3 Savvy Tips for Swift Scrapping

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Are you a slow scrapper or a fast scrapper?

In my latest poll in Community, a majority of members told me that “I’m too slow” was their biggest scrapbooking struggle.

Maybe I can help with that!

Here are the top three things I’ve discovered help me finish a scrapbook page faster.


3 Savvy Tips for Swift Scrapping


TIP #1 — Choose ONE journaling font and stick with it.

One of the reasons you and I are toooo slow is because we have too much STUFF. Too much stuff translates to too many choices. And, too many choices translates to more time trying to choose “just the right one” of something.

That Was Then, This Is Now

For example, I used to spend too much time on choosing “just the right journaling font” for my scrapbook pages. Then, I stopped—cold turkey. I now limit myself to ONE journaling font for ALL my scrapbook pages. Taking out that one lengthy decision has saved me loads of time.


My Advice: Choose a print handwriting font similar to your handwriting and use it for all your journaling. This not only saves you time, but it brings unity to your scrapbook pages.


TIP #2 — Use the KISS method for scrapping.

When used as an acronym, KISS stands for Keep It Stupid Simple. (You can also switch the S words.) But what that translates to is, don’t overcomplicate things!

Take the 4 Element Challenge

There is no rule that says you have to put a bunch of elements on your scrapbook page in order for it to look great. Keep it simple and save time by limiting yourself to 4 elements per scrapbook page.


Cluster Credits: Bless This Mess by Tami Miller

My Advice: Challenge yourself to stick to 4 elements on a page. I regularly do this. Trust me. It will save you TONS of time and your pages will still look great.


TIP #3 — Use a basic template as your starting point.

Many people feel like they spend too much time deciding how to start a scrapbook page. I am one of those people. I get it.

My Advice: Train yourself to use templates — simple ones that will work with any kit and any photos. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel with every page you create.

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4 Responses

  1. Nanci+Radford
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    GUILTY!!!!!!! I think I take a long time because I want the pages to reflex “me”! I need to get over that mantra and take your advice Jen. I have SO MANY templates and I hardly ever use them. I resolve to use a template on my next LO! Thanks for advice and motivation!

  2. Jane Rodgers
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    I have NEVER really used templates because, I’m embarrassed to say, I don’t really know how to use them so I just do every single LO from scratch. I see other people using templates and am always amazed how 10 people can get a totally different look from the same template. I bet becoming template savvy would increase my productivity.

  3. Joan Storm
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    Love these three tips, plus your advice on each one, especially the KISS acronym!! And the header is a beautiful eye-catcher. Would you believe I have saved all of the DS news headers since 2013. Thanks to all of my training at DS, I could edit and repurpose them for a weekly prayer list to our Bible Study Class. I gave credits a few times just to let the prayer partners know the designers. They are very handy to have in my stash of millions. Sent from my iPhone 😊

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      You are so clever, Joan!
      I remember creating those newsletter headers back in the days of Premier. It was a fun and creative outlet. I’m glad you were able to reuse them. 😀

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