Have you ever noticed that I don't post pictures of MY layouts? Believe me, it's not because I'm worried about intimidating you with my award-winning paper crafting style 🙂
I love to scrapbook. I love looking at & admiring my layouts once they are complete. But … let's just say I'll never be on a design team 😉 Don't get me wrong, I love my layouts … they are right for ME. They just aren't what's "in" these days.
I'm a "10 photos on a layout" type gal rather than the 1-2 photos gal. I usually scrap double pages, versus single. I am the dreaded chronological scrapper who scraps mostly events … which means that I need those 5-10 pictures to be in a certain order on the page, versus placed at random.
When you add all of those factors into the mix, I struggle! I struggle with how to use embellishments & patterned paper without making the layout too "busy" with all of the pictures on it. I struggle with making the photos, papers and embellishments appear balanced. I struggle with figuring out how to make a "visual triangle" and how to use odd numbers of embellishments all while keeping my photos easy to see and in order.
I spend a painfully long time moving the same things around & around on my page. I try multiple swatches of patterned papers cut in lots of different sizes before finally stumbling upon the right formula to balance the layout.
When all is said and done, I don't think I've EVER completed a 2-page layout in less than 90 minutes, and it's not unusual to spend 4 hours on one. Hey, the good news is that I don't spend as much money on paper crafting supplies because it takes me so long to use them up! The bad news, of course, is that I sure wish I could get more layouts completed and faster.
I've tried almost everything. I've pulled out pictures from magazines to "scraplift", but I've never been able to get that to work for me. I've created "page kits" and tried to pack less stuff so I have fewer choices. I've tried the "just stick it down" method. Nope. Nada.
After hearing about "sketches" for quite a while now, I thought I might give those a whirl to see if they will help me move things along. Over on the Two Peas Messageboard, I've been reading rave reviews about the Allison Davis & Debbie Sanders sketches from Scrapbook Generation. I contacted Scrapbook Generation, and they generously sent me a few of her sketch books to try & review at PaperCrafter's Corner.
I'm thinking that I might need some help trying this new solution to my problem. So come back for Part II (coming soon) and we'll get started on a layout together, using a sketch as a guide. Won't this be fun?