If you have seen the latest issue of Jot – number four, already, you might have spotted my plan for some quick scrapbooking.
I call it Twenty Twenty scrapbooking : take twenty minutes and see how far it gets you with a page, take another twenty and add some more, twenty again and – that’s a completed layout. You’ll find one example, with pictures of my three steps, in Jot; but I have another one right here to give you the idea…
So, what can you do in twenty minutes?
- Choose a neutral looking background paper: neutral, but with a bit of interest and texture to it, so that if I don’t have time to add much more, my page will have interest. A pale cardstock background would demand a bit more work.
- Take careful note of the coordinating strip at the bottom of that piece of patterned paper because, even if you don’t use it, it can offer you some colour choices already picked out for you.
- Pick two photos and a piece of patterned paper, all the same size
- Cut a title with my Slice cutter (using a colour taken from that coordinating strip) and add some little letter stickers
- Grab a “staple” – something which gives it my look, which I always have on my desk and I don’t have to think too hard about how to use. I like to use doilies, so that’s what I chose and I used it to ground the patterned paper and draw the eye across and right over to the right hand side of my page
- Quickly cut a freehand strip of paper to go along the top and show your eye where to start.
So, in twenty minutes that’s your main decisions about colour and mood taken. Now you have a page you can keep working on, or put aside to come back to. It isn’t going to take too much more work to add a lot more interest.
How about another twenty minutes?
Set the clock: twenty more and I can:
- Think about adding some journaling and find a pocket to hold it. Even If I don’t add much else, this still means that I have my story down.
- Always looking for clues in the photos to pull together shapes, colours and patterns (it’s faster that way!), I decide I like the little letter stickers, but that they were too small, so I cover them up with the pocket and choose something else. I don’t change things like this very often, but just because I’m trying to work quickly, doesn’t mean that I’m going to stick with something that just doesn’t look right.
- Add some quick, hand cut layers under the photos to lift them up and add dimension. I know that the first mat is ripped, but I so wanted to use the scraps of that paper, that I plan to cover up the tears in my final twenty minutes.
And the final twenty minutes..
So I set the clock again and I:
- Think about adding polish. This is where I use my time to put my personality on my page.
- I take a step backwards, look at the layout from a distance and see it as everyone else will.
- That makes me want to add some enamel dots for colour and balance, and some quick stamping, to inject a touch of grounding black. Remember you don’t have to reinvent the wheel: use the tricks you know and love and save the complicated stuff for a longer scrapbooking session.
- A little bit of lace and finally a couple of extra layers in those frames, and I’m done.
And that’s my page in an hour. Twenty, twenty and another twenty and I have a page I’d be happy to put in my album. Is there more i could do if I took more time? Maybe, I love to emebellish so I’m sure I could find more to add, but it doesn’t need it. I have the pictures, the story and I had fun sticking down the embellishments I love to use the most. That’s my kind of scrapbooking. Now, what can you make if you set your clock? Think about it – you could make one page in an hour, or you could take three pages to that first stage, or you could get two pages each half finished. The choice is yours…
Sian Fair – Contributing Writer for Jot Magazine
From High In The Sky blogger and Sunday Storytelling creator, Sian Fair lives in the UK with her husband, teenage son and daughter. “I was born in the city, brought up in the country and now I seek out the sea whenever I’m able,” Sian says. Her blog is filled with scrapbooking, sewing and her stories are sometimes nostalgic and usually light hearted.