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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.

Tips for Turning Scrapbooking Crafts into Your Own Home Business

Are you addicted to creating your own scrapbooking crafts? If so, you already know that it can be a huge amount of fun to create scrapbooking pages. Of course what you may not know is that one of the most popular and exciting home business opportunities out there is in scrapbooking. You can actually take those scrapbooking crafts and turn them into a profit. If starting a home business sounds like a great idea to you, here are some tips to help you take your passion and turn it into your own home business.

Tip #1 - Start Out Marketing your Scrapbooking Business to Family and Friends - First of all, if you are going to start a scrapbooking crafts business, start out by marketing that business to your family and friends. Let them know you are starting up your business and offer them your services as a discounted price. It’s a great way to start getting the word out there and getting some business too.

Tip #2 - Remember Word of Mouth Advertising is Powerful - One of the reasons it’s a great idea to market to family and friends first with your scrapbooking crafts business is because word of mouth advertising is so powerful. Do some projects for those close to you and allow them to show them around. Word will spread, no doubt bringing you more business. You can’t beat this type of advertising and it’s totally free.

Tip #3 - Opportunities to Get More  Scrapbooking Business - There are a variety of opportunities out there to get business when it comes to scrapbooking crafts. If you now of someone getting married, offer to help them with a scrapbook. Maybe you know a new mom who doesn’t have the time to scrapbook her new baby. Offer your services. There are many opportunities around you for business.

Tip #4 - Promote your Scrapbooking to Locals - Promote your new scrapbooking crafts business to the locals. You can do this by promoting your business at church or perhaps at your children’s schools as well.

Tip #5 - The Internet can Become a Great Marketing Tool for your Scrapbooking Business - Of course you shouldn’t forget internet marketing either when you are working to get your scrapbooking crafts business off the ground. Get online to show off your stuff, including your scrapbook page layouts and your scrapbooking pages that you’ve created.

Tip #6 - Make Use of Craft Fairs and Scrapbooking Expos- You can make use of Scrapbooking Expos and craft fairs to promote your scrapbooking crafts business. Check into the fairs in your area and be sure to attend them and set up a booth. It’s a great way to get more business.

Tip #7 - Ensure You Treat your Scrapbooking Like a Business - Last of all, it’s important that you treat your craft scrapbooking business like it is a business. Sometimes it’s easy to forget this is really a business since scrapbooking is so fun. Make sure you are well organized. Keep supplies and consider business coaching.

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Scrapbooking Crafts - Great Ways to Store Your Scrapbook Projects

If you are involved in scrapbooking crafts, no doubt you often find that it is difficult to find a place to store your projects. You may already have a great place to store your tools and supplies, but where do you put your projects when you are working on them? Well, there are actually many great ideas that you can use to store your scrapbooking crafts when you are not working on them. Here are a few that are worth trying.

Using Binders to Store Scrapbooking Projects

One great idea for storing those scrapbooking projects is using binders to store the scrapbooking crafts. Often you may work on several different pages at a time when you doing some creative scrapbooking. When you put them away, you don’t want them to get bent. So, a large binder is a wonderful place for storage. Just make sure that the binder is large enough for the projects you need to store. This way you don’t have to worry about any damage and you’ll be able to find them and work on them again next time.

Large Plastic Scrapbooking Containers

Large plastic scrapbooking containers are excellent for storing scrapbooking crafts as well. You can often purchase them at craft stores or even department stores in the craft section. You can simply put the scrapbook and your current project right into the container and close it. Then put it away and everything you were working on is safely stored. There’s no need to worry about any smaller pieces getting lost this way either.

Scrapbooking Bags

Scrapbooking bags are yet another way to store scrapbooking crafts. The great thing about choosing the bag is that they are so easy to carry around. If you go to class to scrapbook or you go to scrapbooking parties with friends, having something that makes it easy to carry the projects around is a great idea. These bags store everything nicely and keep them protected and in good shape when you aren’t working on them.

Bulletin Boards for Storing your Scrapbooking Ideas

Sometimes you come up with ideas when you are doing your scrapbooking crafts. Perhaps you want to start them for later so you don’t forget them. Well, a great place to store them is on a nice bulletin board. This keeps them safe and it will put them in a place where you can see them later as well.

Keeping any scrapbooking crafts stored when you are not working on them is important. With these ideas, it’s easier to come up with good storage methods. Consider using one of these storage methods. This way you’ll keep your scrapbooking crafts safely stored so you can work on them again in the future.

