On Saturday, I went to an all day crop with some of the friends I have met through the West Coast Club Scrap group. It was so much fun, I made this art journal page about it!
It was also very productive. I got 15 pages done. I'll try and share some over the next few days. As I was packing for the crop on Friday, I began thinking about my process for scrapbooking and how it has changed over time. These days I only scrap once a month or so, and it's usually at a crop of some kind (a group of friends getting together to craft/scrapbook). I rarely pull out my scrapbooking stuff on my own; I'm much more inclined to do art journaling when I have a time at home. I also tend to prepare what I call "page kits." I'll select the pictures I want to scrap and put them in a bag with the paper and embellishments I plan to use. That way when I get to a crop, I have (most of ) what I need. Often, I will also put the sketch in the bag which I plan to use. My favorite sketch tool are the idea decks of cars from Club Scrap which tell you how many of each size paper you need and where to make the cuts to create the sketch. Of course, I feel free to improvise once I get started! Club Scrap also has a wonderful tool/process they call "Assembly Line Scrapbooking," where you create blank layouts with their coordinated paper. Then, when it comes time to crop, you simply match up pictures with existing blank layouts. I know it sounds like it wouldn't work, but, trust me, it does. So, that's where I'm at these days with my process. It's quick and efficient. I like the pages I complete and really like the fact that they're completed. They're not as creative as my pages used to be, but I channel my creativity into my other interests.
I'm curious to hear about the process that you use to scrapbook. . . please share!