This is the plan I wrote up yesterday.
I’ve got one project that needs to be as finished as possible before I leave on May 13 for a TOPS State Recognition Day that’s 230 miles from home. The project is to update the old (as in started around May 1969) TOPS Chapter scrapbook. It was kept fairly well until sometime in the 1980’s. I’ve got some pictures from the year(s) 2000+ category (I first joined in 1986-9) that I will be adding.
(1) I’ve taken apart the old scrapbook as the cover was starting to wear badly and have put
the pages all in page protectors in a more modern 3-ring binder scrapbook. I grabbed
the TOPS related photos I’d already had printed (before I went digital.)
(2) Go through all the pictures in my Lightroom® catalog and put them in a quick
collection. [I did this and then hit some keys (butterfingers!) and managed to put the
whole catalog of pictures (17,000+) in the collection.]
(3) Today I will go through that collection and move just the TOPS related ones into the
SECOND quick collection – or research how to close a quick collection without deleting
all the pictures. I just want to get rid of that collection but not my photos. I’ll try an
experiment with a collection or fewer photos. [ I went ahead and managed to fix the
error – turns out that you can remove, i.e. delete, any collection without affecting the
photos – they stay in the catalog and on your hard-drive or wherever you had them in
the first place.]
(5) I will go through all the photos (there were 166, several of which are duplicates) and
pick the best ones and do a quick clean-up of each picture (mainly white balance.)
(6) Then I will print the photos I’ve worked on. They’ll have to dry for a while so I’ll start
planning the pages.
(7) Make a list of what pages I’ll need. [and what supplies I want to use.]
A. Colors for bases (no more than 3 different ones that complement each other)
B. Patterned pages – I’ve got hundreds of pattern papers and most are just single
sheets in both 12×12 and 8.5 x 11. No more than two patterns per page or double
pages – prefer one to be either checks, stripes, circles and the other floral.
(8) Create a new title page. At the same time create a 3×3 title block for the insert in the
front of the binder.
(9) I have a page designer kit that I bought when I first started scrapbooking but never
really used. It’s got page maps (sketches) and templates for cutting the parts. Since
I’m planning on using that with the family heritage albums I’ll be creating later, I’ll
start with this one.
A. Pick the page map I’ll use.
B. Identify the card stock and patterned paper to use.
C. Page Title and alpha die cuts to use.
D. Put all in LARGE plastic zip-lock bag.
(10) Build the pages.
There you have it. 10 steps. Steps 1-9 I’ll allow one week (Step 9 will get 4 days.) The rest have about 2 weeks to finish. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Actually I managed to do steps 1-6 yesterday – I was really on a roll – so now I’m on step 7. I still have to cut apart the pictures (and may have to spend some time checking the metadata on the pictures to get the dates.) But I can get started on the real work as I just added 4-5 days to what originally was going to be two weeks.