Retreat Next Week

I’m going on a scrapbooking retreat next weekend, and my goal is to make significant progress in our Disney Trip album during the retreat. I’ll be doing the album digitally…

Usually when I go to these retreats, it’s been a while since I’ve scrapbooked so it takes me a good 18-24 hours to get my mojo and get really into it. Because I have such a lofty goal this time, I’m trying to plan ahead.

I have all of my photos organized by park, which is how I think I’m going to organize the book. There were 12 of us on the trip, and we’d scatter every day. Organizing by park is the only way to get some continuity, because organizing chronologically would just be too splintered, I think. What’s been really cool is that iPhoto organizes everything by timestamp — so they’re in these folders organized chronologically anyway. So I can see that while Jerry and Helen and Alice and I were entering Animal Kingdom, Lauren was making a silly face in front of the Japanese pogodas in Epcot, etc. Kind of neat to relive the vacation like that. Hmm. Maybe I will go chronological. Dunno — opinions? I just think that it would make sense to combine all of our BEST pictures of the Safari, rather than do three or four layouts of the same ride since they happened on different days…. Thoughts?

A very kind and giving person (Hi, Karen!) had already scanned the 2008 Park maps, so she sent me those scans, saving me a significant amount of time/headache doing that. I plan to use those on the title pages for each section.

Tomorrow I plan to organize my sketches/templates by the number of photos included. I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to get fancy and do lots of layers and distressing and so forth like I do for most of my digital pages, or if I’m going to go simple/clean and graphic, just in the interest of time. I suppose I’ll figure it out when I get there.

The other thing that I’m doing is operating under the assumption that creativity begets creativity: this week I have done a digital layout every day. Just a few minutes here, a few minutes there, etc., but I have found that when I discipline myself and do this, I’m already revved up when I sit down for the next time. The creative high from yesterday’s layout is still there, so I can just pick up and go on today’s layout, etc. And hopefully this will help me when I get to Texas so I can just sit down and START, instead of sitting down and wondering what the heck I’m going to do first.

One blessing is that because I’m going totally digital on this project, I will not have ANYthing with me except my laptop, digital tablet, and external hard drive. So I don’t have to spend time setting up my supplies — they’ll already be organized exactly as they are at home, and I won’t have to shuffle around trying to set up my workspace for optimum productivity. Sit down, open the laptop, power it up, and GO. That’ll be awesome.

So. Without further ado, here are this week’s layouts so far:

I was going to upload “Hail No!” but then I realized I already did. Ha!

Last week I finally did the pages for Alice’s Birthday:

Products used on the above pages:

Kelley’s Birthday: ABR His & Hers Solid White background paper (ScrapGirls); KPertiet Grunge Overlay, King Me Paper, and Art Warehouse Vibe Alpha (Designer Digitals); DTope Frames from the Moonrise set (OScraps); tjd_juwt The House Hardwood3 paper, NRJ Funky Vintage frame from class materials from a JessicaSprague.com class; Font is CK Becky, downloaded from CKMedia

Boosterthon: SNU Photographic PhotoTrans, BHA GrungeScratch Transparency White, BVA Worn Threads Brushes (from ScrapGirls.com); KHMize WebChallFree 072008 GreySolid (modified) (from DesignerDigitals.com); Fonts are Marcelle and Marcelle flourishes, Geneva, American Typewriter

Alice’s Birthday: KPertiet staples, Notebook Edge Frame No2-2, Vintage Frame, Graphic Pop Overlay No3-4, PKnox arrows (Designer Digitals); Miss Mint Wild Weekend Starstamp2 (Peppermint Creative); BHA GrungeScratch Trans 12×12-blk, AMC Fruit Smoothie EmbMini Heart, ASO Ultimate Grunge Brushes (ScrapGirls); Fonts are CK Becky and Minya Nouvelle

4 thoughts on “Retreat Next Week”

  1. First, the timestamps on the photos won’t strictly be in sync since some of the cameras came from Central time and others from Eastern. So while it might have been 4pm in Animal Kingdom for Pete & Val it was only 3pm according to our cameras internal clocks for you and I at the same instant in Magic Kingdom. 🙂

    Second, if Helen gets such a beautiful page for something as inconsequential as Boosterthon, my birthday layout(s) had better be incredible. Just sayin’.

  2. Kelley — yes — what size do you want?

    Jerry — yeah, I realized that about the timestamps as I was drifting off to sleep last night. And I’ll keep that in mind about your birthday layouts. Yeesh, no pressure.

  3. Which ever size you think will be best!
    Oh, and do you still have the other page you did of the girls? And the other one of me? Okay… I’m just going to let you do all my scrap booking. 🙂 Do you know I have YET to print one photo of Theo? So sad. At least I have them all saved. I just need a day to order them all.

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