Top 10 Scrapbooking Articles of All Time

…on Scraps of Mind

I was rummaging through the Scrap of Mind attics the other day and I came across a list of the most popular posts since this site has been in existence.

And by the way, the inspiration for the outrageous title to this article came from the Killer Titles Group Writing Project over at Problogger that Darren’s running

Given that many of you have probably started following the Scraps of Mind journey after some of these were published and may never have seen them, I thought I’d present this illustrious Top 10 here. So for your reading pleasure, here is the count-down.

10. How to Make Word Art – 2,204 views

The tenth most popular article on Scraps of Mind is actually a video. I made this video after I started the Scraps of Mind Weekly Word Art Newsletter. A lot of readers were fascinated by the Word Art I gave them in the newsletter so I made this to show them how to do it for themselves. The newsletter has forged ahead in popularity so I’m not sure if this video has actually inspired many people to make their own Word Art.

9. 50th Anniversary Card and Template – 2,324 views

And in ninth place we have this card and template. I made this 50th Anniversary Card for my Aunt and Uncle’s Golden Wedding Anniversary. And of course you can use the idea for a 50th birthday as well. The card and free template have attracted a lot of visitors over the months. So if you have a 50th something coming up, feel free to click over and pick it up.

8. Scrapbooking Your Recipes – 2,357 views

Just being edged out by our eighth place-getter. This post is actually a guest post by Monique from Monique’s Scrappin’ Blog. She wrote a great article on making scrapbook layouts for your favorite family recipes. And in fact, this article was what inspired me to create the Yummy Treats Scrapbook Recipe Book, which (at the time of writing this post) is still a freebie offered by Scraps of Mind.

7. Photoshop Elements 6, The Missing Manual – 2,474 views

Coming in at number seven is this review I wrote for ‘the book that should have come in the box’. If you’re a Photoshop Elements user then this book is a must-have resource. Here is my review of the book by Barbara Brundage, who has written a Missing Manual for each version of Photoshop Elements, as well as for other software programs.

6. Black and White Scrapbook Layouts – 2,479 views

I was surprised to see this article in sixth place. I seem to get so much traffic to it that I felt sure it would have been at the top of the heap. Still I feel sure it will improve in rankings over the next few months. It seems Black and White is a perennial favorite color scheme for scrapbookers. Let’s face it, it’s classic and you never have to worry about it clashing with your photos. But there’s more to a black and white layout than just slapping some black and white elements together. To get the best out of the black and white color scheme you really need to think about texture.

5. Planning your Layouts with Sketches - 2,540 views

Number 5 is another sneaky one. I was surprised at how popular this article on scrapbook sketches turned out to be. I must admit I’m often surprised at which of the Scraps of Mind articles really take off and which don’t. So if you’re in need of a kick start to your scrapbook layout designs, this may well be a worthwhile read for you.

how to digital scrapbook4. Learn How to Digital Scrapbook – 2,675 views

But I wasn’t surprised to see this article come in at Number Four. Back in May of this year I created a new website to help beginners to digital scrapbooking. I wanted to give digital scrapbooking newbies a place they could go to find out what it is all about and what they need to get started, without having to wade through lots of stuff and trying to piece together all the bits of information for themselves. Both this article, as well as the site itself have been very popular and I’ve been able to help lots of beginners on their new digital scrapbooking journey.

3. How to Choose Color Schemes – 3,101 views

Number three has broken away from the pack it seems. This is the first part in a three part series on choosing color schemes for scrapbook layouts. Although the other two articles in the series rated well in the statistics, they didn’t come close to the popularity of this one. This was a fun series to write and it got a lot of great response from readers.

2. Making a Photo Collage Layout – 3,240 views

And the second most popular article on Scraps of Mind was another surprise package. Given the amount of traffic this little tutorial has generated, it seems clear that scrapbookers are keen to learn how to create their own photo collage layout. I must admit, I had a lot of fun creating the layout for this article. Although that 80s photo of me had me in serious cringe mode for quite a long time there.

But the title of all-time, most popular article on Scraps of Mind, by a clear winning margin, goes to…

1. Black is the New Black – 4,738 views

I am constantly amazed (and delighted) at the number of visitors to this post each day. It’s one of the older posts in the list but, like all of them, it continues to attract visitors.

Here we have a gallery of some black and white scrapbook layouts and artist trading cards, created by myself and some other Scraps of Mind readers. It was fun to pull together these great examples and given the amount of visitors to this post, it seems that readers feel the same way.

Well this list is a library of the handiest tips and techniques on Scraps of Mind as determined by yourselves, voting with your visits. If you think this might help other scrapbookers, please share the link on your blogs or give it a thumbs-up on StumbleUpon.

And maybe you’d like to let me know which are your personal faves.

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8 Responses to Top 10 Scrapbooking Articles of All Time

  1. Rossella August 27, 2008 at 11:02 pm #

    Your post is very useful, thanks to the Problogger’s initiative I’ve discovered your site.

    Obviously given my interest in food, I’ve see the Scrapbooking Your Recipes page.

  2. karooch August 28, 2008 at 8:33 am #

    Hi Rosella. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Darren’s projects are always so worthwhile and open us up to new contacts all the time.

  3. June Campbell from Scrapping by Design August 29, 2008 at 9:11 am #

    Great collection of articles. I’m going to have to read Black is the new Black. I love B&W layouts myself, and I often convert photos to black and white.

  4. Monique September 4, 2008 at 3:27 am #

    Great article recap! Love it!

    Moniques last blog post..Hybrid Hookup – Altered Notebooks!

  5. Elcof September 29, 2008 at 5:29 am #

    Useful collection of articles. thanks

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