Tips For Managing A Long Project

by Tammy on August 22, 2012

I have been scrapbooking my trip to Europe for over two years now. It’s the only project that I’ve been this dedicated to. And when I say “work” on this trip, here’s what I’ve done:

A mini album. It contains many of my favorite photos, details on what I did every day, postcards with journaling, who I met and how I felt as I traveled to each city.

There will be a 2 page layout about each city I traveled to, including the memorabilia I saved. Here’s the Venice layout that I created recently (and showed a teaser of – layout based on a Scrapbook Generation sketch). The photos on these layouts are overview photos from the day, but don’t include the detail photos from specific places or tours.

Other: Sassafras metal flowers, Prima flowers, Recollections bling.

Beyond that, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. I took about 1,500 photos on my trip but after deleting bad photos and editing, I ended up getting about 300 photos printed.

After I started making the overview pages, I realized that was not going to be enough. There were so many other details about the excursions, the food, and the sights that had to be documented too. But did I really want to scrapbook 300 photos? What would I do with that many layouts? I’m not a huge fan of two page layouts, so everything else will probably be one pagers. Would these layouts go into my Places album? Would they go into their own album? Decisions, decisions.

I’m glad I gave myself time to think over the possibilities. If we are overwhelmed by a project we might make a quick decision just to get it done. After two years of reflection, I’ve realized that this was truly an amazing adventure and it deserves special treatment. Of course I’m going to scrapbook these photos no matter how many layouts it takes and these layouts will go in a dedicated album. (And it’s already half full!)

That leads me to offer a few tips if you have any ongoing projects like this:

Keep everything in one place

These 12×12 Iris cases are perfect to keep everything together. I have all of my photos and memorabilia and travel themed items in one spot. If you are working from a collection pack or a specific set of papers, keep them here too.

Divide the photos by page

I had a stack of about 300 photos (I wish I had taken a photo of that stack before I created the mini album and started on layouts!) and this is what is left. I went through and divided my photos up by the stories/pages I want to create. I am also planning some divided page protector inserts and listed them here. When I want to work on one of these pages, I’ll just grab the 2-3 photos I need.

Make kits

I am not using a coordinated set of products for this album, so when I come across products that I think will work well with a set of photos, I’ll put them together. Sometimes I’ll find a sketch right away and plan out the page too. This goes in my stack of page kits so on the weekend when I’m in a crafty mood, I can pull one of these kits and get to work.

Give yourself a break. Scrapbooking a long project is not¬†a race. You don’t have to power through it. I work on my layouts when the photos inspire me. After a few Europe layouts, I’m ready to move on to some nephew layouts. I just put the case away and everything is together when I want to work on it again later.

Do you have any tips for keeping up with a long project?

Thanks for stopping by today!

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