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 May 15 for free.
3 randomly-selected winners will each receive a seat in the workshop that one student called “the absolutely very bestest class experience ever! EVER!!!”
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 Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
The winners are…
#55, Tammy D. who said:
Just getting started! I have a terrible time settling on which pictures that I want to scrap as well as finding the “perfect” papers and embellishments!
#116, Margie V. who said:
The most challenging part for me is clean up! LOL!
#138, Tammy R. who said:
The hardest part for me is the layout design. I forget to leave room for a title or journaling. Sometimes I don’t leave room for embellishments or ephemera I really want to include. I like a really full page that still looks cohesive and not busy.
The winners will be contacted directly with prize claim instructions.
P.S. Have you listened to my podcast discussion with Stacy?
Sometimes I just have trouble just knowing where to start. This looks like a great class!
I have trouble matching up the photos/stories with the cool product i have purchased. They never seem to coincide so I have great products sitting there unused, and photos/stories unscrapped because I struggle with making the connections.
The most challenging part of the creative process for me is picking out the papers I want to use after I decide what color or colors I want to use.Thanks for the chance to win a spot in your class.
I have trouble with the start process. I always need a sketch or some other parameter to iniciate my layouts.
Well…..it depends on the day but consistently I’d say the embellishing part is the toughest for me. I try to use design principles, tell myself the photo + story are the most important part, buy products I really like, etc. but I still get down to the end and can fuss endlessly if I let myself.
Thanks for the chance to win!
The most difficult part of the creative process for me is just getting started – sometimes I feel paralyzed! Oh, I would so love to win this class. I think I’m a little like both of you. My birthday is tomorrow, just like Stacy and I do LOVE color!!!! I am also usually pretty organized and I often like cleaner designs. Thank you for the chance to win this awesome class!
WOW!. What an Amazing Opportunity this would be. My Biggest Struggles are First Matching My Papers To The Photos I Want To Use. Then Next Knowing If It’s Balanced. I do Follow The Principle of The Triangle or The Z, But Even Then It Often Looks Top ,Middle or Bottom Heavy. So I am Doing Something Wrong Somewhere. This Class Could Be Just What I Need To Find That Missing Link. Thank You for Your Generosity.
Starting is always the most difficult.
My biggest struggle is when working with new papers but I want to make a layout that requires me to cut into them… I never want to cut up my pretty papers! A lot of times though, the layouts that I do this with abandon are the ones I love the most because then I get more of the beautiful papers off my shelf and onto my layouts!
although it’s more related to motivation, than creativity, my biggest struggle is to finish album projects. I lose stamina half way through.
I’d love to win s spot
I was in the original class, and it truly was one of the “bestest” ever! I would love to win a seat in the replay, as I understand there will be new content. Getting started is the area in which I remain most challenged. Too many choices/decisions!!!
I think you coined the phrase perfection paralysis…that is my problem…so much so it often prevents me from doing anything…but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to do it…I know I need to just do it…but perfection is a stumbling block for me. Thanks for the opportunity to win the class. I would love to participate.
At times the biggest challenge for me is getting the idea from my head to the page. This can be due to lack of organization or time or motivation.
I have trouble making room for my journaling. It’s usually not at the front of my mind when I’m working on a page, is usually the last thing I add, and frequently doesn’t fit into my page design. I need to plan better for the journaling because I’ve noticed my LO’s with it are more satisfying. I’d be a repeat student if I win, but absolutely loved this class and the synergy between Jennifer and Stacy!
Just…starting. Either carving out the time or getting over my mental road block to just do it. Thanks for the chance!
Deciding where I will place what. I usually have pictures to use before I start – but then hit a bump in the road.
writing is always the most challenging part for me. I wish I could find the right words to express my feelings and memories
I have trouble with getting in a rut and getting bored. I need fresh perspective!
Just getting started. I took the test and it told me I use both sides of my brain. Wow I never knew that. Would love this class to learn how to use this when I am scrapbooking and at other times.
Thanks for the chance to win
Would love a chance to win. I so enjoy your perspective on scrapbooking.
(I hit submit before I finished typing) The most challenging part is keeping things simple, which is what you encourage!
I usually don’t have trouble designing my layout, it is the journaling that is my problem. I end up leaving a space for it but never come back to fill it in.
