Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 12/9/2012 8:42:33 PM|
The year is coming to an end and I for one get reflective right about now.
Did you change the way you approach scrapbooking? Did you learn a new technique? Did you let go of something that held you back?
For me I think my biggest change was as simple as printing out batches of photos and having them at the ready to scrap.
What about you?
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: Between a rock and a hard place
|Posted: 12/9/2012 8:47:48 PM|Glitter Girl!!!
Seriously, she completely changed the way I look at scrapbooking and got me excited to get back into it.
Cold Pea on a Cracked Plate
|Posted: 12/9/2012 9:03:30 PM|Embraced sketches, collections, and my simpler style to make the most of my very limited scrap time.
Loc: Greenville, SC
|Posted: 12/9/2012 9:11:35 PM|
Collections. i have always been a little of this line and a little of that line kind of scrapper. I started purchasing collections and kits and found myself being way more productive. ALSO--Mists, Paints, Sprays, Inks....Anything to dress up the base Cardstock. A finishing touch.
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|Posted: 12/9/2012 9:19:29 PM|
Layering (a la Glitter Girl) and using sketches.
|Posted: 12/9/2012 9:22:30 PM|
Distressing and vintage colours, I never had my own real style until I discovered these!
|Posted: 12/9/2012 9:29:38 PM|
This year I started a notebook with a list of all of the photos I have taken. As I order them I mark the notebook that they are ordered. When I get them in the mail I mark them as printed, then as scrapped when the layout is finished. This has helped me keep my photos organized and has helped me from hunting all over for photos.
When my prints arrive, I sort them by event and add any notes about the event on an index card. If there are tickets or other things I want to use on the layout they are added to the pack. I store prints and notes, etc. in a sandwich bag in a photo box. When I go to scrap, I flip through the box, see what inspires me and then do my lo. Also, if I have any special embellishments that I want to use specifically for the lo, I add them to the sandwich bag.
I upload my pictures to snapfish shortly after they are taken (usually within a week) and save them with the year first then the event. I just took some photos Friday. They will be saved as 2012 Ash bday. When they are ordered I will add ORDERED in front of the year. This makes it easy for me to see what needs to be ordered the next time I place an order. I usually only order prints when snapfish does their penny prints specials, so about every 2 months or so.
Another thing I started this year that has made me more efficient is that I keep my scraps in a large ziplock bag with my paper. Everything is in one place and I am using more scraps than ever before because they are stored right behind the folder in a ziplock bag.
3rd thing I did is sort all of my paper (patterned and plain) by color because that is how I think. I don't think of manufacturer and line, I think color. I also break apart my collections after I have used them a few times and sort them by color.
These few things have made my time in my craft room much more productive and enjoyable. Once I figured out how I scrapped and my thought process, this organization was so easy for me.
|Posted: 12/9/2012 9:38:55 PM|I feel like my style is starting to come together.
Instead of forcing myself to use embellishments I don't love but bought because it was on trend, I got rid of them. At the same time, I really got into using mists which I never thought I would like.
I took a few classes & started watching videos which taught me design principles, balance, textures, layering, mixing papers.
And I just simplified the process so I can get pages done. I did some major purging and streamlined my storage so I can get to everything easily. I am finally using the millions of letter stickers/thickers I hoarded instead of dragging out the cricut. Hand write my journaling instead of typing, formating and printing.
And like the OP, I have a stack of photos ready to roll.
I just started reading the prompts from Shimelle's Cover to Cover class and I think it's really going to have a tremendous impact on my pages and books. We'll see how that goes in 2013.
Overall, I just really fell in love with scrapbooking again this year.
|Posted: 12/9/2012 9:39:21 PM|
Besides a kit club subscription Stacy Julian's 12 class has transformed how I scrap. While I still do chronological scrapping some, I try to capture memories of people I love, things that inspire me, try new techniques just for fun... She has 12 topics and has provided lots of jumping off points. It has changed the way I take pictures too. I will so miss her daily inspiration in 2013 but I will continue to use the things I learned during 12!!!
|Posted: 12/9/2012 9:50:47 PM|
Scrapbook Generations sketch books - LOVE them!!!!
|Posted: 12/9/2012 9:51:07 PM|Layering and embellishment clusters. Thanks Shimelle
|Posted: 12/9/2012 9:51:36 PM|I let go of the idea that I need to use lots of embellishments. Embellishing is time consuming for me. These days I prefer a faster and simpler approach. One or two embies and in the album the layout goes and I'm happy.
