” I Am So Far Behind!”
These are the words of many a chronological scrapper. No, I’m not going to tell you that chronological scrapping is wrong, out-of-date, or stifling. We’ve all heard enough of that over the years, haven’t we? I pore over those articles in CK and SBE looking for clues to improving my own processes. But let’s face it:I am simply incapable of scrapping any other way but chronologically! I am always “so far behind.”And so are most of my scrapping friends!
I usually have about a 6-8 month lag time between taking my photos and finally getting to scrap them. Sure, I’m jealous of my friend Lindsay who scraps so quickly and regularly that she actually worries about running out of photos to scrap. How is this possible?! We laugh often at the difference in our styles and speeds — especially when we attend crops together!
While I’d love to scrap faster there are some definite advantages to running behind a few months:
The biggest advantage for me is that I so often see details in my photos that I wouldn’t have noticed at the time of snapping them.One of my favorite examples of this is my Starbust layout below.
These pictures were taken at one of several Easter egg hunts from that spring (2007). It was my son’s first Easter as a toddler and I took pictures at every party and hunt — and we went to several! If I had scrapped these pictures right away, they would likely have been included in a general Egg Hunt layout with all of the others. But when I started sorting through those egg hunt shots a few months later, I realized that my son’s love and obsession with Starburst had begun THAT VERY DAY. I actually had him on camera enjoying his very first Starburst, his first of what would be too many to count! That realization gave my layout a completely different “flavor” in more ways than one!And it’s a layout I’ll treasure even more. And then, of course, I scrapped the rest of the Easter pictures in another layout focusing on the eggs, etc.
Thanks to the age of digital cameras, I take zillions of pictures each time I pull out the camera.Â When downloading the pictures and deleting the duds, I always think: Gosh, this is going to be a tough layout when I get to it.Â How will I ever select just a few shots?
But then, just a few months later, I find that I see them through a time-induced filter that makes it easier to decide which pictures our family will treasure most. That “filter” helps me instinctively know which pictures best capture the day, the moment, and the feelings that I’m trying to convey in my layout.
Reliving the Memories
By waiting a few months to scrap, it’s fun to think back to the event and remember the best parts of the event. Conveniently, many of the other details just fall away, leaving the essence of the event and a fun memory to think about while scrapping it!
A bonus advantage to scrapping slightly behind is that you can usually wait & scoop-up your seasonal supplies right when they go on clearance! For example, I’m not usually ready to scrapbook my Halloween layouts at Halloween time. But by the time those products go on clearance, I surely know what the layout will contain and what products I will need! It’s more fun to purchase at 50-60% off than at full price during the season!
(Just don’t wait too long to buy those seasonal necessities. I know firsthand that you don’t find a broad selection of Christmas embellishments and papers in July!)
If you’re like me, you won’t be able to stop dreaming about being “caught up” on your scrapping. Until then, at least you can enjoy the advantages of being a chronological scrapper who is “so far behind!”