As Scrapbookers we love the process of creating, right? Hours spent on a single layout don’t matter because it’s the journey as much as the destination that we enjoy.
But sometimes we just don’t have enough time to spend an entire evening or two on a single layout. We have a pile of photos that we want to scrap which just keeps on getting bigger and the time we have to do it just seems to keep getting shorter. Does this sound familiar to any of you?
Well it’s times like these we should be considering Quick Pages, or Easy Pages or Ploppers as they’re sometimes called.
Now before I hear you cry “Where’s the creativity in that?” just take a moment to hear me out.
Quick Pages are basically layouts which a digital scrapbook designer has created and then deleted the space where the photos should go so you can insert your own. Some Quick Pages come with all the embellishments and accents you could possibly put on them. But others are quite minimalistic.
And these are the ones I’m suggesting you consider for your speedy scrapping.
With a little bit of thought you can still add your own touches, your own flair, and your own creativity to these layouts by introducing different accents and, through careful application of the Erase tool, you can blend your additions into the overall design of the page.
This Take Time to Touch layout was created using a Quick Page by Julie Hixon and then adding an assortment of embellishments from my stash to give it a little lift. It literally took me ten minutes to do and, because I have added my own touches to the design I don’t feel like I have ‘cheated’.
Whilst I wouldn’t want to do all my layouts with Quick Pages, they can be an absolute boon for the busy scrapbooker. So next time you’re in a hurry and you have a pile of photos that you want to scrap quickly, have a look at your stash of Quick Pages.
And for traditional scrappers who are just getting started in digital scrapbooking, Quick Pages are a great way to try out your wings. Below is a tutorial from Ro Paxman, CEO of Scrap Girls on how to create a layout using a Quick Page. It’s one of three in a series, and if you haven’t tried them before it’s a very handy tutorial. And Ro’s got the kind of voice that you just can’t help learning with.
The QuickPage used in the video is called Gypsy Boots Easy Page and can be found at Scrap Girls.