By Lain Ehmann
Got the scrapbooking itch? Coolio! You will find that scrapbooking can add immeasurably to your enjoyment of life. It sounds crazy, but it’s true: Scrapbooking has changed my life, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming to get started. Here are five easy ways to take the plunge:
1. Forget about “shoulds.” Don’t worry what your neighbor, your sister, or Martha Stewart tells you that your scrapbook must have or be. The biggest enjoyment I get from this hobby is when I take an idea that is purely mine and run with it! I’ve seen scrapbooks on the side of a refrigerator, sewn into a memory quilt, or created on a blog. Scrapbooks can be any size, shape, or medium — it’s up to you.
2. Start with a memory. For me, the “best” pages I create aren’t necessarily A-plus designs, or with all the latest and greatest products. Instead, my favorite layouts are those that accurately capture an emotion or memory. To make sure I’m off to a good start, I begin my pages with a memory I want to document. Sometimes that’s perfectly matched with a photo; other times, I have to take a photo or use a photo from a different time. That’s okay! It’s the memory that’s important, not when the picture was taken.
3. Give yourself permission to explore and experiment. You may have in mind that you want to create a certain type of page or design before you start, but allow yourself to spread your wings along the way. You may change your mind, or want to try a different combination of papers or colors. Go for it! Remember, you can always toss the whole thing and start again!
4. Don’t buy the whole store. The “toys” we scrapbookers get to play with are so tempting that we can want to grab one of everything in sight! But trust me, all these products will overwhelm, rather than inspire, you. Start small, make good use of the things you do purchase, and then add something new. Just as a new cook doesn’t need every spice on the supermarket shelf, you don’t need every color of brad, glitter, and colored marker.
5. Enjoy the process. This is probably my most important “rule.” If you enjoy the process, nothing else really matters all that much. And if you don’t enjoy the process, it doesn’t really matter that you’ve created lovely pages if you did so grudgingly or full of stress. If you start to feel anxious or worry about making a “mistake,” take a deep breath and remind yourself: This is supposed to be fun!
For more creative simple scrapbooking ideas and inspiration, visit Lain Ehmann’s scrapbook blog at http://www.layoutaday.com. Through scrapbooking videos, tutorials, projects and inspiration, Lain helps her readers make their scrapbooking fun, fast and fabulous!