Giveaway for Art + Science

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Stacy Julian and I have several things in common:

  • We love to scrapbook and share our passion with others.
  • We believe scrapbooking doesn’t have to be complicated .
  • We know you can enjoy the process even more with support.

We also have a lot of differences. She’s an ENFP and I’m an INTJ. She’s right-brain dominant and I’m left. She follows inspiration and I follow lists. In The Art + Science of Scrapbooking we explore our how our unique traits impact the creative process, looking for growth opportunities along the way. If you’ve not yet registered, here’s a chance to join us on September 12 for free.


3 randomly-selected winners will each receive a seat in The Art + Science of Scrapbooking, a new workshop from Stacy Julian and Jennifer Wilson.

How to Enter

Leave a comment on this post sharing what part of the creative process is most challenging for you to be eligible. Entries must be received by 11:59pm CDT on Sunday, September 8.

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  1. Michelle Coyle

    The most challenging part of the process is journaling. It’s almost like an afterthought for me. I enjoy creating the page, choosing the colors, picking the embellishments and then getting it onto the page. And then, oh yeah, let’s add some words now and then we can be done. That is, of course, now that I make myself journal at that point, since I have a stack of pages waiting to be “completed” with journaling.
    Thanks for the chance!

    • Margaret churchland

      Thanks for the opportunity to participate. My biggest problem is getting started. I have so much stuff and can’t choose what looks right with what, so I procrastinate over stupid things instead of just having a go. Would love to participate in the class but am travelling in Canada and America at present but it is nice to keep up with what is happening on line. Thanks again. Margaret from Oz.

  2. S K

    My most challenging part of the creative process is to put all the things together – photos, paper, matching embellishments. I sometimes procrastinate here. Perhaps I have to much stuff . And I often don´t know where to start.
    I`m already signed in for art & science – only would like to leave this comment.

  3. Wens Vagner

    Jennifer – thanks for an opportunity to win.
    My most challenging part of the process is choosing papers – I usually know the story I want to tell, the heading I can use and yet choosing the papers is a massive time taker for me :(.
    Please help me solve my problem.

  4. Lawrie

    The hardest part for me is choosing and editing the photos. It is hard for me to narrow them down to a number that will look good on a layout.

    This looks like a great class!

  5. Eydie

    My greatest challenge is coming up with the concept for the page because I want a page that tells the whole story. Once that is accomplished everything else seems to flow!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  6. Lisa

    My hardest part is embellishing. I’m not much good at decorating and that carries over to my scrapbooking.

  7. Becky

    My hardest point is layering papers – I love the look but lack confidence in doing it myself. Thanks for the chance to win a place 🙂

  8. Cindy

    The most Challenging part for me be is picking the papers that coordinate with my pictures.

  9. Lisa L. ( Lisa's Creative Niche)

    This would be amazing to be a part of! I find the hardest part for me is mixing and matching designer paper… unless it comes in a kit or a paper collection it is so hard for me to figure out what looks like. My other problem is layering… I just can’t figure out how to do it, and so often I sit and look at my layouts thinking that they are lacking. Thanks for my chance!!!

  10. Roxane F

    My most challenging process is picking out paper, it takes me forever. Thanks for chance to win!

  11. kelly

    I spend too much time picking out patterned paper

  12. Cyndy R

    The hardest part for me is staring at a blank page and wondering where to put my pictures and paper. Because of this I always start from someone else’s sketch and change it as I go. Thanks for the giveaway! The class sounds so interesting.

  13. Erica

    The most challenging part for me has always been the journaling. I also have a stack of projects waiting on the “right” words to be finished. I want to put the story or feelings down on the page, but I can never seem to get beyond the surface facts. This is an interesting approach to scrapbooking Jennifer. Thank you for a chance to win a place in the class!

  14. Carol N

    The hardest part for me is having an almost finished project and needing “just one last thing.” Figuring that out can sometimes take days.

  15. Amy

    The most challenging part for me is coming up with unique paper combinations and concepts. I know I can be utilizing my supplies much greater than what I am.

  16. Susanne

    Actually the most difficult part for me has changed as I have been scrapbooking. It used to be journaling, but writing a blog has helped me to find my voice, so journaling has gotten easier. My biggest challenge now is not to overwhelm the page with too much pattern or too much embellishment. I think I need to try to streamline my pages a little, so as not to take away from the photo or the story.

  17. Paula

    Most challenging is choosing a topic or project and sticking to it. I find myself easily bored (and easily inspired!).

  18. Doreen Page

    The most challenging part of the process for me is embellishing. I see so many pages and tutorials on line, but I struggle with making it happen for me.

  19. Janet

    My biggest challenge is definitely picking the pictures… With six kids I don’t want to leave anyone out but I tend to have heavy pics on a page and sometimes long for just a single one… My kids are very observant though and always wonder why I didn’t pick them…I also take way too many pictures and need to be better about getting rid of all those extras. Also need to get better about dealing with the ones I order right when they come in instead of piling them up and hating to even start… Thanks for the chance to win!~God bless!

