Simplicity = Use Less to Get More

by | Productivity Advice | 6 comments

As we approach our 1000th post here at Simple Scrapper, I wanted to write a little on my philosophy of simple. To me, simple is much more than a design aesthetic. Simple is a specific and valuable memory keeping mindset.

Simple is…

  • a desire to find meaning in everyday stories
  • a commitment to process over product
  • a method for getting more out of less
  • a lifestyle that leaves space for living

I love scrapbooking so much than I often dream about it, but I love my family and my life too. When I launched this site in 2008, I set out to create a space where others could learn techniques to fit memory keeping into life in ways that are easy and satisfying.

I’ve worked and learned along with you to explore approaches that unite simple with scrapbooking. In particular, I’ve realized a few truths about less and more.

How to Get More from your Scrapbooking

  1. Scrap less to find time for more memory-making.
  2. Buy less to to leave space for more creativity.
  3. Take less photos to be more present in the moment.
  4. Organize less to find more time for scrapping.
  5. Browse less to find more inspiration within yourself.

I’d like to hear from you on this topic. What role does simplicity play in your memory keeping? How has less brought your more?

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. EviePea

    Just reading these ideas sets me free!

  2. Fabrizio

    I’ve reached Zen status….thanks ! πŸ™‚

  3. Tiff

    Thank you soooo much!!! I’ve been browsing so much that its difficult for me to feel that I can create anything on my own anymore. I’ve taken to buying more stuff in order to reproduce some of the ideas I’ve seen while browsing and then get so frustrated when I cant, that I give up trying to scrap anything for awhile. Thank you for letting me know its OK to be me ….I don’t have to try all the newest techniques ….I just have to be true to me!
    Abiding in Him,

    • Jenny Woods

      Me too, Tiff. I wish and wish that I had time to work on my scrapbooks and then what do I do? I browse and before I know it I’ve spent an hour that I could have been scrapping memories. Thanks for the alarm clock to wake me up!
      In Him,

  4. Lori

    WOW–LOVE your “How to Get More from your Scrapbooking” list. That is getting printed and taped to my computer! Thank you!

  5. jana

    My OLW this year is MORE, and this post is so relevant for me! Thank you for sharing this list!



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