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The Best Way to Use Scraps with Katie Smith

As part of our Simple Tip Saturday series, we're inviting fresh voices into the mix. Today we’re hearing from Katie Smith with her simple tip.

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What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?

When I'm finished with a layout or project, I usually have a bunch of randomly shaped paper scraps. I cut up all of those paper scraps into certain sizes for easier use later. For example, I cut off the swirly corners and such and cut everything into even squares and rectangles so that the next time I use that paper scrap, it's not in a funky shape.

What problem does it solve for you?

It definitely helps speed things up when I'm starting a new layout! I can just flip through my scraps and put them right on my layout or project without having to cut off any weird swirls where I had cut some hearts out on a previous project.

Why do you think it works so well?

I like it because it makes starting new projects so much easier. When I'm done with a layout, I simply take a few minutes to clean up and eliminate the weird corners and such. It works for me because I like to keep things tidy and make things easy for myself!

How can others get started with it?

Take a few minutes every time you finish a layout or a project to trim up your paper scraps back into squares and rectangles. If you cut up some 12x12 papers and have some left, trim a piece to 6", and then trim any smaller pieces down to whatever sizes you prefer.

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21 Photography Tips Just for Summer

We're technically only a month into summer here in the northern hemisphere, so there's plenty of time to capture summer's beautiful light using tips in this guest post from Jennifer Conlon. As social media manager, Jen is a key member of the Simple Scrapper administrative team. She is an avid Pinterest user and runs the Quality DigiScrap Freebies site.

I do occasionally scrapbook during the summer but most of my time is spent trying to keep my two active boys entertained. We go to the park, the beach, in the sprinkler, camping, to amusement parks, and more… and I am sure to have at least one camera with me at all times.

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Whether you are taking snapshots at the beach with your mobile phone or setting up a photo shoot at your local park, here are 21 tips to get the best photographs this summer so you’ll have plenty of beautiful memories to scrapbook this winter.

5 Simple Rules for Summer Photography via Simple Scrapper
Embrace simplicity to make your summer photography even more beautiful and enjoyable.

5 Tips for Better Beach Photos via Click It Up A Notch
Lots of sun and reflective light can make beach photography challenging. Use these tips to get creative and beautifully lit images.

5 Killer Ways to Shoot Into the Sun and Get Beautiful Flare via MCP Actions
Stretch your DLSR skills a bit and create some gorgeous summer photos.

6 Adventurous Ways to Photograph Your Camping Trip via Clickin’ Moms
Not going camping? These tips easily apply to any outdoors adventure like a family picnic or hike.

Do you have a summer photography tip to add? Leave it in the comments below.

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July Free Sketch & Template

Each month our members receive new sketches and companion layered templates, plus a digital magazine featuring these tools in action. This year I'm giving away a sketch and template set from our membership library every month on the blog.

This month's freebie is a 5-photo, 24x12 layout which allows for a lot of photos and plenty of room for journaling. There are more than 225 sketches and templates instantly accessible when you become a Simple Scrapper member.

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See it in action...

Here is an interpretation by Alexa Gill that uses only the left side of the sketch which allowed her to use 3 photos and add quite a bit of journaling.

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If you use this design concept to inspire your own layout, please come back and leave a comment sharing your page. I can't wait to see how you make this your own!

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Find Focus with a Clean Slate with Olatz Garaiyurrebaso

As part of our Simple Tip Saturday series, we're inviting fresh voices into the mix. Today we’re hearing from Olatz Garaiyurrebaso with her simple tip.

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What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?

When I start a project, my first step is picking the photos I want to work with and then gathering a relatively small kit that would suit the project that I have in mind. This kit isn't a commercial kit or a collection. It's a "handmade" kit composed of various things from my stash. In order to pull together this kit, it is very important for me to start with a clean desk and with a very well-organized stash. While building my kit, I separate the supplies by type rather than by manufacturer. It is easier for me to reach for an item based on the type (a wood veneer, a sticker, a paper, a die-cut, a tag/label, a bulky embellishment, etc.) rather than remembering what collection it is from or what manufacturer made it.

What problem does it solve for you?

Having a well-organized stash and a clean desk, with just a few basic tools, helps me to focus on the project and the story I want to tell and to create my project in a short period of time. Once I have all the items in my "handmade" kit gathered, I focus on sticking mostly to those items in order to avoid getting lost in my stash while searching for that one item that might be the perfect addition to my project. And when I really need something that isn't in my kit, my supply organization (by type) makes is easy to find a particular item without having to do a lot of searching.

Why do you think it works so well?

One of the best things about this method is that it allows me to keep my desk relatively clean.  I only take out what I think I will use. Once I finish a particular project, all of the bits and pieces remaining in the kit I've created can be placed back in my stash easily and quickly using my 'organization by type' method. When I am ready to start my next project, my desk is clear and I can easily build another small kit to work with on that project. This system helps me to effectively work with my stash without being overwhelmed.

How can others get started with it?

The first step is to clean your desk and keep out only the supplies and tools that you would like to have on hand for every project. For me, those basic tools are double sided tape, a trimmer, a black pen for journaling, black ink and a date stamp. I recommend keeping all of the other items in your stash organized in drawers or boxes that are easy to reach but out of my immediate working space. For example, I have one tray with all my stamps organized in clear plastic pockets, another tray full of mini bottles with my wood veneers (separated by type as well), a drawer with my small collection of washi tape, a box with my alphas, a bottle with all my clips and so on. The great thing about this method is that you can separate your supplies into as many categories and subcategories as you may need based on your stash. My final advice - be aware of your stash and keep your desk space simple! 😉

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Do This to Feel Motivated Fast with Sabrina Alery

As part of our Simple Tip Saturday series, we're inviting fresh voices into the mix. Today we’re hearing from Sabrina Alery with her simple tip.

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What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?

Sometimes the hardest part of putting your memories down onto paper is finding the time. I rarely feel short on ideas but life gets busy and by the time everyone is in bed, my brain and motivation have shut down for the day. I've found that seeking out cardmaking and scrapbooking challenges for inspiration and motivation gives me something to look forward to and pushes me to carve out small chunks of time during the day.

What problem does it solve for you?

When it's just up to me, I can put an idea off forever - simple moving it onto the next day's to-do list again and again. But when there is a deadline to meet or someone else's time wrapped up in me finishing a project, I'm almost certain to finish. The time has always been there of course, but it's easy to fill it with all of the day-to-day life stuff and mindless phone scrolling instead of making memory keeping a priority.

Why do you think it works so well?

I am motivated and excited by deadlines. Knowing that something has to be finished by a certain date gives it a sense of urgency in my mind. The thought keeps popping up in my head throughout the day and I look forward to sneaking away to work on an idea. Also, with challenges, you get to interact with and be inspired by the other challenge participants. I  love seeing how several people will interpret the same inspiration photo, color challenge or sketch. Not to mention, there are often prizes or awards along with winning a challenge. Some choose a winner randomly and other's pick their favorite project. But as fun as it is to win or receive a little pat on the back, try not to get caught up in the winning or losing because that will suck all of the joy out of participating in challenges. Just have fun with it and be happy you have another project to add to your album!

How can others get started with it?

If you like the idea of joining a challenge or just need a little extra motivation to get started, just type "scrapbook challenge" or "cardmaking challenge" into your Google search bar. There are tons of blogs dedicated to challenges and you can seek out one that works for your scrapbooking style. You can also visit the blog of your favorite manufacturers, kit clubs and magazines to search for challenges. Most have at least one monthly challenge.

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