  20. Carey

    For me, the hardest part is getting started – which of the gazillion ideas or projects floating around in my head do I pick? Which photos do I use? What size of photos? I think my problem can be summed up as lack of focus. Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Lisa

    The most difficult thing for me is actually getting started. I have way too many pictures and supplies and often feel overwhelmed by figuring out where to begin. (Once I actually start, it is OK. But until I do, it is like a writer with writer’s block…)

  22. EricaK

    The hardest part for me is coming up with an interesting way to tell the story behind the photos….beyond the who, what, when & where. I would love to tell the reader about the photos without sounding the same every time…..and boring the reader in the process.

  23. andrea (Ladyofthelake)

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this class — it sounds so fun! This may sound silly, but the hardest part of the process for me is gluing it down. I enjoy playing with the photos, papers, etc., moving things around, trying this or that, but when I’m done arranging, I sorta lose interest. A page can sit on my table for a day or two, all done except for the glue. Often what finally motivates me to get ‘er done, is the promise of a new page to play with.

  24. sheila

    The most challenging thing in the scrapbooking process is journaling
    I have horrible handwriting so writing on a journal card is not an option. Finding the right font and deciding what to write and how to express what I want to say is a challenge. Even deciding when the
    year and date was on some of my older pictures is a problem. Many times I just write a cute title and leave it at that.

  25. Vivian

    Hi Jennifer, thanks for this amazing offer. My greatest challenge: I didn’t have ready access to a camera and therefore don’t have a lot of photos. This makes me feel like I have to scrapbook them all so that period of time doesn’t seem insignificant.

  26. Alison G

    Hi. Thanks so much for this chance to win the course. The most challenging thing for me is to actually to decide what I want to do. I have so many photos and digital products to choose from its become overwhelming and therefore I feel defeated before I even start let alone seeing all the wonderful layouts that others come up with and wondering how they know where to begin.

  27. Michelle huegel

    For me the most challenging part is making decisions about what to use. Part of it is a design issue, part of it is deliberating way too long on whether to use this or that card when either would work fine!

  28. Lauren

    The hardest part for me is going outside my comfort zone And creating something I’ve never done before . I get stuck in a place where I typically use the same types of layouts over and over and sometimes I would like push past that and I feel like I can’t. I wonder if its just that I found my “style” or if I lack creativity.

  29. Skrapkitty

    The most difficult part for me is the design. I can pick out the photos, lovely coordinating papers and embellishments, have all my memorabilia and ephemera and tools and sit there blankly staring and wondering what to do with it all!

  30. Dale Rose Stream

    After 14 years of scrapbooking, journaling much more than the basic info of who, what, where, when, why & how is an after thought entirely or doesn’t seem to have enough ‘weight’ for me to leave a large area free for it. Thanks to yourself & Stacy for creating this class, as well as offering freebies!

  31. Cathy Peper

    I sometimes think getting started is the hardest part. But I probably struggle most with design.

  32. Kim

    Journaling…right now at this minute my mind is second guessing what I am writing. I’ve written some journaling on some things and have been told that is not how they remember it so I’m hesitant to journal at that moment and then I set them aside for later ….later is a big pile (oh at least I have a pile of layouts rather than a pile of pictures). I am looking forward to the class.

  33. Ann

    I get in slumps where I can’t seem to focus on what to do next – my mojo just seems to disappear from time to time. Other times my pages just seem to fall into place with no trouble at all. The hardest part for me is usually figuring out a good title.

  34. Ann Jobes

    How kind and generous of you to offer this giveaway. My greatest challenge is actually doing. I can spend oodles of time on the computer learning new techniques, and researching new products – I guess I’m a bit of a brainiac and like to research. But I know that I should stop at the first thing and then hit the scrappy room to give it a go, but instead I keep searching, clicking on links, and getting lost on the internet, instead of actually applying what I’m learning.

    • mariane

      You and I are soul mates when it comes to this. LOL
      I totally understand AND do the same thing. Does that mean we are Left or Right brained. I’ll have to check on the internet to find the answer. :O)

  35. Michelle

    My biggest challenge right now is just getting started. Over the last 10 years or so I’ve just done projects that can be finished in a weekend or over a few weeks. I have baby albums started for two of my kids from a long, long time ago, but I have not started Library of Memory albums that I’ve been planning to start for a while. My challenge is to allow myself to develop my own style and release my creativity.

  36. Jana C

    For me it is the journaling. I get the page how I want it and it’s like the journaling is an after thought. Thanks for the chance to win.

  37. Jan

    Just being creative. I’m very analytical and I want all my pictures and elements to line up perfectly in a grid. It is hard for me to add whimsy to a design.

  38. Judy Mason

    My largest challenge is the initial design. Unless I scraplift others’ ideas or start with a sketch, I could just sit for hours trying to figure out what I want to do. Part of the problem could also be that I want to scrap EVERY picture, and find it really hard to choose a lesser amount that tell the story just as well. I’d love to win a seat. Thanks!

  39. linda

    It’s definitely the getting started part, fear of the blank page… and sometimes finishing… how to know when it’s done?!

  40. Cathy

    My most challenging part is getting started making a page. Once I get past the hurdle of the idea, layout, pictures, paper choices, I can get on a roll and can’t stop. One idea leads to another and another and before I know it, it is 1 a.m., which leads to my next challenge –getting up the next morning! Thanks for the opportunity!

