Finding the time to scrapbook can be a challenge for many of us. But time is just time and we all have the same amount at our disposal. Often we just need to think outside the square a little to create the time we need to do the things we want.
Here are a dozen scrapbooking ideas to help you create some time and to get the best value out of the scrapbooking time that you have.
1.Set an official ‘scrapping time’ in your (and your family’s) schedule
Select some times in the week that are specifically your scrapbooking times. Make sure your family know this and that they understand that it is as important to you as basketball practice, Rotary Club meetings or dancing class is to them. And you need to observe this time yourself. If you don’t then they won’t see it as important either.
2. Scrapbooking in – TV out
Instead of automatically dropping in a chair at the end of your day to watch TV because it’s the easiest option, head for your scrapbook area and get out some supplies. You’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll become immersed in a project. Save TV time for just your favorite shows.
3. Take a Scrapbooking Class
Learning some new techniques and then trying them out can really stimulate your scrapbooking nerve. Plus making a financial commitment, no matter how small, can often be the motivation that drives us to pursue something. Sign up for a class at your local scrapbooking store or take a scrapbooking course such as the Step by Step Digital Scrapbook Program.
4. Prioritize your Scrapbooking
Don’t wait for ‘left over’ time to do your scrapbooking. You know that it will never happen. Give scrapbooking a priority in your life. We all need ‘me time’ to keep us healthy and sane. So your scrapbooking time is as important as all the other things that pack your life.
5. Teach as you learn
Find someone to teach your scrapbooking skills to. Not only will you have a scrapbooking buddy who you can share your passion with, but the act of helping someone else to learn scrapbooking is enormously stimulating. I can personally vouch for that.
6. Build a Sketch Collection
Often you’ll come across layout designs that you like as you browse through scrapbooking magazines or websites. But then when you come to start a scrapbook layout project later you can’t remember what it looked like or where you saw it. Build a library of scrapbook layout ideas. If you’re a paper scrapbooker you might sketch them out onto index cards or into a notebook. Or if you’re a digital scrapbooker by scanning the picture into your computer or saving the image you’ve found on the Internet and building a folder of scrapbook layout ideas on your computer. Then when you jump into your scrapbook time, you’ll be able to hit the road running.
7. Get yourself organized
It’s a lot easier to start new scrapbooking projects if your supplies are organized. If your scrapbooking area is in a total mess you just look at it and it all seems too hard to find what you need to start your next project. Keep your supplies in clearly labeled containers that are easy to find. And the same applies to digital scrapbookers. Keep all your digital supplies in easily identified folders that sit in an easy to manage hierarchy on your computers. You should be easily able to find your scrapbooking kits without searching all over your computer.
8. Tidy up
And following on from the last point, cultivate the habit of tidying up after you complete a project. It just makes it a more encouraging environment to start the next one if you don’t have the debris of the last project still lying around. This only applies to paper scrapbookers as digital scrapbooking is ‘self-tidying’ because once you close your digital supplies they automatically put themselves away in their place.
9. Digital Scrapbooking to fit in with your lifestyle
If you have a busy lifestyle that doesn’t allow for large or regular blocks of time then why not try digital scrapbooking? It’s a great scrapbooking format and one of its many advantages is that you can stop and start your projects with no setting up or clearing away afterwards. Just perfect for someone who grabs their ‘me time’ when they can get it.
And if you want to see how to get started then just check out Step by Step Digital Scrapbook which is packed with a bunch of information and help for beginners to digital scrapbooking. It will help to set your feet (or should I say fingers?) firmly on the path to digital scrapbooking fun.
10. Keep the Camera Handy
Without a supply of photos we wouldn’t be scrapbooking. Make sure that you keep your camera on hand at all times. Most modern digital cameras are nice and small and fit easily in a pocket or purse. Don’t rely on your phone camera, as generally these pictures don’t translate well to your scrapbook layouts because they are not as good quality as those from a camera.
11. Create a Designated Scrap Area
This one applies only to paper scrapbookers as digital scrapbookers have their designated area on their computer. But having a central area where all your scrapbooking supplies are kept that is handy to a designated surface that you can scrapbook on just makes the whole thing so much easier. Ideally you need to have an area where you can leave your half finished project safely when you run out of time. This might be a scrapping room or it might be the dining room table, whatever works for your household.
12. Cook yourself some scrapbook time
Try cooking some meals in bulk so you can freeze them and leave yourself some free time in the afternoons or evening when you don’t have to do meal preparation. And that’s your scrapbooking time!
I hope these scrapbooking ideas help you to work out how to get more scrapbooking time out of your existing 24 hours in the day. This is by no means a complete list. So if you have any of your own tips, why not share them in the comments. I know we’d all like to find more ideas to help us get more scrapbooking time.