Completed layouts & projects
2012 total layouts: 62
mini albums: 4
mini albums: 2
Loc: In the deep-fried south.
|Posted: 12/9/2012 10:00:28 PM|
I let go of the idea that I need to use lots of embellishments. Embellishing is time consuming for me. These days I prefer a faster and simpler approach. One or two embellies and in the album the layout goes and I'm happy.
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Loc: California Coast
|Posted: 12/9/2012 10:33:34 PM|Super Sketch Club. I have very limited time to scrap ... really only at crops and retreats several times a year but hardly ever at home ... and they allow me to pack easily, get a lot scrapped, and come home with tons of finished layouts. Plus they are totally my style ... if I had any designing talent
Between SSC and the SG Sketch Books, I've gotten a lot more layouts done this year because I don't waste time agonizing over design. I've just never had the talent to lay out a good page. They rescue me
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Loc: Texas y'all
|Posted: 12/9/2012 10:47:02 PM|
The biggest improvement in productivity for me has been gathering together all the supplies for projects so that when I go to a crop I have all the items I need for that project, and not just a bunch of stuff that may or may not work (and that usually overwhelmed me with too many choices). I have cranked out some scrapbooks as gifts and my own stuff so much quicker as a result.
The major change I hope to make for next year is to more quickly manage my photos so I don't end up with such a backlog (which becomes overwhelming and makes me not want to tackle them).
Loc: pea formerly known as GIPfunny
|Posted: 12/9/2012 11:07:54 PM|
I hate to be a Debbie Downer and this does answer the question in a round about way. My very good friend died of skin cancer at the age of 43.
I decided to not think much about the page itself but get the pictures on paper and record the memories. That is why I primarily scrapbook.
What has helped me this year is using Picasa to make photo collages and using PhotoSheet for getting more pictures on a 4x6 print.
Another thing that's helped make it fun is typing a list of products I own. When I do a new layout, I choose 1 product to use and highlight the item. I'm using my stash and changing it up a little.
I have photos sorted into binders by category and they are organized chronologically. When I feel inspired to scrap something, I pull it out. I choose a sketch, card stock, and patterned paper, and 1 item from my product list. I keep it simple. I also scrap a smaller size (8.5x11).
Sometimes if there is a lot of pictures for 1 subject, I simply paste them on to card stock and do no embellishing or titles. I'll do 1 other page with fun stuff, but the memories get scrapped.
I also keep a stack of unfinished layouts that need diecuts in a letter tray. When my ds is at school, I can get a bunch finished at once.
Also, LOTS and LOTS of post it notes. I rarely can do 1 page in 1 sitting. I leave notes like the name of the title, what die cut to use on my cricut machine, or what binder the page goes back into.
I look forward to seeing other ideas. There is other areas I am very much lacking in!!!
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Loc: Beautiful HB, Southern CA
|Posted: 12/10/2012 12:23:05 AM|I took my first online class this year -Hitichhikers here with Shimelle. Wow! It changed so many things for me. Things don't have to be matchy match. Embellishments can be taken apart, parts covered up, only bits used etc., so I look at things with different eyes - how can I make that work type attitude. Right now I am over thinking things with this newfound knowledge, but once I grow out of this phase I will be jamming'.
Loc: New Zealand
|Posted: 12/10/2012 12:40:49 AM|
I took Shimelle's class in May, and I became revolutionised. The content was great, and I walked away really motivated. I embraced the 4x6 photo and mass printing. Now I always have photos to scrap and as I've found there are only so many ways to layout 4x6 photos I don't feel the need tot rely on sketches. Previously I would do one LO a week, but in July/August I was up to 20 a month!
Long may it last!
