Thursday, September 27, 2012

Staying on Top of Scrapbooking

Do you have folders full of pictures saved on your computer? Maybe you have boxes of printed photos gathering dust? Or maybe you have all of your photos organized but only a partially completed scrapbook? Whether you are just starting your first scrapbook or you are an experienced scrapbooker, here are some tips to help you get more done on your scrapbooks:

Scrapbook your most current photos ... and then work your way back. This actually gives you a greater sense of accomplishment and keeps you motivated to keep going.

Use basic page layouts to save time. Just changing up the colors on the same layout changes the look. You can also use different embellishments (like Vintage Trinkets #118764 or Designer Printed Brads #122940) for a fresh look. When you use basic page layouts, you can focus on what’s important - preserving your memories. The photos and journaling that you put on each page is what will make the real difference.

Add Simply Scrappin’ kits to the mix. These kits, like Afternoon Daydream (#126927), come with Designer Series Paper, coordinating solid colors of textured card stock, and self-adhesive die cuts. These make creating coordinating page layouts quick and easy.

Lay out several pages first, and then go back and finish the pages, journal, and embellish. The Stampin’ Up albums come in different colors and sizes - like the Linen 12 x 12 ring album (#127686). The page protectors in these albums load from the top and offer the perfect place to store your page layouts, embellishments, and journaling until you complete your page.  The new 12" X 12" Divided Page Protectors create effortless and unique scrapbooks!  Divided sections allow you to mix photos, journaling, paper crafting and memorabilia in snap!

Go digital ... and use the Designer Templates from My Digital Studio 2+ (#130646). The SummerSmooches Photobook Template (#129919) gives you 24 pages already done for you ... just add your photos and print.  New to digital?  Try MDS2 for FREE!

Hopefully these tips will make scrapbooking even more enjoyable and result in even more scrapbooks for you to enjoy!

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