I usually make my layouts in batches, assembly line style. I typically work on 3 to 5 layouts at a time where I start with having my photos printed. Then I sketch out and put together the general layout for my photos, taking into account where I want to put my title, journaling and embellishments. At that point, I only have my cardstock, cutter and ATG gun (adhesive) out on my craft table. Once I have my photos in place, I create all my little embellishments which I call my fun elements. That is when I put my Cuttlebug die cutting machine, stamps and stickers out. After that comes my title (which I either die cut or put together using sticker alphas). At that point, my glue pen and tweezer are out. The last step is to print out and adhere my journaling (I seldom handwrite my journalling because I feel like computer-generated ones look more polished, something that I want to change as I want to incorporate my handwriting more in my future layouts). This whole process is mostly done at night and usually takes me a whole week. Weekends are usually for photographing the finished product.
So having to finish a layout in 30 minutes is something new to me. To help me out a bit, I did some prework and CASE'd a layout I saw online. Once I knew the general direction I am heading, the rest happened smoothly.
Here is what I came up with... I used to scrapbook only special events / holidays and trips that we take. But lately, I am inspired to scrapbook our everyday moments such as this one by our backyard...
|I am loving having lots of white space on my layout. Will try to do this more often|
Here is a close up of the journaling.
And the butterflies...
|Don't you just love those butterfly trails?|