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Are you a theme scrapper?

Do you scrap primarily by theme? For example, if you have photos from your daughter’s birthday party, do you reach for birthday papers, or do you think, “Oooh, I know just the collection/manufacturer for these!” Or skip all of that and just go off the colors?

I do like my papers to work well with the colors of the pictures. I find it makes the design more cohesive and, frankly, easier to look at. However, first and foremost, I look at my themed supplies to see if any of those will work, THEN I focus on the colors. I very rarely, if ever, think of a specific collection or manufacturer. So for me, I organize primarily by theme; when no theme is present, I sort by color.

I started looking at the calendar year–the seasons and holidays. Then I looked at any broad categories I had left. Several very specific themes got lumped together as they either related, the collections overlapped with multiple themes, or I just didn’t have very much in that category. Here is where I ended up (so far! Theme categories seem constantly subject to change. LOL):

  • Winter/New Year’s/Valentine’s Day/Love
  • Spring/Easter/St. Pat’s. Summer/Patriotic
  • Fall/Thanksgiving
  • Halloween (I have a lot of this one LOL)
  • Disney
  • Baby/Kids/Boy/Girl
  • School/Family Activities/Travel
  • Birthday
  • Home/Family/Pets/Hobbies
  • Month-In-Review/Calendar
  • Nature/Camping/Farm/Zoo

So, do you scrap by theme? Why or why not? If you do, are your categories similar to mine?