Do you ever lose your scrapbooking motivation? Perhaps you get in a rut and are feeling uninspired. Or maybe you feel a need for fresh design ideas or story angles? Lots of times life can get in the way making no time for scrapbooking, and then it can be hard to restart the work.
Our team shares their approaches for getting to motivated to scrapbook the pages here.
Stefanie Semple says, “On this pages I share the story of my daughter with a friend over during Spring Break. They watched a YouTube video while baking cupcakes.”
“If I’m not in the mood for scrapbooking, I always watch Debbie Hodge’s Get It Scrappbed Membership videos. I have never made it though more than one without pressing pause and making a quick layout that was inspired by something she did or said. Having the Scrapbook Coach Class Templates available, makes it even easier to get started.”
Christy Strickler says, “On this autumn night, we let my son play on his swingset while we watched the sun go down.”
“When I haven’t scrapbooked in a while, I look through my photos or scrapbook products and grab the first thing that captures my attention. I don’t want to force the page to happen. I want to work with anything that excites me.”
“In the first stages of creation, I don’t focus on design. Instead I relax and push the larger items around the page (for this layout, it was the photo and 6″ x 6″ piece of paper) until I feel comfortable about where to place them.Once I have the location determined for the largest pieces, I can easily add the smaller embellishments, title, and journaling. I rely a little on my design knowledge here, but I also just allow the page to become. In order to let my creative process become fluid again, I have to let go of analysis and criticism of the page. The focus of the first page or two isn’t about a well-designed scrapbook layout. It’s more about giving permission to my creative side to act.”
Ronnie Crowley says, “My page is another one for my daughter’s college album. It’s all about how they revealed the Bigs to the Littles for the organization she is part of.”
“My number one way to get scrapbooking if I haven’t done it for a while is to watch a class video. I especially love watching Debbie Hodge’s Scrapbook Coach videos because I find that the way explains her process often sparks an idea. Even when nothing in particular sparks an idea, I make myself design a page based on the class: the teacher’s pet part of my personality!”
Summer Christiansen says, “This page is about my son finally shooting a shotgun.”
“When I’m missing my scrapbooking mojo, I look through old photos–especially photos that capture a moment or a story I knew I wanted to document when I first took them. Looking through the photos ignites the fire I have for documenting.”
“Another approach is to look to your scrapbooking idols for inspiration. Any time I see the work of one of my favorite scrapbookers, it makes me want to try it their techniques. A variation on this is to look at art in general for creative juice.”
Devra Hunt says, “The Cubs were in the playoffs this year! We found a Cubs family photo from the last time they were in the playoffs in 2007, and decided it was time for a new one.”
“This topic of finding scrapbooking motivation came at a great time for me. I have not had consistent time to craft lately and feel like my mojo is out of sync. When this happens, I turn to sketches. Page design has always been a stumbling block for me. Using a sketch gives me a starting point. I find my sketches from several challenge blogs I follow, then pin them to Pinterest boards. My boards are set up by number of photos on the sketch, so it is easy for me to find a sketch that inspires me, as well as it being appropriate to the photos I have ready.”
Amy Kingsford says, “This photo is a recent one of my boys enjoying each other’s company. This is a rare occurrence these days so I’ve chosen to immortalize this moment for future reference!”
“When I’ve gone without scrapbooking for a while I typically turn to recent favorite photos to inspire me. I might scan my Instagram feed or search through the photos on my camera to find that special image to motivate me. This particular photo was from our first family photo session in quite a few years. We had so much fun during the shoot, and I couldn’t wait to see what our photographer captured. Now, after a few scrapless months, my mojo has been reignited by these amazing family photos and the stories they are helping me tell.”