Reduce Guilt with an Annual Collage with Katie Nelson

by | Apr 18, 2015 | Productivity Advice, Projects & Processes | 2 comments

As part of our Simple Tip Saturday series, we’re inviting fresh voices into the mix. Today we’re hearing from Katie Nelson with her simple tip.


What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?

As I go through and scrapbook memories from any given year, I keep a folder labeled “end of year layout” ready. As I have to cut pictures from layouts (meaning I decide I don’t have enough space or interest to include them there), I simply move them to that “end of year” folder. Then I always do some sort of simple collage style layout using the random pictures that were set aside in that folder. These pages have ended up becoming some of my favorites because they really are simple snapshots of my life in one year of time.

What problem does it solve for you?

I don’t feel like I have to fit every photo on a layout any more. I know I will still be able to use my favorite shots, even if they don’t fit with the page I’m currently working on.

Why do you think it works so well?

It gets rid of the guilt of not using every photo. It really was a mental barrier for me before I started using this little trick.

How can others get started with it?

Just make a folder! Or you could tag your photos in a similar way. The folder method works best for me though because it’s easy to see how many pictures I’m accumulating. Sometimes there are several that fit into a particular theme that are best for an entirely different layout.

Simple Tip Saturdays are for sharing easy ideas to grab and go. Would you like to be featured? Complete this form to submit a tip for consideration.

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. Gab

    Just love this idea, thanks Katie!

  2. Tracy

    Brilliant idea. Could also become a title page . . . Hmmmmm you’ve given me food for thought ☺ thankyou!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.


The Simple Scrapper community will encourage and support your unique creative journey.