Friday, 15 May 2015

Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop

Hi all, today I'm joining in with Jennifers Focus Your Craft & Soul blog hop. All weekend she'll be holding an event on her blog, Jennifer Grace Creates - she holds a couple a year & they are well worth checking out, & joining in (I always do).

You should have arrived here from Out of the Mire, if not then you can start the hop at Jennifer Grace CreatesJennifer Grace is giving away a WRK Insta Album Kit - enter to win by commenting on all the blogs in the Focus Your Craft & Soul hop! The giveaway closes on Sunday the 24th of May at 10pm BST, and is open internationally

Jennifer gave us the task to do a projects based on the theme "Focus".

Its a hard task for me at the moment, I'm finding being 26 weeks pregnant (almost 6 months) my focus is a tad all over the place. One moment its on cleaning, then I get distracted & I'm thinking how I need to list all the things the baby needs Vs all the things we have, then I get distracted by kids, food (normally food), & anything else going on, or that I need to do.

The craft project I want to Focus on though is getting my photos from when Zack is born (1999) scrapped, upto the present date - not as hard as it seems as theres only about 5 years that are not complete. So I'm starting with Focusing on my 1999 album.

I start with getting out my 1999 photos, most are in flip albums but some I've had reprinted. Then I check my 1999 scrap album to see what I've already done pages for. This gets entered into my spreadsheet...

The red is those pages I've done, the pale blue I havent done, the white I need to print photos off for.

I start off with the front page. All my albums have a front page of the year made up of the photos from that year using a program called Andrea Mosaic (You can download it HERE). I print it & create the front page


So next I go hunting for challenges. Normally I look for challenges & then match any of my photos that I think go with them. This time I have my 1999 photos. I decide on 2, the weekly challenge on UKScrappers, and Simple Recipes, also from UKScrappers.http://www.ukscrappers.co.uk/



As I finish each one I update the Spreadsheet.

I'm going to try & continue focusing on my 1999 album through out the Focus your craft & Soul event.

So from here you are now off to my friend Jo's at Curly Scrapbooker. Enjoy the hop & please keep coming back to see what else I come up with during the event as I'm bound to be joining in this week.

30 comments:

  1. I envy your organisation ....not sure I would even know where to start to decide what photos I had or were missing from last year let alone 1999! Brilliant to see those fab baby pics/pages. Look forward to seeing you next week xxx

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  2. Wow that is some amazing scrapbook organising Mrs I am in awe and terror lol. I'm so glad you have such a methodical style, I'm much less about the organised and more about the spur of the moment. Glad pregnancy is going well too
    Jo xxx

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  3. Great planning that I can only inspire too! Your pages are really sweet and must be getting you in the baby mood

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  4. Wow x I'm well impressed with your organisation K x

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  5. I admire your organisation and plan to scrap those 5 years, especially when new pages and ideas are evolving every day. I am impressed! Glad the pregnancy is going well and this will mean another scrapbook to start, best start planning now! lol
    Thanks for the link to Andrea Mosaic, nice idea and I like how you used it here.

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  6. Oh my - I am totally in awe of your spreadsheet and organisation! I scrap photos out of order - just grab one and scrap it and have no system whatsoever! Good luck with your pregnancy!

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  7. I am so impressed with your organisation....I think I need a spreadsheet like that!

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  8. Such cute layouts, you have some stunning papers.
    Your organisation is amazing, I think you have this Focus malarkey sorted, well done you .

    Good luck with the new baby xxx

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  9. Wow! You deserve an award for such an efficient system. How nice not to have something important be missed :-)

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  10. Oh gosh such a good idea for being organised. I'm up to day with my this years Project Life Album, but I've got a section missing from last years.... this 'listing' is a great - I'm going to do it and try get 2014 finished!

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  11. Goodness me, you're so organised - I'm still scrapping my sons' baby photos and they're 31 and 32 years old now! Love the mosaic idea as well :o)

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  12. Love your spread sheet for organising the photos. I'm currently 17 weeks pregnant with my 3rd, still got loads of gaps in my other 2 children's albums

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  13. I love spreadsheets - that is a very organised way to scrap (I just find a photo?!)

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  14. OMG you are so organised!! Fancy coming to my house and helping me out? lol I'll provide coffee and cake.......;)

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  15. Love the idea of your front page mosaic....will be having a go at this!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Now that is focus! I'm impressed - would never have thought of a spreadsheet to stay focused.

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  17. What a great idea - thanks!

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  18. Your organisational skills are very impressive! I think you could run a mini class on this :).

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  19. I use lists to keep track of whats done and whats not for some of my albums too. Just have a hard time staying on just one project.

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  20. Now that's organised. Great pages K x

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  21. Love your organization. Your layouts are amazing!

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  22. so impressed with your spread sheet, now that is dedication. Fab layout too and congratulations1

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  23. Just thought I'd let you know I've done some creating with the inspiration from your post!
    thanks heaps - it was so much fun!

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  24. Loving the spreadsheet focus. I sooooo need to do this. Would make scrapping life so much easier. x

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  25. I love how organized your projects are, and especially the embellishments you used!

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  26. So much focus that I think my head is going to crack open!!! Wow....fabulous!!! How cool is that mosaic cover???!!!! Even that brings your collection into focus. Way to rock Jennifer's theme word!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  27. My system for finishing up an album is very similar - make a list of layouts to complete, look for challenges/sketches/etc, create a page, check it off, repeat!

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  28. Hopping along! You have a spread sheet? I am SOOO impressed.....what a very organised way of scrapping....you just need to do it, that's all!!! Lovely pages, too....good luck with it all. I can imagine how hard it is to keep focused with a baby coming along;)!!!

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  29. Wow, you are pretty organised! Never thought of doing a spread sheet myself!

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  30. Great pages, but even more amazing spreadsheet organisation! I am honestly going to try this to see if I can finish off a couple of albums - the only two I ever tried to scrap chronologically and I still haven't finished them! Thanks for the tip and for joining in with the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop! x

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