Time. I don’t think I have ever met anyone that has claimed to have enough of it. I know there aren’t enough hours in the day for me to do everything I want to do. One of the biggest reasons Why I Love Digi is because it saves me time over paper scrapbooking. First of all, I don’t have to print photos so I eliminate a trip to pick up photos. Minimizing car trips with 2 young children is a plus! Second, my digital process is streamlined and efficient.
This week I will share with you my digiscrap process but first, I need to tell you how I organize my digital templates. I know many scrappers use Adobe Bridge or ACDSee but I just use a regular folder. The folder itself contains the template previews and two sub-folders: PSD and Zip Files.
- unzip the file
- decide the maximum number of photos that I can fit in the template without altering it
- pre-pend the number of photos to the preview file and PSD file names with [number of photos] [space] [dash] [space].
- delete the unzipped folder
I usually wait until I have 10 or so templates and then unzip and move in bulk.
My process is where the real time savings occurs. Here’s how I go from photos to layout.
- I look through my photos of event (or subject of my layout) and select the photos I want to include in the layout. At this point I am not thinking about design or the sizes that my photos will be. I am only thinking about the photos that will tell the story and help me remember the details. If I am on the fence about a photo I choose to include it.
- I created a new layout folder named with the date and subject of my layout (i.e. 2011-06-01 Kara Swim Lessons). I copy all the photos I have selected to include on the layout into this folder.
- I count the number of photos and I go to my folder of over 200 templates.
- I scroll to the previews for the number of photos I’ve selected.
- I choose a template from the previews and copy the file from the PSD folder to my layout photo.
- I choose a kit from my stash, edit, re-size and pop in photos, papers, elements, journaling and the layout is done!
My whole layout process usually averages between 30 to 45 minutes for a layout. I usually have the layout for an event done with a few days of the event and sometimes on the same day! When I create an original layout (without using a template), I turn it into a template and add it to my stash! Preserving our memories is important to me so I definitely want to keep up.
What is your scrapbooking process?