Are you a Methodical Scrapbooker or a Haphazard Scrapbooker?
Here’s a look at these two approaches.
See if you can recognise some (or all) of these scrapbooking traits in yourself.
Mary the Methodical Scrapbooker
Mary likes to be in total control of the process.
First and foremost a plan of the scrapbook layout must be drawn up with a level of detail that is clear, crisp and straightforward to follow.
If working from a sketch, any modifications and customisation will be made at this point to tailor the sketch to the specific layout. The sketch then becomes Mary’s visual instruction template rather than a guideline.
Mary now selects all the papers and embellishments required for the project, before starting on the scrapbook layout.
If she’s making a paper layout, this may include a visit to the LSS with a detailed list of requirements for the layout. Or if she’s making a digital scrapbook layout it may involve an hour or two scrolling through the hundreds of digital scrapbooking kits that Mary has stored on her computer. And then she will collect all the selected elements into a single location/folder to make them easy to access as the scrapbook layout is built.
Methodical Mary edits and crops to size all her photos before the layout is started.
Her journaling is planned out and fits the allocated space on the scrapbook layout plan.
Once all this detailed preparation is complete Mary is ready to start building the scrapbook layout and all the components are assembled smoothly according to the plan.
There may be some small deviation from the plan as the layout develops, but in the main Mary will follow that plan that she has taken such pains over to create the scrapbook layout that she envisioned at the beginning.
Mary’s approach (or something similar) is perfect for those of us who have a tendency towards being a ‘control freak’. Most of the mental and creative effort goes into the plan and that’s where Mary the Methodical Scrapbooker gets a lot of satisfaction. Good preparation up front takes some time but the resulting scrapbook layout is quickly created once the preparation is completed.
Hetty The Haphazard Scrapbooker
Hetty the Haphazard Scrapbooker spends the minimum time in planning and preparation. Chances are her scrapbook layout will be created from a blank canvas rather than from a sketched idea. Or from a vague scrapbook idea that’s not fully formulated in her mind yet.
Hetty will choose a focal element (usually a photo) and then dive into her stash to produce a background paper that will work as the base.
She places the photo in a temporarily position on the paper and then the hunt begins for the next paper or embellishment to add to the layout. As this is discovered and added, Hetty moves the photo around to incorporate it. And possibly the previously selected background paper is discarded and replaced with another selection.
Then the hunt is on again for the next piece of the layout. And the existing elements are moved around as it is tried out in different places.
This is repeated as Hetty ‘discovers’ each element and incorporates into her layout. Many of these will be discarded along the way as the layout evolves until it achieves a generally pleasing shape and structure that Hetty is happy with.
Then she’ll add some final elements, such as title and journaling, which she possibly had not given any thought to until this point (probably moving other elements around again in the process).
And finally Hetty’s scrapbook layout is completed. Although Hetty is a bit of a ‘fiddler’ and she can’t resist revisiting the layout and tweaking it some more before she finally accepts it as complete.
So what kind of a scrapbooker are you?
I suspect for most of us we fall somewhere in the middle between Mary and Hetty. I know that I can identify characteristics from both approaches in the way I go about creating a scrapbook layout. And I find that I’m often more likely to take a more ‘Hetty’ approach with my digital layouts and a slightly more ‘Mary’ approach with my paper layouts.
And what about you? Did you identify any of your scrapbooking idiosyncrasies in this article? Let us know in the comments section how you fit into these approaches.
And maybe some of the steps that you might follow that I haven’t included here.