How Simple Scrapbooks Inspired Me To Start Scrapbooking Again

Those of you that are new here may or may not know that I actually first developed the paper crafting bug when I was introduced to scrapbooking way back in 1997. I continued scrapbooking for many years, but in 2016 I really started to lose my love of it so I just stopped and switched over to making cards and coloring. It was a great change and one I really loved. Then in 2019 I slowly began playing around more with mixed media and I then fell in love with all things Tim Holtz!

I realize, many of you here know the Tim Holtz side of me, so I hope you can appreciate my need to mix things up here and there and that I really just love to share what I enjoy creating. Don't worry, I'm definitely still in love with all things Tim Holtz, and most of what you see here will continue to be of that style, but I wanted to share how Simple Scrapbooks inspired me to start scrapbooking again.

How Simple Scrapbooks Inspired Me To Start Scrapbooking Again Juliana Michaels

Last year, as was the case for many of us, was a time of reflection, introspection, change and growth. I also began to get the itch for scrapbooking again but I knew I needed it be different than the last time. I was no longer interested in large 12x12 layouts with lots of patterned paper and embellishments. I wanted something simple and pocket pages seemed the way to go. I had never really done them before, so working with pockets was a bit of a learning curve for me in how to organize and lay out out my pages. However, with the help of the Simple Scrapbook Pocket Cards I have found a groove and fallen in love with the format. I decided to stick with a much smaller size and I'm currently working in the 6x8 albums. It's just enough room for me to include a few photos, but most importantly room for my journaling and the story behind the photos. This was never my strong suit, as I really just liked playing with the paper and embellishments, but this time around I needed the focus to be different.

On the pages I'm sharing today I used the Simple Scrapbooks Adventure Calls Cards and I combined it with various embellishments from Pinkfresh Studio Some Days collection.

Once I realized I was going to stick with the pocket scrapbook style, I purchased a Canon Selphy. I love the flexibility it gives me for printing on demand, but I don't care for the fact that the pictures aren't truly 4x6 or that you can't fit two 3x4 photos on one piece of photo paper. So I just focus on the convenience and deal with the size by matting the photos to get the size I want. Sometimes I add a piece of white cardstock, but other times I can just adhere them to the backside of the pocket card they are sharing a pocket with.

Along with the printing and pocket cards, I've slowly expanded my supplies to include some traditional scrapbook supplies such as stickers, die cuts and patterned paper. I especially love the 6x6 or 6x8 paper pads since they can be cut down to fit the pockets and allow me to create my own custom cards. With all the additional supplies I was slowly realizing I didn't have a great way to store all my new goodies.

Thankfully has created the Craft Room Basics Stadium Organizer and the Pocket Cards Organizer. These organizers make it really convenient to keep all my supplies together and I can easily bring these over to my craft table when I'm ready to work on my scrapbook pages.

They also have tabbed dividers that are sized to help further organize 4x6 and 3x4 pocket cards and they come in sets of white, warms and cools. These packs of dividers come with labels, however I'm still so new with this, that I'm not quite ready to divide them by theme or anything so for now I haven't labeled anything and I'm just using them to divide the different sets I currently have in my stash.

I hope you enjoyed this peak into how Simple Scrapbooks inspired me to start scrapbooking again along with the current process and set up I'm using.


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