Do you have only 30 minutes or less to make a scrapbook page? Many scrapbookers have busy lives where it’s often rare to have massive blocks of time just for creating. It’s a luxury for moms with small children, scrapbookers with full-time jobs, and for everybody else whose days are full. Sometimes, all we have is a 30 minutes here and there to do something related to scrapbooking.
Here are a few tips to make the most of those 30 precious minutes:
1. Organize Your Supplies
Organizing your supplies ahead of the time goes a long way toward becoming more efficient in your scrapbooking. It helps avoid endless searching for missing tools, misplaced pieces of paper, and embellishments you forgot then you had. When you have only a few minutes, having what you need within easy reach saves a lot of time.
2. Pick out Favorite Products
All of us have a few products that we use again and again in our scrapbook layouts. Whether it’s a favorite brand of patterned paper, a color that turns up over and over, or a set of embellishments or stamps, these are the things that we can call our “go to” items. They can save us from scrappers block, rescue us from a pinch, and save us a bunch of time. When we know that we have products we love that we can count on to make meaningful scrapbook pages, we prevent unnecessary hunting for elements to use. Place these products where you usually scrap, and you will always be ready to make a layout anytime.
3. Limit the Product You Use
One of the best ways to make quick and easy scrapbook pages is to choose only a limited amount of product. Complicated techniques and embellishments take a lot of time to complete. The fastest layouts often use only a beautiful background page, a meaningful photograph or two, and a handful of favorite embellishments. When you only have 30 minutes, you must often make a choice between keeping it simple and making a complex layout. That doesn’t mean quick and simple pages are not meaningful. Your choice of photographs and the way you journal go a long way toward adding emotion and meaning to your layout.
4. Let Go of Perfection
When making a scrapbook page, striving for perfection is often an impossible task. We can consume a lot of time when we endlessly move around photographs, embellishments and other page elements. There has to be a point when we step back, nod, and stick those elements onto the page. The goal of scrapbooking is not perfection. Life isn’t perfect; scrapbooking shouldn’t be either. This is especially true if we only have 30 minutes to work on the page.
5. Use Tried and True Design Principles
One of the best things we can do for our scrapbooking is to become familiar with a few design principles. These are principles that have been used in art, fashion, and photography, for example, that have wonderful applications in our hobby. You probably heard of a few of them, such as the use of complementary colors, the rule of thirds, repetition, the use of 3’s, and parallel elements. Even if you don’t know these terms, you probably have used some or all of them in your pages, or have seen them used in other people’s layouts. You can learn more about these design principles online or in most design books.
Next time, you only have 30 minutes to work on a page, remember these tips. Make the most of those precious snippets of time to be creative and document your busy life.