  41. Alissa W

    Design is the hardest part for me.

  42. Stacia

    I think Linda said it perfectly: fear of the blank page. After I have the spark hit me, I have no problem, it’s just the “getting started” part. Thanks so much.

  43. Suz Warren

    The most challenging thing for me is selecting the photos out of the tons I have. I can’t scrap them all!

  44. Trish

    I have found after many years of scrapbooking that I find it very difficult to jump in and just DO IT! I doubt my abilities to create a beautiful page with meaningful words that do the pictures justice as well as telling expressive stories…. I have the time, the energy, and many, many pictures but lack the courage!!! Thanks for offering a free seat in the class.

  45. Velma Garcia

    My greatest challenge is being more creative. My pages always seem to be so structured and balanced. Don’t get me wrong, they look great but I need to learn to let go and be more creative in my layouts and designs. I think this class would be just what I need to learn to do this. Thanks for the opportunity!

  46. Donna U

    Getting started is the most challenging for me. I like to have the project planned out, knowing what to do. If it gets put down to long, remembering what I wanted to do in the first place can be challenging.

  47. Lindsay

    Thanks so much for this very interesting-looking opportunity. I definitely resonate with what many of these contestants have mentioned. What I end up doing myself is printing journaling cards in black and white and writing and drawing them, and snapping Instagrams with my cell or taking some time to go out with my (now) sad D200 that my friend got me in the military a long time ago.

    I have put approximately four cards with varying states of embellishment in an actual protector. I have less difficulty making cute, creative projects for friends. I have more difficulty letting my photos speak for themselves and just getting them in the book.

    Best of luck to everyone!

  48. Shannon Minner

    They hardest part of the creative process for me is remembering ALL of the embellishments and supplies I have and actually using them. I sometimes have a hard time getting started.

  49. Nina F

    I have 2 problems – #1, just taking the time to start and #2 is finishing the embellishments. I just haven’t found my “style” yet, so don’t have a large variety of embellishments, then when I do add what I’ve got, it never looks “right”. The pages are fine, I like the photo, paper and journaling choices, it’s that last step I have problems with 🙂

  50. Dawn W.

    I think the hardest part for me is choosing supplies and getting started. Once I’m on a roll I am good, but starting with the blank page is the hardest part.

  51. Lucie Hale

    I don’t think I’m very different from a lot of people in that the most challenging part of starting anything creative is STARTING. The blank page is somewhat intimidating! I just don’t want to mess up the purity of it! Sometimes, I get in a rut and use the same bright colors over and over again. I hate repeating myself, but brightness is what I am drawn to. So then the creative process is doubly hard: what to do on the white page and how can I make it original, not merely a repetition of previous artistic efforts!!!

    Thanks for the chance to win this class.

  52. Marcy F.

    The hardest part for me is using patterned papers which I really love and buy a lot of, then of course embellishments. I like ribbon, buttons and flowers. But I guess I mostly struggle with telling the story of the pictures, see I struggle a lot.

  53. Kate Anne

    I am always overwhelmed by the plethora of products out there, not to mention with what I have. It takes days for me to create a very simple, minimalist page cos I can never decide what to use, or how to use it them. Thanks for the chance to win.

  54. Nancy in Texas

    Hard to say what the most difficult part of the process is for me…. it is kind of a toss up between getting organized so I can find what I am looking for in the copious cache of crafting supplies I’ve amassed…. and journaling meaningfully about the layout.

  55. Ann Anderson

    I let ephemera dictate so many of my pages , and I want to learn to let the story dominate moving forward! Please help!

  56. Krunberry

    The hardest part for me is when there is something not quite right, a little off, and I can’t figure out what to do to fix the layout so I can call it done.

  57. lawyerlyn

    the most challenging part of the process is the journaling because i tend to ramble. i must remember to keep it short but concise

  58. Angie K

    Picking out the right paper is the hardest part for me. I have trouble using multiple pattern papers and then matching my embellishments with them. Thanks for the opportunity to win a seat in the class.

  59. Cindy D

    I have the most difficulty at the very beginning – picking out the best photos/selecting paper. Then, I can be very productive UNTIL I get to the very end, How can I add just a little something to pull it all together? I’m don’t like a lot of embellishment – just that finishing touch. Thanks for the chance to win!

  60. Margie Visnick

    The most challenging part for me-getting started! And clean up!

  61. Julie M

    My most challenging part is embellishing. I have a hard time choosing elements that compliment the page.

  62. Becca

    I cannot lie–I hate journaling! Love photography, love scrapbooking, multi media and art…hate to journal. I usually write something (type it actually, since I also hate my handwriting) and tuck it in something on the page or behind something. However, now that my children are teenagers, I am using song lyrics on their pages with the date. Free, no stress journaling–always a good thing.

    Have a great day everyone and thanks for the opportunity to win a class!

  63. Sandy H

    I struggle to break out of my linear styles. Every thing lined up gets old! I’m guessing the tendency to line everything up makes me left brained!


