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Keep Favorites Close At Hand with Michelle De Leon

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

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What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?

One of the ways I simplify my scrapbooking and Project Life process is by keeping my favorite items in a place where I can easily see them. I have a section in my Raskog cart that houses some of my favorite embellishments, stamps, and tools that I tend to use often. My favorite items change from time to time, so I go through it to move products around that reflect the things I like. The fact that these items are out where I can easily view them is what really helps me use them.

What problem does it solve for you?

Keeping my favorite products in view helps me quickly decide what to use when I have small pockets of time to craft. Before I started doing this, I would spend a lot of time searching around my stash for the perfect products to match my layouts. By the time I looked through everything, I would have used up all of my time and end up not actually creating anything.

Why do you think it works so well?

I think that this works so well for me because I’m far more likely to use products that are already out for me to see. Life gets busy, and when I do have some time to craft, I want to actually spend the time creating something instead of rifling through my stash. I tend to not buy too many themed items, so most of the products I have can be used for multiple occasions and projects.

How can others get started with it?

It's a fairly simple tip and there are many ways you can make it work for you. I think that it depends on your organization system, but having a tray or area you can put your current favorite items out on can help.  If you subscribe to kits, it can be as simple as leaving the kit out for a while to use before breaking it up and placing the items into your existing organization system.

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Stash Bash + This Month at Simple Scrapper

Three years ago I first had the idea for a fun, multi-day online event where you could get excited and "party with what you've got". I sat my husband down on the couch and I told him we weren't moving until I had a catchy hashtag-able name for such an event.

That night, Stash Bash was born. (This year's hashtag: #simplestashbash)

During this one-of-a-kind event you'll receive encouragement and accountability to use up, declutter, and organize your paper or digital scrapbook stash.

After successfully completing a Stash Bash, you will have a smaller stash, a cleaner workspace, and more motivation to make organization a habit.

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The Stash Bash scrapbook organizing party returns to Simple Scrapper this month - and registration is open!

Say "Yes!" to shrinking your stash and getting more organized.

Also This Month at Simple Scrapper

Here's what else you'll find at Simple Scrapper over the next month:

July 7 - Story Starter™ Challenge posted
Create a layout on this month's storytelling theme (sneak peek: Soundtrack of Life) for a chance to win 3 months of membership at Simple Scrapper.

July 21 - Free Sketch & Template posted
Every month in 2015 I'm sharing a free sketch and companion layered template from our membership archives. This is a great way to taste just one of the features of being a member at Simple Scrapper.

July 27 - Simplicity Hour chat at 8:30pm CT
Enjoy your hobby more when you join a group of like-minded memory keepers for an hour of casual conversation fostering connection, inspiration, and forward movement.

I also want to acknowledge this month's contributor to our membership collection of sketches and templates:

Me and Cater-P by Carson Riutta

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And there's three from me...

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Our team did some amazing pages this month with the collection and with our new set of Story Starters. You'll be able to see a taste of their work on Facebook and Instagram as well as every example in the membership.

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Around Here | June 2015

On the last day of each month I'm sharing a personal recap that will also be included in my 2015 album.

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See more of my June on Instagram.

Around here I'm still on a scrapbook supply spending freeze.

Around here I thoroughly enjoyed National Donut Day.

Around here I've rearranged my schedule to find more balance.

Around here I'm working on living more and worrying less.

Around here she visited "the sea" for the very first time.

Around here I'm thankful that my BFF lives right on the beach.

Around here he loves mowing the lawn in a cross-hatch pattern.

Around here she continues to surprise and amaze us every day.

Around here we're already planning for her 4th birthday party.

Around here I'm thinking deeply about my One Little Word: grow.

Around here I'm wearing a Fitbit and working towards 10,000 steps.

Around here Stash Bash registration opens tomorrow.

How did June treat you? I'd love it if you shared one highlight, challenge, or realization in the comments.

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Comfort Zone Scrapbooking with Michelle Wedertz

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

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What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?

One way that I simplify scrapbooking  is by sticking to what I know. I do not have to come up with a new and unique layout design every time I sit to down to create. I have a few designs that I am very comfortable with and I will often use them as starting points.

What problem does it solve for you?

This definitely helps me to stop overthinking things and gives me the freedom to just play with the paper and embellishments.

Why do you think it works so well?

I think this strategy is successful because not only do the layouts look different and unique, this drastically reduces my creating time and allows me to get my projects done quicker.

How can others get started with it?

You can be like me and go back to your albums and look for those favorite layouts that you have made before and use one of those as a jumping off point.

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June 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 3-photo, 12x12 layout which allows for an emphasized title and plenty of areas for embellishment. 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 Jennifer Larson that shifts the title to the left in order to highlight the word bubble on her page and add additional emphasis on her title.

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Here is an interpretation from Allie Trumpower that shrinks the photo area of the sketch to allow for more journaling at the bottom of her page.

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Here is an interpretation from Shannon Morgan that adds additional space between the photos and uses a variety of elements and paper layering to add texture to the overall layout.

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Here's an interpretation from Amy Melniczenko that honors the original sketch but also adds a number of interesting elements that reinforce her theme.

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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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