Scrapbooking, Tips and Tricks

So many memories, so little room

When I started scrapbooking a couple of years ago, almost all the pages I made were single-photo layouts. Now that I’m scrapbooking all of these hiking photos, however, I find myself trying to cram as many photos as possible on every page – there are just too many views I want to remember!

I try to cull my photos at several stages in the camera-to-scrapbook process (actually, the eye-to-scrapbook process – I’m becoming more and more critical of what I choose to photograph. With a digital camera it’s way too easy to just snap away like mad, creating more work for when you get back to the computer. Bah!):

1) Looking through my photos in Lightroom, I delete the obvious losers (blurry, grainy beyond salvation, major exposure failage etc.) altogether, and then flag the ones I want to upload to flickr. Our flickr account is where we share our photos with friends and family, and I like to think of it as a backup in case all our hard drives crash or the house goes up in flames or something. I only edit the flagged photos.

2) Now comes the hard part – choosing which photos to scrapbook. I make an effort to include photos of us and our hiking partners on every page even if it means dropping a nature photo I love, because I think they will be more interesting to us in the future. I think I’m going to make a simple album with my favorite nature photos so I won’t have to worry about forgetting them.

I also save some photos to use for non-event, non-chronological scrapbook pages – instead of including this photo of JK and the pups on the Tuck and Robin layout, I’m going to save it for something else. Maybe a page about my favorite things? Or summer memories? Or how freaking cute my boys are? I store multiple usage photos like that one in a digital Library of Memories system.

3) Now for the actual scrapbooking part – I like to choose one or two photos to emphasize what I want to remember about the trip (these tend to be nature photos), then squeeze in the rest as supporting actors.

Since I am generally too lazy to come up with new, exciting designs all the time, my layouts tend to look very similar to each other. Case in point – the Tuck and Robin page looks a lot like the Mount Baker page I just made, and the Tank Lakes layout is based on a design from Cathy Zielske‘s Design Your Life class that I have already used on another page…and quite frankly the two layouts in this post look almost the same. I don’t care; I’m just happy to be scrapbooking and getting these memories down on paper.

Tanks for the memories

The first couple of times we went hiking, I ended up making several scrapbook pages from each trip – if I had kept this up, my shelves would be full of not-very-interesting albums. I definitely prefer this more succinct (if I can use that word about photos) style of memory keeping, especially since I don’t really have room for many albums in our house to begin with. Maybe we should just build more shelves :o)

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  • Reply Disa September 30, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Love your scrapbooking!

    I have a question on your photo editing, do you do all your editing in Lightroom? Is it pretty straight forward to use? I would like to get better at post-processing my pictures but I find it kind of hard to figure out where to start, especially as I don’t want to buy any programs unless I’m pretty sure I’ll end up liking them and as I never seem to have enough time to do all the things I want…

    Hope you’re enjoying the PNW fall, I am a little jealous :)

  • Reply sharon October 1, 2009 at 1:45 am

    Ingunn, I never tire of looking at your pages – sure the bones might be the same (but what good bones they are!) but you add that little something to each that makes them different. Your style is perfect!

    I am starting to lean towards the same idea that you use – a collage of photos with a leading star/s (yep, digital does allow a little too much clicking to happen) and I am trying to be ruthless with the culling, but sometimes it doesn’t get done (lazy/no time)

    Thanks for sharing with us! – and I am also a believer that more shelving can solve many problems! :-)

  • Reply sharon October 1, 2009 at 1:47 am

    ps what is that font used for “tanks” – great combo between it and the one used “for the memories” (and also cute play on words!)

  • Reply Karin October 1, 2009 at 7:38 am

    I also have been trying to be more selective with the photos I scrap because after scrapping for so many years I have way too many scrapbooks and don’t have room for all of them in our little house. I totally understand! I think your pages are gorgeous and you take such beautiful photos. I can imagine it’s quite hard to pick out just a few photos from a trip to scrap!

  • Reply Christina Smith October 1, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing how your scrapbooking process works! I like it! I also wanted to say that the last time I had my pages printed I had them printed in a hardcover book through Shutterfly. I had like 50 pages in it and it turned out AWESOME! And it’s smaller. So instead of it taking up 3-4 inches on my shelf, it now takes up 1/2 inch. It’s so nice! Just an idea I thought I would share…

  • Reply Libby October 2, 2009 at 1:55 am

    Hi Ingunn,

    Loved the peak into your scrapbooking system. I find scrapbooking landscapes is so hard (no cropping) so I think you do a most admirable job on your layouts.


  • Reply Iris October 4, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Thanks for that insight in your scrapbooking system. I love to read your blog, but most of the time I come here for looking at your absolutly stunning fotos. you are my hiking role model, hopefully, when my son is older I can do hiking trips like yours!

  • Reply Tracy October 4, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Build more shelves – I love your layouts! :)

    I liked hearing about your process – I also tend to only edit what I plan to upload to Flickr and/or scrapbook. I take too many pictures to edit them all! :)

  • Reply vb2202 October 5, 2009 at 6:00 am

    I looked at your blog in detail and it is very attractive.
    I see that we have common points: the mountain, the nature, the travel … the photo and the scrapbooking “clean and simple”.
    I put your blog in my favorits because it pleases me a lot.
    Friendly .
    Véro in the Alpes (Grenoble)

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