The Peter Walsh Guide to Digital Scrapbooking

by | Productivity Advice | 15 comments

We want to help you balance the demands of daily life with a passion for creativity. To do this, Simple Scrapper incorporates concepts from the simplicity and productivity worlds to inspire and assist you. Peter Walsh (as seen on Clean Sweep and Oprah) is one of many luminaries whose guidance YOU deserve.

Let’s begin by channeling this fantastic Aussie organizer and life coach. Watch this YouTube video or one of the videos on his site. Get his voice into your head, running out your ears. Use that voice to read this post from here forward and consider these thought-provoking questions.

What is your vision for the life you want to live, and do your life choices reflect that vision?
Are you playing with your kids, pets and/or significant other? Are you having enough sex? Are you getting enough exercise and eating the right things? Take stock of your world and make sure that digiscrap is in balance with the rest. We’ll still be here when you get back, promise.

When purchasing something new, ask yourself “Do I really need this?”
Do you have unused kits just waiting in the wings for you? Do you have an item that is similar? 20% off a $6 item really isn’t that much. Skip some of the sales and put that hot new item on your wish list.

Are you giving your memories the honor and respect they deserve?
Are your layouts piling up on an EHD? Choose a fantastic printer, an album and get those pages onto your coffee table. Do you feel compelled to scrap Focus on the best memories and tell your story with journaling. Are your photos in multiple places and not tagged or categorized? Invest in some software and begin a daily practice of putting everything in its place.

Give genuine thanks and praise to your loved ones.
We’re all friends here, right? Then treat every comment you write like it’s to your best friend. Leave more than “nice layout” by offering specifics about what you like. On blog posts, share some of yourself in return. Be authentic in all that you do.

Look at what you have, ask yourself “Is this adding value to my life? Is it beautiful? Is it functional?”
There are A LOT of freebies out there. When first starting out, you might be compelled to snatch every one. But do you actually use quick pages or templates? Is this item your scrapping style? Consider your stash like a closet and de-clutter seasonally. Your harddrive will thank you!

Simple Scrapper strives every day to help you fit scrapping into YOUR life. Use these concepts to evaluate where you are and set a course for your future. There is no one perfect way to digiscrap, but Peter Walsh-style simplicity is one way to bring more pleasure to this amazing hobby.

Did you find this post helpful?

We believe simple is not how your page looks, but how your scrapbooking hobby works. We have a free workshop called SPARKED and it is the best way to learn more about Simple Scrapper and start creating consistently.


  1. gabs

    yes, these a good steps

  2. Monique

    Great tips! I definitely try to use these same rules when thinking about making purchases, I try to never make a purchase without first thinking of at least 2 layouts or projects that I might be able to use the kit for. And I definitly think everyone should follow the tip for leaving comments in galleries. How often do you see a comment of “great layout” or “cute layout”, and you just wonder… what the commenter thought was so great or what made the layout so cute? I always try to pick something in the layout I love or that inspires me and include that in my comment. I think quality rather than quantity is definitely better with comments.

    p.s. could you maybe do a review article on the different digital scrapbooking online mags out there? There’s Bella Scraps, Digital Artist Magazine, Artisan’s Guild Magazine… I can’t afford them all but I’d love to get a better insight into what each of them offers 🙂 Thanks for a great blog!

    Monique’s last blog post..Recipe Share – Beef Patties in gravy with rice

  3. bamabreeze

    This is some great advice! I know I sometimes get really overwhelmed with things – its good to sit down and really think about priorities and put things into perspective!

    bamabreeze’s last blog post..Nature’s Beauty!

  4. Christine (supertwinkle)

    Jennifer, as usual, your insights have added value to my life! I’ve never heard of this person Peter Walsh, but I’m interested to find out more! Great advice today!

    Christine (supertwinkle)’s last blog post..Say What You Need To Say

  5. aud

    great tips — and helpful for so many things! thanks for sharing!!!

    aud’s last blog post..a Little House supper

  6. Eve

    Ohh, some very good tips on here today! Thanks for sharing them. 🙂

    Eve’s last blog post..Fastelavn

  7. marie

    I so “needed” to read this!!! thank you and thanks to Peter.

  8. Tammy B

    Wow! Thanks for giving the slap in the rear end I needed to let go of my “need” to download every freebie I see. I had started deleting some that I knew I would never use, but in reality I know I could probably delete 75%. This blog is wonderful and I’ve found every article helpful!

  9. Jennifer

    This post was very helpful. Now I’m a little more motivated to go through my digi-stash and do some purging. All those QPs that I’m never going to use…. those freebies that are collecting digidust… Thanks for this blog!

  10. Candice S.

    This post was soooo helpful and definitely worth reading again!

    It is literally because of this post that I ask myself every SINGLE TIME I download something free, “Are you really going to use this…?” And if my honest answer is, “NO!” I skip it. I used to snag anything and everything. I have since purged out all of that stuff. However, I have found there are certain designer’s whom I can’t seem to allow myself delete ANYTHING. Whether it was free, or purchased, there are approx. 6 designers whose files have never been purged. Perhaps one day I will get past this, who knows?

    You offer so much to us, Jennifer. Your blog has helped me think outside of the box, and for that, I love ya, girl!


    • Jennifer

      Aww, thanks so much for your sweet comments Candi!

  11. Tami

    I have just discovered your blog in the last few days and am thoroughly enjoying it. This article, like the rest of your site, is so motivating! Thank you for having such a clear vision throughout your site and communicating it so consistently.

  12. lain

    Terrific post! I love how you recommend readers watch Peter first to get his voice in your head. Great job!

  13. Gab

    I love Peter Walsh!! Great blog post!

    • Jennifer Wilson




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