  64. Susan

    The hardest part for me is the pictures and stories and feelings… I have so many. I am overflowing with blessings and tons of inspiration I have collected and I can’t seem to engage! I have my photos and some journaling organized here and there. I have learned that I like to know all of my options before I make decisions (for example when furniture or clothes shopping) and I think maybe this is playing into it. I guess I feel like by choosing one option I am forfeiting others…but by not choosing I have nothing. I am working on this!

  65. Lois

    The hardest part for me is finding the papers and elements I want to use. My scrap supplies need to be more organized!

    Journalling is also a tough one.

  66. Anna

    The most challenging part for me is actually finishing a layout and being happy with how it looks. Then when I want to do a new layout the old one is still unfinished. I would love a seat in your class!

  67. Jammie

    I find the title always hard. I can never come up with something that isn’t basic like “bath time” or “Christmas 2009″. I’d love to have more creative titles that make a reader think ” oh that’s an interesting tile, what’s the story behind that?”

  68. Jill T.

    I do great with paper, but I have a hard time adding other textures… the embellishments.
    This class is so intriguing to me… I love Stacy and the thought of creative vs scientific is thrilling to me. I really hope I win!

  69. Mandy R

    The hardest part for me is getting started. Once I get going, I’m good, but that initial first step can take me a long time.

  70. Tammy Davis

    The hardest part for me is finishing up the layout. I can get my photos on the page with a pleasing arrangement to me. I can usually find papers that I like for the photos. I love to journal. However, when it comes to putting on those embellishments and actually finishing the page – I am stuck! Now I realize it is okay to be sort of “clean and simple”. BUT I love to buy the embellishments, etc. That is where the problem comes in! Thanks so much for a chance to win this class. It sounds wonderful!

  71. Kathy

    Hi. Thank you for the opportunity to participate. My greatest challenge is actually getting started. I have lots of pictures I could scrapbook and a number of “subjects”. Just don’t know where to begin.
    Thanks, Kathy

  72. Sarah R.

    The most challenging for me is getting started. I get overwhelmed with decisions to the point of not even moving forward. I’ve never been innately creative, at least not in the traditional sense, so I’m trying to learn how to be creative but it’s kind of hard! Would love to win a spot; thank you for the chance!!!

  73. Glenna

    The hardest part for me is coordinating the papers.
    I want to take this class, but have been stalling.
    I feel like I have spent so much on classes already, but still have so much to learn.

  74. Melinda Wilson

    My most challenging part is wanting every picture of the event scrapbooked. I want to include them all on my layouts and by the time I through, I have become bored with the process.

  75. connie

    I would love to win a spot in this class. It sounds like it is going to be so informative and helpful! I think the most difficult part of scrapbooking for me is being happy with the embellishing I do and also stepping out of the box. I want to try new things, but I want someone to give me step by step instruction. Looking forward to your class! connie janzen

  76. Ramie

    The hardest part of the creative process for me is allowing myself time to be creative. I seem to always come up with something else that is more important or pressing, or I say I’m going to be creative but spend the time I do make doing silly things like cleaning off my desk, or sorting pictures. I love to scrapbook, once I START!
    thanks for the chance to win!

  77. mariane

    Sometimes my biggest challenge in starting is just choosing which story I want to tell. I don’t often make a page just for the “art” aspect. I want it to mean something besides something pretty to look at. The 2nd is my time management. Lots of wasted time that could be put to good use if I was disciplined. LOL

  78. Carrie Straka

    The hardest part of the process is coming up with my own design. I can follow a sketch or someone else’s layout, but I want to be able to create my own designs.

  79. Alison L

    The most difficult part for me is the journaling. I will often have a page finished without any journaling on it and I either don’t know what to say or have no room left to say anything.

  80. Jan Norman

    thank you for the opportunity. I do not let myself play or experiment with layouts. I choose a sketch so I know in advance how it will look. There is no risk but is that creative?

  81. Brittany

    The most challenging part is setting aside the time to work on projects and to not get distracted by other obligations or tasks to complete.

  82. Laurie LaRose

    Thanks for the chance! Sometimes I’d say the most difficult part is having a place on my desk to work…but even after I clean up, I stall out for some reason. Challenges and deadlines help get me going.

  83. Tiffany

    Sometimes I just want to get a memory scrapped, but I feel like every page needs to be stunning. I can struggle with accepting a less than perfect page.

  84. Judi Church

    My biggest challenge is getting started. I have way too much stash and yet I continue to buy. I don’t know where to begin. Taking classes with instructions and guidelines is my way of getting things done. I have hundreds of layouts and sketches from Pinterest (again…collecting stuff but not using it) and I’m keen, but I think I lack confidence in my own creative ability, so procrastination is my nickname.

  85. Jane Erickson

    My challenge is finishing projects. I think that I get “bored” and want too be on to the next bright shiny object before I have completed my current project.

  86. Janneke M

    For me, the challenge seems to be starting on my own and not having a clear direction of what it is supposed to look like. I doubt my creative abilities, and then I get stuck starting because I eat it to be perfect! So starting is hard because there are so many options and ways I could do it. I have done more digital pages at speed scraps than anything else! Traditional scrapping I would love to do but haven’t in ain’t time because of my challenge. I’d love to learn how to quiet or calm my left brain so my right could flourish! Thanks for a chance to win!

