Once I have a collection that I think I plan on usung soon I sit down with my laptop and save the images in a blank Word document. This allows me to print all the images at one time when I am ready to create.
Before I print; however, I go through my paper stash finding background papers and stickers I want to use for several projects. I usually plan about 4 to 6 canvases. I place all the papers and images printed in an empty, clear 12 x 12 scrapbook page insert.
I tend to paint the outside edges of my canvases and stop about 2 inches inside the perimeter before I begin decopauging the background papers.
I often do a dry test and take a photo of my layout as a reference. Occasionally, I assembly line the canvases painting the edges, then gluing all the initial background layer. While these dry, I can cut my subjects and find any ephemera I want to add.
Finally, I focus on the finishing details switching between canvases while layers dry.
This has help me create enough canvases to fill out my inventory and participate in local art shows with less pressure. Whether you use any of these tips to create multiple canvases or just streamline your creative process, I hope you create art!