Hello everyone and welcome to the SpiegelMom Scraps Sparklers Monthly blog hop! The Sparklers are split into two teams; The Blog Squad and the YouTube Squad. Each month we come together to hang out here and bring you some great tips, technique and inspiration! For this hop, you should have arrived here from Khristina’s amazing blog. I absolutely LOVE her layout!!
Today I am sharing with you my Day in the Life project that I completed in my Travelers Notebook with tons of amazing products from the Spiegelmoms Scraps and a 6×6 pad from Amy Tangerine (Better Together). I really enjoyed creating my Day in the Life in the Travelers Notebook and using the photos from the Collect App made it really easy to put everything together. My biggest problem with projects like this is that they never seem to get done. So I was very happy when I finished this mini album in less then a day (when does that ever happen)?
I often see people asking how to create a scrapbook layout without a lot of time and this is something that I am pretty sure I have managed to get down to a science at this point. It all started when I was home taking care of the baby and quickly realized, even though I am home I don’t really have a lot of free time.
I came up with a system that works really well for me and I am going to share it with you all!
Step 1: Figure out what photos you want to scrap and where you are getting them from. Are you going to printing your photos at home? Are you working on old photos that you have had for a while? You need to know what photos you want to scrap but you don’t need to have a stack of them. Lately I have been working on recent photos. What has been happening is I take a photo and I know what story I want to tell with that photo so I just print the photo or photos at home that I need to tell that story. I do have quite a few photos that are printed from Shutterfly and that are waiting for me to scrap as well. I digress though Step 1: pick your photos for a layout, whether that is one photo or a few photos for the story that you want to tell.
Step 2: Know what story you want to tell with your photos, either jot it down in your phone or on a piece of paper or just let it live in your head. Whatever works for you.
Step 3: Pick your paper. It truly is that simple pick out either one sheet of paper or multiple sheets of paper if you want to add layers but just pick your paper. Sometimes at this point I decide that I am going to create my own background with some mixed media so instead of paper I will pick out what medium I want to use, either paint, mists or ink pads or all of the above, but I pick the colors that I want to use.
Step 4: Start putting it all together. This is the point where if you are doing a mixed media layout you start building your foundation or if you are using patterened paper this is where you start laying photos and papers out, and creating your layers.
Step 5: Start committing! At this point you should have everything laid out and if you are doing mixed media then you should have all your mixed media completed and the layout of your photos. You can go ahead and pick some embellishments at this point but no more than 5 things. By limiting the amount of embellishments you limit how fussy you get with finding a place for things.
Step 6: This is it the last and final step just stick everything down and add your journaling. You are now done. Sometimes you may be able to get a few steps done at the same time and other times you may be only able to get one step at a time done.
Each step should not take you more than 10 to 15 minutes. By setting a time limit on each step you don’t give yourself the ability to second guess every step. I am also often ask if I still find scrapbooking enjoyable by doing it this and the answer is YES, anytime that I get to be creative is time that is enjoyable for me. I apply these rules to my scrapbooking and my art journaling because I don’t have a ton of time and I can’t just sit and be creative for hours all the time but I can steal 10 to 15 minutes at a time in between cooking dinner or before bath time. I am not saying that this should take the place of having hours to yourself to get creative but I am saying that is doable.
These same rules could be adapted for a project life layout as well. You get a few minutes and pick your photos and slip them into the pockets, next time you have a few moments you grab 5 types of embellishments that you can use throughout your layout. The next time you have a few minutes you grab the project life cards that match your photos or help you tell your story, it is key to only spend about 15 minutes on this step, though because otherwise you could spend all your time picking these cards out. Last but definitely not least you do your journaling and stick down your embellishments.
This process may take you all day to complete a layout or art journal page but at the end of the day you have something to be proud of and you were able to document your stories! Will you give my 6 step process a try?
P.S. You can check out my iNSD playlist by clicking here that has all the challenges and process videos in one spot that were created for iNSD!
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