Favorite Starting Point for Scrapbooking with Emma Wood

Amy Melniczenko

August 22, 2015

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

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What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?

One of my biggest “issues” when putting a layout together is actually coming up with a design.  One of the easiest solutions I find for this is to use sketches.  I love them!  Using a sketch doesn’t mean to you have to stick with every element of the sketch exclusively either. Sometimes I start with a sketch and the page I end up with looks completely different, but the sketch was my starting point that got the layout going!

What problem does it solve for you?

Sketches help me to save so much time.  Often time is a big issue with me as I work full-time and although scrapbooking is a great winding down activity at the end of the day for me, I don’t always have those extra hours to finish a page – using a sketch means I might actually finish a layout in one sitting!

Why do you think it works so well?

Using a sketch, although it won’t necessarily be “unique”, takes away a little stress for me – and I’m free to interpret it any way I want but having a sketch to start with gives me that starting point!  I don’t end up sitting there staring at a blank page for hours trying to come up with a new page design from scratch!

And if you stick with the sketch completely then most of the work is done; you have your page design and its just a matter of finding those “bits” from your stash to fill it out.

How can others get started with it?

Fortunately, sketches are everywhere.  Just search for it on Pinterest and there are thousands that pop up!  Many retailers/kit clubs also run a “Sunday Sketch” competition so they are a great starting point (and sometimes they even offer prizes for playing along which is a double bonus!).

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