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Recovering your Scrapbooking Mojo

 

Creative-Inspiration

Are you finding it a bit of a struggle to get back into your scrapbooking?

The holiday season is over (well, not so much in Australia as it’s our Summer here) and your scrapbooking routine flew out the window over the last couple of months.

And now you’re thinking you should be getting back into it but somehow it’s hard to get motivated.

Yeah, I so know that feeling.

But I got to thinking about this over the last couple of weeks. And in my opinion . . .

IT DOESN”T MATTER!!!

Scrapbooking is (for most of us) a hobby.

It’s about a relaxing, fun and creative way to spend our leisure time.

So if right now you choose to spend your leisure time cruising the Internet, playing Facebook games or reading about scrapbooking on sites like this instead of creating your own layouts . . . IT’S OK.

Once I got to this point I felt a weight lift off my shoulders.

It’s silly I know but I was actually beating myself up because I wasn’t getting myself focussed and being productive; not just about creating scrapbook layouts but about writing for Scraps of Mind too.

And the more I beat myself up the less I felt motivated to do anything and the less creative I felt.

If this sounds like you then my advice is . . .

LET IT GO.

As the lyrics of a Golden Oldie go:

“If it feels good do it.

If it hurts just let it lie.”

So keep on cruising the Internet. And please keep on reading Scraps of Mind. Heaven knows there’s tons of stuff on this site.

 And when you’re ready, you’ll know. And you’ll feel like creating something.

And when you’re ready to start again here’s some ideas to get you going again.

When Your Mojo is No-Go

10 Top Ways to Rekindle your Scrapbooking Inspiration

How to beat Scrappers Block

10 Speedy Scrapbook Ideas

Word Art 101

 

Back in the day I used to write a weekly newsletter where I would send out free word art designs for you to use in your scrapbook layouts or your cards.

My Word Art tended to be quite eclectic, on many different topics but it was very much in my own style.

Since then I’ve had lots of enquiries about Word Art and whether I’ll be doing any more.

I probably will but until I do here’s some free word art from the archives for you to download.

And when you’re done, maybe you’d like to have a go at making your own.

Scroll down to the end and watch a short video that I made showing you how you can make your own Word Art.

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Click on the Word Art to open the full size PNG file and then save it to your computer. That way you’ll get the high resolution version and not just the web sized image.

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Christmas Card Ideas – Quick and Easy

OK. So in spite of all the promises you made to yourself Christmas is almost upon you and you haven’t started making your Christmas Cards yet.

You’re actually starting to think about using store bought ones this year.

Damn! you know your friends and family will be disappointed if you do.

So you need some Christmas Card ideas that are quick and easy so you can get all your Christmas cards made in the shortest time possible.

Well here are some Christmas card ideas that will help you do just that.

It doesn’t get any easier than this card.

  1. Cut a sheet of A4 card in half. Then fold one of the halves length ways to form a long skinny card with a top fold.
  2. Stick a strip of wide ribbon across the front or you can use a Christmassy paper.
  3. A shorter strip of contrast card goes on top.
  4. Then I printed out some elements from a digital scrapbook kit and cut them out to stick on the front. I used foam squares just to give them a bit of dimension.
  5. The great thing about this card is that you can print off a whole sheet of elements at once and you will be able to make a lot of cards in a very short time.
  6. Need some digital elements? Look no further than here.

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Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies 2012

Huge Digital Scrapbooking Freebie Blog Train

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny a ha’penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha’penny… well God Bless YOU!

Yes once again we’re into the Christmas Season.

And once again Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies brings you a humungous blog train packed with gorgeous Christmas digital scrapbooking freebies.

So start here with the Scraps of Mind freebie, Snowflake Christmas Kit.

Snowflake Christmas Pack 1 of 2

Snowflake Christmas Pack 2 of 2

And here are links to Scraps of Mind Christmas Freebies past

Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies 2010

Christmas Digital Scrapbooking Freebie Bonanza

Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies

And when you’ve downloaded my goodies click on the Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies logo below to check out the absolute smorgasbord of Christmas freebies on offer to you.

Please remember to leave a little thank you comment with all of the designers whose freebies you download. It takes no time at all for you and it means a lot to us.

Christmas Card Ideas

Making ‘Production Line’ Christmas Cards

I have been going nuts over the last few weeks, as the realization of Christmas has fully dawned on me, making the dozens of cards I need for the season.

Normally I start my run in mid-year so I’m not under too much pressure as we get to the pointy end of things. But sadly, not this year.

But I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And the good news is it’s not an oncoming train.

I’ve pulled together a good mixture of simple ‘production line’ type cards that are easy to repeat as well as some more individual ones. I like to have a good mix as not everyone values handmade cards in the same way.

“Production line’ type cards don’t need to have a mass produced look about them and they don’t need to bore you witless as you churn out same card after same card.

By ‘productionizing’ a key element of the card you can incorporate it into different designs with a minimum of fuss and effort.

Super simple Christmas Card idea

These Christmas trees came on a sheet of 8. I just cut them out and mounted each on a matt. Then stuck the feature element on the front of my cards.

But by varying the background treatments a little and the shape of the cards they all have a different look. And it took no more time to do this than if I had made them all look alike.

Christmas Cards ideas with a little bit more

In the set of cards below I made a bunch of decoupage elements from a freebie I received with a magazine (thank you DoCrafts). So they’re all based on the same element principle, although the actual pictures are different.

But all these cards look different because I made changes in how I used the decoupage element. And the backgrounds for all of them are pretty simple so it didn’t take too long.

And your digital scrapbooking skills can be a real blessing as you do some Christmas Card production lines.

Print out some Christmas elements and use them on your cards like I’ve done here.

I made the NOEL element using an alpha from a digital scrapbook kit I’ve had for a few years and the Christmas trees are printed and cut from another kit.

The great thing about these elements is that you can color them to suit your Christmas card background or theme. And of course you never run out. Just make as many as you need.

Tip: Make sure you come back to Scraps of Mind on December 1st. I’ll have links to a humungous Christmas Freebie site where you can pick up heaps of digital Christmas kits and element all for free. It will be AWESOME!!

Christmas Cards personal and productionized!

And finally, of course, you can go the ultimate in productionzing your Christmas Cards by making completely digital cards like the one I’ve made here.

The wonderful thing about this approach (apart from being able to print off as many as you like or need whenever you want them) is that they’re so very personal. I used a photo from a previous Christmas of my daughter to make a unique card.