It’s no wonder Scrapbooking is so big these days, especially with the advent of the internet! Scrapbooking is, by nature a “creative art” but what if you’re not really in the creative mood, or you need to catch up on some scrapbooking but you’re all out of ideas?
It’s kinda frustrating! And the more the pictures pile up, the more overwhelming your little scrapbooking projects become, and the last thing you want is for something that’s supposed to be fun and relaxing to turn into more of a “chore” that needs to get done.
Here’s how to break the mold and make scrapbooking fun again:
1- Always have something handy to jot down your ideas and inspiration when they come to you in the moment.
The thing about creativity is that nobody can really be creative all of the time, it comes in spurts, and often VERY random. (Mine often come while in the shower, or driving) So, keep something around that works for you. Whether that be a notepad on your smartphone, Evernote, or just a small notepad. Just make sure it’s convenient and easy to use for YOU, or else you wont use it!
2- Get organized!
For goodness sakes, if you’ve got a desk that’s just mounds and mounds of random little bits of paper, pictures and half-done scrapbooks, it’s no wonder you can’t come up with Scrapbooking Ideas. (The same thing goes for your computer hard-drive) Pick an organizing system and stick with it. You can organize by date, event, people, places, whatever works for you, just make sure it’s easy to implement and it’s Fun for you to do! If you’ve got a busy schedule like most people do these days, set aside a few minutes maybe once a week on Sunday afternoon or whatever, to quickly organize the possible scrapbooking items you’ve gathered over the course of the week. Then when it’s time to sit down and put it all together, it’s not overwhelming.
I know, it sounds weird saying you need to Focus, for scrapbooking, because focus sounds like work, and scrapbooking is supposed to be fun right?! Well, I’ve found that with my scrapbooking projects (as well as anything else in life) that you need to put away all distractions and focus on one thing and one thing only at any given time. The same goes for scrapbooking. If you’ve set aside Saturday afternoon from 3-5 as your “focus time” then make sure you’ve put away all other distractions. Let your family know you’re “temporarily unavailable” Shut off the phone, computer, and tv (unless you enjoy it in the background while scrapping) and just get down to the fun stuff. You’ll often find that once you do this and just get started, the creativity will just start to flow, and before you know it you’ve gone over your allotted time, and you’ve still got scrapbooking ideas coming at you left and right! (just make sure you repeat the process and record them in the moment if you can’t finish them at the time being!)
Just make sure you repeat the process and record them in the moment if you can’t finish them at the time being! For more scrapbooking ideas, and a fun place to get together with like minded scrappers, see my resource box below; Hope you enjoy!
For more great Scrapbooking ideas and tips visit my Scrapbooking Retreats site. We hold frequent events in a quaint little cottage we call Nellie’s Cottage (named after some of my ancestors) Keep on Scrappin’