With the New Year coming up, I've been thinking about how I organize my scrapbooks, and what I might want to change with the new year. Currently I have three 3-ring Binders. One for 2006, 2007 and 2008. I don't scrap chronologically AT ALL. I scrap based on whatever I'm inspired to do at the moment. The current system I've been using allows me to scrap that way and then insert the pages into my chronological albums wherever they belong, based on when the pictures were taken. Seemed like a good idea at the time.
I'm discovering a few problems with the system tho. Sometimes I do layouts with pictures from more than one year. Sometimes I do layouts with pictures from before 2006. But those aren't the main problems. The main problem I'm having is this.
When I make a layout, I'm usually recording feelings. Sometimes I do scrap events, yes. But more often than not, I am inspired by a song, or a challenge, or an emotion. These things are not chronological events, and even tho I may include a photo that happened to be taken in 2006, the feeling I am expressing is happening now. Know what I mean? It seems disjointed to take that layout and file it in the 2006 album.
So I need a new system. Here's my idea so far:
1. One album labeled 2009. This would be an overview of the year. One calendar-type spread for each month with highlights of that month. (This would be something completely new for me).
2. One general ongoing series of albums where I put all layouts, in the order I scrap them, newest one on top. I think I would give these albums random fun names that don't have anything to do with chronology.
Now, I ask you - how do you organize your layouts? Do you have a system that works for you? I'd love to hear about it! Let's share ideas!!!