Monday, April 6, 2009

Campaign for Real Scrapping

Have you ever spent hours on a page and then feel like you didn't accomplish much because you still have another 100 photos to scrap?

I definitely know that feeling.

Well, today I came across this blog post by Kim Guymon and she suggested we start a Campaign for Real Scrapping, like Dove's Campaing for Real Beauty.

Here are the her steps for this campaign:

1. Focus on the photos
2. Add the stories and not just the names - limit the use of third-party quotes.
3. Crop conservatively - Grandma's house in the background may be precious someday
4. Use themed products - match photos to products
5. Keep the page simple - don't overwhelm the photos with embellishments
6. Use imperfect photos if that's all you have. Not every photo will be stunning.
7. Reject time-consuming embellishment techniques
8. Worry LESS about acid and MORE about history.
9. Spend less time doctoring photos and more time scrapping
10. Find your passion again!

These steps are pretty universal and I will post them up in my scrap room to remember them when I sit down to scrap.

And, here's what I need to work on and am adding to the list:

11. Use more than one photo on each layout.
12. Use what you have on hand. (Have to cut back on shopping!)
13. Spend only 10 minutes deciding what to use on your page. Select 4 papers and 3 embellies per layout.
14. Plan to finish a page in less than 2 hours. Use a timer to keep track.
15. Relax and go with the flow.

I hope this helps you think about your cropping process. If you come up with another step please let me know. I'm open to any suggestions that simplify the process. I also need organization help, but that's a post for anther day.


Scraprelief said...
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Scraprelief said...

I'm in. I know I make it harder than it has to be. I think that everything has to be so techniqueish and over embellished, that I forgot it really should be simple. Tell your story of that photo and move on

Jazzy1972 said...

I love this post, I have to say I do like a bit of fuss but most of the points are brilliantly put and I shall be putting them up next to my craft area to. Thanks for the inspiration. Jay xx

Life Psalm; Pixel Punkin said...

I ran across this a year ago and had no one else to connect with. I'm going to do this too. The artistry is fine, but 100 years from now the photos and the stories will be what's important.