Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How to Create Fast and Beautiful Scrapbook Pages by Jodi Wilton

Jodi Wilton is up today with some handy tips featuring our September Main Kit!


Hi everyone!  Jodi here today to share with some tips on "How to Create FAST & BEAUTIFUL Scrapbook Pages".  This is kind of a different tutorial for me, but I thought it was something that some of you might be interested in!

When I first started scrapbooking, it took me forever to scrapbook a page... literally HOURS.  I loved this hobby, and wanted the perfect pages.  Then I got the best advice! There are no mistakes in scrapbooking, and that is when I started to cut, commit, and glue! I wanted to get done as many as I could in a short period of time.  Today, it takes me 30 minutes and no more than 1 hour to complete a page. Today I would like to take you through the process.  (I used the MAIN KIT to create all my examples and each page was made in less than 30 minutes)!


#1:  USE A KIT!  One of my favorite things about this kit club is it does the hard work for you! It has ample of matching paper and embellishments, flowers, etc... that all match perfectly! All you need is the kit and you are off to a great start!  If I have used the majority of the kit,  I will shop in my scrapbook room and put a kit together with my own supplies.

#2  INSPIRATION:  I draw inspiration from a number of sources. Sometimes it is from a piece of paper in a kit, sometimes its from a certain embellishment.  For my example below, I loved the word  TOGETHER, and knew I wanted to document my daughter and one of her best friends relationship growing up together.  From the photo, I then picked out the papers I would use.

Other ways I get inspiration to create are from photos and I sometimes like to to draw inspiration from a new technique I might want to try! For this layout I really wanted to incorporate the 1,2,3,4,5 Gold paper pieces:

#3 Get Cutting!  Once the inspiration is there, I pick a few patterned pieces of paper, and yes I just start cutting!  Sometime I might head to pinterest to gather up some "neat" photo placements, but most of the time I just start cutting.  I continue to add strips of paper with V cuts in them if I find there isn't enough patterned paper. I have always seen people Hum and Ha about where to put things, but I think the layout always comes together once the embellishments are on.

#4 Embellishing!  Anyone who knows me, knows I am one that LOVES to embellish. I try to use A LOT without taking away from the photo! The good thing about kits, is that they all match, and they all go together! Put on as many or as little as you want!  I love to "pop" up my embellishments and LAYER on top of embellishments too! Sometimes I cut stickers down to work on the layout.  The layout below was the LAST layout I made from the kit. I simply used strips of paper that I had left and then went to town on the embellishments. I layered on top of many embellishments:

#5 Journaling: Yes I hate to journal. I usually leave it to last, but I know it tells the story in the end. I use to type up a lot of my journaling, but now to save on time, I bring out my marker! If I have a "big" story to tell, I will type it up, or I might type it up and put it on the back of my layout too.

Thanks for letting me share today! I hope this Tips and Techniques post can help you get a little more speedy on creating, without losing the "wow" factor! 


You can see more of Jodi's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

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