New Scrap Beginnings: Boost Your Creativity

by Brittany Beattie

Whether you're a new scrapbooker or have scrapbooked for years, you occasionally find yourself staring at your crafting supplies, wondering what to do next--and in need of inspiration to rejuvenate your scrapbooking process. With Creating Keepsakes' "New Scrap Beginnings" series for 2011, you'll learn key ways to boost your creativity and speed up your scrapbooking process. And they all center on putting a twist on your page-creation process.


Creativity Boost: Crop in Advance

This creativity boost is ideal when you (a) spend hours figuring out where your pictures will go before you dare crop them, (b) take several minutes to crop one photo, because you want it to be perfectly cropped, or (c) keep changing your mind about how the photos should be arranged and cropped.

Try out the crop-in-advance twist by cropping all your photos before you even pull out papers or accents to match them. Stop spending a lot of time rearranging your photos and trying to decide how you want them to look before taking them to the paper cutter. Trim them the way you think each photo looks its best, and then design your layout to work around your cropped photos, instead of vice versa.

Our Day Out by Kim Jackson. Supplies: Cardstock and punches: Stampin’ Up!; Patterned paper: American Crafts, Sassafras, and Studio Calico; Stickers: American Crafts, Cosmo Cricket, and Jenni Bowlin Studio; Die cuts: Sassafras; Pen: Alvin; Adhesive: American Crafts and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

Kim Jackson normally starts a layout with product in mind and then finds photos to match. So this approach, which had her start with photos, was a change. She liked that it helped her identify her typical scrapbooking process.

How It Worked for Kim
* “One obstacle I always face is choosing my page size. I typically change my mind a few times! After I cropped the photos for this layout, the answer was clear from the start—that saved me a lot of back-and-forth time.
* “I looked through older photos I had already printed rather than going to my computer to edit and then print more recent ones. I rarely physically crop my photos—I prefer to crop them digitally and print standard sizes—so this was definitely different! All of the photos were horizontal with the subject in the center, so they were easy to crop into 4" x 4" squares.”

For more creativity boosts and their accompanying designers' layouts and approaches, see the New Scrap Beginnings article in the February 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.


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