When starting a new scrap-booking project I take the following steps:

1. Sort through the pictures and set aside the ones for my project
2. Crop the selected pics
3. Select paper, embellies for each layout
4. Plan the entire project layout (For big projects, I use the CM Power layout box).
5. Execute your planned project, page by page (this part takes the longest for me)
6. Share your new piece of work with friends and family or give away as a gift.