The most challenging part, which is also the longest part of my process…
embellishment. I’m not sure if it’s because I have a lot of (or too many) options. Thank you for the chance to win a seat in class 🙂
I struggle with maintaining a system that allows me to document easily. To be able to go to my work area and well, work. Have my photos and stories accessible and have my supplies match the way I like to scrap.
easy huh? 🙂
My main problen is procrastination…
Since becoming an empty nester, when I have more uninterrupted time on my hands, I struggle to even get started on the years of photos I have taken. Even current ones. Divorce (I am remarried) and other events have made me less motivated. I have many finished albums and some started ones, I need a spark to shock me back into process, maybe this class could do it….
I struggle with perfectionism… Project Life has helped me a lot with this… but I still need help… 🙂
my biggest struggle is that i have become overwhelmed with unprinted photos since going digital years ago…it really saddens me. i used to be the person who brought home each packet of photos from the developer and put them directly into albums. now i’m paralyzed by my “overwhelm’ mode. i’d love to win a seat in this class – and thanks for the opportunity.
There are times that I don’t know what materials to use or what kind of layout I want.
Just getting started is the hardest. Next hardest is stopping! 😉
I have trouble taking my layout from pattern paper and photos to creative supplies and embellishments. I have lots of products for embellishing, but don’t know how to use them or make a good layout with the embellishments. Therefore, I have lots of half done layouts sitting around. I would love to take my layouts to the next level.
I have trouble getting creative on my layouts. I find my designs are very balanced and symmetrical and would like to find ways to get more creative in the designs.
I would love to attend to that class. Thanks for the chance!!
Knowing when to call it good and say it’s finished. I move things around endlessly, looking for the perfect placement of each piece, especially when the paper or embellie is really cute/nice/pretty that I don’t want to cover up certain parts of it. Needless to say, I don’t get very many pages done since the process takes so long, but I love the results (usually) lol Thanks for a chance to win.
Is it a valid answer to say that the hardest part for me is finding the time? I have so many projects I want to work on all at the same time– I feel like I’m being pulled by good things in all different directions! When I have the time, I want to be organized enough to focus on one task at a time.
The hardest is to start! Decide wich photos/papers to use. 🙂
Design + color choices is the most challenging part of the scrappy process for me.
The most challenging part of the creative process for me is learn to write down my stories. Sometimes I feel I’m not a good storyteller 🙁
Hmmm . . . the most challenging part for me is probably finding time!! Lol — but when I get to create, the most challenging part is probably that I second guess myself so much. I’m super left-brained, so sometimes I just want to lay everything out in a grid, skip embellishments, and call it good. But when I really tap in to my right-brained side and let go of expectations, I really enjoy myself and usually I like what I create. Sounds like a really awesome class!
I was in the first class, but had to abandon following along in real time due to a family emergency. Would love to be able to participate again. For me the hardest part is deciding upon which photos to use to tell the story. My family takes way more photos than I can ever use and it is so hard for me to choose between 3 or 5 or 7 similar shots that tell the same story.
The biggest challenge for me is not collecting and using what I have. That said, deciding how to build a page to get a cohesive design that is pleasing to the eye is difficult for me. I also need to organize photos.
My biggest problem seems to be deciding what papers to use i.e. what looks “ok”. I have about decided to just do it if it doesn’t shout No at me. But I am looking and looking for fear I’ll miss just the right papers. And then knowing how and where to add the goodies to the page.
My biggest challenge is with photo management, especially moving photos from phone to computer…I spend so much time doing that that the creative stuff goes out the door.
That hardest part of the creative process for me is balancing out my pages and embellishing. This class sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win a seat in it!
The most challenging parts for me our choosing embellishments and where to put them. I always feel a sense of dread when I get to that part of the layout and that is where my biggest time waster is as well.
the most challenging part for me is being overwhelmed by all the product I have. Making decisions on what to use isn’t easy.
The most challenging part is paper combinations. The only time the layout looks “right” to me is if the paper is color coordinated from the same line from the manufacturer.
I’m with you Wendy! I hate choosing and placing embellishments. I’ve always tested as an INTJ also Jennifer! So glad to know that we left brain people can be creative too!
I have trouble with journaling! I get so stuck on what other people might think when reading/viewing my pages. I want it to sound clear and informative without being too cliched and corny. I love it when it all comes together without over thinking it!
Getting started is my biggest challenge quickly followed by learning to draw the line at what is enough or good enough for my taste.
To stop planning and just start scrapping. Thanks for a chance to win!
Getting started. Trying to figure out my design for the layout. Thanks for the chance to win!
The most challenging part for me is where to place the patterned paper on the page, for this reason I almost always use a sketch. Journaling is challenging as well as most of my pages have titles only.
