by Lain Ehmann
Ah, the new year! A time of new beginnings. New calendars. And new photos to scrapbook!
What?! You say youâ€™ve lost your scrapping mojo? Well, we canâ€™t have that!
Donâ€™t worry.. Even the most dedicated of scrapbookers run into a little funk every now and then. And coming off the holiday season, itâ€™s natural to feel like crawling back under the covers instead of tackling that new pile of photos that just arrived on your doorstep. While crafting slumps are common, there are some ways to get you back in the swing of things sooner rather than later. Here are five of my top tips for re-energizing your scrapbooking:
- Give yourself a break. Itâ€™s okay to not scrap if you really donâ€™t feel like it. Take a few days off, and then return to your photos. The world wonâ€™t stop turning if you take some time to recover from the holidays.
- Go for your favorites. Pick your favorite photos, favorite products, favorite memories to scrapbook. Even if you are a chronological scrapbooker who would rather poke herself in the eye with a paper piercer than scrapbook out of order, you can still go to the pictures and products that pull you the most.
- Buy something new. Shopping always gets me in the urge to scrap! If your wallet is a tad empty after the holidays (and whose isnâ€™t?) you can host a swap with a friend or dig deep in your stash to find â€œnewâ€ goodies.
- Try something new. A new technique can give you a lift, or even trying a different treatment or action on your photos in Photoshop Elements. Mix it up a little bit to get the blood flowing.
- Take a class. Getting together with a group of scrappy friends â€“ online or in person â€“ is a surefire way to reignite your love of scrapbooking. Of course, I recommend Layout a Day in February for a real treat!
Whatever you decide to do, remember that scrapbooking is something you should enjoy, not a chore you force upon yourself. Find ways to make scrapbooking enjoyable for you â€“ even if it means setting down the adhesive for a while. Youâ€™ll come back. They always do.Â 🙂
Lain Ehmann provides simple scrapbook solutions for memory keepers through her online classes, blog, videos, and podcast. Learn more at layoutaday.com