Shake Up Your Process To Unlock Seasonal Creativity

Mums at the Nashville Farmer’s Market

When it comes to scrapbooking ideas, I often struggle with event and seasonal photos. It’s not easy for me to come up with different ways to scrapbook the same types of photos year in and year out. I don’t scrapbook chronologically (I prefer to scrapbook photos that inspire me so that scrapbooking never feels like an obligation or a chore) so I have a tendency to file these photos away and let them age for awhile a few years.

Eventually, I need to scrapbook them or risk forgetting the story and the details. I have a bunch of fall and Halloween photos that I’ve been ignoring for far too long and it’s time to create layouts for them. But in an effort to do something different, I brainstormed some ideas before I selected any photos. If I shake up my typical creation process, I tend to create pages I wouldn’t have thought to do otherwise.

3 ways to approach event and seasonal scrapbook pages

1. Use the senses for journaling queues

One of the great things about annual event photos is that they usually come with built in triggers. The Fourth of July could include the smell of freshly a mown lawn, the taste of sweet strawberries fresh from the garden, hearing the birds chirping early in the morning, feeling the heat of the summer sun and so on. Take this idea to any event or seasonal photo and see what ideas bubble to the surface.

2. Use a color palette to jumpstart a layout

Color palettes can instantly set a mood. Chances are, when you choose colors that feel like the season you will be scrapbooking, you should be able to find photos that will work. Starting with a color palette may seem awkward, but it’s a great way to shop your stash in search of papers inspired by the color palette. You might even find papers you forgot you had!

3. Compare and contrast

With annual events comes the mandatory group shot or the photo taken in the same place year after year. Using a “Then & Now” theme, why not pair up that group shot from 5 years ago and that same group last year? Instead of reciting all the details about each photo, you suddenly have a new frame of reference. Focus on how things have changed and how they have stayed the same.

Over the next three posts, I’ll show how I put each one of these ideas into action with some of my fall and Halloween photos.

What is your favorite season to document?

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Some great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  2. These are great ideas, Tammy! Very helpful because I’ve been scrapping leaf photo after leaf photo. LOL!

  3. super ideas tammy!!

  4. Great tips, thanks for sharing! Fall is definitely my favorite season to scrapbook.

  5. I am the same way, Tammy!!!
    Especially with Christmas and birthday parties.
    I don’t know why I hesitate to scrap those photos.
    I have scrapped quite a few Halloween photos though 🙂
    But these are great tips, and look forward to seeing more.

  6. Can’t wait to see how you put these ideas to use!

  7. My favorite season to document is fall. My least favorite is Christmas, photos always look the same and my pages never turn out. I haven’t scrapped Christmas for a couple years. Looking forward to seeing you pages.

  8. Fave is summer…Lots of people come to visit us up at the lake…Photos are on water, on and on land,fishing, boatong, tubing, hiking, the runners, playing games, relaxing etc Wide variety of topics and people!

  9. Great tips. I am horrible at coming up with titles. I think Christmas is my favorite seasonal theme scrapping.

  10. These are great ways to start seasonal scrapping. I think my favorite to scrap is fall, but fall is also my favorite season!

    I just scrapped some summer photos and decided to start with my color palette – and did find papers I’d forgotten that I had! I was so excited to find them and use them!

    Can’t wait to see the layouts you’ve come up with!



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