I have a few challenges lol. I am one of many who feel I must leaf through nearly everything I own that MIGHT be that perfect paper or embellishment, and I admit, I rarely included very much journaling, but I am ok with that, since my photos tell most of the story for me. Thanks for the opportunity to win, even though I have already paid.
Just getting started! I have a terrible time settling on which pictures that I want to scrap as well as finding the “perfect” papers and embellishments! thanks for the chance!
The most difficult part of the creative process for me are the finishing touches. The embellishments at the end always seem to trip me up. It’s a fine balance between too little and too much.
The most challenging parts of the creative process for me are how slow I scrap & how I have a hard time making decisions.
I would love to win a seat in this class—thanks for the chance! I struggle mainly with balance on my pages, and have difficulty deciding where to place the elements I’ve chosen (or whether to place them at all).
this may say weird, but i have a difficult time figuring out how to incorporate all the journaling. i don’t have a problem writing. it just seems that whatever space i leave for myself rarely seems to be enough. there aren’t a lot of page designs with room for lots of journaling. hopefully that makes sense.
My hardest part is deciding on the embellishments. I want them to help tell my story but I don’t think it comes out right.
The layout design takes forever
I have been interested in this class from the first time I saw it advertised. I don’t scrap as much as I used to. It’s not much fun scrapping alone. This courde will put me on the right track to motivation and will get my fire burning to scrap again. Thank you for offering this class.
Just getting all my pictures organized is a pain so that always delays my starting process.
My most difficult area in regards to scrapbooking is pulling in my thoughts as well as being satisfied with all the choices I make when I finish a page. The journaling is coming along but I do need help in organizing my thoughts.This class would be a perfect fit to grow me in my craft.
This sounds crazy but the hardest part for me is getting the pictures printed! I love scrapping my older printed pictures, and journaling about recent events, but need to get recent pictures on the page!
Wow! What a great giveaway! I struggle with making decisions on my layouts – this paper or that, ribbon or buttons, computer journaling or handwriting. I also struggle with knowing where to start – it’s easily overwhelming to figure out a page for me. Thanks for the great giveaway!
My biggest problem is actually getting busy with it versus reading about how to do it etc!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!
Anything arty is hard for me…I need parameters, guidelines
Lovely giveaway….looking forward to seeing both sides of the brain work. Have inspiration but need to work it with my extensive stash!
The most challenging part of the creative process for me, at least in regards to scrapbooking, is organization, particularly related to time. When I have time to devote to scrapbooking, I’d rather create pages than spend that time organizing. I’ve got a bit of a process in place, but of course it could be better.
My most creative challenge is to remain happy creating, fulfilled is the word. But I seem to always want to find some new technique or another style for my albums. And as I do that I find that I like a certain uniformity when it is to do with storing my finished albums. I don’t know how to put them away and display them, there have different sizes, different binding, in fact different everything.
Anyway, what is clear in my mind is that I certainly fancy being the winner for “the absolutely very bestest class experience ever!”.
Thank you for the opportunity.
I think the hardest part for me is gathering the supplies I want to use in order to get started. I start with a photo and work from there.
I’d love to take your class!
The most challenging part for me is when I have vision and then have to change course because something doesn’t work out.
Since I have joined Simple Scrapper the biggest aha moment for me is that my pages frequently lack “the story”. I fail so often to tell the story, sometimes I do not journal at all, other times I put a persons name and the date. So many things I want to say, but I never take the time. I never feel that my pages are complete because of this. My goal is to tell the story going forward and, each month until done, I plan to revisit “completed” albums and tell the story. I will use my handwriting, journal cards or the computer to document what the pages are about or antidotes that I repeat in my head when I look at my albums, but never put on the page. That failure is over thanks to Simple Scrapper which made me aware of this missing link.
Seriously, the most difficult part of the process for me is overthinking. The result is that far too often my project never gets off the ground. I took your quiz and found that I use both sides of my brain almost equally. Maybe it would be better for me if I tended towards one side. My thoughts are in turmoil most of the time…….both sides trying to get the upper hand??
Where to begin…lol. Clustering and adding a title are hard for me.
I totally understand. When I started scrapbooking, it was all about how pretty the page was..”.just a glorified photo album. I am making an effort to make it more of a journal now, so my grandson can know all the things I would love to know about my ancestors.
The design part is most challenging for me!
The hardest part of starting is fighting the urge to wait until I can do it “perfectly.”
I am to much of a perfectionist. I over think and rework everything I do.
Thanks for the giveaway – the hardest part for me is embellishing the layout. I just never feel the balance is right.
