The Play Date Queen
Loc: New England
|Posted: 6/21/2013 5:06:39 PM|
... how did you get back into it? It's been a few years since I've even attempted a page. I have so many photos that I need to get scrapbooked. I am daunted at the possibility of starting, but really want to preserve memories for my two children (and I love the creativity of scrapbooking). Yet I never seem to find the time to sit down and do it and I don't feel very motivated. If you took a break, how did you get yourself back into this hobby?
Mom to my beautiful third grader and my sweet toddler who is into absolutely everything (good thing she is cute!!!)
|Posted: 6/21/2013 5:24:37 PM|cleaned and purged and organised my scrap area and then cut scraps into card sized pieces and started making cards...pages followed
mum to Simon 21, Cathleen 13 and Annabelle 6
scrapbooking since 2002
|Posted: 6/21/2013 5:27:41 PM|I had a long break through breakup/bereavement/illness, and it took me a while to find my groove again. I started with shopping (don't we always) and bought some new things that excited me. Then I got some current photos printed, because going back through old ones just made me feel overwhelmed. Then I picked a few pages from the gallery and really used them to inspire and influence my page - much more like copying than my usual style. Somewhere in one of those pages I found myself thinking 'I'd rather do it this way' and that's when I started making creative choices for myself again.
I still have a lot of photos from the period when I wasn't scrapbooking, still in the drawer waiting to go in the album. I may or may not ever get back to them - and that's ok. My goal is not to have a complete record of every moment. Each page done is another story told
Loc: Aussie in SC. USA
|Posted: 6/21/2013 5:56:01 PM|
I tried to start again recently but am finding it a bit hard to get back into the groove also. Will be interested in seeing the responses
|Posted: 6/21/2013 6:30:30 PM|there were several years that i didn't scrapbook, but still had all my supplies just sitting in my expedit. it all even came with me through 2 moves.
about 2 years ago, i became really motivated to preserve my memories and then a little while later, got married. that was kind of my warm up back into scrapbooking. i had a goal to work towards and that helped me tremendously. since then, i have purged my stash, bought new supplies, found inspiration from all over, and tried different techniques to aid me in discovering what i like. since then, things have just kind of fallen into place.
maybe try setting a small goal (like a summer mini album) or participating in a challenge. that way you may have some driving force to help get you motivated.
|Posted: 6/21/2013 6:31:41 PM|
I go in waves. Recently, Project Life type stuff is getting me more motivated. I can get a lot of pages done faster. It's hard with little kids to find much time, but I'm able to throw layouts together pretty quick, and they still look nice!
Sometimes going for a weekend crop helps too!
Good luck finding your mojo!
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: Margaritaville at The Islands (Gilbert, AZ)
|Posted: 6/21/2013 7:03:36 PM|
I lost control of my stash to the point I couldn't accomplish anything. I started making Anna Griffin card kits as they were easy to take to crops. I'm ready to get back to doing layouts.
PEAring through my camera lens
|Posted: 6/21/2013 7:15:22 PM|
I scheduled time with friends, and we went and scrapped together. They helped me get past the creativity block that I had when first getting back to scrapping.
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Loc: product of the Baltic coast
|Posted: 6/21/2013 11:12:21 PM|
I have so many photos that I need to get scrapbooked.
Your use of word 'need' instead of 'want' may be the culprit . Could it be that you are placing too much pressure to scrapbook quantity of photos and get 'caught up'?
I've witnessed numerous coworkers quit scrapping or start making cards instead of layouts because of the stress felt over 'not getting caught up'.
Scrapping should not be a race to get caught up, nor should it be your wall of shame if there's years of photos not scrapped. Scrapping should be fun, enjoyable, and leave you with a sense of accomplishment.
This is the reason I absolutely do NOT do chrono scrapping - it would wipe out my mojo by placing the expectation of being caught up and making holiday pages just because it's the photos next in line that 'need' to get scrapped.
What fires me up to scrap is scrapping only that which lights my fire at that moment. I've taken photos with my iPhone and scrapped them the same day because the moment/story moved me so much that my hands were itching to commit that memory to a page...that drive and inspiration comes only from being free from the constraints of chronological scrapping.
I admit I started PL because of the peer pressure I felt I 'need' to do this because it is the 'in' thing to do. One month into it, my mojo quit on me because, again, I felt I should be doing this and I need to do this, but do I enjoy doing PL, really?, Not really, doing traditional LOs is what I LOVE to do.
