Get your Mojo back!
5 tips to get inspired and back to scrapbooking!
Hello everyone! I’m Melanie aka melrio on most community forums/galleries bringing you all my tips on getting layouts/pages completed.
Lately, our families lives have been busy and, at times, very hectic. Most recently, we said Goodbye to a beautiful and endearing woman that my husband called Mom and although it hurts that she is no longer here to talk to, we know that she lived 91 glorious years here on Earth and is basking in the afterlife of beautiful days. It’s hard to get back into scrapbooking and it seems as though my mojo took a trip also and doesn’t know where to come home to. But I do think there are many ways to get back into the scrapbooking mood with these tips:
Scrapbooking Tip 1
ScrapLift a Scrapbooker
We all have one, right?!?!? Tell me I’m not the only one out there that loves to participate in a Scraplift Challenge! So jump into the many challenges going around the digital scrapbook community and participate in a Scraplift. You may be surprised what inspiration you get from that one layout. These days I get inspiration from checking out some of my favorite paper scrappers and scraplift them with my digital supplies. And Paper2Digital is truly my favorite challenge that I give myself.
One of my recents lifts was Hello Love by Sockergrynet
And my Good Times lift
Scrapbooking Tip 2
There are quite a few sites out on the Internet that will provide you with ideas to snap a picture each day of the month. My fave is Fat Mum Slim’s Photo-A-Day Challenge and it provides me with a monthly list of photos I can take each day and use to scrapbook a page. Here is this month’s list:
And here is a list of sites that provide such lists:
Fat Mum Slim
And, of course, there are many, many more listed is Pinterest.
Scrapbooking Tip 3
Many times I want to scrapbook but just can’t get my head out-of-the-clouds and concentrate on any particular thing or I just need a prompt to get me going. I’m one of those people that I usually don’t say much until someone brings up a topic and then BAM! I could talk for days but many would never believe that. So, I’ve taken to the Internet to find Journaling Prompts and it’s helped tremendously. Here’s a couple of site that may assist you in getting started:
And if you’re on Pinterest….there are a ton!
Scrapbooking Tip 4
Who couldn’t use a little refresher or even learn a new skill. A few years ago, when I began digital scrapbooking, I started off using PowerPoint. I didn’t know a thing about Photoshop or any of the other programs that were out there. But I ordered Photoshop Elements 3 and started with some great digital scrapbooking tutorials and what a relief it has been. The one thing that got me started with PSE3 was that I knew PowerPoint and between the two programs everything works in layers. I had found something I knew and just went with it from that point on.
Now, you can spend hours upon hours on YouTube finding a new technique to learn or even our trusty friend, Pinterest. And definitely do not dismiss any one of the wonderful digital scrapbooking communities that I am pretty sure someone is more than willing to assist you or they just may have a list of tutorials to choose from. Whatever you want to learn, there are tons of folks out here that would be more than happy to assist you.
Scrapbooking Tip 5
Conversations with Relatives/Friends
Yes, even with all of today’s technology, we still need to communicate with people and even that can spark some inspiration. After the past few weeks and speaking to a number of relatives that were close to my mother-in-law, the stories that they were all more than willing to share with anyone who would listen had me in tears at times and laughing myself silly at other times. What a joyful and beautiful thing to talk to people and get a story about a subject that you know about but didn’t quite know EVERYTHING. Some of those stories may just have you in bursting with memories. And as in scrapbooking, remember….
The Best Thing about Memories is Making Them!