Although I own more scrapbooking supplies than I am ever likely to need, I consider myself a simple scrapbooker. My scrap space is not minimalist. Not even close. My pages are not always clean and simple. In fact, I love layering and getting messy with inks and paints.
So why am I a simple scrapper?
The key, for me, is having an organized scrapbooking process. Ideally, this should be teamed with organized scrapbooking supplies which, for the most part, mine are. However, I believe my scrapbooking process can be adopted by anyone who is seeking a way to actually use their supplies and become more productive. My process is simple and organized. Itâ€™s also a lot of fun.
When I sit down to create, I start with a kit. Iâ€™m not talking about kits from kit clubs, although I do use them frequently. Iâ€™m talking about kits Iâ€™ve created myself from that pile of miscellaneous â€œstuffâ€ which always seems to get overlooked. Today I am going to share with you the five-step process of how I create kits from my stash to help me gain control of my supplies and my time.
I always start with my photos. I will pull enough pictures to create 3-5 layouts. These photos should all be similar in one way or another. I scrap primarily by colour, so I would choose pictures containing similar hues. You may prefer to pull pictures with a certain theme or subject, depending on how you organize your supplies.
Using my pictures as a guide, I sift quickly through my paper and cardstock and pull out papers which will work with those photos. I will usually select about ten to fifteen sheets as well as a few background sheets which may seem a lot, but I find this prevents me from wasting time by heading back to my paper folders mid-project.
Next I do the same thing with my embellishments. I will select a few sticker sheets and loose embellishments that coordinate with the pictures and papers Iâ€™ve selected. If Iâ€™m feeling â€œartsyâ€ I will also grab a couple of mists and paints that match my kit at this time.
A tip: choose one small and one large alphabet set, and stick with them. I find it helps if one is a dark colour and one is lighter, too.
Once I have gathered my supplies, itâ€™s easy to create 3 or 4 pages from these supplies one after the other. I find that it takes me about the same amount of time to create 4 pages using this method as it would to create 1 page using a â€˜rummage-as-you-goâ€™ technique! I will often use some of the scraps to make a set of cards too, once my pages are done.
Here are a couple of the pages I created using the supplies I gathered in the photos above.
The crucial step: put it all away. This is where my organized space comes into its own. All of my supplies are grouped like with like and then sorted by colour. So when itâ€™s time to clear up I just slip each item back into the relevant drawer, file or basket. No matter what your system, itâ€™s important to put it all away to enable you to create a fresh kit next time and save you time when searching for those brads you know are there somewhere.
I hope you will be able to take some part of this process and apply it to your scrapbooking. I wrote this blog post during a very busy week, over the course of several days. I wanted to share this because my process worked right alongside me. Splitting up my creative time using these 5 steps meant that I could work on it in the small chunks of time I had available to me without losing my way, as I may have done in the past when stopping and starting a project.
I would love to hear how you think this process might help you. What obstacles do you frequently stumble over? Could you remove them by having a more organized process?
Amanda Jones lives in the UK with her partner and son and has been playing with paper and glue for as long as she can remember. She has a love for vintage items and enjoys trying new techniques and ideas. Her love of creating has blessed her with the opportunity to work for some of her favourite companies within the industry as a designer and teacher, and her work has been published around the globe. You can visit Amandaâ€™s website http://amandajonesdesigns.com or find her on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/AmandaJonesPage.