Scrapbook weekend in review

Another fun weekend scrapbooking is under my belt, and I’m happy to say this time was pretty productive.

I left work early Friday, went out for lunch with my bestie, then headed out to the bed and breakfast that we stay in.  I was out around 2:45, got my truck unpacked, set up my spot and dug in.

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I had two CTMH medium organizers with PL cards in my Crop-In-Style bag, as well as a couple of idea books, my trimmer, stamps and stamp blocks.  The loose organizers were one with cards, and one with some cards, extra adhesives, stamp cleaners, etc, and half full of embellishments.  The 12×12 Cropper Hopper tote was full with my 5 albums.  The Thirty-One organizer had basic tools like my Fuse, rulers, post-its, pens, and adhesives.

All set up.

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I got through putting cards in about half of my first album Friday, then called it a night relatively early.  Saturday I was the first downstairs, right to work by about 9.  I took a break after lunch for a rest – I ended up napping for over 2 hours.  I finished the first book and got through 2/3 of the second one Saturday.  Sunday, I finished book 2 before I packed up to leave around 2 pm.

I loved having all of my pictures already in pages, and focusing solely on choosing cards.  I have to remember for next time that picking cards takes more time than I ever think it will.  In the end, I’m happy with what I got done, and where it puts me going forward.  I have three albums, covering December 2013 to November 2015 that have photos and cards done, and now I can work at embellishing pages and journaling.  December 2015 to March 2016 needs cards added, and anything after March I’ll need to start with pictures.   Plus Miss A’s album has pictures up to the end of December 2015, and it’s easier to do since I’m using one kit.

The only bummer of the weekend was when I was leaving Sunday, the telescopic handle of my workhorse CIS bag broke, and it’s beyond repair.  I’m debating whether it’s worth investing the money in a bag for the one or two weekends a year I leave the house with my scrapbook stuff.  I think I can figure out a way to use other things around the house.  If I do buy one, my number one choice is the CTMH bag which fits their organizers.

Scrappy weekend is a go!

We had our usual spring scrapbooking weekend booked for this weekend.  When my friend who coordinates it sent out the email, only three of us were able to go.  I was completely prepared to pay the cost to split the hall and rooms three ways – I need a weekend away so badly!   A bunch of people said it was too bad it wasn’t the next weekend because they were free.  My friend remembered that when we booked, the weekend after also was available.  She called the B&B where we stay, and sure enough, it was available.  A quick email to everyone, and we were good to go with 7 people.

I started to organize this week – I want to be as prepared as possible to make the most out of my time.

  • I’m not taking my Silhouette, cardstock or patterned paper. I’ll load up on Post-Its and mark where there’s things I want to add.
  • My pictures are printed until the end of March 2016.  I’ve been putting pictures into pocket pages and I’m hoping to have everything in albums before I go. Then I can focus on getting cards in and embellishing.  It’ll be nice not having to take a pile of pocket pages either.
  • I’m focusing on my books.  If for some reason I get myself caught up (hahahahaha), I’ll have Miss A’s albums with me to work on.
  • I have an album that only needs journaling done which I’ll take but I won’t be working on it as a priority.  I think I’ll leave all my journaling to the end.
  • I’m taking the damn cruise album.  Although it would be nice to focus on this and get it done, I won’t enjoy the weekend if that’s what I work on first.  It’ll be a last resort project!

EDIT April 18, 2016:  Holy crap, I did it!  All of my pictures from January 2014 to March 2016 are in pocket pages.

Debating Digital

I can’t believe the thought crossed my mind, but I was mulling around the idea of switching to digital Project Life.   My first thoughts were around purchasing the kits digitally and then printing them.

There’s a few things that led me down this train of thought.

  1.  Price.  The Canadian dollar is in the tank versus the US dollar.  The most recent releases were $42 CDN for a core kit at my LSS.  Compare that to about $22 per digital kit in Canadian funds – a big savings.
  2. Availability.  It seems like new releases are becoming even slower to make their way north of the border (oh how I miss Scrapbooker’s Inner Circle).  Ordering directly from the Project Life site is a no-go – $50 USD shipping is utterly ridiculous.  Most other US-based stores have a surcharge to ship PL kits internationally too.  And the damn exchange rate rears its ugly head.  So I pretty much have to be patient and wait for the kits to cross the 49th parallel – not my strongest suit.
  3. The ability to be selective.  I can print cards I like and skip ones I don’t if I go digital.  I also don’t have to go through the trouble of splitting kits and selling them.
  4. Square corners.  All the digital products are being released with square corners now, giving us the option to round or not.
  5. It’s still physical, keeping me away from my computer for the most part, and letting me play with the pretty paper.

Buuuut…there’s a lot of buts.   There’s an added cost to print cards.  I don’t keep full physical kits, so by the time I pay for half a kit, the cost of the digital kit plus printing will likely be higher.  And this is supposed to be an easier way of scrapbooking.  Having to print and then cut out cards takes away most of the simplicity.  If I want any of the extra coordinating embellishments, they’re not available digitally, so I’d still have to buy them.

Then I considered going completely digital – not the app, but Photoshop-digital.  To do that, I know I’d want a bigger screen than my laptop.   The cost of purchasing a big monitor to hook up to my computer is at least $200 so there’s another cost.  Printing 12×12 in Canada is ridiculously expensive – the cheapest option I’ve found is $5.99 a page at Costco.  I could order from a US site, but there’s always shipping plus exchange rates to factor in so again, not much cheaper.  A large-format printer is at least another $300 if I decided to print at home.  What do I do with the kits I already have – wait till I use them up before going digital?  Repurchase my favourite ones?   And of course, there’s the first and foremost reason I didn’t go digital at the start – I don’t want to be tied to my computer for my hobby.

The app holds no interest for me –  I need to work on something bigger than my phone or iPad.  All the other Photoshop downsides apply to the app too.

So in the end, the debate in my head came to a relatively easy resolution, and I will remain a physical product scrapbooker.   The patience thing does have its benefits – by the time product gets here, the card references are up and I can have a really good look at the cards to decide if I truly want a kit.  There’s a couple of new releases I thought I wanted from a quick peek, but a deeper look at references meant the kit stayed on the shelf!