Editing my photos. I like to scrap with smaller photos (usually 3×4 but sometimes 2×3 or 3×3, etc…) and that means I have to spend time in Photoshop Elements *groan* when I’d much rather scrap. I try to do it in small, manageable batches so it doesn’t take too much time but I’m always happy when it’s done.
The hardest part about the creative process is choosing the right elements to go with my story. I hope I win this class!
My biggest problem is journaling and titles. I just have trouble putting my experience in words.
The hardest part for me is choosing a layout. Thanks for the opportunity to win a seat in the classroom.
Oh Wow! Thank you for the chance to win! What is most challenging to me? Hmmm, I do not have a lot of design principle knowledge. I tend to throw stuff at the page and hope it lands in the right place. (ok, so maybe I exaggerate at times)
I also could use a LOT of help with journaling. Not exaggerating this time!!!
My problem is different than most. I have an idea and sketch it out. I love going through my stash to find what I need. I start the layout and then run out of time. By the time I come back to it inspiration hits me on a different layout and I get distracted from the 1st layout. And then I get interested in ANOTHER layout. Until I have a pile of unfinished layouts! I do sometimes go back and finish but it is because I have MADE my self go back. It feels like work and not fun. I’m then just getting it done and that shows in my finished work. Whenever I complete a layout in one sitting, I’m much more satisfied with the end result.
Thank you for the chance to win!
I seem to get hung up in the thinking that if I don’t have the time to create an entire page, I don’t have time to scrap.
I think the most challenging part is color combination. Thanks for the opportunity 🙂
I love the idea of this class: getting super intellectual about this fun and crafty hobby.
Wow would love to win! The hardest part for me is embellishing – always seeking perfect balance and don’t get enough pages done
Wow. Great prize. What I find hard in the creative process is starting with an idea. Once I get started the rest comes easy.
Great Opportunity! Thanks!
My hardest part of the creative process is the end. I’ll get my photos on, and journaling, and add a little bling. And then I look at it and go “It’s missing something, But what?” And I get stuck there.
Of course, that’s once I begin!
I’m so far behind on my scrapbooking. Just getting started is a struggle. It’s overwhelming at this point, and I don’t know where to begin.
The most difficult part of the process for me is just getting started!
I’m sure it’s a great class but not on my calendar….uh, unless I win a seat. LOL!
Thanks for the chance to win – I really enjoyed the last class, but,unfortunately, I’ve used up all my course funds until July!!
The hardest part is getting started!
The hardest part for me is being creative! It seems I have one formula stuck in my head and basically, all my layouts look the same.
For me, the hardest part is just getting started.
The hardest part for me is coming up with photo placement, then picking the embellishments and journaling. I am pretty good at sticking things down. I really need this class! Thank you for the giveaway. 😉
The hardest part for me is letting go of things being perfect. Perfect paper, perfect placement, perfect photos, perfect story.
I am already signed up and can’t wait for this class! Would love to share the spot with my sister, if I were to win. I am more on the left and she on the right. It would be fun to see her take on the same challenges!
Thanks for the chance!
Just getting started.
Starting. But once I’ve started, then stopping. Sleep? Who needs sleep?
I love to buy all the pretty things to use and then I don’t want to use them because then they will be gone. How does that make sense?
I also love the process probably more than the product.
I meant, I love the process more than the end product. 🙂
Embellishing is difficult for me. I love to buy embellishments, but then I struggle with where to place them on the layout.
Time is a big issue, finding it. also trying to work out layout and how to for the pages, then trying to find the right paper to go with it. think I have too much paper!
But I so love to scrapbook!!
I end up making the process too complicated. I’m happiest when it comes together easily, but then I’m just repeating things I’ve done before. How do I try new things?
the hardest part for me is too many ideas ~ I start with one idea and others come along, so I get distracted ~ I stop, change or try and double up the work, getting in a muddle as I go. It’s then hard to go back and finish.
I have trouble choosing which pictures to use in my layout
The hardest part of the creative process for me is picking out the initial background paper. Usually once I agonize and search and finally pick something out for the background, the rest of it flows fairly smoothly.
The most difficult part of scrapbooking differs upon layout to layout. Sometimes, finding a photo to go with the story, sometimes thinking of the story, sometimes the layout. I work well with challenges, that gets me to a great place to start and then I can go from there. Thanks, I already signed up for this class, but wanted to enter anyway. Thanks.
My biggest challenge is choosing an overall design for my page. Once I get that decided I can move pretty quick.
The most challenging part for me is clean up! LOL!
Knowing just where to start is so overwhelming to me:( Help!!!!!
Knowing where to start-picking the template, kit, and photos to go together.
