Quick Tip | Take Time To Put Your Layouts Away

I came across this post from May Flaum recently and my heart went out to her. That’s going be to a big job! Being a super organized, everything in its place kind of gal (no, I do not have children), I instantly wanted to dig right in and help her sort and make piles so they could be put away. (Not that this would actually happen because I am in Tennessee and she’s in California. Oh, and she doesn’t even know me…)

But as I was thinking about how I would attack that stack of layouts, it hit me. When was the last time I organized completed layouts and put them into albums? I thought about it and realized……I have no idea.

So I ventured to my craft room to investigate. It seems I have my own dirty little secret.

I was a bit surprised at myself, actually. I didn’t think it was this bad.

OK, wait. This is not a bad problem to have. Look at that lovely stack of complete layouts! This is a good thing! In my defense they are “organized” in this 12×12 container, but the lid no longer closes over them. So, today I will be taking the time to get these into albums.

And that leads me to my tip: take the time to put your layouts away!

This reminds me of something Melissa posted a few months ago. She has a dedicated album of layouts called What’s New (get all the details here). I’m half tempted to start my own What’s New album right now so I don’t have to sort my layouts! But all my empty albums are already packed, so these layouts need to go into albums currently on the shelf. But one day, I’m going to create a What’s New album to make the process a little easier.

Do you have any tips for sorting and storing your layouts?

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  1. I guess I should feel fortunate that the current book and next book I’m working on both have definite beginnings and ends. While I’m working on them, the finished pages go in a neat stack in the closet in the order they will appear in the book. Once I’m done with the final page, everything gets put in the book. I have to wait until I’m done because I don’t use page protectors and everything has to be screwed together. I’m so close to finishing the one I’m working on!

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    • Sounds like you have a great system that works for you. Putting layouts away used to be a pain when I used the post bound albums. But I switched everything over to 3-ring and now it goes so much faster. 🙂

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  2. That is a lot of completed layouts! Awesome! 🙂 Love that you’re sering the positive side of it! I keep the albums I’m working on in my craft room and sort my layouts into their respective albums as I finish them. However, I don’t usually put them into page protectors until some time down the road! 😉

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    • Always trying to find the silver lining….. 🙂

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  3. I’m so ticked you linked to my post Tammy! As soon as I started reading yours today, I remembered when I wrote about my system and then saw that you had remembered it to. I like the What’s New album because I get to enjoy the layouts again when I move them to their permanent home in my LOM albums. I totally agree, though, that having completed layouts is a great thing!! Memories recorded & stories told!

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    • I really was tempted to start that what’s new album, but LOM makes everything so easy. I just had to sort these into 4 piles and start pulling albums. They got filed pretty quickly. After the move, I’m still thinking of creating a What’s New album. Such a great idea! 🙂

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  4. LOL…. I am in the same boat as you… I have a stack and I think mine may be a bit bigger.. I need to do the same so thanks for the added push…

    Hugs

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    • You’re welcome! Like I said, a stack of completed layouts is a good thing! Just focus on the accomplishment. 🙂

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  5. I always have the album first then the layouts come second. I have a hang up about getting the pages into the album so I can share it with everyone. However that is not always the case. Its cool you have so many layouts done 🙂

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    • It does feel good! Luckily it didn’t take me too long to get everything organized.

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  6. That is a good thing to have that many layouts completed.
    As for putting layouts away, I seem to do that as soon as I am finished one. Mind you I couldn’t tell you the last time I actually did a layout.

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    • LOL Tracy. As organized as I am, I’ve never been able to put them away immediately. Guess I like to keep them out for a few days to look at and then I forget and the pile just grows. Completed pages, that’s all that matters.

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  7. I use a vertical paper holder for my layouts, and when it gets full then I sort them into albums. It keeps me from getting too far behind.

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    • That is a good idea too. It’s kind of what I was doing except for the “when it gets full” part because I really wasn’t paying attention to how full the box was! 🙂

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  8. I just put about twenty or so layouts from various time periods away into albums, I think spending my scrap budget on boring supplies like page protectors is what leads to my procrastination. There is so much fun paper and embellishements I’d rather be buying, LOL! You know, cause I NEED more!

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