Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Mince Pies

Do you ever 'pre-prepare' your layouts? Either by making the backgrounds ready, or even making pretty much the whole page ready to add photos to later? It's not something I do often - I can only think of one or two examples, in fact! - but I know that some people do this very successfully.

Yesterday I had a go at doing that; I wanted to make a page about Christmas cooking and decided to focus first on the mince pies I make each year. I know that somewhere in my archives I have a photo of a mince pie I've baked, but I also know that it isn't a great shot, and actually I'd prefer to have a few smaller shots of the different stages anyway. So, rather than wait till I've made this year's batch before I make the page, I've put together most of the layout and will just add the photos and a few finishing touches later.

I think my preference is still to make my layouts WITH the photos, on the whole, but I can see how this approach will be useful for given times and situations :) Just mustn't forget to have my camera handy when baking time comes around!!

Patterned paper I've had so long I can't remember where it's from! Patterned paper from DCWV (thanks, Fiona!) Brads ditto... But I can at least tell you that the alpha stickers are quite definitely Thickers!!

This post was brought to you by Shimelle's Scrapbook Sketch of the Week

12 comments:

Jimjams said...

You are SO organised Mel - like your take on the sketch!

Cheri said...

It is a great base and I can't wait to see what it looks like with your photos!

When I was in "the biz" I made a lot of samples - layouts with no photos. I still have an album full of them... waiting for the right photos or story to add. But my main experience with pre-assembly of pages is for projects like JYC, LSNED, and iScrap.

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

I can tell you exactly where that paper is from, because I have it. The Christmas Stack from DCWV was the first thing I bought when I started scrapping! There were 180 sheets in it!! I probably have about 170 left.

Sian said...

I actually thought you were going to ask if I prepared my mince pies in advance!

I did a post about prepared pages for the shop blog a while back, and I intended to go back and make some more. Obviously I'm too busy "in the moment" lol! This is a great one

Scribble Monster said...

Great idea to get ahead with pages you know you will want to scrap.

I look forward to seeing them :)

scrappyjacky said...

Very organised,Mel....and a lovely looking page...knowing what your photo will be of does help a bit I think.
I was going to try pre-preparing a page in Shimelle's class....but chickened out.....too scary!!!!

Rhona said...

That is VERY organised, Mel! I wish I could get stuck in and prepare for a December album but I never know what I want to use/do in advance :( xx

Kirsty.a said...

I have done this, but not often. However I often have 3 or 4 layouts on the go at once. I'll spend one session pulling out page kits, another one doing all the journalling or I'll just do the background and matting. Keeps it intreresting, although I have to say thart most of my favourite pages are the ones I've done from start to finish in one go, like at a crop

Alison said...

You are VERY organised Mel...great take on Shimelle's sketch!
Alison xx

Ginger said...

i have never done this before! I really like to see the photos with the layout for logistics ;)

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love the sketch you used here! And I"m sure your layout will become a treasure!
Rinda

Karen said...

This should work wonderfully. I've made a few of these in classes I've taken, but I've rarely gone back and used them. It's much better, I think, to do one with a specific photo in mind.