So I thought I would share with you how I print and keep track of all my printed and unprinted pages. The first thing I make sure I do is put a date on all of my pages, somewhere in the layout, even if it is subtle, I make sure there is a date and if it's not a specific date then just the month and year. Then when the page is finished I put it in my "to be printed" folder. Once that folder has a decent amount of pages in it (at least 25 or so) then I'll print them all from my favorite print shop, Persnickety Prints. I usually print 2x a year. Once I receive my pages then I'll take those "to be printed" pages and put them on my EHD (external hard drive) just in case I need to print them again later. I usually put these in yearly folders on my EHD to keep them somewhat organized. But the "to be printed" folder is empty now and ready to be filled up again.
Then I'll take my printed pages and organize them by date and put them in the appropriate book. I have one book for each year. So sometimes I have to adjust some of my older books to add in the appropriate page but I mostly work with the current year so I just have to put the pages in that book. I don't scrap every single pic I take or even every single activity or event but I try to take my favorite events from each month and scrapbook a page or 2 about that event and then I try to do a re-cap page for each month. That way at the end of the year I have a pretty good re-cap of our whole year.
Now you may ask, what do you do with those random pages? Maybe a page you did for a challenge or maybe a page like this (all pages are linked with full credits):
Where would I fit this into my books? It's a page about my grandparents that have both passed away and it has photos from a long time ago. What I do with pages like these, is I just fit them into my most current scrapbook. Since I figure they show what I might have been thinking or feeling at that current time in my life.
Take this one for example:
I just scrapped this a few months ago for a challenge. It's a picture of my and my hubby on our wedding day, almost 12 years ago. Obviously this is not going to fit into my traditional wedding album. There is no date because I knew our wedding date, obviously. I guess I could have put the date I scrapped it. Which is something maybe I should start doing with pages like these. But what I'm going to do is add it to my current 2011 album because I feel like it shows my current feelings and thoughts towards my hubby at the time PLUS it shows my scrapping style. We all know our scrapping style changes over the years and it's nice, or maybe not so nice, to look back at our older scrapping styles.
Here's a few pages that will give you an idea of what I try to do in my digital scrapbooking albums. These are all pics/pages from 2011. I usually do a double spread review page and then a few individual pages of my favorite pics or events. So I usually end up with about 4-5 pages for each month.
Here's my April Review page. With my monthly review pages you get a good idea of what happened during that month. I usually try to include some journaling about our activities.
Here's a page that highlights some of my favorite pics of my girls from April. I was looking for a date on this layout and realized I didn't put one on it. Oops! Even after I told you I put dates on all my pages.....well, I guess I should correct that. I put dates on all my pages, except when I forget! LOL.
Here's a page of just me and my hubby enjoying our time at the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas.
And of course I had to make a page of Digiscrapapalooza that happened in April.
So you would see all of these pages in my 2011 album. In between my March and May pages. As you can see I don't coordinate colors or anything, except for the monthly review page.
What I also do at the end of the year is I'll go through my album and my photos and see if I need to fill in any important missing spots. Sometimes I'll end up skipping a whole month or two and then go back and scrap those photos at the end of the year.
Another thing that I thought I would tell you is that I have never printed a digital scrapbook book. I always print out individual pages and slide them into a traditional scrapbook. I personally like doing it this way because I can add pages later if I want to. But I asked some of my CT what they do because I know they get full books printed. Tiff has a GREAT blog post here on her blog about her Blurb book. It seriously looks AMAZING. After reading her post I almost think I might try this for my 2012 pages. Then Jenn said she does Shutterfly books and really loves them. With the way that Jenn does them you do have to adjust your pages for bleed. She did a post here on my blog awhile ago on using guides. This will help you get your pages print ready for your digital scrapbook books. Since I print individual pages at Persnickety Prints (where they have full bleed prints) I don't have to worry about this. I just print my pages as they are.
I think it all depends on how many pages you want to print. My yearly books usually have about 50 pages. So those will fit easily into a traditional scrapbook album but if you do a lot more then that I'm thinking a printed book might be the way to go.
I hope I didn't ramble on too much for you. :)