img_3845Most scrapbookers that I know have resigned themselves to the fact that we are destined to always fall behind on our scrapping.  It’s true…life gets busy and finding time to do the memory-keeping is not as important as actually making the memories.  It always bug me when I get behind though.  I feel like the stories, emotions, and feelings behind an event will escape me if I don’t get them down on paper quickly!

So, in an effort to play a bit of catch up, I decided to really streamline my scrapping to work on my July traveler’s notebook.  I pre-printed pictures, chose limited supplies, and gave myself 20 minutes to see how much I could get done.  Check out my process video here:

To simplify the process, I followed a simple procedure:

  1. Choose pictures and any background elements.
  2. Adhere large pieces down to the layout.
  3. Add ephemera and die-cut pieces.
  4. Add flat stickers.
  5. Add lettering and journaling.
  6. Add enamel sticker pieces.

img_3842Following this simple process really helped lay out each page quickly.  Another tip I came across was printing my pictures in black and white.  That way I did not have to worry about coordinating the elements to the picture.  I worried less about the layout of the page and more about just choosing pieces that brought me joy.  I was able to easily scrap two full layouts in 20ish minutes. (Okay, it did take me over 20 minutes, but I couldn’t stop in the middle of a layout!)

I like the freedom in not worrying about a “perfect” layout.  I chose pictures and elements I love, so together they make a beautiful page, perfect to preserve some sweet every day memories.  Any advice on speed-scrapping that you would like to share?  Do you try to stay caught up or are you relaxed about falling a bit behind?  Let me know in the comments below!

Keep it creative,

-The Scrappy Wife

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