It’s that time of year again, summer has come to an end, the kids are back in school, you have started decorating for fall and it suddenly hits you….at some point over the last few months you fell behind in your memory keeping! Not just a week or two behind, but way behind. Pictures for all of your summer bucket list activities are still on a memory card or on your phone. The kids first day of school pictures may have been posted on Facebook, but that’s as far as you got. That picture of your first pumpkin spice latte of the season never made it further than Instagram. I am right there with you and will share a picture to illustrate the state I am in. This stack of pictures, that is about half of the pictures I have printed and waiting. You don’t feel so far behind yourself now do you!
As tempting as it may be to just move forward and not scrapbook the months you have missed, it is possible to catch up and now is a perfect time. Before the craziness of the holidays sets in, I am going to simplify my style and do pocket style pages for the many (many) months I have missed this year. If you aren’t familiar with pocket scrapping, it is a style of memory keeping where page protectors have been divided up into pockets that you can slip pictures, ephemera, and pre-printed cards into. Some choose to add embellishments, some keep it simple and go with just pictures and the cards. There is no right or wrong way to do pocket scrapping and it is an excellent way to catch up on several months worth of memory keeping quickly! This is a pocket style page I completed where I used pictures of my daughter, pictures of leaves as well as a real leaf from our walk that day along with pre-printed cards.
The 12×12 page I used was a combination of 4×6 and 3×4 pockets. When I print my pictures, I format them so that 2 will fit on a 4×6 piece of paper, then when I print them I get 2 3×4 pictures to use in the pockets. I used minimal embellishments, and when in catch-up mode I will skip embellishments all together in an effort to keep things simple, simple, simple! I love the tips shared by this blogger on how to catch up on your pocket pages quickly and efficiently. One of my favorite things about pocket scrapping (other than it’s ease) are all of the fun free printables available which makes it cost effective as well.
If you are a traditional scrapper and want to stick to the traditional 12×12 format pages, have no fear, you too can catch up! One of the first steps in catching up is getting organized. Having all of the necessary tools in one place before you get started will make the days you dedicate to getting caught up run smoother and faster. Listed below are some great organizing and catch up tips that will help you make the most of your time.
O.k., deep breath. Ready to dive in and get caught up? To help motivate you to print those pictures and preserve your memories, we have partnered with Paper Issues to give away a $20.00 store credit to the Paper Issues Shop! Paper Issues always has the latest and greatest in scrapbooking products with what I can safely say is the fastest shipping anywhere.
What is your favorite season of the year to scrapbook?
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I started scrapping in 2006 and was quickly addicted!I was an avid scrapper until late summer of 2010 when we started our adoption journey, at that point I was overwhelmed with paperwork (and emotions!) and I had to put something on the back burner in my life but I knew I would eventually come back to it.
We welcomed our daughter home from China in December of 2011 and a few months later I found my groove again and pulled out all of those supplies that had been tucked away.
I started out scrapping again doing traditional layouts, but at the beginning of this year I jumped into Project Life and I love it!
When I’m not scrapping I am usually spending time with our daughters which means library time, going on walks, thrifting (they love it as much as I do!) or watching Kung Fu Panda for the millionth time.I also have an Etsy shop Panda Eight Designs where I sell scrapbooking flair that I design.