Loc: Port Coquitlam, B.C. Canada
|Posted: 12/10/2012 1:07:55 AM|
Using my stash! I started the year off determined to use my stash rather than hoard! I called this shopping my stash! I would look to see what I have and if I didn't have something I would then go and buy it!
I also began making up kits when I worked with a theme! This was a great way to look through things that I have in my stash and had not used!
I also have a sharing circle with a few scrappy friends so we borrow from each other rather than buy!
Loc: Auckland, New Zealand
|Posted: 12/10/2012 1:26:01 AM|I made my own kits using my stash
I try to buy paper AND matching embellies - no more 'random' purchases
I watched lots of mercytiara's videos
stopped over thinking each layout.
Some of my layouts are just cardstock and a small title, some of my layouts are waaaay more product - and that suits me just fine
|Posted: 12/10/2012 1:29:55 AM|1. Cleaning/organizing my supplies and realizing how much I have, it clicked that if I didn't start using every *precious* thing I'd have to toss/donate it in order to make room for just more stuff I would be too scared to cut into or use up... I'm using stuff, it's fun and motivating...
2. Using my Silhouette... A clean desk and a new computer, and I'm finishing projects that used to sit forever waiting for a title or the last detail... Also motivating...
3. Two Peas... Inspiration, lessons, products - it's great because I don't have much access to those things in real life... The contests help push me to try new things and working to a deadline has helped me be more decisive and finish things... And all the Peas are so creative and helpful
4. Products that I've tried and loved this year: foam dots, rhinestones, tab shaped punch, tiny attacher, washi tape, and Copics...
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Loc: Western NY
|Posted: 12/10/2012 4:45:04 AM|layering and clusters for me. So much fun!
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Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 12/10/2012 6:03:52 AM|
Maybe this didn't change the way I scrap so much as how I scrap, but I re-organized my supplies and claimed some space in my apartment. I moved all my stuff to the top of my refrigerator (I usually scrap on the kitchen table) and I have been scrapbooking or making a card several times per week since then. I think I only hauled out my stuff and scrapped about 5 times during the entire two years before that!
Watching the Glitter Girl videos has helped me figure out how to use some of the old embellishments I have in my stash on my LOs. The videos have also introduced me to some supplies I am excited to try next year - mists and washi tape.
Loc: Hillsboro, TX
|Posted: 12/10/2012 6:04:01 AM|
Layers and clusters for me too! Totally rocked my scrapping world!
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|Posted: 12/10/2012 6:36:18 AM|
Great post - my Silhouette has revolutionised the way I scrap - I can layer and use print and cut for embellishments - making my own flowers, and grunging my die cuts for boys pages - next year will be the year of mini albums. I have also got into the habit of creating kits and having a stash of die cuts at the ready.Love dimension so Viva Pearls have been my next best friend.
Loc: New Brunswick, Canada
|Posted: 12/10/2012 7:32:31 AM|
My scrap n easel has made deciding on photo placement a breeze and its perfect to help do page 2 of a layout.
I am pretty new at all of this and the Ah ha moment for me was realizing that I want to focus on my pics and use more of them. Photosheet was the best thing I have ever used. Love it .
Can someone link me to Shimelle and Glitter Girl's blogs? I have never seen them but am now curious. Are they the same person? Help....
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Loc: New York City
|Posted: 12/10/2012 8:03:53 AM|
Glitter Girl! I have done more scrapbook pages this year than ever!
|Posted: 12/10/2012 8:10:10 AM|
I have gone back to using more paint. I've also added some gesso and gels, etc with texture. I'm also using up stash.
Loc: Queens NYC
|Posted: 12/10/2012 8:12:34 AM|
my ways to change is to put them into albums
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|Posted: 12/10/2012 8:19:34 AM| In the past years I have been trying to leave the "clean and uniform" look alone. I have been loving the work I see in the gallery. You peas are very talented.
