In 2008 I learned a method of scrapbooking called Assembly Line Scrapbooking (ASLB). I thought the method was insane when I first heard about it. Women were taking thier Club Scrap monthly kits and using the whole thing on scrapbook layouts. This part I was envious of, the part that blew my mind, when I learned they made a bunch of layouts without pictures on them. Why on earth would someone do this? Isn’t the whole idea to make a layout specific to your pictures? How were they making layouts without photos? Club Scrap thought the idea was so great they started to make instructions for each kit. They were now encouraging this reverse scrapbooking idea? I thought my dear friends at Club Scrap had lost their minds.
Then Club Scrap came out with a kit I absolutely hated when I opened it. The kit was called Wheel & Sprocket. It was a bike themed kit full of grape purple, bright red, and lime green paper. I was so ambivalent about the kit I figured I might as well use my free instructions and try this ALSB thing. I can honestly say I’ve matched pictures to every single one of those layouts. They did it, they converted me. I buy kits and make layouts without a clue as to what pictures will eventually land on them. I like this method for several reasons:
1) I use more of what I buy. It feels so good to use my stash. Before ALSB I made an average of 2 layouts per kit. I now average 18-22 layouts a kit.
2) I feel more free to be creative. Instead of being focused on the pictures, I’m focused on a kit, collection, or theme. I tend to use more of the embellishments in a kit. I’m better at no longer hoarding a special embellishment for “just the right layout”. I also play with media I might not otherwise use if I was thinking about a certain picture. Doing ALSB has helped me create layouts I love.
3) By scrapping with kits instead of buying random materials, I’ve learned to work with colors and media I don’t naturally gravitate towards. The colors I like don’t always work with the pictures I take. I also get more layouts for my money when I scrapbook an entire kit.
4) It saves me time. On average I can ALSB an entire kit in 3-4 hours. Some kits I can have done in less than 2 hours. 18-22 layouts in 4 hours is better than my Digital scrapbook average of one layout an hour.
5) I make more completed layouts. In 2009 I was pregnant, working full time, and had two children under 4. In one six week span I completed 175 paper scrapbook layouts. There is no way I could have created that many layouts without using ALSB.
I keep all of my ALSB layouts in page protectors and stored in 12×12 project bins. This past weekend I hosted a scrapbooking retreat. I brought my bins of ALSB pages and my bins of photos. My goal was to empty a bin’s worth of ALSB layouts, and fill it back up with completed layouts. I did it.
Here is my favorite layout from the weekend. I love this one, because the ALSB page is older and very plain. It was one I was getting worried about never finding picture for, because it was so plain. Two pages like this: Pretty plain right? Well here’s the above layout finished:And here’s the other page:
If you would like to check out some free printable ALSB instructions head over to Club Scrap’s inspiration library HERE.