Scrapbooking Crafts - Scrapbooking Techniques for the Advanced Scrapbooker

Once you’ve learned how to scrapbook and you’ve caught on to the basics, you may be wondering if there is more you can do with your scrapbooking crafts. Actually there are a variety of great advanced techniques that you can use once you know the basics. They add a lot more to your scrapbook and allow you to make it look even better. If you’re looking for some great techniques to make your scrapbooking crafts a bit more advanced, here is a look at some great techniques that are great for the advanced scrapbooker.

Advanced Technique #1 - Using Rubber Stamps - When you are a bit more advanced at scrapbooking crafts, one great advanced technique to use is using rubber stamps on your scrapbooking pages. All you’ll need is some great rubber stamps as well as some ink that is acid free. Then you can stamp all different types of images around the pages. They’ll compliment your pictures and the entire design that you are working on. They really are not that difficult to use either. You can pick them up at most craft stores for reasonable prices.


Advanced Technique #2 - Chalking - Another great advanced technique to try if you are looking for ways to add more to your pages is chalking. Chalking can add so much to your scrapbooking crafts. It works well on various papers and helps to add color as well as a bit of dimension to your scrapbooking pages. If you print out pictures on paper, you can even use chalk to change the hue of the picture for a unique look. All you need is a bit of imagination and you’ll be able to come up with many great ideas for chalking. If you make mistakes, make sure you erase it right away so it doesn’t set, then try again.Here is a helpful Video on Chalking

Advanced Technique #3 - Adding Journaling Blocks - Journaling is a great technique for those more advanced at scrapbooking crafts and it definitely adds a whole lot to your scrapbooking pages as well. You can create small blocks that are specific for journaling. This can be done out of fabric or paper. Then you can add the journaling to the block and even add some embellishments to these special blocks. Just make sure you wait until after doing the journaling to attach the blocks. This way if you make a mistake you simply make a new block instead of trying to get it off the page without doing any damage.


These are just a few of the great advanced techniques out there that can be used for your scrapbooking crafts. So, after you learn the basics of how to scrapbook, go on to use techniques that are more advanced. You’ll have so many more options when doing your scrapbooking crafts and you’ll enjoy seeing how your pages turn out.  If you are looking for more ideas I suggest you purchase Scrapbooking Companion with over 100 pages overflowing with information tips and ideas on Scrapbooking.

Getting Started with Scrapbooking Crafts

Perhaps you have seen the scrapbooking crafts of others, and thought that it would be exciting to start scrapbooking yourself. Scrapbooking is definitely a whole lot of fun, but it is a good idea to take some time to learn about it before you get started. If you are interested in getting started with your own scrapbooking crafts, here are a few things you’ll definitely want to do to get a good start.


Start by Getting the Supplies and Tools You Need

First of all, if you want to get started on scrapbooking crafts and learn how to scrapbook, it’s a good idea to start by getting the supplies that you need as well as any tools that you don’t have. You’ll of course need to have a scrapbook as well as some basic items like backgrounds and embellishments. Scissors / Trimmers and glue are two of the most important tools to have on hand, but stencils, pencils, and even a ruler can be helpful.

Organize Your Pictures

Next you are going to want to find all your pictures and then get them organized. If you don’t have your photos all organized, when you get started with your scrapbooking crafts, it can get pretty difficult to find what you are looking for. This way you can easily find the picture you are looking for and put it right into the scrapbook page layout that you are working on.

Consider Taking a Class

Another great idea to help you get started with scrapbooking crafts is to consider taking a class on scrapbooking. There are a variety of stores that often will offer classes for free. Other community places may offer scrapbooking classes for a small fee. You’ll learn the basics of scrapbooking, which will help you to get a good start.

Check Out Magazines for Ideas and Information

You can also check out magazines for ideas and information on scrapbooking crafts. There are many scrapbooking magazines out there that you can order that can be a huge help to you. Not only do they offer you some great ideas, but they also offer some helpful articles to give you more information to help you as you start out with scrapbooking.


Learn More Online

If you still have questions as you are getting started with scrapbooking crafts, you can learn a lot more online. In fact, the internet is one of the best places to go for information about scrapbooking. You’ll find many visual aids to help you out and even tutorials that can help you to create your very first scrapbooking crafts successfully.

Purchase Scrapbooking Companion

I also recommend you get Scrapbooking Companion as it contains over 100 pages of great tips ideas covering all these details and so much more.  It is a great reference and a wonderful place to get started or to touch up on all your skills.

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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