This year I want to be random, no more chronological scrapping .. just scrapping what stirs me in the moment
I have been messing around with mini scrapbooks, paper bag books, acrylic books, tags, etc. I used to only dream of doing this.. now I am addicted
I scrap alone but this year, I want to scrap with a group. (I have never done that) I don't know why I am so afraid My husband keeps offering me to take classes, I just don't know what to expect what to take
This year I want to really devote some time to scrapping and JOURNALING!
|Posted: 12/10/2012 8:42:58 AM|
DITO with seasonscraps! I have watched alot of Glitter Girl and Shimelle laine vid's to understand balance, proportion, and the odd number. I was just winging it! I purged and bought the colors and patterns that I love, and made it more simple!
|Posted: 12/10/2012 9:59:20 AM|
In an effort to scrap my stash, I organized & purged. That alone helped.
I also actually made a list of every type of embellishment/technique that I have. This way, when I'm working on a layout, I scan the list and will think, 'Gee, alcohol inks would work on this layout' or 'I haven't stitched in a while', etc. It's really helped in so many ways: I'm using my stash, I'm moving quicker since it takes less time to peruse a list than stand in front of my supplies and my pages are more interesting & varied.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 12/10/2012 10:09:58 AM|
I tried a few products that I just love I started using Prima's vines not just their flowers on Los and the effect was more realistic and organic. I love the look. I also discovered International Spray and Sparkle glitter sprays that come in 5 different finishes that varnish the LO and the glitter does not rub off. I even glitter the embellishments. Love these things.
|Posted: 12/10/2012 10:12:15 AM|
Glitter Girl videos - and really just discovering the whole world of scrapbooking process videos available on YouTube. Now I always have YouTube on in my scraproom when I'm scrapbooking. It reminds me of how I looked forward to see scrapbooking on the Carol Duvall show and the DIY Scrapbooking show. I always got great ideas and motivation from those shows, and now I get the same thing on-line anytime. I also discovered that I love on-line classes and chats. I love the paperclipping roundtable.
These things have really gotten me excited about this hobby again and I have been cranking out the pages since discovering these things this past summer.
Loc: SG - Springfield, MO
|Posted: 12/10/2012 10:31:50 AM|
I did a major re-organization of my supplies and photos. It took forever, probably a year or more of mess where my scrapbooking area looked like a hoarder's nest, but it is so perfect for me.
My themed supplies are now separated in containers for Christmas, Fourth of July, school, summer, birthday, etc.
My photos of those same topics are organized in a similar way, and the rest by person, instead of the massive chronological mess I had for a lifetime of pics.
Now, when I have time to scrapbook, it's so easy to go grab the right supplies and the right photos without searching for hours.
(And thanks so much to those of you who have said SG sketch books have helped you! We love to know that.)
Loc: Bay Area University
|Posted: 12/10/2012 10:36:20 AM|
Getting a Silhouette - for sure. Paper is now my #1 go to.
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Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 12/10/2012 10:45:49 AM|
The two main "new things" this year that changed my scrapbooking were the creation of CSI Color Stories Inspiration (very artsy scrapbooking) and my embracing art journaling. This has led to use more paint and more artistic techniques on my regular scrapbook pages. The free videos here also helped, somewhat.
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA.
|Posted: 12/10/2012 10:55:16 AM|definitely all the art journaling/mixed media classes.
i love combining art journaling and scrapbooking...
oh, and mists and washi.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 12/10/2012 11:24:09 AM|The biggest thing was letting go of the fear of "ruining" paper. Once I let that go, scrapbooking became even more fun. I've tried mists, paints, and all kinds of new techniques this year that have really helped me feel so much more creative and have helped me refine my style.
I also started a 3-month "no spending" policy for scrapbook supplies so I would use up some of my stash. I thought that I needed new supplies for inspiration, but it turns out that I don't. I'm perfectly happy and just as creative when I use the supplies that I already have. My credit card is very happy!
Online classes have also been a big help. I've taken a few this year and have really enjoyed how they've given me new journaling prompts, ideas for techniques, and permission to scrapbook how *I* want to.
