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Tips to Save Time

Scrapbooking is a great hobby, but some scrapbookers feel that it takes a lot of time. Or that it takes a lot of space or costs a lot of money. These ideas should be considered myths.

Letís talk about that first myth Ė that scrapbooking takes a lot of time. Where does the time go? Scrapper Sally sits down with 2 hours to work and suddenly time is up and she looks at one layout or maybe she didnít even finish one! Sound familiar?

There are several places where Sally may have gone wrong. Was her time spent in finding tools or photos? Was it spent planning and trying to figure out what to do? Or, was it a completely different distraction all together?

Here are some tool and organizing tips.

1. Take a short time and gather your most important tools, such as the cutter, the adhesive, ink, a few go-to stamps and a few favorite embellishments. Put them in a special bag. That bag can be an on-the-go kit as well as the starting place when working at home.

2. More organization can also be helpful, but many people may get stuck on organizing. Donít get stuck! If things are really a mess, take one short session and start with sorting. Get the paper with the paper and the stamps with the stamps. Make large categories. Put items in a container Ė it doesnít have to be fancy, a bag or plastic container, use what you have. The goal here is speed and completed layouts, not creating a complicated organizational system.

Here are some planning tips.

3. If the photos arenít printed, scrapbook without them. It sounds radical, doesnít it? It is possible. Grab a sketch or how-to book and add the fabulous paper and embellishments. Add the photos later. Many scrappers do this with journaling. Who says it canít be done with the photos?

4. Having trouble figuring out what to do is really a tough spot for many scrapbookers. One of the best part of scrapbooking is sharing. Sharing ideas and sharing step-by-step projects is standard. There are many books and magazines available with ideas.

Here are some distraction tips.

5. Sometimes as a busy person, the scrapper has to work to schedule in time to scrap. But what if that is done and itís still all about the distractions? First, it is important to schedule time to complete projects. Put it on the calendar. That helps with many distractions.

6. If thatís not enough, try going to a crop. Itís a space away from family or home distractions. Itís space with other like minded people. Turn off the phone for just a little while or just screen calls.

These are just simple tips. If Scrapper Sallyís situation at the beginning of the article sounds familiar, try one and see how it can help to get things done. Step out of the box, that same old, same old and try something different, even if itís not how itís been done. That is what will make a change (and quite possibly, an improvement!)

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