I’ve had this group of photos waiting to be scrapped for a long time. The only thing that has stopped me is that large groups of event photos haven’t been inspiring me. I’m a big advocate of scrapbooking photos only when you feel inspired to do so. It’s when you feel pressure and guilt to scrapbook things that it’s no longer fun.
I knew these photos would be scrapbooked eventually because my nephews love their legos. But I wasn’t at this event with them. I don’t know all the details and I didn’t have a story to focus on. So, I turned to my secret weapon: divided page protectors.
Here is the style I used:
I wasn’t interested in creating a crowded 2-page layout with a ton of photos. This particular style, with 8 slots for 3×3 photos, was perfect. I used a photo editing program to crop my photos exactly as I wanted them and then I printed them at home on 8.5 x 11 photo sheets.
And remember, you don’t have to use all of the slots for photos. You can add a journaling block or pattern paper with a few embellishments, the way I did with the one square on the bottom.
On the back side, I took a fun sheet of 12×12 paper and trimmed it to fit the slots. (Sorry, it was a gray, rainy day here. Winter. Sigh. The glare from the light I had to shine on the layout flared off the protector. I couldn’t get a good photo of the reverse side.) So when this layout goes into the album, the reverse side has something interesting to look at. Eventually another group of photos will come along and I fill in the reverse side too.
It feels good to cross this set of photos off the to-do list. This is not my most favorite layout I’ve ever created. That’s part of why I struggle with these types of photos so much. I know I’m not going to produce something that I’m terribly excited about. But it was important to get these photos into an album so sometimes you do what you need to do to get it done.
It’s this exact struggle that has me thinking about what I want to scrapbook this year. The more I think about it, the more I love the idea of photos like this going into Project Life, leaving the more meaningful layouts and stories for my scrapbooks. I’m still mulling this over, but I have a feeling it will be a theme for me all year long.
What are some of your favorite strategies for scrapbooking event photos?
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