  87. Carolyn

    The most challenging part of the creative process for me is the embellishments – choosing them, placing them. Because of my struggle with embellishments I find I don’t own very many and alot of the ones I do own I had purchased before I honied into my won style. This adds to the challenge because when I do want to add embellishments I can’t find any I like.

    Journaling is another challenge area for me.

    Thanks Jennifer for the chance to win a seat in your awesome class!!

  88. Cheryl

    My biggest challange is getting started. I feel really overwhelmed at times by my need to create the perfect page.

  89. Pam Brink

    The design process really gets me as I feel the need to make the perfect eye-pleasing page even though I know it should only be pleasing to my eyes.

  90. Wendy

    The most difficult part for me is either one of two things: 1) getting bogged down in choosing supplies 2) getting in a design rut — I tend to do the same 3 or 4 layouts over and over. Of course, they look different because the supplies used are different, but it would be nice to know how to change things up.

  91. Jean_H

    The most challenging part of the creative process for me is deciding what to use from my stash, which includes whether or not I’ll incorporate one or more techniques.
    Thanks for a chance to win a spot in the class ==> looks soooo interesting!!

  92. Isbaha

    The hardest for me is the finish touch. Often embellishments, sometimes journaling…

  93. Angie

    The hardest part of the creative process is figuring out how all the pieces will fit together. If a page has photos, journaling and embellishments, how will it look best on the page? And does it need to be edited down?

  94. LeAnne S

    The hardest for me is embellishing. Never seem to have the right piece or color. Thanks for the chance to win.

  95. Sony

    The most challenging part for me is deciding what to work on. I have several ongoing projects and as long as I stay on track with any one project, I know what to do next. Once I get sidetracked, or leave a project for a few weeks, I don’t know how to get started again. Sometimes it’s easier just to start something new than to try to pick up where I left off.

  96. Linda (larkd)

    My biggest challenge is journaling. I’m not good at it and never know what to say. I can never decide who I am writing the journaling for and how much detail I need.

  97. Julie

    I have two big challenges. One is journaling. Never knowing what to write and my second is laying out the page. I prefer using sketches that tell me exactly what size each paper and photograph is.

  98. Cathy Mischuck

    The most challenging part for me is the creativity. I’m usually scraplifting from some other source, but I try to do as much as I can on my own, so that my brain is challenged. I’m a left-brained person, who likes to organize her scrappy materials!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!


  99. mary

    the hardest part of the creative process for me: the chronic disorganization in my studio, supplies. i am strongly considering hiring a professional organizer to get this done WITH me. it really makes me sad to think of all my beautiful supplies in total disarray for…years, now. the rest of the creative process is joyful and thrilling and therapeutic for me!

  100. Jen E.

    My biggest challenge is figuring out what to do. Once I have the photos, story and products, I’m good to go 🙂

  101. Emilie

    The hardest part for me is the page design. I love using templates to get me started on a layout and struggle to design a page from scratch.

  102. Sylvia Fleetwood

    If someone would just hand me the papers that work for the page I’d love it. I moved and lost my “color” person so I’m pretty much on my own and I spin my wheels a lot when starting a page. So, color confidence is my big stumbling block. Thanks for opportunity to win a seat in class.

  103. Paulette Sarsfield

    The most challenging part for me is finishing… I can never decide when it’s enough… Thanks so much for sharing!

  104. Rosalie Vos Tulp

    I really depends on the project. I can struggle with various aspects. I think for me it would be deciding how I want the page / project to look and then following through. I also find that my journal notes are often rushed and not very meaningful.
    Thanks for the chance to win a spot.

  105. Karen Bierdeman

    When I sit down to do a layout, I am overwhelmed by all of the thoughts and feelings I have swirling in my head. First, I get excited just seeing all the colors of the papers, embellishments, etc. Then when I look at my photos, my emotions kick in and the thoughts start swirling and I can easily get overwhelmed—“ooohhhhh, she is growing up so fast…I remember when she was a baby….why did I wish those tough toddler hers away?-this photo is about her birthday party, but there are so many stories I can tell….” As an INFP, I love the creative process but can often get stuck in how to limit myself when there are so many different stories to tell, emotions to convey, products to play with, etc. Thanks for asking!

  106. Niurka Sotomayor

    I have a hard time getting started.Then after that every choice I have to make is a struggle and takes me forever. I guess that is why I don’t scrapbook as often as I wish I could. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in your class.

  107. Heidi

    The most challenging part of the creative process for me is journaling. I’ve never enjoyed writing, and only do it as a means to an end. I usually do the journaling last on all my layouts. I have tried many techniques but I still struggle with this part of the process.

  108. Bonnie

    What I find most challenging is working with different patterned papers on one layout! I am a simple scrapbooker and to many patterns throws me off, big time!

  109. Tracey O.

    The hardest part for me is coordinating the layout with different papers and just putting it together.

  110. Liz R

    Lots of good answers here…I find the most difficult thing is adding embellishments… I am SO NOT INTO FROU FROU and thus I am usually at a loss for what to add that is not going to be over the edge, but actually add to the composotion…in the paper days I chose things solely on the color and what went color wise… Digitally…mostly I don’t add the last layer of embellishments…I do artsy pages a lot and there is always a lot goign on behind…but not so much ribbons, flowers etc as a final touch…

  111. Vicki

    I am most challenged by finding the time to focus on scrapbooking and developing the things I want to do. I usually begin with a template and change it as I go, but I am easily distracted by things to do around the house and often leave scrapbooking to do those chores and other activities.

