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Hi Everyone,
Today I thought I would share with you some of the way I start out a scrapbook page. My mom has always asked, how do you decide what picture to do? What makes you pick the colors you pick? You know stuff like that. So today I thought I would share with you a little bit of my process and how I start out a layout project...

First thing I learned was...Do not scrap in chronological order. Pick a picture that inspires you...So for example the next layout I'm working on is with this picture....I love this picture of Ethan and his grandparents.

The problem is my mother-in-law is wearing a green sweater and it just seemed to stand out in this picture, so I had it printed in black and white...
Sorry about the glare :)
Generally when I'm selecting the colors I'll use with my project I pick from the picture. Since I'm using a black and white photo I can pretty much pick whatever inspires me.

Next I start looking through my cardstock and I pick colors that I want to use as photo mats, titles, accents...

Then I move on to some other pattern paper that I think might coordinate with my main focal color pattern paper. Since I went with a black and white picture I pulled in more black and white (really off-white) colors.

Slowly I start pulling out supplies that I think I may want to use somewhere on my layout.
Like Punches...

embellishments and stamps...

I don't always use what I pick and sometimes I pick something different as I'm working...

As I start to work on this layout I will snap more pictures and show you more of the process. Thats all for today, I hope you enjoy the day.

Hugs and happy scrapping :)

25 comments

  1. You little tease......Can't wait to see the finished layout I just KNOW it's going to ROCK!!! Hugs, T

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  2. Thanks for the tip. I am one who does scrap in chronological order, but I'm working on 3 albums at a time: general; one grandson's 1st year and the other grandson's 1st year (after the 1st b'day they go into general). So now I haven't done a page anywhere for 2011 YET, but it's coming, it's coming. What takes the most time is picking paper, etc., etc., etc.

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  3. Great Tips, thank you for sharing your process.

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  4. Wonderful tips and tricks Christina. You always inspire me.
    Thank you.
    Judy

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  5. Especially like your choice of b&w for the photo and the papers you are choosing.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"
    http://createdbysunshinehoneybee.blogspot.com

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  6. Thanks for the tips, about printing in b&w when you have distracting colors and especially about not to scrap in chronological order. I tend to try and do that and am way behind and put off doing something that may not interest me which delays me even more!

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  7. Thanks for the tip. I have so many pictures to scrapbook but never know where to start. Great tip on using black and white photographs.

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  8. A glimpse into the mind of Christina the scrapper..THANKS totally needed it. I've been thinking of NOT scrapping in chronogilical order too. Going to start this weekend just selecting a photo or even that I love and get them on pages. TFS! Happy fourth of July!

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  9. Christine,
    Thank you for this post. I have been trying to figure out how to start the design process and this helps tremendously.

    Thanks!
    Nancy Alexander

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  10. Can't wait to see how this turns out. Thanks for the tip on turning the photo to B&W to tone down the sweater.

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  11. This process is quite freeing and I can see it lends itself to putting to work the many tools and embellishments that sit in drawers and cabinets. I have been placing the cart before the horse. Thank you.

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  12. Choosing colors is the hardest for me. I can't wait to see your finished layout.
    Thank you
    Linda in Stanwood

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  13. I am a beginner in scrapbooking. And I have found that scrapbooking chronologically is not my thing. I like scrapbooking individual pictures or an event, so much easier.

    I can't wait to see the rest of your "process". Thank you for sharing!!

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  14. This was very helpful. Thank you so much.

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  15. Hi Christina!

    What a great idea to cover this topic? Thanks so much!

    Angela Young

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  16. I look forward to more posts about your process in scrapbooking. I have a few different ways of scrapbooking, depending on my mood. It's always fun to hear how others do it. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  17. I love the idea of printing the photo in black & white.

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  18. Love your ideas. It's always fun to hear how others create and I can use all the help I can get. I get stuck in a rut and I feel like page after page looks the same so thanks for the good ideas.

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  19. I recently stopped doing my layouts in chronological order.I was not getting much done because after a while I lost interest. So now I do layouts of things that I really want to work on, right away! Thank you for the tips. You're the best!

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  20. Thanks for sharing your scrapping process with us. Can't wait to see the final layout.

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  21. I am going to try this the next time I sit down to scrap. I get in a rut sometimes and I end up just making pages because I have these ideas in my head and no pics readily available that fit the project I have planned. LOL!

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  22. Ok now I'm anxious to see your finished layout. Thanks for the tips very helpful.

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  23. thanks for your process. I'm a chronological scrapper.

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  24. I love the layout already! I love all the papers/embellisments you have picked out! I can't wait to see the finished product.
    Tara

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