Loc: Ontario, Canada
|Posted: 12/10/2012 11:43:12 AM|Another vote for the Glitter Girl videos!! I'm behind on a couple of weeks, but the ones I have watched have made me excited to scrapbook again. I'm also thrilled to go stash diving and find things i my stash that will work
Also, the 12 class. I've fallen off the wagon - but I know the information is there so I can always go back to it. This was a class that helps brings some of the untold stories out and I love that I can focus on the little stories instead of the big ones all the time.
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Loc: southern IN
|Posted: 12/10/2012 11:50:40 AM|
Yes,yes,yes to Glitter Girl! Since watching her videos and taking Shimelle's Hitchhiker's Guide, I have been a little braver with combining things that I ordinarily wouldn't, using mists, and using kraft paper as backgrounds. And the way she blocks her photos has make me look at my photos a different way too. Thank you Glitter Girl and Shimelle for a year of fun.
Great question DancingFish. Maria
|Posted: 12/10/2012 12:59:11 PM|
The biggest thing was letting go of the fear of "ruining" paper. Once I let that go, scrapbooking became even more fun.
Totally. Now I just cut it up and if it doesn't work, it doesn't work and I move on.
Loc: Northern Virginia
|Posted: 12/10/2012 1:08:18 PM|Another vote for Shimelle -- her perfect collection class -- motivated me back into scrapping. I have been energized in a whole new way. Thanks!
Organizing and realizing it is OK to get rid of magazines that are so old they do not provide inspiration. Making a donate pile of items I will never use or duplicates that I need to sell.
Joining a card kit club (Card Kitchen) has been so relaxing. I create the samples and with the left over product I am able to make many more so I try to make a card a day and I get to feel relaxed about crafting and can enjoy the results.
Next year I will be doing major purging. I want my work area to be free of the distractions of products I won't use.
|Posted: 12/10/2012 1:13:41 PM|For me: Project Life
Will I ever get to Buckethead?!
Loc: Crimson Tide Country
|Posted: 12/10/2012 1:23:04 PM|-heat embossing
I have really grown my style this year I try to push outside my comfort zone often so all my pages don't look the same(which is a fear of mine). It amazes me how different an album from the last year is from an album from 8 years ago(when I started scrapping). I wonder how different my style will be in another 8 years!
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|Posted: 12/10/2012 1:52:44 PM|
My themed supplies are now separated in containers for Christmas, Fourth of July, school, summer, birthday, etc.
I did that, too and it makes a huge difference.
I'm still working on not 'saving' a piece of paper or embellishments for some layout I'm 'going to do someday' and using everything I have. Definitely a goal for next year!
|Posted: 12/10/2012 2:02:28 PM|
What a great question, thanks for asking.
I have had an amazing scrapbooking year! I 'started' scrapbooking probably six years ago - slapped some photos on some scrapbooking paper but never got around to making titles or doing journaling or even embellishing them (really, can you even call that scrapbooking)? Picked it up a tiny bit a few years later but really struggled with making something I was happy with and it took *forever*.
Then I discovered Shimelle. And 4x6 Photo Love. And Glitter Girl.
It's all revoluntionised my scrapbooking and I'm finally *doing* it. Even better, I've discovered my own style and that's been an awesome experience. But some of the most important learning I've had this year include:
* letting go - it's just paper, I will love it cut up, too
* "There is no fear in scrapbooking." - Shimelle Laine
* "You'll make it work." - Shimelle Laine (also learning how to fudge it)
* printing out photos so they are to hand (still struggle with this)
* Cover to Cover class with Shimelle & actually buying albums (who would have thought?)
* embellishment clustering
* spray mists!!!
* washi tape - loved it last year, more so now
* journaling cards - where have you been?!
* buying/using collections
* thickers/letter stickers
* recognising not every LO need be unique - scraplift yourself or others
And a little something I've taken from my sewing & quilting passion...
* if it passes the 'galloping horse' test and I'm happy with it (even if it's not a masterpiece every time), then it's good.
Loc: Tri-Cities Michigan
|Posted: 12/10/2012 3:40:26 PM|For me I realized I just have WAY TOO MANY scrapbook pages. And I have a lot of thick ones. I've tried to simplify the way I scrap and flatten my pages so I can fit more in an album. It takes a lot less time to so I can do more pages! It feels good!
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