*As a side note, I like to be current. I thrive when I make time to work on my spread each week. It's become a part of my routine and I'm not debating that this works for everyone. I personally feel like I am more creative with my layouts (and I just plain enjoy it more) when I'm up to date. This is just me. Life happens and no to-do list or amount of planning can keep us from getting knocked on our butts sometimes.
Over the next few days I plan to get 3 of those 6 weeks done, fast, using the Studio Calico June Hello, Hello Project Life kit. In the past I haven't been terribly helpful with the question, "how can I get caught up?" I could only give "this is what I would do" advice and now it's time for me to follow it. Here's my plan :
1. Each Sunday (whether I plan to work on the previous week right away or not), I plan what I want to include from that week on Marcy's planning sheets. These have been a lifesaver for me and I'm so glad I have these done right now. They have been especially helpful this year because I've been using a lot of different page protector designs. When I was using just Design A, I knew I needed 7-8 4x6 photos every week (plus maybe a few 3x4). Now that I've changed it up, I need different quantities of 3x4 and 4x6. And it changes weekly. It can be time consuming planning out the whole spread ahead of time but I would much rather do it this way than shuffle photos and journaling cards around when it's time to work. Or worry after the fact that I don't have enough photos. Or waste photo paper and ink on photos I didn't use or needed to reprint because of size constraints.
2. Print the photos for each week. I do not print my photos weekly because I usually don't know what Studio Calico kit I'm going to be using. I like to add coordinating digital elements and typed journaling to my photos, so I usually wait until I'm ready to start working on the spread to print. Then I review my planning sheet and print the photos I planned on using. For this catch-up session, I printed photos for Weeks 18 through 20, plus two inserts.
5. Get to work. I started with Week 18 and having all of this pre-work done really helped it go together quickly. Before calling it a night, I turned the page and set-up Week 19 for my next round. My goal is to have everything complete by the end of this weekend.
tiny attacher) and no added Silhouette die-cuts (I did print and cut a set of labels though). No experimenting with techniques or layering unless it's easy. Just get it done because simple is good, and so is done.
I'm saving Weeks 21-24 for my July kits and then it will be summer, when I plan to completely switch things up. More on that in a week or two.
If you have any catch-up tips, feel free to leave a comment about what has worked for you. And mojo, welcome back. Have a wonderful weekend!