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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Conquering Scrapbooking Procrastination

Conquering Scrapbooking Procrastination

If you've been with us for awhile or if you've seen my wedding projects on the website, you might know that I was married in 2000, and that I made many of the items in my wedding. With help from family and friends, I made my invitations, shower and wedding thank you cards, centerpieces, bridal party gifts, quilt blocks for a guest book and more.

So it may come as a surprise that I've never finished, in fact, hardly started, my wedding scrapbook. I bought the album, covered in mulberry paper and pressed flowers, and picked up wedding theme papers, stickers and other stuff through the years. But, I never started. The photos sat in their folders from the developers and the photographers and the memorabilia was piled in a small shopping bag.

During this time, I've scrapbooked other events, from blizzards to birthdays. I just couldn't tackle the big wedding project!

Today, I can proudly say that I'm halfway done with my wedding scrapbook; it's looking great, and I'll be done in just a few more sessions.

Here's how to conquer the procrastination that scrapbooking a big event brings on. Let's take it in small steps.

  1. Gather all the photos in one place.
  2. Think about the sequence of events. Write down a chronological or groups list. I had events before the wedding, before the ceremony, the ceremony, the reception. I also had photos of family and friends that I split into mine and my husband's side.
  3. Buy a few photoboxes with the little dividers and scrapbooking or office files for the bigger photos. Whatever you find or buy, make sure you can divide the space into your categories.
  4. Sort your photos. This will give you a good idea of how you can tell the story of your event. You may need to split up large categories to make the idea or event clearer.
  5. Sort any memorabilia. If it doesn't fit in your storage box, jot a note on an index card and put it in the right category.

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