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The Secret to Happier Scrapbooking with Christine Newman

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

Simple Tip Saturday at Simple Scrapper

What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?

I simplify scrapbooking by not doing it chronologically and just picking photos and subjects that make me happy.  I just create pages as I am inspired, and I put them into albums based on when I created them. The lack of chronology doesn't bother me at all.

What problem does it solve for you?

Scrapbooking is supposed to be fun and not stressful. Letting go of documenting EVERYTHING and in chronological order has been extremely freeing.  I've seen people get stuck or stop scrapbooking because they're so stressed out by the fact that they're "behind" and can't catch up. That seems to be counter-productive to me. Just do it because you enjoy it, not because you have to. This is a hobby, not a job. (Well, not for most of us anyway.)

Why do you think it works so well?

It works so well because now I am enjoying the process of creating instead of trying to "get it done".  When something is enjoyable, you tend to keep doing it.  If it's stressful or causes guilt, then you tend to stop doing it.  I want to keep scrapbooking, so this is the way to do it for me.

How can others get started with it?

Make an appointment with yourself for two hours and just play. Use that time for yourself and create without guilt.  Don't use it to surf the internet for more inspiration. Just start creating something. You will feel wonderful afterwards and that will be the first step to doing it more.

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March Story Starter Challenge

For the past four years I've been releasing new storytelling prompts to members every month. This year, we're celebrating each month's theme with a Story Starter™ Challenge. You're invited to create a layout and submit it for a chance to win a 3-month Simple Scrapper membership pass.


How to Participate + Win

Step 1 (optional) - Download this free story discover tool to brainstorm story ideas and make a plan for your layout.

Step 2 - Create a new layout, pocket page spread, or mini album related to this month's theme: You've Got Mail

Step 3 - Submit a photo of your completed work in the comments below by 11:59pm on the 30th of this month.

This post will be updated on the 1st of next month announcing the winner of a 3-month Simple Scrapper membership pass. The winner will also be contacted directly with instructions on starting her membership.

Three Ideas from the Creative Team

Each of these layouts from our creative team uses a sketch or layered template from the membership along with one of this month's twelve new Story Starters.

You can get instant access to a library of more than 400 Story Starter™ prompts when you become a member at Simple Scrapper.

This layout from Kelly Sroka tells the story of how, through Facebook, she was able to connect with her son's foster mother in Guatemala.


This layout from Lisa Corbin-Polak tells the story of the amazing advances in technology that have un-tethered us from the home and allow us to stay in contact via phone.


This layout from Jan Sowder tells the story of how she met her husband online 10+ years ago.


Now it's your turn! Upload your layout by 3/30/15.


This Month at Simple Scrapper

The Simple Scrapper community is active and vibrant, full of memory keepers who love to keep life simple. There's always something going on here and this post is your reminder about where to find that information.

1. On the "This Month" page...

If you ever want to know what's going on at Simple Scrapper, the This Month page is your one-stop-shop. There you will find links to our current challenge, the date and time of our next Simplicity Hour chat, and any information about classes and events.

Plus, on this very same page you'll also find our creative team gallery. Each month our talented team members create pages to inspire your simple scrapbooking journey using shortcuts from our membership.

2. On the blog...

I love brainstorming and preparing content for the Simple Scrapper blog just as much today as I did back in 2008. This month I've got a series of posts planned that focus on making your processes, especially Project Life, more efficient. I'll also be sharing some personal insights on my One Little Word for the year.

Blog posts are recapped weekly in the Sunday newsletter, but you can subscribe to the blog's RSS feed to get updates whenever a post is published. The easiest way to subscribe is with Feedly or Bloglovin'.

3. On social media...

I love connecting with you and providing valuable information in the spaces you like to hang out. Today this interaction occurs predominantly on Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook is the water cooler, focused on fostering discussion and sharing links to helpful resources. Instagram is the micro magazine, expertly curated to keep you inspired and moving forward.

4. On the membership site...

Our Simple Scrapper members are already enjoying brand new content for simple scrapbooking, but you can join today to get immediate access to the following:

  • The new issue of Spark, our membership magazine.
  • Membership in our active members-only Facebook group.
  • A suite of must-have planning tools for scrapbookers.
  • Access to our Focus scrapbooking productivity program.


Membership also includes five new sketches and companion layered templates each month, plus full access to our library of past releases. One of this month's new sketches and templates is 100% original and four were inspired by:

I'll Love You Forever by Melissa Morrelli
I'll Love You Forever by Melissa Morrelli

Blah by Stephanie Joanna
Blah by Stephanie Joanna

Miss Rabbit by Elena Stefanidou
Miss Rabbit by Elena Stefanidou

Flamenco Dancer by Jennifer Wilson (i.e. me!)
Flamenco Dancer by Jennifer Wilson

You can see examples using all of the new membership content in this month's creative team gallery.

Membership is the best way to receive support in your journey to simplify, in scrapbooking and in life. Our community is supportive and welcoming! Click to learn more about membership.

Giveaway | The Finishing Project Workshop Starts This Week

Before you start something new, how about taking some time to focus on what's already begun?

My new workshop, The Finishing Project, begins this Thursday.

The Finishing Project begins March 5.

During the four weeks of this class - plus one bonus week of support and accountability - you will receive expert instruction, customizable tools, and intimate support to tackle your unfinished projects.

To celebrate this week's kick off, I'm giving away 3 seats in class. Best of all, if you already signed up I'll refund your payment! 

How to Enter

Leave a comment sharing the project you most want to finish. Three winners will be selected from eligible entries at 9am on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 and updated on this post.

Congratulations to...


#57... Teri Johnson, who said "Having read and carefully considered your posts on choosing projects I can finish, I would like–no, plan–to finish a mini album for each of my two grandsons. I plan to give them to the boys for Easter. Hopefully, that will put me on track to finish more of my planned but not executed projects."

#80... Rosa, who said "Thanks for the chance to win. The project I most want to finish is “Before your Story” I know telling my story is important but I just keep making excuses about photos, or journaling, etc."

#1... Laura, who said "I am focusing on my Me: The Abridged Version album from Cathy Zielske’s class last fall."

Winners will be contacted directly with prize claim instructions.


Around Here | February 2015

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

Photo Feb 11, 7 51 14 AM

See more of my February on Instagram.

Around here we actually started putting nails in the walls.

Around here she's 3.5 and 42" tall. She was 41" a month ago.

Around here my coffee gets blacker with the amount of work I have.

Around here he took me out to dinner and a movie on the 13th.

Around here I'm starting to read autobiographies of funny women.

Around here she wants a drum set (?!) for her birthday.

Around here they built a snow tunnel in the front yard.

Around here I'm totally ready for winter to be over.

Around here we're enjoying gift cards we received in December.

Around here I'm working crazy hard on several big projects.

Around here this month has been a blur.

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