Pocket Scrapbooking: Just begin.

I feel like scrapbooking is making a comeback – and not just for me personally. I’ve been getting WAY more requests for projects and ideas as well as videos on scrapbook layouts so I will be sure to share more here on my blog. I have some recent blog posts about it in fact, including one a few weeks ago about Gossamer Blue kits. I’m going to use Gossamer Blue stamps + products in today’s layout that took 5-10 minutes total. Slowed down only because I took photos and documented the steps. The key to ANY size shape or format of scrapbooking quicky and easily is this:

Have fun, keep it simple, and run with the first idea you get that you like.

It really is that easy friends. Don’t make it harder than it needs to be – just have fun with it.

One thing I hear a lot “well I don’t have stuff that matches…” guess what? That’s ok too. I worked with a mix of Pink Paislee, Crate Paper, Gossamer Blue, and random basics on this page because I liked various elements and just went for it. Will it win me awards? Will it go down in history as my best yet? Probably not – but it got me scrapbooking and it got me working and feeling great about the use of my time I could have easily used surfing random social media sites.

Where do you get started on scrapbooking? That I can’t answer. But I would recommend picking a subject. Pick an album size. And keep it simple. I’ve got a new YouTube video all about this subject. If you want even more? I’d recommend my Picture This class going on now.

The basics I speak of in the video and recommend in general are listed and some are also linked (affiliate links used) below to Scrapbook.com:

Micron Pens
Kraft Cardstock
Simple Stories Albums
American Crafts/Project Life albums
Stickers (alphabet – 1/2″ and 1″ approximate in a neutral color or two)
My favorite tape runner

There is a lot to learn about scrapbooking and memory keeping always – after 31 years I’m still learning, growing, and getting new ideas. The main thing I’ve learned is this. The one and ONLY time during those years I was unhappy scrapbooking was when I tried forcing ideas that were “right” or “in style” instead of what I simply enjoyed.

These days I do a wide mix – it’s a lot of pocket pages at the moment for SPEED and “break-down-ability”. What do I mean by that? I mean that I can walk up and work for 1 minute or 100 minutes. I mean I can break it way down into organizing pages or just a single pocket. I can truly make progress on even the busiest of weeks.

I am really inspired by the kits Gossamer Blue creates and I will be sharing more about those, as well as a wide variety of scrapbook pages and styles from time to time. If you have any requests or questions – let me know! Love to try and incorporate things you’d like to see. Have a great weekend!

6 thoughts on “Pocket Scrapbooking: Just begin.”

  1. Although I dabble in many papercrafts, Scrapbooking is still my favourite. #longmayitlive

  2. I think people get caught up in the “make it pretty” and lose sight of the fact that it’s about capturing the memories. A photo, a little writing, and you’re done. You can fuss with decorating pages after the photos are all in the book.

  3. Thank you for sharing your process and giving some advice on getting started for a new scrapbooker!

  4. Great post – thanks May. YOur “Vacation Scrapbooking” class is one of my faves! Loved having a look through that album!

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