I am adapting as I move forward.
I know this about my scrapping self:
- Scrapping is about recording the stories and photos. All the rest is support stuff.
- I always use a background paper.
- I almost always use a template.
- I rarely use an alpha kit. I prefer using fonts.
- I love all kinds of clipping masks and brushes, which I often use as a clipping mask.
- I don't use too many elements.
- My favorite elements are frames, stitching and staples.
- If I use a number of elements, alphas or the like, they will probably come from the same kit as the paper. I don't like to spend too much time on the search.
- the preview page in a preview only section;
- the preview page in a holiday section, example Christmas, Halloween, if appropriate;
- the preview page in a themed section, example school, sports, travel, if appropriate;
- the entire kit, under the designers name and kit name;
- then I pick and choose the rest of the tagging;
- I only tag things I like a lot, usually the things I use a lot.
- I also tag templates.
So when I begin a LO, I look at the photos I want to scrap and choose a template. Clip the photos in and journal the story. Next I look for a paper for the background. This might be a color or a holiday or a theme. In every case, what I choose can lead back to the kit it is contained in. There I can see the rest of the stuff. So no need to tag every single item.
Here is an example. The template is from Anna Aspnes and includes a spot for a large photo and several smaller. You can move things around as you need but this template is so artistic that loading the photos and selecting a paper background is all that is needed.
Check back for more on Lightroom next week.