So (and with apologies to you clever digi scrappers and smart photo book makers) you cut, you stick, you make a page. You sit back, you think - yes, that one's finished. what's next?
Are you a neat, finish-things-off-properly sort of scrapper who deftly slips each layout into a page protector and sets the album back on the shelf? or are you like me? I'm messy. I don't like to close things away just after I've finished. I'm not ready to break up with my latest love straight away. maybe I'll want to add a bit more, sometimes I have a blog post to print out and add to the back. Often I think - ooh, if I just carefully add this to the pile on the side of my desk, I'll be able to start something else without doing any cleaning up at all.
And that works for a while. But it all turned a bit Code Red a couple of weeks back, when an avalanche of carefully collected special moments slid down the side of my worktable and into a big bag full of fabric scraps.Left behind, sitting on the clear space, was a big pack of page protectors. They had been underneath those layouts for weeks. I knew what I had to do then, and I gritted my teeth, and I did it. About fifty pages - probably two a week for the last six months - all put away.
But when you put them away, you can't see them. Nobody can, unless you make a point of offering round a huge heavy album every so often. I have a couple of pages I didn't home with the rest
One is a Christmas layout I made for Little E. It was supposed to be a gift for his mum. Just before Christmas I had spotted - and at a bargain price! - a shelf full of album cover frames, perfect for keeping a layout in. Home Bargains, what a store! I had already filled my basket that day with everything I needed, and a whole lot I didn't, at a price I couldn't resist. So I left the album frames
to come back to. And if Little E's mum is reading right now, she'll be shaking her head. You did it again, Sian, didn't you? You didn't buy it when you saw it and now the moment has passed.
I did try. I went back half a dozen times, to look for a frame to turn a page into a present. But no more frames appeared and I had to find a different surprise for her instead.
Then, just the other day, I was back (for cheap envelopes, I think) and there they were. Album frames for £1.99. Worth a try? At that price I think so. I'm going to try painting one. If it works maybe I'll keep a spot on the wall for a rotating display and maybe, finally, Little E's mum will have her surprise Christmas present.
But what has all this got to do with layered photos? Well, when Get It Scrapped asked, I came up with a page called "And After"
using a big photo of a possible display area near my desk, and several little photos of favourite layouts strung on a washing line display. Just for fun. It's an interesting subject, layering photos, and you can read lots more about it at Scrapbooking Ideas for Layered Photo Treatments
Meanwhile, I'll work on not layering another pile of finished pages over the rest of the stuff on my desk.