Have you ever come across a scrapbook layout or any design that you think it’s crazy simple but it looks so appealing to the eye that you wish you were able to pull it off with your memory keeping craft?
Simple is good. That’s my mantra for scrapbooking for about a couple of years not only because I love the look of minimal layouts but also because it’s practically appealing to me. I simply don’t have the time to make crazy complex layouts with lots of embellishment clusters and lots of “smart” but time consuming design choices. I just want to record my memories and keep them in the pretties way possible for me.
Pocket scrapbooking minimizes the time I spend on a scrapbook layout but having a simple or minimalist style makes it even easier to come up with an eye catching layout and finish off one another page in my album in no time. So in this week’s article I chose to show you how I put together a really simple but beautiful pocket layout in under five minutes. Here we go!
Overcome decision fatigue
You know the drill; you start browsing digital scrapbook stores and open a new tab for each and every collection you like only to end up with tens of tabs siting in your browser. And worse, you can’t decide on which collection to purchase. Here are my tips for you to choose the best digital scrapbook collection for your layout;
- Choose one collection and one collection only. Yes you heard me right! Rather than trying to mix and match products stick to one scrapbooking collection. This will provide you with all you need from patterns to pocket cards and embellishments to add some interest to your layout. Because the designer did all the decision making for you and color matched every item in that collection, you’ll build your layout in no time.
- Find a collection by season or theme. Is your layout about spring? Browse spring category. Do you want everyday life themed layout? Browse everyday life category rather than going through all the designer stores. Not only this will give you some different ideas about the direction you’ll go with your layout but also you might stumble upon some interesting color combinations you haven’t thought out about yet. Plus, it’ll save you time in finding the perfect collection for your layout.
- Complement your photo’s colors or go analog. You probably heard about the color theory, right? The trick about choosing a color for your layout comes down to two choices; you either complement your photo’s colors or you choose similar hues. In the color wheel we have three primary colors; yellow, blue and red. When you mix these colors you get green, purple, and orange in between them. If you want to have a harmonious and blended effect with your photos, you choose colors from the color wheel that next to each other. This is called analogous. If you want to complement your photo’s colors, you choose opposing colors from the color wheel. For my layout, I mainly have green and brown with a bit of pink and blue in my photos. So I contrasted green with a red patterned paper from the Messy Life collection. And matched all the brown tones in the photos with a tan pocket card from the same collection.
Don’t go crazy with embellishments
If you’re a crafter you gotta love the embellishment! But how much is too much? And how you can cut the clutter out so the important things stand out like your photos and your story. Personally, I love a layout with a few embellishments that will shine through rather than having too much pretty things. Because, when you fill in your layout with all the things you’ve got, there is no room for each of them to stand out. Then it becomes just a clutter.
Go with one pretty thing, and a few subtle embellishment to finish off your layout. If you feel like your layout is not quite right, take one embellishment out of your layout rather than putting in new ones.
In my layout I choose to have only two embellishments. One is an ephemera from Messy Life which I used to write my date on and stapled it onto the patterned paper. And a wood chip star to go right in the middle of the lines on the tan pocket card.
Prepare your photos and journaling beforehand
I can’t emphasize the importance of preparing your photos and journaling right on the date you record your memories. Use a journaling notebook or simply note app in your phone to record your feelings and memories of that day. Reference your photos and collect them under a dated folder in your computer or right in your phone. I personally choose to use Notes app in my iPad to write in my journaling and reference the photos within the app as a thumbnail. When I want to scrapbook, I just pull them into my computer and print them out.
When you just take photos and leave them in your phone, it creates a lot of work for you in the future which leads to procrastination. Once you get used to the idea of noting down your memories and matching them with photos daily or weekly, you’ll love the feeling of having everything organized. And you’ll be able to pull together a layout easily without worrying about finding the photos and without struggling to write journaling about a day that you don’t even remember.
So, I pulled out that date in my Notes app and copy paste the journaling onto my journaling card. Having the card filled with words feels amazing! If I were to leave that card empty with a promise to come back later to type in whatever I can remember from that day, I would have never go back and do that because not remembering the day or not knowing what to write will stress me out. And I’ll simply choose not doing it at all.
And with that said, it’s a wrap of this week’s article! I hope you enjoyed it and learned a few tips to create your minimalist pocket layout in no time.
Once you have a chance to read the article, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic in the comments section below.
What holds you back from trying a simpler and minimal version of scrapbooking? What are your wins and struggles about becoming a minimalist scrapbooker?
Thank you so much for tuning in and I’ll see you next time!