As part of our Simple Tip Saturday series, we're inviting fresh voices into the mix. Today we’re hearing from Patricia Roebuck with her simple tip.
What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?
By picking favorites. I do the same with working with one manufacturer’s products as I do with my stash or a kit. I pick favorite products that catch my eye right away. I start by going through the papers, then pick out the colors that appeal to me, and then the patterns. Then I go through the embellishments. I will usually only have those items that I pulled out to work with. It is similar to working with one collection where everything goes together, but extending that same process to my stash, kit or multiple collections.
What problem does it solve for you?
Ending up with less stash because I’ve used most of my favorite items. Not to say my scrap space doesn’t get cluttered, but there is less clutter, which overall helps me be more creative using less product.
Why do you think it works so well?
Using favorite products extends to my scrapbooking purchases. I only buy what I love, and what I will use. This helps my pocketbook. I am more productive and spend less time working on a project. I don’t have to get up and find an item. I have everything I need at arms length.
How can others get started with it?
Collect your papers and embellishments and sort out your favorites. Give away or sell the rest. Create kits from color combinations or themes that interest you, and that you know you will be using soon. You will have the satisfaction of using what you already have, making beautiful projects without the overwhelming feeling of too many product choices.
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