Hey as scrapbookers are we every really caught up?? As I shared with you yesterday I have been itching to scrapbook. I feel like I have been behind. I’m sure you can relate – I know I’m not the only one with a backlog right??
I don’t think you can ever truly be caught up with scrapbooking because every day we are creating new history to record. Unless you are scrapbooking in the moment, how can we ever be caught up? Most of the time I don’t sweat being behind on my scrapbooking to do list. But I have pages that have been on my “to do” list for over a year now and I would like to record these events. When my scrapbooking to do list gets this long then I start to feel overwhelmed. I don’t know about you but if you are anything like me then you don’t care for that overwhelmed feeling. So when this happens to me I turn to a “review” layout.
What is a review layout?
To me a review layout is one that reviews a given amount of time. The amount of time you wish to review is completely up to you. I have done review layouts that span everything from a week such as a review of vacation to a year. The year in review was a simple 2 page spread with one significant photo from each month and a simple bullet point journaling list. Most frequently my review layouts cover a month or a season. The season may be an actual season such as summer or a sport season like t-ball or soccer.
The best part of a review layout is that you get caught up. You capture the highlights of the memories that have been on your project to do list. You can always create a more detailed layout on any of the subjects in your review layout at another time but the event is captured. You have recorded the moment and to me that is what is most important as the family historian.
Today my review layout spans September 2010.
Since September is the start of fall I choose card stock and Designer Series Paper that felt like fall to me but since the beginning of September can still be warm here in New Jersey, I used flowers as accents and embellishments. My color scheme consists of Spice Cake Designer Series Paper and Soft Suede and Pool Party card stock. I am so excited about these flower embellishments. Let’s take a closer look at them.
Aren’t these flowers soooo cool!?? The flower on the left is a fabric twisted flower. I used one of the Spice Cake Designer Fabrics to create this embellishment. The remaining flowers are all punched die cut flowers that I layered, distressed, inked and assembled. Ok, now check out those colored pearls – those are the Stampin’ Up! basic pearls that I altered with a Sharpie Marker. Isn’t that cool! You can make the pearls any color you want!
What will your next review layout be about? Leave a comment and let me know!