Layout secret: part 1

Once upon a time there was a scrapbooker. Let’s call her May. She loved making layouts but was notoriously bad about ever putting them in albums.

At first it was in part because albums ate up her budget. But after a while it became habit. Years went by and she kept stacks of unsorted layouts. It became scary.

Then one day she had to clean out the cabinet where most were held… And now that the pages are out she knows she must get them in albums.


The layouts she does have in albums get looked at and the family loves them. Now that the girls are older, the albums are safe being put out onto the bookshelves and that is inspiring too.

Stay tuned…

25 thoughts on “Layout secret: part 1”

  1. Oh dear Lord…that’s a scary stack of layouts. I usually hang my recently completed layouts on a magnetic board over my scrapbook desk. When I complete a new one, I hang that and put the previous one into an album. The only stack of un-filed layouts I have right now, is the ones for my baby’s album. BUt that’s because I want to store them in order but I’m scrapbooking them in whatever order I feel like. It’s difficult to get them into this particular album, so I’m waiting awhile.

  2. That is another part of it- not wanting to fill albums until I have all pieces… Or it was! At this point I really need to just sort and put away.

    A lot of my layouts are in albums (for the year, for a girl, vacation…) but as you can see not nearly enough

  3. WOW, I have a stack like that with about a couple 100 layouts to put away too. I am taking Photo Freedom in a week or so, and just ordered 100 page protectors to start the sorting process. Wish me luck. Good Luck to you too.

  4. Scary piles! And a scary bill for albums ahead of you. 🙁 I always throw my layouts into an album (cringing at the cost as they fill up), but they aren’t necessarily organized and I keep thinking I’ll go back and make some sense of the order. Realistically, probably not.

  5. Wow! That is scary and impressive all at the same time. I have my albums by topic or person but they won’t ever be chronological. I just add pages as I do them. It’s like Time Travelling books!

  6. I am quite jealous of all those layouts that need a home. I currently have 5 los that are not in an album. The only reason they are hanging around is while I decide if I want to make companion pages. It would be some what of a dream for me to have as many finished lay outs hanging around as do you. That said, my husband would probably be nagging me to find a proper place for them.
    Good luck and wealth in putting your layouts away.

  7. Oh, how awesome! I don’t know why, but I love, love, love to see stacks of other scrappers’ layouts. They just look so cool!

    I’m looking forward to seeing how you sort them all.

  8. I have this problem, but I haven’t been scrapbooking as long as you, so…. I’m thinking I have a long way to go before I have a pile like yours! LOL! The only layouts that go in albums are mini albums… which usually means I have the album first. I guess when you see it like this, the thought of purchasing albums every now and then is a good idea so it doesn’t come to this (harder on the wallet now). Thanks for the flash forward 🙂

  9. WOW that’s ally of sorting, but it needs to be done so family can enjoy them. Use coupons at joanns and michaels and you can get three ring binders. They hold more LOs

  10. OMG I’m so glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t put stuff away. But I kind of feel bad telling you that your pile is bigger than mine!!!

  11. Ha!! It wasn’t easy posting this… it’s such a shameful secret of mine!! But no – I’ve got about 4-5 albums right now empty (that I got on a great price – Dring) and I’m going into M’s today to see what’s happening album wise. I’ve actually been saving up for massive album purchase…

  12. I am impressed – yes they are not put away but they are DONE!!! WOW!!! I am so behind and good for you for staying caught up!!! My kids would be ecstatic if I had that many layouts completed! I hope you got some good deals on albums!

  13. Caught up? What’s that?!

    I am never current- but I have scrapped a lot of things, and in the last 7 years or so I’ve been prolific too

  14. You are not the only one May! I need a ton of albums & really need to do a big album shop!! Mine are piling up – I have them on display against every vase in the house LOL!

  15. You know you could come over to my house and be that prolific! And I could come over to your house and clean your scary closet. I am good at that and you are good at scrapping prolifically -could be a good trade off-:) Ok back to my room to attempt to finish just one layout even!

  16. Impressive! I never really understood why people would have a stack of layouts that weren’t put away. I never had enough before to have that problem. But I made so many layouts in the last 2 months that I did end up with one. A much smaller one, but a stack nonetheless. You should be proud; I am.

  17. Yes i can understand your point about the albums, if you want the really nice ones (as we all do) they are expensive but OMG i have never seen so many LO’s, i bet you will have fun and reminisce when you get around to putting them in albums.

  18. Wow, May. Look at all that beautiful work you created! I have to tell you that one of my favorite things in the world is to see how people organize and deal with their stuff. That picture you posted made me very happy! Do you think you will be surprised by some LOs? As in “wow, I don’t remember even doing this LO!” I can’t wait to see some pictures of how you sort them into albums.

  19. too Funny story! Good luck getting ALL of those LOs into Albums! I do understand the cost factor. Wal mart has a $10.00 Colorbok album in a multitude of colors! Just bought a white fabric for my son’s 1st Communion. I will put pioneer’s snaplock convertor in it. GOOD LUCK!!!

  20. I know what you mean. I have tons of layouts and they are in plastic envelopes waiting for albums (and I do have plenty of empty albums) – my problem is that I keep learning new techniques and get hooked and forget about scrapbooking. I will get to it soon – I’m promising myself here.

  21. My oh my, you’ve got some sorting out to do. I use a vertical paper keeper for storing finished layouts and when it gets full then I have to put them away in albums. So it provides a quasi-deadline and keeps me in line.

  22. Oh boy and I was feeling guilty about the twenty or so layouts I needed to put away! I just did that, I think my procrastination is because it just kills me to have to spend money on boring supplies like page holders instead of the latest super cute embellishments or paper I’m dying to have.

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