All through the month of May on my Stamped Treasures Facebook page I shared a daily scrapbooking tip. I know not everyone is on FB so I thought I’d do a recap in todays blog post as well as share a printable copy of the tips.
I will be revisiting these tips each day in August with more information, photos and examples of each of the tips, right here on my blog. That’s 31 days of scrapbooking related posts! Can’t wait to share with you.
- Don’t know where to start? Start with something recent – photos from this week, a recent trip or occasion. Choose something that excites you.
- Print your photos! In this day of cell phones with amazing cameras we take more photos than ever. But when was the last time you printed one of those photos? Print those photos and get them into albums so you and your family can enjoy them!
- Organize your photos. Organizing your photos will help you find what you are looking for. Find a system that works for you and be consistent.
- Make time to scrapbook. If it’s something you enjoy doing, schedule it into your life on a regular basis just like you would working out or spending time with friends.
- Add your printed photos to an album or pocket pages once they are printed. This will make it easy for you to see what you have printed and ready to scrapbook.
- Organize your products so that like items are together. This will make it easy for you to find what you are looking for. You’ll waste less time looking and more time crafting!
- Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone has a different style.
- Scraplift or CASE a layout you love. It’s the perfect way to get through a creative road block!
- Create mini page kits for your printed photos. Collect patterned papers and embellishments that work with your photo(s) and tuck them into the page along with the photo. When you have time to scrapbook the supplies will be ready to go and save you time.
- Use sketches for inspiration.
- Start a sketchbook for inspiration. See something you like? Pin it, sketch it, print it or save it!
- Attend a scrapbook class.
- Try pricking a theme (summer, Christmas, birthday, holiday etc.). Print your photos and choose supplies to fit your theme and get scrapping.
- Keep your scraps. Challenge yourself to create a layout with them.
- Use notebooks or your phone to jot down conversations, funny things your kids say or layout ideas when they come to you.
- Try journaling in bullet point, include a top 10 list, song lyrics, quotes, lists or have someone else in the photo write the story.
- Try creating something to hang on the wall – on a canvas, or in a shadow box. This also makes a great gift idea!
- Have lots of photos? Try pocket pages. So many photos can be tucked into those pockets. It will save you a TON of time!
- Paper not your thing? Try digital scrapbooking!
- Try documenting in a different format. Maybe a travelers notebook, a mini album, planner or different sized album than what you are accustomed to.
- Try a colour combination, product or technique that is outside your comfort zone.
- Purge your products/supplies. Going through your supplies is a good reminder of what you have. Tastes change, don’t feel like you have to keep everything, donate it to someone who will put it to good use.
- Shop for new products. It’s amazing what new products can do for your creativity!
- Save all your memorabilia until after you’ve scrapbooked the event. You never know what will come in handy on your layouts.
- Experiment. Try a new technique. Play. Have fun!
- Don’t expect perfection. You’ll never get anything done!
- Shop your home for fun things to create with. You can create some pretty wonderful backgrounds with plastic wrap, tin foil, coffee filters etc.
- Create a mini album.
- Scrapbook things of sentimental value. Not every layout needs to include a photo. Use whatever you have to tell the story, maybe it’s a keepsake, or a hand written letter, an item of clothing etc. Then use your journaling to explain why it’s important to you.
- Change up your photo sizes. If you normally scrapbook 4”x6” photos, try a 5” x 7”, 8” x 10” or even 12” x 12”.
- Print your photos in black and white.
Click here for a printable version of this list. (if you have a google account)
Web Version of list.
I hope that this list of suggestions to help keep your creativity flowing helps! Not a scrapbooker? No worries – many of these tips can be used for card makers as well.
I’ll end todays post with a peek at one of the bonus layouts that will be included in my Magnolia Lane Layout of the Month class (available in person and online).
You’ll find all the in person class details here. Online tutorial will be available towards the middle of the month.
I also used a die cutting machine and gold shimmer paint.
Click on any of these images to find out more information or to shop online.