Hey Scrapbookers! It's Katie Scott.
I'm excited to start fresh with my scrapbooking in 2016. I had a challenging 2015 and didn't get to do much scrapbooking over the fall, so the supplies out on my scrapbooking desk seem stale and uninviting. Here's what I did to clear my desk and make a DIY scrapbook kit to set myself up for more inspired scrapbooking in 2016 - give it a try and see if it helps you to feel ready to scrapbook:
1. Clear Your Scrapbooking Table: I cleared off my desk completely and put a new paper liner on it. By taking everything off of my desk, I have a fresh slate and I will only put things back on the desk that I know I really want there. Even if my desk doesn't look like this again in 2016, it feels good to have it cleared off right now.
2. Put Your Completed Layouts in Albums: I keep a stack of completed layouts - it was long overdue for me to put them in page protectors and put them into albums. While this process isn't always my favorite part of scrapbooking, it does allow me to take stock of what I have done and seeing all those completed layouts is inspiring. The video link below includes a review of the layouts that I put away in to the albums on my Ikea shelves.
3. Put Away Any Supplies That Are Out: I find it useful to keep some things out that I use over and over for scrapbooking - like paper trimmers, adhesive, scissors, and basic tools. But I seem to accumulate a stack of stuff - like papers, letter stickers and embellishments - that don't seem to get put away; taking time to put these items away helps to completely clear the decks. Even if you don't organize all of your supplies - try to pick one category of items, like dimensional embellishments and wood veneers, and get them into order.
4. Make a DIY Scrapbook Kit: I like to use an embellishment pack or a piece of patterned paper as my inspiration for creating a scrapbooking kit from my stash. I try to pick supplies that are the newest to me an mix in some older product to help me feel excited and productive. Then I make some scrapbook pages!
I made a video of my clearing the decks scrapbook process which includes a review of a big stack of layouts I completed in 2015:
I hope that you will give this clearing the decks and creating a kit process a try - if you do make a kit, please leave us a comment with a link to a photo of you kit - I would love to see it!
:) Katie Scott.