Welcome to the last day of Making it Easy! I know reading these posts and thinking about your process hasn't been so easy for the last few days but trust me, spending this time now will save you so much time and energy later that it's totally worth it. Paying attention and putting some processes in place will make the actual scrapbooking process more fun and much easier!
I wanted to end this week with a list of ideas on what you could do if you have 15-minutes of free time. Fifteen minutes feels like such a small amount of time that we often don't even bother to work on scrapbooking. But there's actually a long list of things you can do in just fifteen minutes.
And sometimes, you might have a longer period of free time but you don't feel creative at all. Even during those times you can do things that will help you create scrapbooking pages. So here are a list of ideas from me and the write.click.scrapbook team to help use those precious minutes.
- Edit photos
- Organize photos according to stories
- I browse my photo files to find the photos I want to use to tell my story
- Print some pictures
- I generally take out my photos, lay them on the page and think of a title
- Jot down some ideas/themes for my journaling
- Brainstorm to create a list of stories i want to tell
- Do a quick blog post
- Digital: if I have 15 minutes I will throw together a page template based on something I've sketched or an idea for a page.
- Sketch an idea for a layout.
- I might pick my letters for the title. or just a few papers that match my photos
- Glue some supplies down just to start the juices flowing
- Pull out some recent items I purchased and look for ideas with them
- Tear, mist or stamping something onto something else. It's sort of a "free-creative" process that tend to warm up my mojo plus I often end up using whatever it is that I put together either on a page or on a card.
- Sort through a supply drawer or two and put together a little page kit. (Then I pair it with photos—either the actual pictures if I have them, or a sticky note to remind me which photos I meant to use with that kit.)
- Choose my paper, embellishments and letter stickers so I'm ready to go next time
- Cleanup my space
- Dump out some items in my favorites bucket and put new ones
- I tend to go through my scraps or just fiddle around in my stash.
- Organize my supplies. I like to see what I haven't used in a while, or to find things that perhaps I meant to use for a story or layout and never did. I'll pull out those items and then make a quick note of photos or story ideas that I think would work well with those supplies.
- Browse layout galleries
- Browse pinterest
- Look at tumblr for some layouts others saved
- I'll look through my collection of quotations for a quote I might like to use. (www.thinkexist.com and www.quotegarden.com are also good spots for quotes.)
- Print out my inspiration from the computer
- Go through my idea binder
- Flip through a magazine
- I have a cork board of my desk and I will pin the paper there for the next time I am sitting down to scrap.
- Pin new ideas on Pinterest
[I find pinterest to be an endless source of inspiration. You can find write.click.scrapbook boards right here.]
As you can see there's a long list of things you can do in 15 minutes regardless of whether you're inspired or not. I would love for you to leave comments with more ideas and then I will add them all here and we can all bookmark it so next time we have 15 minutes free, we can use this huge list of possible ideas on how to spend that time effectively.
Thank you so much for joining me this week and I hope that at least some of the information was useful to you. And I wanted to extend a huge thanks to the whole write.click.scrapbook. team; without their support, help and ideas this week would have been impossible.