5 Simple Scrapbooking Tips

Today I want to share with you a few of my tips for creating my quick layouts. Generally a layout only takes me about a half hour unless I get stumped which does happen to me every once in a while!

5 simple scrapbooking tips

Tip #1: I always print my photos in bulk, especially when Shutterfly has there 101 free prints. I find that if I have my pictures I am more capable at sitting down when I get a few moments to create a layout.

Tip #2: Once I get my pictures I group the pictures that I want to scrap together and pick out the base paper that I am going to use for each set and then I just leave that stack on my craft table. If you don’t have a craft table then you can stick them in an Iris box.

Tip #3: Be decisive, this means that once you decide to pick a certain color from your photo or background paper then just go with it!

Tip #4: Remember that every layout does not have to be a masterpiece and it is ok to keep the embellishments down to a minimum.

Tip #5: When you get stuck walk AWAY from the Layout. It is OK to mull over a layout but that doesn’t mean you can’t move on to the next layout while that particular layout is hanging out on the side. Just consider the layout in a time out and realize that this is OK. The layout below is currently in time out in my house. I needs something more but I haven’t figured it out yet, so it is sitting and waiting for me to finish it.

This Layout is in Time Out
This Layout is in Time Out

So there you have it, 5 Simple steps that you can take to make your scrapbooking life just a little easier! When your busy you don’t always have a ton of time to sit and complete a layout but if you have a stack of layouts waiting for you, it is that much easier to complete one!

Below you will see the Iris box that I was talking about in Tip #2, I love these boxes and use them to store all kinds of things! Also just an FYI for you if you order anything from Shutterfly today  (May 15, 2013) you can get 25% of the entire site by using code BOXTOPS at checkout. So I encourage you to get some photos printed and have them waiting for you to scrap when you are ready!

What types of things do you do to make your scrapbooking life easier?

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  1. Kristie

    Great tips! I especially like the one about just walking away! It would probably save a lot of time and aggravation in the end!

    1. Beth

      I think it definitely saves a lot of time and aggravation Kristie to just walk away. I find the longer I look at a layout that I am just not able to finish the more I get frustrated so I have learned to just walk away.

  2. Alice

    Great tip about taking some time away from a layout. I love that you suggest moving on instead of giving up. How do you make sure that you actually go back and finish an incomplete layout? I have a stack of layouts that just need a little ‘something’!

    1. Beth

      I actually leave the layouts on my craft table until I have completed it Alice. I am a little OCD and I won’t leave a layout for more then a week on my craft table. In that week if I haven’t figured out what that layout needs then I just put it in the album and leave it alone.

      1. Alice

        If you can’t figure out what it needs maybe it doesn’t need anything…. sounds smart.

        1. Beth

          Lol very true Alice!!!

  3. Melissa

    I’m actually starting to do this more. I went to a local crop last weekend and spent a good portion of my time organizing paper and pictures (and putting a stack of pages I pulled out of my post albums into 3 ring protectors). Now I’m working on organizing the rest of my paper and pulling card stock and printed paper together for pages. Those will go in one of several 12 x 12 enveloped I have or one of my 12 x 12 boxes ready for the next crop! And, as a bonus, I’m getting rid of paper that I don’t like at said crop!!

    1. Beth

      It makes life so much easier when we organize things that way Melissa. I’m so glad you are getting all your stuff organized and rid of the ugly paper!!

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