Whether you’re an experienced scrapbooker or just starting out, there are times when we all lose our creative edge. Pages take longer to complete, you lack inspiration to use coordinated paper collections and your mojo takes flight.
What’s a scrapper to do?
It may be time to implement a fool proof approach to being a more productive scrapbooker: create your own page kits.
Pages get done faster with limited products
When you limit product choices, you may find that your creativity is actually heightened. Instead of spending 30 minutes looking through every bin and drawer for the perfect embellishment, try to improvise. Can you cover a piece of chipboard with coordinating pattern paper instead of searching for one button? Can you trim off a narrow strip of paper instead of searching through 6 jars of ribbon?
It’s OK to grab that doily stamp and distress ink as long as you can access them easily. There’s a big difference between adding a few additional products and searching high and low for that ellusive embellishment you’re not even sure you have anymore.
Combining products from different manufacturers inspires creativity
And not only from different manufacturers but how about from different time periods? Breathe new life into older products by combining them with newer things. Many manufacturers stick to a specific color palette so products from 4 years ago may coordinate with recent collections. Take a pretty doily pattern and pair it with a graphic color blocked paper. It’s unusual and your creative juices will be flowing as you figure out the best way to combine them. You can also dress up older products with any stickles, mists and distress inks you’ve added to your kit.
Using products you already own creates higher satisfaction
“Shopping” your own stash is a great exercise. If you’ve never done it, give it a try at least once. You will probably discover products you forgot you had. As you pull and stack random papers, look for unique combinations, things you might never have thought to pair before. Combine embellishments from different manufacturers. If you haven’t used any ribbon in awhile, pull some out and add it to your kit. It feels really good to use up your stash. Just think of all the room you are making for future shopping trips…
Creating page kits does not require an ounce of creativity
Are there times when you want to be scrapbooking but you are bone tired and your brain is fried? That’s a great time to put kits together. Pull some photos you really want to scrapbook, flip through sketches and inspiration files, pull several pattern papers and embellishments that fit and put everything into a page protector or a Cropper Hopper page planner. Set it aside. The next time you are feeling creative, you have a layout ready to go.
Additional kitting tips:
- Create a large kit at the beginning of the month. It requires less overall planning. You will pull a variety of products and you do not need to have photos in mind. Keep all the products together in a 12×12 case or a Craft Keeper so that everything is ready when you are. Follow along with the Counterfeit Kit challenge for additional creative prompts and ways to use up your kit.
- Always have 5-7 page kits on hand for the days when you only have limited time to scrapbook. When everything is together, you can just dig in and start creating!
- When you are going through your stash and come across an older product that you love, pull it and set it aside. Go through that pile of products anytime you are creating kits to make sure you are getting good mix of newer and older products.
- When looking for pattern paper, try to find a large scale print (like a large floral), 2-3 smaller scale prints (think polka dots, smaller florals, tiny squares, etc…), a few striped papers that incorporate all the colors and a few tonal prints in key colors to bridge the entire collection together.
I know that kits may not work for everyone. Some scrapbookers are more free spirited, don’t like to pre-plan and prefer to scrapbook spontaneously. But if you ever find that spontaneity is not working for you, give yourself a break and try something different. Create some page kits and see if that helps you with your productivity.
What do you have to lose?