  112. Alison

    My biggest challenge is getting the finishing touches just right. I can usually pick the photos, papers, and tell the story just fine, but when it comes to adding all those little embellishments … I struggle.

  113. Emily Todd

    The most challenging is balancing embellishments on my layouts, I sometimes have difficulty deciding how much is too much until it is too late. I would love to be able to instantly “know” when the layout feels done.

  114. Kimberlee

    The hardest part of me is knowing when to quit. When enough is enough.

  115. Kimberly

    My biggest challenge is bringing a cohesive concept together for a page. I have the goodies and the photos, but then I’m stuck. I want the photos, journaling and embellishments to tell a whole complete story. Thanks for this opportunity!

  116. Woodie

    The most challenging part of scrapbooking for me is matching the right picture to whatever technique I am working on. I often spend hours going thru photos to find the perfect match.

  117. Kathy P

    The hardest part for me is the embellishing. How much is too much? Not enough? Does it go? How can I make it unique without spending hours?

  118. Lynn Herrick

    The hardest part is my hands delivering what my brain envisions. I know what I want, but I can’t quite get it down on the paper. I usually find a compromise that I like, but sometimes I have to let the vision go and deal with reality!

  119. Stephanie

    The most challenging part for me is picking out paper & matching colors. I don’t use a lot of company lines & I’m a little OCD about matching colors 🙂

  120. Vicki A.

    The hardest part for me is my brain…hahaha the analytical side wants to push the creative side out and visa versa…it’s a constant struggle of which side will win. I usually end up spending hours on just a few pages, which really isn’t a bad thing, but it slows the process. Will the page be very methodical and planned out or full of whimsy and creativity….only my brain knows for sure. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  121. Jesa

    The most challenging aspect of creating a page is embellishing once I get past actually having my pictures and paper ready. 🙂

  122. Stefanie

    For me deciding what to create a layout about can be taxing. Once I have a story to tell I can find the photos and then pair them with a great digi kit, but sometimes just getting the inspiration to begin feels overwhelming.

  123. Deborah

    The biggest challenges are getting started, and then completing the journaling on my layout.

  124. Brenda Letellier

    I think the most challenging part of the creative process besides making the time to be creative it picking out my pattern papers.

  125. Jane Thomas

    Actually, the creative process isn’t the big hurtle, but it is getting started that is the problem that holds up the creativity from happening.

  126. Linda

    Making up my mind. I keep redesigning and redesigning and don’t actually scrap it because I am trying to get it just right.

  127. Lisa

    The hardest part for me has always been the journaling. Especially when I’m doing heritage pages or pages about my early childhood. I don’t often know the story around a picture and there is no one left to ask.

  128. Alicia McMahon

    It’s the starting. I want everything to be “perfect” and if it is not I just seem freeze up and not do anything. And this is really stupid in the digital age, because now you can always do it again if some new information or inspiration comes your way.

  129. Erin

    The most challenging part of the process differs for every layout. Sometimes it is narrowing down the pictures to just the right amount to tell the story, sometimes the sketch helps, but finding the paper is the challenge, sometimes picking the right title, and sometimes everything comes together except there is something missing from the layout and I just can’t figure it out, so either I give up or leave the layout on my desk to see if I figure it out in the upcoming days.

  130. Brenda

    My biggest challenge is all of it but at different times. It just depends on the picture or the story. Some times I have no problem picking the paper & embellishments. Sometimes I have the story but not the “right” photo. Sometimes it’s not having the “right” paper/embellishment to go with picture. Sometimes thinking it needs more/less.

  131. Raewyn

    I need to learn more about layering, just adding buttons randomly across the page isn’t cutting it.

  132. Mary LaFountain

    Thank you for this opportunity. i would love to win a spot in this class.
    The hardest part for me is definitely starting. I doubt my own ability (this from an artist). I look at my pictures for a long time. I ask them to help me tell the story.
    I’ve only scrapped our wedding album (that doubt thing again) and it was very challenging making all the pages unique while they told their story.
    I love scrapbooking and the results are great (others words, not mine). Now, if I could just step out in faith a little more.

  133. Melanie S.

    Definitely getting started. I’m a perfectionist but non-linear in how I process. These two attributes work against me. If I wasn’t such a perfectionist and could allow myself the freedom to simply be with the in the moment process of creating, that would be great. Or…If in needing things to be just “so” I delineated a step by step process for creating a page that I could trust and follow, that would be great as well. I seem to do neither and it means I’m creating far less than my heart wants to.

  134. Kelley Fewer

    The most challenging part of the creative process for me, at least with scrapbooking, is knowing when to finish. With other projects, like a quilt, for instance, there is a definite end point. With my scrapbook layouts, I’m always wondering if it needs “one more brad” or one last embellishment. I always have to remind myself of the old adage, “done is better than perfect”!

    Shine on!

