It’s that time again! I’ve been preparing for my scrapbook retreat this weekend at The Covered Bridge Inn in Weatherford, Texas. I can not wait to go because I have finally learned the secret to preparing and being productive while I am there!
I have tried to grasp the concept of creating ‘power layouts’ for many years, with little success. That is until this past fall! So, I would like to share with you what worked wonders for myself and I hope that it will help you in preparing for your next retreat or crop.
I probably scrapbook a little different than most people do because I am usually teaching scrapbook classes that are already prepared for me by Close To My Heart. All I have to do is select the photos that I’d like to use on the layouts that I create with the particular kit I am using for the month.
So, I’ve said for several years now, that I “scrapbook backwards” because I create my scrapbook layouts first, and then go back and select the photos I want to use. I can print them out any size I need and even change them to black & white or sepia…whatever works best for the layout I have made.
Anyway, this past fall, I finally decided to try putting some power layouts together for my upcoming retreat and once I figured it out…I couldn’t stop myself! Here are the steps that worked for me…
1. I gathered several of my extra Close To My Heart Idea Books and flipped through the pages of each one and tore out or cut out the scrapbook layout ideas that I wanted to recreate. I also looked through my computer files for ideas that I have saved that I wanted to recreate as well and printed those out.
2. Since every layout I create is a Close To My Heart Scrapbook Program Concept, I just need to determine what scrapbook layout concept it is that I need to locate in one of the three Scrapbook Programs by Jeanette Lynton. I can usually find the name of the concept right underneath the photo of the layout if I’m using an idea straight from an idea book. Otherwise, I check out the quick reference pages in each Scrapbook Program for the concept.
Look closely at the below photo. You can see that the idea I pulled from an old idea book matches up with the concept I found in the Imagine Scrapbook Program.
From the above pages, I can use the cutting diagrams to cut my paper so that it is all prepared for me when I sit down to scrapbook. I also gathering all the accessories I want to use and include those in a mini ziplock bag, if they fit.
The first round of creating my power layouts netted me over 40 power layout kits! So, I still have lots to work on this coming weekend with little preparation. Woohoo!
I might see if I can pull a few new ones together tonight just for fun.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Have a great weekend and God bless!