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

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What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?

The best way for me to simplify my scrapping is to limit the amount of supplies I allow myself to use on any one project.  I originally got this idea when I was packing for a weekend crop.  Since space was limited, I couldn’t pack up my whole scrap room.  I created page kits for each layout I wanted to complete.  I now do this for all my projects and DT assignments.  I pick papers, embellishments and photos, sometimes sketches and put them in a sleeve.  When I’m ready to scrap, I just pull out those items and get working.

What problem does it solve for you?

I am not a fast scrapper.  By kitting for each project, I can concentrate on the design instead of spending time trying to decide which papers or embellishments to use.  I would spend hours trying to decide what collection, embellishment, etc … there are so many goodies out there, it got overwhelming!  Now that I limit myself, I spend less time trying to pick what to use, and more time scrapping.  Obviously I occasionally add to the original kit, when inspiration strikes, but for the most part I stick to the plan!

Why do you think it works so well?

I have a lot of scrapbook supplies.  If I just worked freestyle, I’d end up changing my mind 100 times, trying out different variations, papers, embellishments.  It would take me forever to complete anything.  By pre-planning and limiting myself to a particular collection of items, I am less distracted and more focused on the project at hand!

How can others get started with it?

Start by figuring out what pictures you want to scrap.  Print them out and then work on choosing what you want to use to scrap.  It might be an entire collection from a certain manufacturer or it might be more random … for instance, if you’re scrapping a picture of your kids playing outside, you can put together items that work with that theme.  Put papers, stickers, embellishments, pictures (and maybe a sketch) into a sleeve or bag and limit yourself to those items.   It will allow you to focus on the actual scrapping and less on all of the supplies!

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