Before we move on - here's a glossary for non-scrap bookers:
Layout = page with photos on it, abbreviation for which is LO.
Years ago - 3 or 4 probably, when I was star struck and followed the blogs of celebrity scrapbookers, I remember being surprised by a post or comment made by the unmatchable Ali Edwards. She was talking about the great piles of Layouts that she had waiting to be put in order and filed in their sleeves, and ergo, the albums.
I kinda dismissed it as I think Ms Edwards has the most splendid control going on and if she doesn't file her Layouts at the time of finishing then hey, thanks for the evidence of a chink in your order.
The one thing I do in terms of tidy, is finish a LO and file it in the album straight away. I like the closure. It gives me a sense of accomplishment to see the album filling.
And there's a very big BUT:
As previously, and probably often, discussed, I don't make LOs in any sort of order at all and they certainly are not chronological. Chronological makes me lose the will to live. And besides, back in the day of photo developing, I didn't write on the back of the photos and I'm jiggered if I can remember when most of them were taken.
Therefore...my eight or nine full albums contain LOs from across two centuries, three generations and are in the order that I scrapbook the photos. Which is entirely down to my mood on the afternoon before I go to a crop. Which as any regular reader will know, is an afternoon of torture in the choosing and the packing. Except the choosing of photos part..that's easy. I flick through the enormous number waiting for me and just select ones which 'speak to me' that day.
To the scrapbookers eye, from first to most recent, my albums certainly show the evolution of my scrapping style and (I hope) the change in my habits as a consumer of ephemera, embellishments and erm, such. So perhaps, in a sense, they are in an order. I don't particularly scrap with an eye to future generations to be honest, I scrap because I like it. As an only child, I'm fairly sure Miss Dunnit will enjoy having the album collection, but if at my tragic demise she decides she can't or doesn't want to keep them, that's fine; see, I've had all the pleasure! But..if she does want them and decides to use them to tell her part of our story...perhaps I should attempt a re-filing session? I dunno. I might leave it until I'm in my dotage. It will be something to do, and I can bore the pants of the day care with all the stories.