  135. Leaf

    Like many others I have trouble coming up with journaling beyond date and event. I know it is important, but I tell myself I don’t have the extra time it takes.

  136. G

    The most challenging part of the creative process for me is getting organized with all of my supplies. Once I get going, then I’m fine!
    I just need to understand the science of scrapbooking more. I think I’ve got the art down pretty well!

  137. bdaiss

    For me? Just DOING it. I’m such a perfectionist that sometimes I have a hard time getting started. Call it performance anxiety. The blank screen just leaves me discombobulated. 🙂 Thanks so much for the chance!

  138. Claire T

    If the muse is not with me, getting started is definitely painful. I can spend hours just shuffling papers and photos without gluing down a single thing!

  139. susan

    My hardest part is feeling finished. I keep changing things up and want that perfection.

  140. Marina D-K

    My biggest challenge is getting started…gremlins telling me what if it doesn’t look good, what if you don’t have time to finish, etc…also hard to decide on a topic and choose pictures

  141. Amy

    I think the hardest part of scrap booking is just getting started. Sometimes I find a blank canvas overwhelming and the fear of making a mistake takes over. Other times if I have a clear image of how I want the layout to look, I find the journaling overwhelming – to put words to an event or memory can be difficult. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  142. Iris

    The most challenging part of the creative process for me is: Getting used to the mess that the creative process brings about. I like my space organized, but that does not encourage the right brain to play as much.

  143. Julia C

    The most challenging thing for me is getting started when I’m in a bit of a “slump” – as is happening now! I have all the photos from my recent overseas holiday and lots of ideas for what pages i want to do, but I’m having trouble getting started with actually making the layouts.

    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  144. Elizabeth Simpson

    For me, the most difficult part of scrapbooking is putting together the embellishments. There are a few go-to embellishments that I use (brads, buttons, bling), but beyond that, I never know how to put the layout together using more varied and more plentiful embellishments.

    I would love the chance to sit in on this class and learn how to blend my left-brained thinking with some right-brained ideas to make my layouts and cards better in the future.


  145. Maurine G

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this great class! With still around 30 years of photos and stories I am trying to get scrapped, the hardest part can be how to incorporate poor quality, mis- matched photos and ephemera and still come up with satisfying designs that still have room for a creativity. And just having more confidence in my own creativity!

  146. Nancy McM

    For me it’s the journaling… I can never think of anything to say other than the 5W’s… thanks for a chance to win a spot 🙂

  147. Jenny McGee

    Lately I seem to not be able to start a page without a sketch, or something to look at or be inspired from. I used to do pages just on my own, I can’t seem to do that so much anymore.

  148. MarieM

    I seem to have problems telling the story I want to tell about a memory. I never know if I should the story in first person or in third person.

  149. Sue

    Making decisions! Give me a kit or something to copy and I’m golden, but if I have to choose colors, papers, whatever, I’ll probably never finish.

  150. Sammie

    The hardest part of the creative process for me is realizing that whatever I’m working on doesn’t have to be ‘perfect’, especially the journaling and the embellishing.

  151. Norine

    The most challenging part for mr is the creative process. I find it very difficult to figure out where to start and which pieces to use. I get a little overwhelmed.

  152. Diane Porrazzo

    Thanks for having this contest. The hardest part for me is to actually pull everything out and begin. I have my photos, but get overwhelmed and end up doing nothing.

    Diane Porrazzo
    Sahuarita, AZ

  153. Tina C.

    Inspirational part I struggle with, I usually will use a page map or sketch to a scrapbook page and the more inspirational layouts of the sketch the better. Thanks for a chance to win this class.

  154. Carmelle Landreville

    THE MOST CHALLENGING PART FOR ME is that I’m too much perfectionniste. Also it is because I’m french so I find hard to make a page in english langage. So sometimes I don’t participate to the gallery because it is too long to make one in french and one in english… Thanks to give me a chance to win a seat.
    Have a nice scrappy weekend…

  155. Ellen

    For me the hardest part of the creative process is journaling. I usually feel like my comments are more like “and everyone had fun” than really meaningful journaling. It is also difficult for me to write more than a sentence or two.

    Thank you for offering a class giveaway. That is very generous of you. Please enter me in your drawing.

  156. Lisa Floyd

    My most difficult part right now is the photos! Where are they – which phone or camera? Did I print it already? Is it the best picture or is there another one out three spouses camera phone etc. thank for a chance to rally this “cerebral” class 🙂

  157. Ana Smith

    Just getting started! Colors are easy, once I pick out pictures. Then making choices again… I guess it’s make choices.

  158. Margot/NZ

    I find the most difficult part of the process is the finishing touches, to take my layout from acceptable to one I really like.

    Thanks for the chance to win a place on the class!

  159. amanda kay tea

    The hardest part for me is just choosing the photos i want to work with. i am overwhelmed by them and can never pick which ones to work with.

  160. Angie

    The hardest part for me is getting started. I have an awesome collection of scrappy stuff and beautiful photos that sit unused far too often. I think I keep waiting for huge chunks of time to suddenly present themselves at the exact time as my motivation. Ha! It ain’t happening!

