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10 Myths About Scrapbooking: Busted

Somewhere along the line scrapbooking picked up a reputation. The thing is, the ideas you have in your head about scrapbooking may not jive with reality. Scrapbooking today looks a lot different than it did 5, 10, or 15 years ago. It’s fresh, modern, and can be customized to fit any lifestyle.

10 Myths About Scrapbooking: Busted

1. Scrapbooking is expensive.

You can create beautiful scrapbook projects on a budget and without a lot of supplies on hand. It’s easier than ever to keep it simple and basic.

2. You have to be creative to scrapbook.

With the tutorials and ready-to-go ideas available on the Internet, scrapbookers today can rely on the creativity of others to get inspired and create skillfully.

3. Scrapbooking takes too much time.

Technology is the best friend of today’s busy scrapbooker. From editing photos while waiting at the doctor to ordering a photobook from your iPad, scrapbooking today can be super fast if you want it to be.

4. Scrapbooking requires a lot of space.

You don’t need a lot of fancy tools or unlimited storage space to be a scrapbooker. You can even scrapbook with just your computer – only hard drive space required!

5. Scrapbooking is difficult.

Scrapbooking today can be anything you want it to be. At its core, scrapbooking is about combining your photos with words that tell a story. It’s your story, so your rules apply!

6. Scrapbook supplies are not my style.

There’s far more to scrapbook supplies than the cutesy and feminine items you see at the hobby store. Whether your style is artsy or ultra modern, or anything in between, today’s scrapbooking products can fit any personal aesthetic.

7. Scrapbooking requires a fancy camera.

This is not so! So many scrapbookers today use photos taken with their phone for most of their pages and projects. The best camera is the one you have with you.

8. Scrapbooking is for older people.

Scrapbookers today are not just empty nester moms. From college students to great-grandmothers, you can be a scrapbooker at any age and with any lifestyle.

9. I’m too far behind to start scrapbooking.

Scrapbooking is a way to celebrate your memories, but there’s no right way to be a scrapbooker. You can start any time and with any project. You don’t even have to scrapbook events in order.

10. Scrapbookers are weird.

We’re moms, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, friends who take pictures. We’re just like you. We love our lives and our families and don’t want to forget a single moment!


Workshop Giveaway: Quizapalooza with Angie Lucas

You love telling stories, but sometimes the act of journaling can get in the way. How can you get memories out of your head and on to paper?

Prompts can make journaling so much easier. And really good prompts, they can make it feel like the words just spill out of you.

I believe in using tools to simplify scrapbooking, so I was excited when Angie Lucas asked if I would share her latest workshop at Big Picture Classes with you.

Giveaway: Quizapalooza with Angie Lucas

Quizapalooza is a 5-week interactive workshop that makes it simple to share meaningful stories in your scrapbooks, journals, and Project Life albums—or even via your blog or social media channels.

Angie has carefully curated more than 180 questions to help you capture fascinating tidbits about all areas of your life. Class begins this Thursday, September 18!

Free Sample Quizzes

Would you like a taste of Quizapalooza? Angie has a free set of five printable quizzes for you. Use these ideas to uncover story ideas for your next scrapbook layout.

Click here to download.

Workshop Giveaway

For a chance to win a seat in Quizapalooza with Angie Lucas, leave a comment on this post by 5pm CDT on Wednesday, September 17. One participant will be randomly selected and contacted directly with prize claim instructions. This post will also be updated with the winner’s name.

The giveaway has closed. The winner is #22, Carmelle Landreville.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you register using a link in this post, a portion of your payment supports the free content here at Simple Scrapper. If you are the winner and have already registered for Quizapalooza, your payment will be refunded.


What to Do if You Really Want to Get Things Done

A few weeks ago a friend came over to split a Project Life kit and of course, to scrapbook. We chatted, had lunch, and then set to work. She made two pages and I made just one.

You might be surprised to learn that was the first time I scrapbooked with anyone else in the room. By the time I came to the hobby, there were no local stores left in my town and thus no crops to attend.

I’ve done fine scrapping solo and truthfully it suits my personality. However, I always wondered if the energy of a group would feel different, in a positive way.

It totally did.

What to Do if You Really Want to Get Things Done

Almost immediately I noticed an ease from being able to talk about scrapbooking with someone who gets it. While my dear husband totally supports me, he doesn’t have a lot of interest in discussing which holiday lines are the cutest.

More importantly, being in a scenario where the objective is scrapbooking forced me to focus. I couldn’t escape to the computer and get lost in a sea of business emails and Pinterest inspirations before I even got started.

I had to face the blank page and simply begin.

While I do often use sheer force of will to start, it was actually easier and more pleasurable to set myself up for success in this way. Much to this introverted girl’s surprise, being around other people was (dare I say it) fun and actually made me far more productive!

The thing is, if I really looked deeper I already knew this to be true. It just took seeing it in real life to acknowledge what was already, actively happening online.

I witness the energy and power of groups every time our members come together for a chat or meet in our private Facebook group. I observe the capacity for rapid, dramatic progress and breakthrough moments every time I lead events like Start Fresh and Stash Bash.

People coming together – online or off – can be transformative and empowering. Choosing the group experience over going it alone all the time can make accomplishing your goals even easier.

Today is the last day to register for Stash Bash.


OLW 2014 | On Space & Learning How to Accept Help

It’s addictive, this space thing. The more space I create, the more I want.

I’ve worked really hard this year to serve you better while actually working a bit less. I began 2014 with a very clear mission: to find more sustainability in my week and more mental space for being thoughtful about what I’m doing.

I knew going in this would not be easy for me. In order to create more space in my work life, I would have to accept help.

In other words I would have to admit that I can’t do it all. Ouch.

OLW 2014 | On Space & Learning How to Accept Help

As it turns out, feeling space is a heck of a lot better than feeling burnt out and always behind. Surprise, surprise!

I not only enlisted direct help inside of my business, but quickly found enough space to learn from and be guided by experts. More help = less stress? Sign me up!

I believe this is possible for you as well.

Yes, you can go it alone… I did for a long time. But what if there’s something even better waiting for you when you let go and accept an invitation to be helped?

What if it’s the space you’ve been craving?

I’d love to be your guide here at Simple Scrapper. Through Friday, September 12, 2014 you can save 33% on 3 months of membership when you sign up for Stash Bash.


Win a Year of Membership

Stash Bash is one of our biggest events of the year, so there had to be a big giveaway to go along with it! I’m excited to announce that the “Help, I need Stash Bash!” contest is now accepting entries.

Win a Year of Membership

Six winners will receive free registration for the event plus one grand prize winner will also receive a free year of membership at Simple Scrapper, a $168 retail value!

How to Participate

Step 1. RVSP to the contest’s Facebook* event.

Step 2. Upload a video or photo of your messy creative workspace (or your computer’s cluttered hard drive) directly to the event wall by 9am CT on Monday, September 8th.

A panel of judges will review the entries and select the winner most in need of clutter-busting to receive our grand prize. (Don’t stress about video quality.) Five additional participants will be randomly-selected to receive seats in the Stash Bash event. Winners will be announced at 1pm. Current members are eligible to participate.

The contest has ended. 

Congratulations to Tinka Rote, who won our grand prize.