So I managed three fairly simple layouts last weekend. From my pile of already matched photos and papers. Which I've learned to keep so that I don't have to wake up at AhMyGard o,clock to make selections on the day. See, I grab that box, then all the other boxes - the one containing sticky alphas, the one containing metal embellishments, the one containing journaling pieces and tags etc, the one containing gems and distracting lovelies, the one containing chipboard. Add in the essential tool bag and a box of patterned scraps that deserve to be used and I'm ready.
They turned out to be pretty straight forward layouts for a whole day, huh. And therein lies the problem, I think. I made the paper/photo selections ages ago. I did not team them with other embellishments or a sketch (I may as well have scrapped at home if I went that far). When I finally stopped talking, browsing catalogues and other people's magazines, I went through the box of 'Layouts To Do' and found myself pretty uninspired by my choices. Ack.
There were a couple that I obviously had a plan for that I've forgotten. And I do like to reference a sketch for single photo layouts because I'm very very prone to doing the same thing again and again. No sketches. So the results are a little underwhelming. This last one of my Sweet Baby Girl is as yet unfinished. I'm walking around it for now. It'll come to me. And then I'll file it away where not many people will see it anyway! How odd.
So this weekend, I'm going to another Crop. One I haven't been to before. I'm definitely taking some sketches with me, but do not have time to sort out more papers and photos, so will be repeating the packing process detailed above. It will be a good test. As I won't know more than 2 of the other Croppers, does that mean I'll get more done? We'll see. The thing is, given this particular packing method, I wonder - is it worth unpacking between crops? If you can think of any better reasons than me for not doing so, please let me know!