Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Photobucket Albums...Albums.. . Albums - FRIDAY

After produce co-op I was itching to get my hands on my new scrapping stuff. I had a brand new 12 x 12 album that I thought I could transfer photos from the broken PWOC album into. I decided NOT to go remove PWOC photos from past albums but to begin making a PWOC only album with the Elmendorf years. I thought I would get Elmendorf and our current group into one album. It is not to be. The Elmendorf years more than filled the album. Anyway, I thought this would be easy.....take the pages out of the pioneer, tape them to the CM book, add protectors. Get on with the day.

I found some photos in the album that weren't on a page. Hmmm....The other pages in this album are very frilly. I couldn't just put naked photos in. I got out some paper and covered the white pages, layered a bit...had to go find corner rounders, had to find tape, had to load the tape runner. Shew - got it done.

I went to journal and the pens were all dry. I had to sort through and throw out pens.

At this point I was still having fun but remembering WHY digiscrapping appeals to me. ::snort:: Every time I got up, I came back to this:

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

But then I remembered that I used to love to scrap with Bre and Krista, so I let her stay. I gave her discard photos and she was happy.

I noticed photos were missing.....and went looking....ARGH...I found THESE!


Two full boxes of photos that span the time period from leaving San Antonio - going Digital in AK. This is only two years of photos. Do you see why I'm so behind? It's only gotten worse with a DIGITAL camera. Oh my WORD. TWO BOXES. I thought I had the magnetic albums and the digital prints to go ...but NO....TWO FULL BOXES OF FILM PHOTOS! *

At this point I was getting very tired. I did one naked page for the album.

I realized I should fix dinner. The older boys and Mike were out working. I did this.


The kids think I should scrap more often.

I got out the back up discs from the great computer crash and found digital photos from 2004 and 2005. I did 16 digital layouts to add to the PWOC album.

I figured out how to put them all on a jump drive in case there were a place in Fredericksburg that could print them for me. There wasn't. However, I did get my CM Storybook Creator PLUS software on Saturday. Which I used to make the intro and farewell page for the PWOC album (posted Monday).

Last night, I got all the newly printed layouts into the album. This PWOC album has naked layouts, modest layouts, incredily frilly layouts and digital layouts. I like it. I enjoyed scrapping Friday...but what I thought would take less than an hour took me 12 hours to complete. I remembered why I like PWOC project nights and why I like digital scrapping. LOL

Cost you ever figured the cost for a complete album. If you aren't doing naked albums it will shock you if you add the cost of paper, stickers, embellishments, photo printing, pages, protectors etc. I was discussing this yesterday with the owner of our scrapbook store. I was cringing at $3.48 per page and she said that most spend that or more on traditional pages....I told her I've been doing naked albums. She was alarmed. ::snort:: She said she thinks the price of digital and traditional are pretty much the same. I bought stuff to do a two page PWOC page for my next book and it came to $11 - that is without album, protectors, pages, tape, photos....I bought two 12 x 12 papers, a sticker that says road trip, and a packet of embellishments from Fredericksburg.

*Mike made my weekend when he saw me fussing about the boxes of photos. He reminded me that there ARE photo discs with them. I said, "Yeah - I know." He replied, "Load them on the computer and use the digital layouts." YES. I may do just that.....and send the other photos to Bre to scrap (she likes traditional scrapping) or my Mom (she's so hopelessly behind whats two more boxes from my home?). ::snort::

I think Mike discovered faster than I that paying for the digital prints will be cheaper in the long run than me browsing in scrapbook stores... He also really likes to see an album DONE and when I spend 3 hours to find the right embellishment it slows me down. ::snort::



Jodi said...

Finding such a large amount of photos must have been an argh moment.

Well, looks like Stacia is ready to help you with them!

Cynthia said...

Yep... I could have told you all about the price comparison! I think my DISNEY album is going to cost almost as much as the vacation did (LOL)!

Stephanie said...

The whole time I'm reading your post I'm thinking, "This is why I love digital." lol I have a hard time deciding what I want to do, and I love that with digital I can try different things and junk it if I need to do so. So much easier!

It is frustrating to find boxes of photos. I've done that. Yep - the cd is a great idea!

Stephanie said...

Yikes - my kid played with a blog that she has for family, and for some reason I am now showing up as Katherine. UGH (Stephanie in OH - not Katherine lol)

Debbie said...

Still pondering, still pondering. I think you are probably right about the digital/traditional paper scrapbooking.

I think what I am going to do is do digital from the point forward with going with digital photography and use up all my old supplies on the photos I have already printed. I don't have nearly as many photos as you do!

You are really doing a tremendous job with getting your photos under control.

Anonymous said...

Sis: Send the foto's. Your right! I would hardly notice them here. To date... the coffin size trunk Dad made for my Mom is AT LEAST 3/4 full of sorted foto's from Africa thru the years in the Philippines.... add to that some we have taken since being home.... AND the disks.

Think I'll let you inherit all the foto's. :):):) Your brothers and wives are not to much into foto's.

It's on my list to get done this school vacation.

l/p Mom T

Angi said...

Where/how do you do the digital scrapbooking?

berrypatch said...

My plan is similar to Deb's. It will be nice to only haul a laptop out to scrapbook in the future rather than the car load of supplies I now take!

As to cost - I actually did this once. I had a co-worker hire me to make an album for her daughter's college graduation (birth to that point). I did not charge nearly what I should have, but I did figure out each little embellishment cost. Oh & this was YEARS ago - way before digital & when CM was THE only place to buy. It was pricey. It was close to $200 for the finished album.

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Angi - I began at This is a spot with templates that you just drag and drop your photos and journals into. You can also change some elements and colors.

Then if you have Photo Shop Elements or some such program you can find lots of free digital papers/elements etc to download and use.

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Lisa - yes, I keep thinking how nice it will be to have all I need in my laptop - much easier to drag out and put back. LOL