My biggest challenge in scrapbooking is writing journaling, followed by narrowing the number of pictures in a layout. Thanks for offering the giveaway.
I think a big challenge is that there is information overload! There are so many blogs and websites, it is easy to get overwhelmed with ideas. And when I get overwhelmed I just shut down! I have heard great things about this class….would love the chance to take it.
I find finishing to be the most difficult part of creating a layout. I am never sure when to call it done. I wonder if I should add more embellishments and where to add them. I would like to add lots of layers like I see in galleries, but when I try to add more I question how it looks.
The most difficult part for me is usually colors. I usually have the pictures and the story I want to tell but I often take the longest in. figuring out the color scheme.
My biggest challenge is letting the ‘artsy’ side of my brain take over…as an engineer I tend to think in grids and very logically. Abstract distorts my view of what’s ‘correct’. 🙂
If supplies are not part of a kit, I do find the colour matching to be a challenging.
getting over perfectionist Tendency and just enjoying the process its how I de-stress and enjoy Life I don’t want to ruin life recording life 🙂 plus the more you enjoy it the more you do it the more you dred it well I doubt I would have so many pages done :p
The most challenging part for me is just coming up with the concept of the page…then it’s smooth sailing after that! 🙂
This will sound ridiculous but the hardest thing for me is actually starting.
For me, the hardest part is not making things too complicated for myself. Being able to find supplies quickly, not having too lofty of ideas, etc.
Picking the pictures, finding time and space to create.are my hardest parts
The biggest challenge for me is to let go of the idea of perfection. I’m getting better but I still find it hard to allow that “good enough is good enough”. So I fiddle around endlessly wasting time, trying all the possibilities and probably not ending up any happier than if I had just used the first products that looked good.
Two parts are challenging to me: Getting started, and finishing a layout or project. The middle is the fun, creative part!
with soooo many ideas in my head the hardest part is to pick one and start. thank you for the chance Jennifer. I really wanted to take this class the 1st time. hopefully I will this time (either by winning or enrolling) crossing fingers now
What a great opportunity to be in your class. Thank you and I hope to be lucky
I forgot to tell you that I have some trouble with the starting process sometimes i spend a lot of time choosing materials. Thank you again for this great opportunity.
I have trouble with consistency! I have big creative spurts and then long long dry spells without any inspiration.
First of all, I have a very difficult time finding what I want to use for my page (as in supplies)….I used to paper scrap, so I am used to seeing everything all laid out and I could figure out what I wanted to use as I went along. However, with digital, everything is in a folder….and I am not sure why, but I have always just created a file by designer and placed all of my purchases in that particular folder. So when I want to create a nice summery page, for example, I am at a loss with regards to where I want to find what page kit(s) I want to use. Secondly, I CANNOT SCRAP WITHOUT TEMPLATES! I look at a blank canvas in PSE and there is just NO WAY I can begin to scrap on my own. Which is crazy because I used to do it all the time when I scrapped using actual paper supplies. It’s crazy, I’ll look at the blank canvas forever trying to decide what I want to start with and where. I always give up and go find a template that I love!
As you can see….I am a mess! Sometimes I wonder why I torture myself, but….I AM NOT GIVING UP! Just need to find a better way!
Thank you for this chance!
The part of the creative process is most challenging for me is choosing which supplies to use. I have so much and love to use it all!
The hardest part for me is the layout design. I forget to leave room for a title or journaling. Sometimes i don’t leave room for embellishments or ephemera I really want to include. I like a really full page that still looks cohesive and not busy. Good question, BTW; I haven’t analyzed what’s holding me back from SBing for a while.
Honestly, my greatest challenge is TIME. I try very hard to use the 15 minutes here and there to put things together, get sketches and pictures and journaling lined up, etc…but I so long for regular HOURS of time to create.
BEGINNING with the end in mind. Getting started is difficult because I’m not sure I will like the end result. I still struggle with perfection, and waste a lot of time trying to get it just right and then don’t finish.
Starting! That is the hardest part…just getting started. Deciding which photo and which story and technique and just plain getting started with the activity.
There are times I get so overwhelmed just deciding what to work on that I play with my stuff and get nothing done! Please help!
The most challenging part for me is developing a focus. I tend to be everywhere, so I don’t always have a clear path from start to finish. It causes me frustration…
I guess I have the most trouble being creative and just getting started.
The Hardest Part For Me Is Definitely Getting Started And Staying Organized!
My biggest challenge is making quick decisions. I have trouble deciding, on what pictures are better, what colors to use, what paper…