Does anyone have trouble starting the first page of a scrapbook? It's so frustrating any suggestions????

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Carol - posted on 06/01/2012

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I also attack my scrapbooking in various ways! (disclosure: I'm a Stampin' Up! demonstrator)



- I scrapbook chronologically (although I will probably never catch up) and those pages go into the book in order as I do them; the cover pages get created at some logical breaking point (or when the book is too full!)

- I also scrap the fun stuff that is happening NOW since it is great to do while it is still fresh in my head. So, I have a book of miscellaneous pages... with NO cover page, LOL!

- an event (vacation, party, graduation) can be a stand-alone book to me, so I may start with a simple cover page and add to it as the book develops. I did that with my Utah vacation and posted about it on my blog:

1) original simple title page:

http://carolgpapercrafts.com/2011/07/11/...

2) updated title page:

http://carolgpapercrafts.com/2011/07/12/...

Suzie - posted on 05/07/2012

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I agree, I found scrapping in order too overwhelming. I have lots of books and add to them as I can. I consider most of them a work in progress. The only exceptions are books that were special events or projects.

Suzie - posted on 05/07/2012

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I used to get hung up with wanting it to look like a designer page. I wanted it to be special and look WONDERFUL. I had to remind myself that what is special is that we are actually creating an account of our families or child's activities. Forty or fifty years from now no one will say, " I can't believe she used that medium or why didn't she hand write this journaling." It will be wonderful for your children to see how you loved and honored them by making sure that moments of their lives will be remembered.



Once the idea of perfection is out of the way, the key is to organize, organize, organize. I use iPhoto to organize my photos by event and date. I keep a journal next my bed to write down ideas, events for scrapping. Now, I put them on my phone or iPad and use this notebook if needed. I also draw a layout occasionally too and include these in my layout folders. Next, when I find the time, I organize printed photos, paper and embellishments by layout. I think it's Cropper Hopper that has these layout folders that are great. When I buy things for a specific layout I put them in a layout folder if it's created or create a new one if available. If I don't have one I have a larger folder for embellishments organized by seasons, holidays, etc. I also keep my paper organized this way. Being able to pick a layout that has paper, embellishments, pictures, and some journaling already to go makes completing layouts so much easier to get them finished. I try to focus more one one layout at a time instead of by scrapbook. If it's for a special occasion gift this doesn't work, but for most of what I do it does. I also scrap out of order, going in chronological order was just too overwhelming for me. This way I can choose to do my son's Athletics Scrapbook, our Vacation Book, or his School Scrapbook. This school scrapbook is the one I try to keep most up to-date. Sometimes, I get behind and it's gets overwhelming but having some layouts already to go helps motivate me to get back in the swing of things. Right now I am way behind because of time...work and life. It also seems I'm less motivated now that my son is getting older. I already feel motivated to get back at it by writing this to you. Thanks! Good Luck, I hope this helps!

Virginia - posted on 05/04/2012

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Honestly, I usually do my first page last. This way the scrapbook has kind of taken on it's full potential and I use my first page (title page if you will) as a summary/introduction. :-)

Kathy - posted on 05/03/2012

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I have often googled "scrapbooking layouts",some great ideas but you have to take time to look through them.

Lynne` - posted on 04/03/2012

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For me, I find that I have to first decide what I want to say with the scrapbook. Is it for a specific event or a specific person? If so, I would start at the beginning. Think about why this is important for you to scrap book and highlight that purpose. Hope this helps.

Mary Lou - posted on 03/19/2012

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I don't scrapbook in order. Sometimes, years later I'm putting a book together with all the pages that I have completed. I feel that sometimes when I work on just one topic, for instance a Disney vacation, that all my pages start looking the same. And I don't want that. So I don't look at it as the first page of a scrapbook, rather just a layout. I worry about which order I put that layout in my book later. I always use magazines as my inspiration.

**Jackie** - posted on 03/04/2012

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I gathered a bunch of brochures and little things like coasters and napkins with logos. I made a scrapbook of my daughter's first vacation I wanted everyone to know where we went and get a feel for the atmosphere. So the first page was a cluster of cute words like "Sunshine, fun in the sun" etc. and then the rest of the pages were pictures of the trip.

Timna - posted on 03/04/2012

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I group everything that I am going to scrapbook together. then I just start working on pages. after I am finished with the group of picture/stuff, I then decided which page I want to go first and so forth. Then I will put them in the page protectors and a book. For me it is easier to decided what is the first page after I have done the group. Good Luck.

Melissa - posted on 03/02/2012

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I have trouble with starting most pages. I just lay out everything I want to use and stare at it. Eventually start placing things(temporarily) and moving things around a million times till I "feel" it. As far as a whole scrapbook I usually just need a theme. Like holidays, sons first year, the gammie book, daddy and me, etc.

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