I've been working this year to overhaul and organize my layouts. I started scrapbooking in 2004 and I am sure I must have easily 5-600 pages by now. I'm not sure, I've never counted.
And, I never really organized them. I just put them into albums as I finished scrapping pages, and I scrapped pages in totally random order. To be completely truthful, a lot of those pages never ended up in albums at all, because I hate putting them into page protectors. Love bulky pages, hate page protectors.
So, I took every single page I'd ever done out of it's album.
I sorted them into piles for each year.
Then I sorted each of those years into piles for each month.
Then I sorted those monthly piles into dated order.
Now, my layouts are in chronological order!
I can see what I have done. I now know I've scrapped my children approximately equally and I have a lot of birthdays and Christmases and holidays that still need to be scrapped.
Unfortunately, I don't want to put the pages back into albums. So right now, they are filed by in order and year onto an Expedit shelf:
And yes! It's pretty ugly!!
Well, that first view is ugly. This one is pretty nice:
I actually really prefer having my layouts in a box so I can pick them up and look at them. But I don't think that's a feasible long-term storage solution. I mostly worry about them being lost or put out of order again.
Right now my plan is to fill in major missing gaps for each year: birthdays and holidays, mostly. I don't think I'll ever have all of my photos scrapped, and that's OK.
Then I'd really like to find a way to put my layouts into 3 ring albums without using page protectors.
Have you ever done a major layout reorganization? How'd it go?
(Do you think I'll ever finish mine?) ;)