  161. Scrappyjen

    I think it’s called overwhelm – otherwise known as having too many options. So many stories I want to tell, so many photos to scrap, so many supplies that I could use… I have such a hard time narrowing things down so that I can just get it done.

  162. Jennifer

    Hmmm the hardest part for me right now would be getting all of the ideas in my head onto my layout. I tend to forgo my thoughts and just scrap on auto pilot. (Even when time and completion date are not and issue.)

    Thank you for the chance to join you on this. I find it interesting since most of the time the two sides of my brain are competing with each other.

  163. Terri Torrez

    The most challenging part of the creative process is getting started. Once I have a story ideas arrowing down the sped sign and product choices are a real stumbling block.

  164. Chris E.

    I keep lists to help order my day. I also work out of my creative side which leads to being impulsive at times thus beginning projects which sometimes go unfinished. There has to be a balance which
    I have yet to master in order to complete what I start and projects I desire to complete.

  165. Marisa Lerin

    The hardest part for me is getting some variety. I feel like my layouts always look the same, follow the same pattern. I’d like to be able to shake things up more.

  166. Sandy Lewis

    The hardest part for me is actually choosing the embellishments. I think I do ok with the photos and the papers and the journaling. It’s choosing and using embellishments that gets me every time.

  167. fancyscrapper

    The hardest part of the creative process for me is not the creating, not the story, it’s finding my stuff. I have so many projects going on at the same time, little trips where I took a gathered up “kit” that’s still in the travel bag (I have three of those), little boxes of gathered goodies that don’t necessarily have permanent homes in my studio, things like that are scattered all over my space. It’s quite the creative inhibitor for me!

  168. Peggy

    Sometimes just getting my colors for the page is a
    Stumbling block. I spend way to much time deciding what to use

  169. Debbie

    The hardest part is I try to make it to perfect. I spend a lot of time picking out paper, embellishments, ribbon …… I want to get the pages done, however I spend way to much time on each page.

  170. Linda

    For me the hardest part is getting started! Once I get going I am good, it is just cutting through all the stuff and pictures and getting started!

  171. Dee Cummins

    The hardest part of the creative process for me is GLUING it all down! Before the glue, there are so many possibilities. There are all sorts of ways I can mess up in the gluing! I would love to be in this class. Thanks.

  172. Jill P

    I have a hard time getting my ideas down on paper. I think up all these wonderful pages but never start them. I would love to take the class.

  173. Karen

    I have trouble getting started…can’t decide because I have too much stuff!!!

  174. Valerie Jackson

    Printing out the digital photos and meaningful journaling.
    I’ve got to get myself back into the ritual of getting the photos printed like I used to when it was film.
    Usually I’ve saved notes [somewhere] of the clever things I wanted to add or that motivated the photos. Organized on everything but my journal notes and consequently, I have a lot of “unfinished” pages because I don’t consider them done until the journaling is finished.
    You guys will be an awesome combination!
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

  175. Bethany Rielage

    I think the hardest part of the scrapbooking process for me is that I don’t really have a process. It seems like I kinda just do thing haphazardly, and I’d like to change that. I need a better system for choosing and storing pictures so I have them available when I’m inspired. My papers and embellishments are pretty organized, but I just wish I had a better process and a better understanding of what works for me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  176. Lois

    I have the most trouble just getting started. The next area is completing the journaling!

  177. Deb.E. Ring

    Color. Color has always been my downfall. It seems so natural to everyone else, but I tend to struggle with color.

  178. Heather V

    The hardest part for me is the journaling. Which doesn’t make sense, because I have an English degree and love to write in my free time. For some reason, I freeze up when it comes to writing on my layouts. I have this idea that because I’m “supposed to be” great at writing, my journaling should be perfect on every page. I could really use some help with this!

  179. Lisa H

    The most challenging part is trying to make every layout different to the last – I’m sure I shouldn’t worry about it so much but I feel the need to make ever layout unique to some degree.

    thanks for the chance to win.

  180. Amy M.

    My challenge seems to be focusing and getting the stories down. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by how many stories that I want to tell that it almost paralyzes me.

    Thanks for the chance!!!!

  181. louann

    The beginning often is the toughest. If I have a story to tell or a photo I can’t wait to get down on the paper, it goes more smoothly.

  182. KarYn A.

    Hopefully this makes sense – but the most difficult part of the creative process for me is getting what is in my head onto the scrapbook page. I recently had an idea – was very excited about what it looked like in my head and then when I put it down in the layout – it didn’t work like I’d imagined. It still told the story – but not how I had originally wanted to tell it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  183. CJb

    Journaling is the hardest part for me. I know the stories I should tell behind the photos, but I often take the easy way out and end up with the who, where & when. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in class!

  184. Anne Wallraff

    I find that I get stuck in ruts where all my pages tend to look the same by doing what is comfortable & quick from me. But I need help to step outside my box and do something different.

  185. Lauren

    This workshop sounds exciting! The biggest challenge for me not getting caught up in the product. ” is this the right paper, or brad or letter stickers etc”. I am constantly over thinking/over searching my stash! Thanks for the opportunity to win

  186. Cathy

    The hardest part for me is trying to translate the fantastic idea I have in my head into a page that I have the talent to create (if that makes sense) – I feel that my imagination is being held back by my ability


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