So I have a confession to make. After creating layout after layout of summer photos this week, I started to find myself falling into a creative rut. (Can you relate?!) Needing to mix things up a bit, I quickly changed direction and decided to create a couple of mini books to spark my creativity. And, thank goodness, it worked!
This was one of the easiest mini albums to create for a few key reasons:
1 I 1. I didn’t have any photos to print! (By the way, it’s perfectly okay to scrapbook without photos!) Here I simply wanted to document a few of our 2009 summer favorites (songs, books, tv shows, movies, etc.), and I was able to do that without the photos.
2. 2. The journaling was quick and easy to complete. Over dinner I simply asked my family questions such as, “What are some of your favorite songs from this summer?” or “What’s been your favorite book this summer?”. I literally took their answers, word for word, plugged them into a text box and printed. Seriously, it was that easy.
3. 3. I used the same design scheme throughout the book. Not only did this strategy save me time and creative brainpower, but it gave the whole mini book a more unified look.
4. 4. I used a coordinated line of patterned paper. Here’s the deal. This industry is filled with talented designers and manufacturers who spend their time designing awesome products that are meant to go together. The manufacturers basically take care of the creative guesswork so that we scrapbookers can spend more time doing what we love--scrapbooking!
Here’s another mini I created in about the same amount of time.
(So sorry for the crazy glare!)
With the exception of gathering and cropping my photos, I utilized similar strategies to create this mini. And instead of giving a play by play of the event (a visit to Yankees Monument Park), I included some fun Yankees trivia for an interesting journaling twist. Quick, easy and totally fun!
Now for this week’s challenge!
Create a layout, spread or mini book that celebrates summer.
Easy right? Simply upload your layout, spread or mini to our write.click.scrapbook Flickr group and then link it back here in the comments section of this post. On Saturday I’ll share all of your designs right here on the blog, AND pick a random winner to win this special Little Yellow Bicycle prize package from me!
I’ll be back on Friday (Don't forget--tomorrow is Giveaway Day!) with one more strategy for scrapbooking your summer photos.
Until then, do me a favor and enjoy your favorite summer treat. Mine's a soft serve vanilla ice cream cone with rainbow sprinkles. What’s yours?