fitting for me to preserve memories in this way. I am also a real fan of the clean lines of a blocked style layout, just look at a few of my pages from the past few years.
So let’s talk about the past. Let’s take a little trip down memory lane. Think back to the years before you started the pocket style scrapbooking. Your mind may be wandering aimlessly, thinking of all of those years gone by that have not been stuffed into pockets. You may feel the need to go back to the beginning of time and catch up! If you are like me and are just starting your journey in this new style, you may find it overwhelming. Slow down.
Stop for a second and take a deep breath! Repeat after me… “Everything is going to be okay.”
Let me introduce you to this little site called IFTTT (If This Then That). We have all been exposed to social media for a while now and there are so many different platforms that it really can be difficult to keep up. No worries! This site provides a service that will allow you to collect information from all sorts of platforms and send them to a specified and centralized location. I cannot describe what a timesaver and stress reliever this is for me. Before I found this site, I was spending valuable time searching my email, my blog, my calendar, One Note, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and countless other Social Media sites in search of photos and journal snippets in order to compile photos and details for my weekly spread. Okay, enough about that site, but seriously… check it out!
My pocket style scrapbooking goal for 2016 is to stay current. I know this is not realistic, but it is a goal I hope to maintain a steady pace of consistency so that I do not fall behind. I have found that after four years of attempting pocket style scrapbooking that the farther I get behind, the more stressed I feel, and when I am stressed I spin my wheels and accomplish nothing. In my free time, (Ha! Ha!) I have also set a smaller goal of collecting photos and information from previous years so that I can get organized and catch up. Taking photos daily is second nature to me after several years of Project 365. From the beginning, I was diligent about organizing my photos by date, but at the time I didn’t have a tagging system in place, and editing photos has been a major undertaking. The best advice I can give anyone about organization is to organize your photos in a way that works for you. All of the organization advice in the world is not helpful if it doesn’t suit your workflow. As you can see below, my style has evolved a little over the past few years, but the photos and memories are documented.
My final tip, especially for anyone digitally scrapping in a pocket style format, is to collect as much information as you can and put it all in one place. If a template will be used, it is a good idea to place the photos on the template and then save the file under the corresponding week. This creates a virtual space for everything to reside until you are ready to embellish. The beauty of doing this digitally is that you can save the file and come back to it and work on it as you have time. In the image below you can see that even though week 38b (the right side of a double page spread) is not complete, there is a place marker for it. The final icon that is visible (highlighted in blue) in the image below is also the start of a brand new layout. It just has some images thrown into the file and is not yet even properly named.
So there you have a peek into my process. It may not work for everyone, but it is what I have found works for me.