Scrapbooking Ideas to Chase Away Burnout

by Christine Perry

If you’ve been scrapbooking for a while, you know how easy it is to get burnout and lack of motivation to create pages. It seems we still tend to pile up a stack of photos just waiting to be placed in an album, but we haven’t found just the right paper or embellishments yet, or maybe we can’t decide what scrapbooking techniques to use on them. Here are a few ideas to help overcome scrapbooking burnout.

1. A new scrapbooking technique may be just what you need to spark your imagination. Grab some photos and try one out today.

2. Don’t think you have to get through your entire photograph backlog. Just pick one photo today, and showcase it on a page. Just getting started may be just what you need.

3. Organize and clean out your photos. Start going through your photographs and get rid of the blurry or poor quality ones. Your backlog will start shrinking.

4. Go through and organize your scrapbooking supplies. Can you use your materials in a new way? Or can you create new color combinations?

5. Your scrapbooking magazines are a great resource of inspiration. Read one today for review of the latest products and ideas for page layouts.

6. Enroll in a scrapbooking class. The excitement of taking a class can often spark your interest to start scrapbooking again.

7. Plan a scrapbooking crop for your friends. If you don’t want to plan one yourself, attend a crop at your local scrapbooking store.

8. Browsing your local scrapbook or craft store may encourage you to start scrapbooking again. Try buying a scrapbooking kit that has everything you need to make a complete album.

9. Don’t think you have to be perfect. Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be complicated. Allow yourself to make mistakes and make simple pages. Not every page needs to be a work of art.

10. Scale down your scrapbooking supplies. Give away or sell some of your stash and cure supply overload.

11. Don’t try to make an album tonight. Just make one single page layout. One page a night leads to many completed pages over time.

12. Sign up for a scrapbooking challenge. You can find these online in scrapbooking community message boards. Joining the competition and excitement will start your scrapbooking creativity going again.

13. Try digital scrapbooking. Learning how to creative scrapbook albums on your computer can be inspiring.

14. Check out the message boards and galleries at online scrapbooking communities. The excitement of the members and seeing their ideas and pages provides plenty of inspiration.

15. Show off your scrapbooks. When was the last time you pulled out your scrapbooks when family comes to visit or let your children read through your albums? When you see all the pages you have designed, you just may be motivated to create some more.

Try just a few of these ideas, and chase away your scrapbooking burnout today.

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