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How to Put Together a Memory Book Layout in Less Than 30 Minutes

February 02, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 182

Scrapbookers often have busy lives where it's rare to have huge spans of time just for making scrapbooks. It's a luxury for mothers with small children, scrapbookers who work 24/7, and for everybody else whose days are full. Often enough, all we have is a few minutes here and there to scrapbook.

Here are a few hints to make the most of those few golden minutes:

1. Choose Your Favorite Products

We all have some products that we use repeatedly in our scrapbook layouts. Whether it's a favorite brand of textured cardstock, a sketch that turns up many times, or a handful of decorations, these are the things that we can call our "go to" items. They can save us from scrappers rut, rescue us from a pinch, and save us a bunch of time. When we know that we have products we love that we can count on to make effective scrapbook layouts, we avoid unnecessary looking for things to use. Place these products where you usually work, and you will always be ready to make a layout.

2. Systematize Your Supplies

Organizing your stash ahead of the time goes a long way toward becoming effective in your scrapbooking. This helps prevent non-stop searching for lost punchers, misplaced scraps of paper, and doodads you forgot you had. When you have only a few minutes, having what you need within easy reach saves a lot of time.

3. Limit the Product You Use

One of the tested ways to make) quick and easy scrapbook layouts is to use only a limited amount of product. Complicated techniques and decorations take a lot of time to complete. The quickest pages often use only a beautiful foundation paper, a meaningful snapshot or two, and a few of favorite doodads. When you only have 30 minutes, you must often make a choice between keeping it simple and making a complex layout. That doesn't mean fast and easy pages are not meaningful. Your choice of photos and how you journal go a long way toward adding depth and meaning to your page.

4. Apply Classic Rules of Design

One of the best things we can do for our scrapbooking is to become familiar with some design principles. These are fundamental guidelines that have been used in art, architecture, and photography, for example, that have great applications in our hobby. You've probably heard of some of them, such as the use of contrasting hues, the rule of thirds, the use of 3's, and parallel placement. Even if you don't know what these are called, you probably have used a few or all of them in your pages, or have seen them used in other people's layouts. You can find out more about these guidelines online or in most design books.

5. Let Go of Perfection

When making a scrapbook layout, striving for perfection is an impossible task. We can take a lot of time when we endlessly move around photos, embellishments and other page elements. There has to be a point when we say enough and stick those items onto the layout. The objective of scrapbooking is not perfection. Life isn't perfect; neither should scrapbooking. This is especially true if we only have half an hour to work on the page.

Next time, you only have half an hour, remember these suggestions. Make the best of those precious bits of time to be creative and document your full life.

Finally, to learn more about effective scrapbooking, visit Maricar has been scrapbooker for more than a decade. She's a busy mom, wife, and freelance writer, juggling creative expression with never-ending laundry, to-do lists, and chauffeur service for her kids.

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