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Not surprisingly scrapbooking is so big these days, especially with the advent of the Internet and digital scrapbooking! Scrapbooking is in itself a “creative art” but what if you aren’t really in the mood for being creative, or you need to catch up on some scrapbooking, but you’re all out of ideas?

(besides the same designs you’ve been using for years- Yawn!)

It’s a bit frustrating coming up with creative layouts on the spot! And you accumulate more photos, with more photos overwhelming your scrapbooking projects,they shortly become “tasks” and the last thing you want is for something that is supposed to be fun and relaxing! Here is how to break the mold and to create new and exciting albums:

1 – Organize!

Please, if you have one of those desks, which only tends to collect more and more stuff, with random bits of paper, photos, and half done albums, it’s no wonder that you can’t get anywhere with new Scrapbooking Ideas. (Same goes for the computer’s hard drive- keep it clean and organized) Pick up a system of sorts and stick with it. You can organize by date, events, people, places, what works for you, just make sure it is easy to implement and it’s fun to do! If you have a busy schedule like most people today then set aside a few minutes, maybe once a week on Sunday afternoon, or whatever, to organize your newly collected scrapbooking items you’ve gathered over the week. Then, when it’s time to sit down and put it all together, it is not as overwhelming.

2 – Focus

I know it sounds weird to say that you need to focus, to scrapbook, because the word just sounds like work, and aren’t scrapbooks supposed to be fun?! Well, I found that with my scrapbooking projects (and anything else in life) it is necessary to put aside all distractions and concentrate on one thing and one thing at a time. The same goes for scrapbooking. If you planned on Saturday afternoon three to five as your “focus time” and then make sure you put aside all distractions. Let your family know that you are “temporarily unavailable” shut down your phone, computer and television (unless you enjoy it in the background while scrapping) and just get to the fun part. You will often find that once you do that and just get started, the creativity starts flowing, and before you know it is past your allotted time, and you still have scrapbooking ideas that come to you effortlessly !

3 – Always keep something useful to jot down ideas and inspiration, when it comes to you in a moment.

Creativity is something that no one can really be creative all the time, it comes in spurts, and often very random. (Mine often come back in the shower, or driving) So, to keep something around that works for you. That there is a notepad on your phone, Evernote, or just a small notebook. Just make sure it is convenient and easy to use or you can not use it!

(Just make sure you repeat the above described process and record ideas in an instant for later use with this system!) For more ideas and scrapbooking tips as well as a fun place to get together with like-minded scrappers, see my bio box below:) I hope you enjoy!


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In regards to scrapbooking, it is actually a way, a form of art through which people will want to remember something, someone or a special event in their lives. It is done through creating stunning visual masterpieces that employ photos mostly.  If you think that this is something complicated and only certain people will be able to do it, just erase this thought from your mind, as you can do it too. Sometimes it might be quite hard for you to deal with it, but if you have patience and you have the right mood, you will feel very much alive while working on it!

One of the most important things to remember is that you need to make sure your mind is set on the creative mood. After that, you will have to find a nice place in your home that is right for scrapbooking. Of course, a place to work is mandatory. You will need to choose one in which you can make a lot of mess, but without having consequences like your parents yelling at you or something similar, because it’s quite unpleasant to pack things, then unpack them again and so on.

The next step you will need to take, will be to have a look through all of your photos and make up your mind on the type of page you would like to do. As such, when you have finally made up your mind in regards to the paper you want to buy, take the photos with you, so that you can appreciate better if the paper is right for your project or not. Depending on the color you choose, it will decide the main mood of your masterpiece.

After this step, a separate sketch layout of the final layout will need to be considered. In order to test how it all looks, make sure you lay your photos on the paper and decide if you like the way they look. From my side, I am advising you to go with photos of the same theme, so that the results will be even better.

If you need to, then don’t be afraid of having your photographs cropped. You will see that this way, the finished product will be better and you will be pleased with the results. Some people choose to mat their photos. When it comes to scrapbooking, you don’t need to worry that there are harsh rules you need to follow, because it is a process in which you need to use your own imagination in order to create something you will remember and cherish.

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