Wednesday, July 30, 2008


I thought today I'd take a
little time to respond to some of the comments about your biggest
scrapbooking challenges.  These are just my opinions.  Please
feel free to add additional just never know who they'll

Here are the biggest issues:

1.  Time 
It's an issue for me.  It's an issue for you.  I know that
many people think that I have the best job in the world because I get to
scrapbook all day.  While I do have the best job in the
world I promise you I do not scrapbook all day.  If I could give
you more time, I would.  That's why I schedule All Day Crops. 
Midnight Madness's.  Saturday Crops.  Mom & Me
Crops.  Classes.  It boils down to making the time to do the
things you want to do.  I know.  I'm crazy.  How could I
say that?  But it's true.  Make an appointment with yourself
to scrapbook, even if it's only once a month.  And keep it. 
It'll be hard to do the first time.   It will get easier,
promise!  And it's fun!

Another time saver is to
"scrap lift".  It's when you copy pages that other people have made
from idea books, magazines, your neighbor.  And there's a
fantastic new book at the store to help you do just that.  It
actually breaks it down for you so you can convert someone else's layout
into your own.

It's only $20.  And the author is coming to do a book signing the last weekend in October. 

2.  Perfectionism This
is hard for me.  I'm Type A.  Everything needs to be
perfect.  But sometime in the past year I've let that go a bit
(with the help of Ali Edwards Life Artist book....phenomenal, truly).
  I let myself create. I let go of the perfectionism in my
pages, because honestly, I'd never get anything done.  And I NEVER
re-do pages.  What's done is done.  And I have done some
seriously bad pages.  But the next ones will be better. 

3.  Journaling  The number one complaint I
hear everyday.  That & "I hate my handwriting".  Here's
the deal.  We scrapbook to tell our stories.  I tell people to
write like the person reading it doesn't know them.  Not just
"Kirsten & Don on July 4th".  Try to describe an event.  A
feeling.  How you felt.  It's hard, I know.  It can be
brief.  It can be long.  Doesn't matter.  What's
important is to tell your story.  And to write like you talk. 
Don't worry about grammar.  Just write what you feel & move
on.  And on the handwriting you ever look at old family
scrapbooks & go "look how bad her writing was!"  No, you
don't.  You look at it as a cherished element of that
scrapbook.  So look at yours that way.  Your handwriting is
just as much a part of you as the color of your eyes. 

4.  Patience  My family would tell you
that I did not inherit a patience gene.  I want it done & I
want it done now.  I think that's why I LOVE mini books so
much.  I can get my photos in & done in just a few hours &
move on to the next project.  I think it helps, too, to break it
down into manageable chunks.  And  it helps to define your
goals.  Are you trying to scrapbook chronologically? Then that is
an ongoing project.  Are you going to scrapbook your trip to
Hawaii?  Then make a smaller, 8x8 album & keep the paper &
embellishments simple.  This is something we can definately help
you with. 

5.  Overwhelmed with Photos  When I started my scrapbook project  last
I decided I was just going to get my pictures in albums.  30 +
photo boxes later, all of my photos are in albums.  It took a
I'm not kidding.  But I only worked on it here there.  But
here's what
it did for me:  with all my photos in albums, I now can scrapbook
photos I love.  I got rid of the silly notion that I had to
every photo I take (if you read this blog you know I can take 100
photos in a day).  So I scrapbook the photos I love, slide them
page protectors & slip them into my 3 ring binder albums next to
the other photos that's I've slid into photo sleeves.  So instead
having 20 photos of Kendall's last day of school to scrapbook, I
scrapbooked 2 of my favorites and the other 18 are right there next to
it.  I no longer feel the least bit of guilt that I keep tons
of photos.  I just can't part with them.  Even the bad
ones...but that's for another day.  One of my scrapbooks is at the
store if you'd like
to see it & here's another link to the follow up post about the project.

6.  Getting Started  A class or a crop is a
great way to get started!  Sometimes I find inspiration just
walking around looking at other peoples pages.  Here's what I
do:  I pull out 3-6 photos I know I want to scrapbook.  I grab
2 or 3 printed papers & 2 pieces of cardstock.  Lately I've
been doing single page 12x12 layouts...much easier for me right
now.  I layout my photos how I think they want to be, trim them
& use chunks of the printed papers to figure out a layout. 
Once I'm happy, I glue it all down, journal & move on.  When
you get stuck, idea books are your friend.  And we're a great
resource as well.  Why?  Because it's harder to scrapbook your
own photos than someone else's.  We don't have any attachment to
them & can look at them from a different perspective.  Grab a
pack of photos & bring them in.  We're here to help.

7.  Unfinished Pages
Someone posted that they have a pile of unfinished pages waiting for
that perfect element.  My thought is that you should set aside some
time & finish those pages & put them in your albums & move
on.  Use the die cut machine or punches at the store to punch out a
shape or title.  Paper is cheap.  My tools are free to
use.  Use an extra photo cut creatively, download an image from the
internet, but get them done.  You'll feel so much better! 
Embellishments are good, don't get me wrong, but you can make perfectly
spectacular pages without them. 

Wow!  That went on a
long time, sorry for that!  I am passionate about
scrapbooking.  I am here to help you with your questions, concerns
& page dilemmas.  So is my staff.  Between one of us we
can help you solve your issues (scrapbook, issues that is).  Don't
ever feel that you can't ask.  I encourage you to bring your photos
with you to match paper & embellishments, that way you won't have
tons of excess supplies.  And please, ask for help if you're
stuck.  Don't give up!

With all that said, I'm off to buy more stuff for the's a happy photo to leave you with...have a great day!

That's my brother, Dave, & AJ. 


  1. Oh, that's a cool picture - so colorful!
    Thanks for all the scrapbooking encouragement!

  2. so very well said kirsten! i agree 100% with all of your ideas and
    suggestions. i have also managed to let go of the perfectionism and some
    of the other issues you have mentioned. i get through pages much faster
    and really try to enjoy the process rather than just the finished
    product. it is therapy!

  3. That was good. I needed to hear all of that. I also loved Rachel's
    blog. The time is my biggest and then the journaling. I have such a
    mess and no time so I often don't get it the way I'd like but I do get
    somethings done from time to time. I often get stuck with the question:
    "Why am I doing this?" I have boys, will they care? I do it for me!
    but I really don't even have room for the books once they are done. Nor
    the time to look at them or wall space for pages to hang. It gets me
    depressed. I keep my creativity of the scapbooking to myself and that
    seems sad. I really like to Scapbook. I have piles of things that I
    keep for just the right occasion. Time is the biggest obstacle and then
    the question WHY?

  4. I had dreams about the water in that photo. Thank you. Great SHOT.
    "Great Color" is right on.