This week’s Scrapbook Sunday goes out to all the busy ladies, all the busy ladies, all the busy ladies (put your hands up!) who always have longer to-do lists than hours in a day. Yeah, yeah, Beyonce has 24 hours, too. I bet if the Queen Bey wanted to scrapbook, she’d make it happen.
Sometimes I want to document a special set of photos or even just an important afternoon from the previous week, but I only have one small window of opportunity to do it. Instead of putting a lot of pressure on myself to reinvent the wheel, I just keep it simple and utilize some of my favorite tools and techniques. This week I chose to skip the photo pockets and use card stock as my base. I stuck with photos from my Instagram feed that I just printed at home and gathered a few embellishments in similar colors to keep things from looking too slapped on.
My first page has a few photos from my 34th birthday last week, two colorful photos from a big project I’m working on, and some thoughts on my 34th year of life. I mimicked the grid look of some of my other photo pocket pages with the square photos, but then switched out two of the spots for a little more journaling space. I used one of Life Love Paper’s postcards as my background because it had a subtle enough pattern to both add color but also write on. Then I added a few stamps and a banner from previous Messy Box kits.
This page was pretty simple to crank out, but it did take some concentration. I used the alpha stamp set and an acrylic block from the A Beautiful Mess shop and repeated Smith’s name all over the page. I knew I was going to be highlighting one small photo, so this was a way to fill the page with a graphic look without distracting from the photo. I left a space blank for a journaling spot and then added some stickers to the photo. It’s from a fun afternoon we had at the school playground that I didn’t want to forget.
This page was more of a reminder of my creative process these days as I work through more projects than I ever have before. It’s been a way to remind myself to take things one at a time when I get overwhelmed, and a reminder that I’m pretty lucky to get to work on so many projects I love. I used card stock as my base and then cut up part of the packaging from one of the messy box kits as my second layer. Then I just went vertical with my photo, text, journaling spot and handwriting. It was the quickest page of the three. Sometimes lists are the best way to share information when you don’t want to get too wordy.
So, my three different pages were pretty simple, but I’m also happy with how they turned out. They highlight three different memories I wanted to get into my album, they kind of color-coordinate, and they still look finished. I think part of the success of this is having plenty of papers and embellishments that work well together but also tools that are versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. What are your go-to techniques for getting scrapbook pages filled quickly? –Rachel