Scrapbookers | Which Group Are You?

Have you ever thought about your scrapbooking process? How do you get from taking photos to completing a layout?

Do you:

  • Thumb through pre-printed photos
  • Quickly find three to work with
  • Randomly select products and embellishments
  • Move photos around on paper three ways until it feels right
  • Handwrite some quick journaling
  • Glue it all down in under an hour, happy with the results

OR do you:

  • Scan through all digital photos files until you find something to scrapbook
  • Turn on printer only to realize you are out of ink
  • Run to Target for ink
  • Return home to print seven birthday photos
  • Search for paper but end up reorganizing because you can’t find anything that works
  • Search every drawer for that birthday embellishment you’ve been saving
  • Hand-write journaling only re-do it on the computer
  • Stop in the middle of creating because it’s time to fix dinner

Adjusting the process

I envy anyone who falls into the first category. I wish I could scrapbook like that, but when I do, I’m never that thrilled with the results. Most of us probably fall somewhere between these extremes.

I suspect that many of us haven’t really thought about our own process that much. If you listen to the Paperclipping Roundtable, you might have caught an episode they did a few months ago about process, PRT 007. The conversation was interesting and it made me realize that I changed up my own process years ago, without even knowing it.

Once upon a time, I worked for a real estate company as an asset manager. When I got home after crunching numbers all day, I never felt creative. I really wanted to work on my scrapbooks, but I didn’t have the creative energy needed to complete layouts. Instead, I did things things like flip through a magazine, pull photos to scrapbook later or I organized my supplies.

Every little bit helps

I may not have been assembling pages, but I was completing tasks to help me scrapbook faster later. Suddenly, process took on a new meaning for me – it wasn’t just what motivated my choices and the order I scrapbooked, but it was all the steps in between.

When I shifted my idea of scrapbooking from one activity that takes hours and started thinking about it as a process of individual tasks, it got much easier.

Do you know what your scrapbooking process is? Are there parts of the process that you struggle with? I’d love to know what’s working for you and what’s not in the comments below.

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