One hour of instructions and chat, then one hour to fine tune your page? What? No way! The “I can’ts” and “That is insane’s” invade your vocabulary. I, (Anne of Alamo) am here to help you venture into the wild and crazy world of Speed Scraps!
Okay, so you won’t be going at the speed of infinity, but it is a pretty face paced scrap! Having some things in place prior to the actual scrap can make or break your time.
1. Have some photos prepped.
I like to have at least three groups of photos that I want to get scrapped. Speed scraps are a great way to finish off year books, or projects that need to be done. I really pushed to get my 2012 book done, and speed scraps were a big part of it.
2. Buying kits BEFORE the actual chat starts!
This is mucho important. I have on occasion freaked and needed a kit for a speed scrap, and my nerves were about shot, trying to get them downloaded, unzipped and on to my page before the end time. Have a few kits bouncing around in your head. I like to browse thru the store that day, and pick up one, or two. (cough cough) or more. We all know it is way more fun to scrap with NEW things!
3. Check out the chat room, make sure your JAVA is compatible, updated and ready to roll.
Java is a fickle program. Sometimes it works in Chrome, some times it doesn’t. I like to go in early in the day and make sure I can get in, and if not run some updates. Java oh Java why do you fight me?
4. You are going to be incommunicado for 2 hours.
Have pop tarts or some sort of snack to toss to young children. Explain the importance of what you are doing to your friends and family. Block that time out! I know some of you are laughing right now, but I get frantic when one of my kids decides they want to explain exactly how the solar system works when I am in the middle of a speed scrap.
5. Know your dates and what happened in the photo.
You get to the final step? Date it, and add some journaling, is a big favorite of most taskmasters, I mean hosts of the Speed Scraps. So, write it down, get the facts in order. Now that I have written this blog the final step is probably gonna be, now flip the page and dance a jig to Justin Beiber’s latest song.
6. Get an easy way to save for web action.
I can not stress this enough. Having an action that you go click…and it moves at the speed of light and pops up a window to help you click the right size, and then saves all nice and tidy will be such a help. I use this Resize for Web Action. It is free! I have used it for years now. Never once failed me.
This sounds all easy, but you have to upload it to the correct gallery; usually Speed Scrap. Then copy the image. Use the handy dandy links under the photo details, either Linked Thumbnail or Linked Image. Copy that url and paste in the Speed Scrap thread in the forum. If time is crazy, put a little disclaimer; I am freaking out about time, will come back and edit for credit! Then come back later and give props to those designers that helped make your page a reality.
8. Leave a little love.
This is one of my favorites, we just hung out for an hour laughing about the instructions and life. Leave a few comments to your sister scrappers! Way to go! You will reap the happy, I promise.
9. Mark your calendar
Yeah, now your are addicted and prepared. The next speed scrap:
10. Apply, rinse, repeat!
~Never Lose Your Joy
Anne of Alamo