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How to overcome Scrapbooker’s Block and Unleashing the Creative Scrapbooker Inside

It is easy to look at scrapbooking pages that others make and think that you have never been that creative. The thing is, you are creative, but sometimes it is easy to get into a rut.  Many scrapbookers end up dealing with scrapbooker’s block, having a hard time figuring out what to do next in their scrapbook. If you are stuck in a rut and tired of sitting there just trying out what to do with your pages, here are some great tips to help you unleash the creative scrapbooker inside.

Save Scrapbooking Pages from Magazines
One excellent way to get those creative juices flowing and to end scrapbooker’s block is to save pages from magazines that really inspire you. When you see layouts in a magazine that catch your eye, tear them out and keep them. Look for color combinations that really catch your eye or color swatches you find unique. Put everything in a folder and keep it around. When you are having trouble finding inspiration, pull out the folder you have made for some great ideas.

Go Through Previous Scrapbooking Albums
Another way that you can unleash your creative scrapbooker once again is to go through previous scrapbooking albums that you have made in the past. Spend some time enjoying all the different pages that you have come up with. Write down some of the techniques that you really like. This may trigger some good ideas that you can use for some new pages as well.

Keep Art Around that Makes You Smile
Inspiration often comes from what is all around you. In the area that you work in, keep art around that really makes you smile. If you don’t have the money to buy art that inspires you, create the artwork yourself to hang up. Use some scrapbooking supplies and create some interesting art that you really enjoy. When you need inspiration you can find it in the art that is all around you.

Use Color Therapy in your Scrapbooking Room
Ever heard of color therapy? Certain colors actually help to enhance creativity and inspiration. If you have a scrapbooking room, you can use these colors in the room to help avoid scrapbooker’s block and to keep you inspired. Consider some orange for creativity, since it is supposed to help spark creativity in people. Yellow is used for learning, and some purple for promoting inspiration. These three colors will be a great addition to your workspace and can help keep those creative juices flowing.

Check Online for Scrapbooking Inspiration
The internet is a great place to find inspiration for your scrapbooks. There are many scrapbooking sites on the web that provide interesting ideas for layouts, some provide examples, and you can even find new techniques online too. Another idea is to go to paint sites and look at color schemes that will inspire you. The internet is a great tool and you can use it to combat scrapbooker’s block.

Scrapbook Pages - Supplies and Tools You’ll Need

Are you are beginning scrapbooker excited about learning how to scrapbook pages for a beautiful end result? If so, you are sure to find scrapbooking to be exciting and fun. However, before you actually start making those scrapbook pages, there are some supplies and tools that you are going to need. Making a great scrapbook means you have to have the right supplies and tools. So, if you want to learn how to scrapbook, here’s a look at some of the supplies and tools you are going to need to have.

Several Types of Scissors
First of all, when you are looking for the right scrapbooking tools so you can enjoy making scrapbook pages for your scrapbook, you are going to need to have several types of scissors. Scissors are one of the basic, yet most important tools that you can have around. You’ll want regular paper cutting scissors to help you with photo cropping and for cutting other papers. Crafting scissors can also be helpful and can cut in many different shapes, giving your pages a unique look.

Creative Hole Punches

Creative hole punches are another great supply to have on hand when you are designing your scrapbook pages. Many of these punches will create special shaped decorations for your pages. There are also regular hold punches that come in handy when you need to punch holes in the papers to attach something like a thread or ribbon to the page.

Glue or Tape
Glue and tape can both be great scrapbooking tools to have around as well. After all, you have to have a way to attach photos and embellishments to the scrapbook pages that you create. Stick glue is a great option, since it doesn’t make a mess and it keeps things sticking well to the pages, including photos. If you use tape, it should be double sided tape.

A Simple Pair of Tweezers
While it may sound odd to consider tweezers as a scrapbooking tool, you’ll find that they can definitely come in handy. They are especially helpful when you are trying to glue and place smaller items on your scrapbook pages. You don’t want to end up smudging your pages, so using the tweezers on those small embellishments can make a big difference.

Other Tools and Supplies to Have Around

There are a variety of other tools to have around to help you create your scrapbook pages for your new scrapbook. Some great ideas include rubber stamps, tracing stylus, paper trimmer, cutting mat, glitter pens, tag makers, background papers, scrap paper, and more. With all of these tools and supplies, you’ll be able to create beautiful scrapbook pages and in the end they’ll all come together to create a lovely scrapbook.

Scrapbook Pages - Great Ideas for Organizing Your Scrapbook Pages

Whether you are scrapbooking digitally or you are doing traditional scrapbooking, sometimes figuring out how to organize your scrapbook pages can be a bit difficult for you. You spend time working on each scrapbook page layout, making sure everything is perfect, then you try to figure out where the page should go in the scrapbook. Well, there are a variety of ways that you can organize the scrapbook pages in your scrapbook. Here are a few ideas that you may want to consider.

Scrapbooking Page Idea #1 - Organize in Chronological Order - One excellent way to get your scrapbook pages organized is to put them in order by chronological order. This is especially a great way to organize your scrapbooking pages within a baby scrapbook or other scrapbook that may follow a timeline. Although it’s not the only option out there, it’s an excellent option for many scrapbooks when you want to have some kind of organization and order for the pages.

