As part of our Simple Tip Saturday series, we’re inviting fresh voices into the mix. Today we’re hearing from Els Brigé with her simple tip.
What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?
When it comes to simplifying my process, I think that one of the most important things is to know my stash. I try not to have a ton of scrapbooking supplies – partly because I don’t have much room to spare for scrapbooking, but also because I realize that once I lose an overview, I’ll just forget about certain items and then they’ll just sit unused in my closet. I usually only buy what I really like and know I’ll use. And since I love my products that much, I can envision certain items that would fit for a particular project and dig them out in no time.
What problem does it solve for you?
It helps to save time when looking for possible embellishments or papers for a certain project. I can find all the options, or even build myself a little kit in a relatively small time. And not having too many options also makes it easier to choose and construct a page, too many options seems to paralyze me for some reason.
Why do you think it works so well?
I just love looking through my stuff, and especially with new supplies, checking all the items out, and checking them out once more. It just makes me happy. And then being able to build a layout easier and faster, is a nice surplus.
How can others get started with it?
We all love buying new scrapbooking supplies, but I usually ask myself what I would be using that particular item for and do I see myself using and reusing it on a project, and if I’m really loving it. If the answer is not clearly positive, I would probably not buy it. And when buying something new, don’t just throw it in your stash, but take the time to take a thorough look at it, and maybe even have a little play with it (definitely helps you remember better what you have). On top of that, a good de-stash every now and then also works wonders.
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