I have gotten so far behind in my scrapbooking the last couple of years. Once Erik started with the police department, and I started taking photos on the side, there just wasn't much time to get it done. Let's also state the fact that I just couldn't bring myself to do it for whatever reason. I lost my scrapbooking mojo. Anyhow, moving on. This will be my first retreat in two years. As with any retreat, I want to get a ton of stuff done. That means I need to plan really well to make the most of my weekend. If you go to a retreat that lasts only a day, I'm sure that means the same for you. You want to get a lot of stuff done too. So, I am going to share my tips for preparing.
*First you can read these posts on how I plan my pages. Here is Part 1 and Part 2. They talk about how I organize my pictures on my computer and my planning notebook. Now, I'm going to say this. I am a chronological scrapbooker for the most part. I have one album for each boy that is chronological, and I have one for the family that is not. The family album is pictures that I love that I want to tell the story about.
*My perspective has changed...I planned a lot of these pages over a year ago. I think in that time, I have become more of a "story teller" in my scrapbooking. I have made the transition from here are all my photos, to here is a moment in time that I really want to tell about. I want the kids to have the story behind the pictures. That does not mean that I will not put a lot of photos on a layout. I am going to go back through my notebook and probably erase/tear out a ton of pages and remake my plans.
*I'm only taking my scrapbooking kits. Every year, or every one day retreat, I would pack up a ton of my supplies and take them with me. It was a pain to go through everything, pack it up, and then unpack it when I got home. Now, I'm going to only take my kits. They have papers, embellishments, etc. I will take my inks and some of my stamps. I think it will be a lot easier to put everything away when I get home, and use up a lot of supplies too.
*Lets say you don't have scrapbooking kits. Then, make your own. Get some of the large Crop Bags
I'll be back later this week to show you exactly what I did to organize my pages for the upcoming retreat. I have to get it done first...I hope you found this helpful.