Scrapbooking Page Idea #2 - Organize by Categories - Another great idea for getting your scrapbook pages organized in the scrapbook is to organize by categories. Keep pages of similar categories together. For example, if you are doing a baby book, instead of the chronological order, consider having categories, such as the baby firsts, to help you organize the book. This is a simple way to organize pages if you don’t have a specific chronological order for them.

Scrapbooking Page Idea #3 - Use Themes to Organize Pages - Using themes to organize pages is another excellent idea for organizing your scrapbook pages. Perhaps you are doing a scrapbook on your last vacation. Consider using different themes and putting pages that go within that theme together. You can use your backgrounds and embellishments to go along with the theme as well and then use this method for organization.

Scrapbooking Page Idea #4 - Choose a Random Method of Organization - In reality, you don’t always have to have a specific method of organizing those scrapbook pages within your scrapbook. Sometimes just a random method of organization can be fun. This allows you to put pages in the book as you complete them.

Scrapbooking Page Idea #5 - Colour as a Method of Organization - Organizing your scrapbook by colour can be a bit wacky but a lot of fun specifically if it is already within in a theme and it’s not particularly important what order your picture go in. Why not try to organize your pages by color that way each time you turn your pages you will be dazzled by a completely different feel of the various color you happen to have been working with.

There are definitely many ways to organize those scrapbook pages for your scrapbook. Whether you love everything in order or you are someone who enjoys a bit of chaos, there are organizational ideas that you should like. So, use these ideas, put your scrapbook pages in order, and then enjoy going through the scrapbooks again and again.

Scrapbook Pages - Tips for Finding Great Scrapbooking Resources

When you are creating your scrapbook pages, you may often wonder where you can get some great resources to help you out. Whether you are scrapbooking traditionally or getting involved in digital scrapbooking, resources can be helpful for providing you with ideas and tips. Not sure where to go to find great resources? Well, here are some tips to find some great scrapbooking resources that will help you create great scrapbook pages.

Tip #1 - Check with Friends Who Scrapbook for Ideas - One of the best places to get scrapbooking resources for your scrapbook pages is to check with your friends who scrapbook for some ideas. If they have been scrapbooking for some time, they’ll know the best resources for finding great scrapbooking tools, ideas, and more. Ask them for some input and they’ll probably be able to help you out.

Tip #2 - Read Scrapbooking Magazines for Great Resources - Reading scrapbooking magazines can also help you to find great resources to help you out with your scrapbook pages as well. Many magazines not only provide helpful articles, but they provide you a great resource to find out more about scrapbooking. You’ll learn new techniques and get great ideas as well.

Tip #3 - Spend Time Reading Online Articles - The internet is a great resource. It’s easy to access and you’ll find that there are many online articles out there that can help you out when creating your own scrapbook pages. If you want great resources, get online and start looking. You’ll be sure to find many of them.

Tip #4 - Join Scrapbooking Forums - Joining some of the scrapbooking forums online is an excellent option as well if you want to find more resources to help you create your scrapbooking pages. In the forums you’ll be able to talk to avid scrapbookers across the world. They can help you find great resources for scrapbook templates, scrapbook tolls, and more. You’ll enjoy all the advice that those in the forums can offer you.

So, if you need good resources to help you as you begin creating scrapbook pages, these are a few tips for finding them. With the right resources, your scrapbook pages will be better than ever.

Crushing Economy turns me to Digital Scrapbooking

I always enjoyed the art of the digital scrapbook but preferred to put my time and energy into the details of regular scrapbooking. But now that the economy is hitting so hard, I just don’t have the money I used to have to invest in scrapbook pages and scrapbooking crafts. I mean, they really start to add up after awhile and I know I’m not the only one who thinks so!

More and more 99 cent or Dollar stores have started stocking creative scrapbooking supplies to meet the demand of everyone who’s out there making it happen between the book covers, but the quality and cute factor of the pages, stickers and tokens are just not the same as some of the cool things you can find in other stores. Walmart, for example, carries specific packages that are perfect for theme scrapbooking but even Walmart, known for its low prices has gotten a little too expensive, since all my money has to go towards paying off debt and other fun things like bills and gas and ugghh. I’ve realized this blog has taken somewhat of a negative turn so PICTURE A YELLOW FELT SCRAPBOOK PIECE AND PLACE IT ON A LIGHT BLUE PAGE! See, bright and sunny once again. Haha.

I’ve discovered that digital scrapbooking layouts are a lot less expensive to use for my books than purchasing pre-made supplies at the store and there are all sorts of free scrapbooking sites out there that don’t require you to hold the digital software to run their programs. This is certainly appreciated because free digital scrapbooking is a much more cost effective option these days. (I’m also thinking about people who are just learning how to scrapbook, because investing in a lot of expensive scrapbooking tools just isn’t a good idea until you know that it’s something that holds your passion.)

Anyway. I like digital scrapbooking enough that it’s an easy transition for the time being but I also know that when I can afford it again, I’ll never stop with the regular scrapbooking.



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