I have a good yet controversial question to you. This is more like a survey to me.
I am new to paper craft (not one year yet) and lately I've scrapbook more (more like new year resolution) and I got in a point that I need to decide how I organize my pages, so I thought you might have good advices to me. So here is the question:
How do you order (organize, display) your pages?
1 - By date that the picture was taken;
2 - By date that you made the page;
3- By Theme;
4- Any other way to organize.
I am looking forward to hear your way to scrapbook.
Thanks a lot for your 2 cents.
This is what I do, it is a combination of theme and the date layouts were scrapped:
I have three albums going all the time: one for my heritage and childhood layouts, one for my little boy's layouts, and one for layouts about all other topics (myself, nature, DH, travels, family etc.). I put the layouts in the albums in the order that they are scrapped. I don't scrap chronologically at all, but I prefer them to be in the order they were scrapped and it is also a lot easier than moving them around afterwards.
I also like that I can see how my scrapbooking has changed when my layouts are ordered in the scrapbooking order.
With my son's albums I have been thinking of changing the order of the layouts afterwards so its more chronological, but I haven't done it yet.
I also do the occasional mini-album, which is usually themebased.
Initially I started with one album and cropped in chronological order. It works great, if you have one child. Then we had another and another... then I became interested in genealogy and art photography...
So, each child has their own album(s) and those are in order by date/grade. Genealogy is put together much like a family tree, by generation and branch. The art photography/journaling is by the date I crop them..
I also use to use strap hinge albums, but found if I need to add a page in the middle of the album, I had to take it apart. I now use the large 12x12 D-ring Albums and I can insert a page anywhere, anytime and fill in time gaps. I'm much happier and saner now.
Well, you don't want any advice from me because I've got about a six-foot stack of layouts that aren't in albums, but eventually I plan to put them in the themed albums that I started but never finished, for example:
One for each holiday (e.g., all Christmas would go together, all 4th of Julys, all Birthdays)
Out & About (just random outings)
Random Childhood Memories
Reasons (why I love my husband)
Hope that gives you a little peek into how I organize my albums.
I'm relatively new to the craft, also, I believed at first all the organization would work grandly by keeping a strictly chronological order. That notion was quickly dismissed, except when documenting a well-recorded year.
I have sports, school, individual, historical, genealogical, and vacation albums in the works. Just now I'm feeling confident enough to begin creating mini-albums to quickly organize brag books, and special events.
However, my mind goes on the fritz when there isn't some type of measurable order to all the chaos taking place with all the different albums. To over come this, I've began writing on the back of the scrapbook page (in acid-free ink, of course!): Title, Date, Page creation date, name of the album page is located, featured individuals, and location where the event took place. Beyond the informational organizational benefit to this, I've found I can quickly pull out pages to pull together a "visiting" album so I can be sure the book I take will contain fresh material, or material I know they will enjoy viewing most. This keeps us from being forced to lug around several 12x12 albums when going home to visit family/friends.
I put my LO's in chronological order by the date in which the pictures were taken. I usually scrap in chronological order. If I do scrap something out of order, I have a box that I keep the layouts in and then add an index card in my file of photos to remind me I have a layout to add to the scrapbook. I also have a few themed albums....one for the concerts I have been to, one for the hockey games I have been to, one for the zoo, vacations usually have their own albums, then everyday family stuff go in order.
I file all my layouts in chronological order. Many photos I also scrap in chronological order, but not the ones I am doing to meet this challenge and some other challenges. I have some books where I am putting layouts I did just for challenges, I see them as more explorations of techniques or exploring new topics than actual memory keeping. But to keep them in some kind of logical order, I usually file these in the order the photo was taken. A couple of exceptions are my CSI 3 and CSI 9 layouts. On those, the topic of journaling is about my birthday I just had earlier this month, even though the photos are from 2009 and 2011. Because of the topic, I put them in just before my CSI 12 layout, which is also about my birthday but features a very recent photo.