Figure out what moves you to scrap, good luck!
|Posted: 6/21/2013 11:57:56 PM|
the internet is full of inspiration and buying new stash is also inspiring. I've quit stocking up on patterned paper and let myself buy new stuff on a regular basis that I go home and cut up right away and it's worked really well to keep me motivated!
|Posted: 6/22/2013 12:05:57 AM|
I took 5 1/2 years off and through a few moves I kept everything. My break was having 2 lil ones who are now 4&5. This year I was going through my paper to give to my daughters preschool cause I told her I don't scrapbook anymore. Boy how I was wrong. Looking through my stuff triggered my love for this hobby. So I made it my NY resolution to scrapbook right after an event so I could keep up. So far I have and even going through all those photos I took during that break. I also did some shopping to get me all excited again and so far have not slowed down. Good luck!
|Frozen Pea as of 11/15/2013
Projects accomplished while being frozen:
Layouts = 1
Cards = 5
Loc: Big Sky Country
|Posted: 6/22/2013 12:21:18 AM|
I went through all of my old stash of patterned paper and CS and made up page kits for the future. I had some pretty new 6x6 pads of patterned paper that I updated all of the kits with so they'd be fun to work with. I buy the 2 gallon zip lock bags for my page kits and store them in a shallow tub to take to crops or so that I can grab a kit and whip out a page without too much fuss.
I went through a huge stack of favorite photos and placed them into the bags with kits that worked with them.
I had fun making the kits over a two week period here and there, felt good about using old stash so that relived any guilt about wasting money. It was fun updating them with new little 6x6 bits here and there.
I also put all of the various embellishments I have in a basket and treat myself here and there to something new to toss in. I enjoy making my pages and them adding embellishments from the basket to finish my pages, so this works for me quite well.
I have about 200 page kits ready to go now, about 60 have photos and the rest are ready to use as needed, all I have to do is find a kit that I can make work with my photos.
"people generally see what they look for,
and hear what they listen for.
-To Kill a Mockingbird-
|Posted: 6/22/2013 12:45:19 AM|
I took a long break when I was getting divorced. I just can't scrap if I am not in a happy mood. But boy did my mood improve after I got those papers finalized! Now I have tons of fun new photos to scrap and I just don't have the time with my little one. I know eventually she will be able to entertain herself and I will be able to scrap a lot more.
I would purge my stash. Donate stuff you know you don't love anymore. Buy a few new pretty things to use. And use them immediately while you are inspired. And get some fresh new photos. It is not about catching up it is about capturing memories.
I barely have any photos from my childhood. And definitely don't have any info on any of them beyond random dates and obvious occasions. (Birthday, Christmas) Have no clue how old I was in 90% of my baby photos.
Don't pressure yourself. Just have fun!
|Posted: 6/22/2013 1:36:02 AM|
I am just getting back into it now after about a 4 year break. I got rid of my old stash (gave it to my 6yo, she was thrilled). I now have just one little bin with a small stash. I am buying small sets of papers and doodads I like and then find pictures that match these sets. I'm not going chrono and eventually everything will get done. I find its the papers and embellishments that get me fired up about wanting to scrap so this time around I'm starting from there.
Also I am much more brazenly scrap lifting. Trying to come up with my own layout is stressful and it's fun try to recreate what someone else has done. Also I inevitably change little things here and there.
Just have fun!
Loc: an Aussie in Germany
|Posted: 6/22/2013 2:10:47 AM|
I took a long break after an international move. 3 months without supplies, as they made their way by boat to me, then having to unpack in a hurry as everything arrived 2 days before our first visitor needed to use our guest/craft room, meant I just fell out of the groove.
For me it took a major event - my son's wedding, followed soon after by his new wife's life-threatening illness - to get me back. I NEEDED to scrap their wedding photos to give us all hope and something to look forward to. By the time the album was done, she was out of hospital/rehab and on the road to full recovery!
I've now started tackling the backlog of photos from the 2 'lost years' as well as keeping up with current photos - we have been doing a lot of travelling as 'empty nesters' living in Europe for the first time.
|Posted: 6/22/2013 3:52:25 AM|
For me, I turned to card making. I was struggling with the 12x12 canvas size so small cards were a good solution. Also, at that time I didn't have a good photo printing routine so it was easier to work with cards, since they didn't rely on photos being to hand. I bought myself a subscription to Papercraft Inspirations and used it to scraplift cards and just generally get into the 'groove' of paper crafting.
Then I started watching Shimelle's videos, especially, and her style and philosophy really got me hooked. Since then it's been pretty easy for me (most days), but I agree with Amber Girl, the 'need' vs. 'want' may be your issue. Like her, I don't scrap chronologically because it kills my crafting mojo - I need to focus on what's currently inspiring me. One day that might be moving photos from four years ago and the next it might be travel photos from last month. Go with what your gut is telling you.
