Inspired by this post from Katie the Scrapbook Lady
http://scrapbooklady.typepad.com/katie_the_scrapbook_lady/2010/12/last-roundup-of-2010.html I decided to post my monthly roundup. I love her questions and plan on including them in my monthly look-back from now on.
This year I've been using Cathy Zielske's digital kit The Monthly found here http://www.designerdigitals.com/digital-scrapbooking/supplies/product_info.php/products_id/9744 to document each month in photos and varying amounts of journaling. I plan on continuing in 2011. I rarely get this done at the end of the month, but I start it soon after. It's a great way to quickly scrap the highlights of each month, and still leaves me plenty of options for other kinds of scrap book pages.
Having things written down has made this possible. I'm new to personal blogging, and of course that is helpful in this process. So is my Log Your Memory journal found here http://logyourmemory.corecommerce.com/cart.html. It is designed for scrap bookers, and it's a brilliant concept. I use the 1/2 size print version, but thanks to this post http://logyourmemory.com/2010/12/30/get-an-ipad-for-christmas/ I can now also use it on my iPad, which is my constant companion.
All of that to say, part of my monthly process is to make my Monthly pages, which usually take very little time thanks to the templates & PSE. This is the closest thing I get to chronological scrap booking. Mostly I use the Library of Memories system developed by Stacy Julian at http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/. This system keeps me scrap booking and enjoying every moment.
I don't usually upload my photos monthly. That's a quarterly job for me, but they are all backed up to an external hard drive automatically, so I don't feel pressure to do this monthly. I upload my highlight folders only. I normally star photos in iPhoto when I upload them to the computer from the camera and they go into a smart album of highlights, but I try to check at the end of the month to make sure I've actually done this for all the photos.
Another thing I do at the end of the month is move all the receipts I need to keep from their folder downstairs (thanks Aby Garvey at http://www.simplify101.com/about.php for saving me from paper overload!) to their storage spot upstairs. Having a folder to collect all these receipts for the month in my lovely command center on the kitchen counter has spared me a million trips up the stairs and piles of papers everywhere.
Now I'm off the do my 2010 in review pages!
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