Playing catch up. It's almost laughable. I know I will never be fully caught up with memory keeping. That's not my style. But being 2-3 years behind is making me feel blah. I'm more comfortable with being closer to a year behind. So when I realized I was going on 3+ years behind I decided it was time to take action.
Time to get serious. Lot's of time.
What a crazy world we are living in right now. We're about a week into the countries social distancing protocols. Thank you covid-19. Thank you very much. My family consists of 5 humans + an old dog. Me, husband, 10 year old daughter, 2 year old daughter and 61 year old live in dad. Oh, plus the old girl, our 12 year old cocker spaniel. Husband (he's got a name, it's Jeff) has Crohn's disease. 2 year old daughter, Lily, has a history of distress when dealing with respiratory illness. Me and the 10 year old daughter, Gwen, are pretty healthy. Then there's 61 year old pops, Kevin, who's a smoker, and well, 61. Needless to say, we are taking social distancing very seriously.
Schools been cancelled for the 4th grader, and I happen to be the PTO president for her school, so guess what? No PTO duties for me in the foreseeable future. Oh, and did I mention I own a business thats entire premise is crafting...socially. So shut that down too.
Now life has come to an abrupt halt. I'm not wasting this pause in life. I'm getting right to work on catching up on some overdue scrapbooking.
Here's a look at how I'm tackling this project:
Batch printing. I print all my photos at home on a Canon Selphy CP1300 printer. I take all my photos with my iPhone. I edit on my phone, then print either from my phone directly or sometimes from Photoshop on my Mac. To organize my photos, I print one week at a time (unless I have to add an extra 3x4 from the next week to maximize my prints.) Then I slip all the photos into a bundle by folding my handy photo folio strip around the pictures. I add the week number and dates to the slip. Viola. 52+ weeks of memories ready to roll. You can download a copy of the photo folio strip at the end of this post.
Photo placement. Once I've printed all my photos, I slip them into page protectors. I don't pay too much attention to the order or placement of the photos, although I suppose once I got into this step I was naturally arranging the photos.
Kit building and gathering. Next I gather up kits to work from. If I don't have kits already on hand, I will build kits from my stash. I'm working on a video & post about my kit building process. Keep an eye out for that.
Time to get to work! Now that I have all these fun kits to work from, I grab a random kit to work with, then I flip to a page in my book that looks like it will fit with the kit theme.
I like working on random pages through out the book rather than from front to back. It's helped me to not feel overwhelmed by having to do an entire year in order. By jumping around, I'm reflecting on different parts of the year, remembering how CRAZY 2017 was for my family, and getting to work with many different themes and colors in the kits. If I was working front to back, living in Minnesota, I would be spending a fair amount of time in the winter months, which is what the real world outside is like right now. I need an escape! Working on summer photos sure helps.
As I'm working through this project, I'm putting together a few process videos. Be sure to hop over to my YouTube channel to check them out.
Are you working on a long overdue memory keeping project? I would love to hear how you're tackling it. Leave a comment below!
xoxo - Kelli