Loc: Woodstock, GA
|Posted: 6/22/2013 8:55:53 AM|
I took about four years off after my youngest son was born. I was worn out with a newborn, toddler, and then he regressed into autism and I was immersed in getting him help. When I finally started again he was five and I could not go back and scrap those pictures of his earlier days. Much too hard. So I decided to just start where we were at. Over time, it's been easier to look at some of those earlier photos before and during the time that he slipped away from us, and maybe one day I'll be able to scrap them. But until then I don't sweat it. We have been making plenty of wonderful memories and I have more than enough to fill Project Life and any scrapbook page that I may want to make. So as you can imagine, I don't believe in chrono scrapping, I believe in the scrapping that feeds your soul and makes you happy.
Just pick a picture(s) that you love and work on those with no expectations or requirements. This is supposed to be fun!
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Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out? - Oliver James
Loc: State of cultural confusion. Yeehaw and Aloha have collided!
|Posted: 6/22/2013 9:01:32 AM|
Let go of the word "need" It turns scrapping into a chore. Pick photos that you **want** to scrap or that are low key "something I can mess up but have fun with" Its no big deal if they get messed up things. Let scrapping be fun, not a chore
|Posted: 6/22/2013 9:31:10 AM|
I found a set of photos that would be easy for me to scrap (from a birthday) and found a PageMaps sketch that fit. From there it wasn't too hard to just sit down and do it. I went with the first papers that I had in my stash that I liked. I didn't worry about them being the "perfect" papers for the photos but they do look really good. After that LO it was easier to do others.
I don't scrap chrono, but I do put pages in albums in a chrono order. I know that I really want to get all of my old photos scrapped, but the thought of "having" to do LOs for all of them just seemed overwhelming. I was watching a MercyTiara video on youtube one day and had a bit of an ephphany...she used divided page protectors to help tell the stories using her older photos. What a fabulous idea! Then I remembered that Shimelle used similar techniques in her 4x6 photo love series in some of the later months.
Maybe a technique like that will help you get your groove back? I know that it's next for me to try. I do have that *need* to get those old photos scrapped but mostly because I have a *need* to get those stories told.
likes shiny things
Loc: Ontario, Canada
|Posted: 6/22/2013 10:23:34 AM|Why did you stop? Was it lack of motivation/interest, or were you just busy with life?
I stopped scrapbooking for about 3 years, because I went back to school. I really did miss scrapbooking and made a couple of layouts during that period, but I just didn't have the time after school and family. So when I was done my degree, I couldn't wait to get started again!
All of my stuff was in storage from a move, except some basic tools I had kept out for easy access because I thought my kids might need them for school projects, so I was FORCED to do a bit of shopping. Having new supplies was awesome!
I also spent a lot of time in galleries, message boards, and re-discovering blogs. A lot had changed in three years! So I had lots of fun new trends and colours to fall in love with.
As for actually making pages, I was a bit rusty at first. It took me a while to get back "into" it.
I decided not to worry about the backlog of photos I have, and as I've felt like it, have scrapped some important photos from that period and from before. But for me, just hopping back on the scrap train and moving forward was the best way to get scrapping again. I didn't want to get so weighted down by trying to get caught up on three years' of missed photos that I started missing out on what was going on in the present day.
Maybe you could start by finding a challenge here in the Garden or on a blog, and make a page that way?
Or, try finding a page you love in the gallery and scraplifting it?
If your photos from your scrapbook hiatus are holding you back, maybe you could try sorting through them and putting some in pocket photo albums and just leaving out a handful of key photos that you love? That way the photos are organized and kept preserved, and you don't have to feel overwhelmed by thinking you have SO MUCH to catch up on?
Find a way to make it manageable. And enjoyable.
|Posted: 6/22/2013 10:39:20 AM|
Start watching videos! Gets the creative juices flowing and gives some inspiration!
Loc: Århus, Denmark
|Posted: 6/23/2013 1:28:17 AM|
I took a break for a couple of years. We were in tight quarters -- 3 (and later 4 of us in a 400 sq foot flat), and I didn't have room to pull stuff out. I was also horribly ill during my entire 2nd pregnancy, and then I nearly died in childbirth and it took a couple of months to recover. After we did an international move when my 2nd was 3 months old, it took about 6 months to get ourselves settled. That's when I started again.
I looked through my albums and realised how much I enjoyed the finished product. I did a couple of scraplifts to get me started again, and I was on a roll. I scrapped more that year than I ever did before.