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Process: Organization of Scraps

“Ideas are the cheapest part of writing. They are free. The hard part is what you do with the ideas you have gathered.” -Jane Yolen

M is for MajesticAlphabetical
Organizing individual pages or entire e-scrapbooks using alphabetical order is an interesting approach. For example, you might create a tribute to a person using key words or a trip to the zoo using words like Anteater, Bear, and Cougar. Use Jan Thornhill's books The Wildlife ABC: A Nature Alphabet and The Wildlife 123: A Nature Counting Book for ideas. Also look for the Alpabet series including M is for Majestic.

Explore other approaches to using words and alphabetical order:

Many projects are organized chronologically. They may record events in the order of their occurrence, trace an idea over time, or sequence steps in a process. Timelines are often used to visualize chronological projects.

Hazel's Bolger's electronic scrapbook is interactive based on a timeline (below). Her story is told through the photos below.


Explore the following examples:

In the example below, the e-scrapbook is organized by decade.


Organize based on a hierarchy. You might use a top-down approach starting with a broad topic and getting more and more specific. For example, the Animal Kingdom can be thought of as a hierarchy with more and more specific identification.

Information Map
A master visual can be used to represent information, concepts, and ideas. This is often used when doing comparisons or demonstrating an analysis. Consider a cluster map, Venn Diagram, or flowchart. Use A Taxonomy of Information Patterns by Bernie Dodge for ideas.

Geographical or Regional
Organize based on a geographic feature, area, or comparison. Use a map, aerial photo, or other visual to represent the area. It might be a country, state, or local map. Consider a specialize make such as a topo map, national park map, or hand-drawn creation.

Also consider regions or areas of a visual such as photograph of a heart or brain. It might also be areas such as different habitats (i.e., wetlands, prairie, desert, woodlands).

Many people use a thematic focus for their e-scrapbooks exploring a particular topic and organizing ideas based on the demands of the topic.

The follow e-scrapbook follows my cousin Kelsey's Olympic Dream.


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