Step 4. Choose Simple | Simplify Your New Year

by | Productivity Advice, Simple Living | 6 comments

The Simplify Your New Year free mini course from Simple Scrapper offers a guided path towards memory keeping that feels joyful and easy.

Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be complicated.

It can be – and in so many beautifully fun ways – but it doesn’t have to be. Scrapbooking can be as simple as it needs to be to fill up your heart and fit in this season of your life.

At Simple Scrapper, it’s my mission to help you figure out what that looks like and craft a plan to make it happen.

Today I want to share an easy technique you can use again and again to invite more simplicity into your scrapbooking – and your life!

Get a head start on 2015 with the Simplify Your New Year free mini class at Simple Scrapper

Memory keeping is a process, a series of steps along a path. At each point in that journey there are decisions to be made, from which photos to use to which photo book service to choose.

Some of those decisions are easy and often fun, but they also each represent a fork in the road. Will you take the simple path or the less simple one?

There’s no wrong answer, no perfect choice, but rather it’s the awareness of these choices that matter.

When you apply a lens of simplicity to your scrapbooking, you can identify where and how you’re getting stuck. Most importantly, you can prevent complication from the start. It’s an act of mindfulness and intention, one that can become habit over time.

Just asking the question “Can this be simpler?” is a powerful tool to avoid making memory keeping, a hobby that you love, from being more complicated that it needs to be.

Leave a comment sharing one experience where you paused and choose a simpler path.

Get a head start on 2015 with the Simplify Your New Year free mini class at Simple Scrapper

P.S. The Start Fresh event will help you apply a lens of simplicity to your scrapbooking in 2015. You’ll be able to finish more of the projects that you start and feel more excited about your memory keeping efforts. Click here to learn more about Start Fresh.

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  1. Catherine

    I have been thinking about how I can keep embellishment simple on pages without sacrificing impact. I like looking at examples of bold, graphic embellishment that is more about using a design eye than a lot of product. I’m experimenting with leaving it alone when I get to the bare minimum point. There will always be another page to embellish!

  2. Francine

    Sometimes I choose one set of templates and one kit to use to make a series of layouts. By limiting the choices ahead of time, it becomes easier to build the layouts on my computer.

    • Jennifer Wilson

      Thanks so much for sharing Francine. Limiting choices is always a great tip.

  3. Diane

    I learned a long time ago that I am a simple scrapbooker. I’ve tried to do the heavy cluster embellishing (which I love to look at, by the way), it just doesn’t work for me; that isn’t to say that I don’t occasionally do a more involved technique, or a more elaborate layout when it suits the situation or on a whim. I tend not to over embellish my pages so they do have a leaner look – the only problem is I can’t stop buying the cute & clever embellishments. I think I need a scrapper 12 step program!

  4. Susan Mealiea

    Like Diane, I sure do like the look of the clusters on layouts and have my fair share of cute embellishments to make clusters. But when I start using the items, I just can’t make it work for me. So instead of struggling to “make it work” I go back to my one or three items and am much happier. After I did that a few times, I stopped putting those embellishment packs in my cart. 🙂

  5. Melissa Shanhun

    I have decided it’s OK to scrap in bursts. I find LOAD and Calvinball over at Get it Scrapped so inspiring that I can forget about trying to keep up that pace the rest of the year and just do a couple of pages in off months.

    It’s simpler for me – if I have a daily challenge on I just scrap without thinking, the rest of the time I scrap when inspiration strikes.


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