The Graduation was held under cloudy but dry conditions - thanks to everyone who sent positive vibes to help keep the rain away! It did rain eventually but long after the ceremony - we even got the cars packed up before the rain started. Here is a photo I was able to catch as the class walked in - I'll share more photos as I make some scrapbook pages to commemorate the day.
This Discussion Day is posting on Sunday instead of Saturday - between the travels and the Blogger technical problems things are a little mixed up but it's best to just be flexible instead of worrying about a strict schedule. So here is what I have been thinking about...
I am curious to know how you decide which projects to work on? If you are a scrapbooker, do you work on an event/trip/holiday or do you stick to a strict chronological order in your books? Do you think there is a "right" way to organize an album? I have helped people who decided to make an album years after the photos were taken and sometimes there is a benefit to being "behind" on your pages. If you have years and years of photos to work with you can make page layouts showing a span of time within a certain theme. For instance, you can do a composite of the Halloween costumes through the years, first days of school or hanging the stockings at Christmas.
Do you start with an idea for a layout and look for photos to suit or do you start with the photos and then decided which papers, embellishments and titles to use? Do you always work in the same format (12 x 12, 8 1/2 x 11, 8 x 8) or do you decide based on the amount and type of photos you have. If you have lots and lots of photos do you try to fit them all in or do you edit down to the very best few to capture the event? Have you started to move toward digital scrapping or are you a paper only scrapper.
If you don't scrapbook but make cards or other projects, how do you decide what to make? Do you create for the sake of creating and add generic sentiments (Thanks, Happy Birthday, With Sympathy, etc.) that you know you can use at sometime or do you create each card as needed for a specific event or occasion?
When you make a more elaborate project like an explosion box or a mini-album is there usually a purpose - are you making it as a gift or are you just creating to try out different techniques and ideas? If you don't give away the things you make - what do you do with them? Are they displayed or tucked away in drawers and boxes?
If you'd like to share a little about your process and how you decide what to make, just leave a comment on this post. I'll link it up at the bottom of each post for the next week so you can easily come back another day to add your thoughts. We drive home tomorrow and I have several projects to share with you once things get back to "normal" - whatever that is!
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