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How to Chase Away Your Scrapbooking Burnout

Sep 11, 2008
If you've been scrapbooking for a while, you know how easy it is to get burnout and lack of motivation to create pages. It seems we still tend to pile up a stack of photos just waiting to be placed in an album, but we haven't found just the right paper or embellishments yet, or maybe we can't decide what scrapbooking techniques to use on them. Here are a few ideas to help overcome scrapbooking burnout.

1. A new scrapbooking technique may be just what you need to spark your imagination. Grab some photos and try one out today.

2. Ignore the backlog of photos and just scrap one photograph. Choose a favorite photo, and make it your focal point. Sometimes getting started is all the motivation you need.

3. Organize and clean out your photos. Start going through your photographs and get rid of the blurry or poor quality ones. Your backlog will start shrinking.

4. Start organizing your supplies. Just seeing all the cool materials you have to work with may spark your creativity.

5. Flip through scrapbooking magazines for inspiration. They are filled with great page ideas, techniques to try and information on the latest products.

6. Take a scrapbooking course or workshop. This is sure to bring your some motivation.

7. Plan a scrapbooking crop for your friends. If you don't want to plan one yourself, attend a crop at your local scrapbooking store.

8. Go shopping! Browse through your local scrapbooking store or craft store and get inspired by all the new products available.

9. Don't think you have to be perfect. Scrapbooking doesn't have to be complicated. Allow yourself to make mistakes and make simple pages. Not every page needs to be a work of art.

10. Have a scrapbooking supply sale of your own. Give away or sell some of your supplies. Sometimes have less is more. You may have so many choices you don't know where to start.

11. Try it page by page. Don't set a goal of creating a scrapbooking album a night.

12. Sign up for a scrapbooking challenge. You can find these online in scrapbooking community message boards. Joining the competition and excitement will start your scrapbooking creativity going again.

13. Try digital scrapbooking. Learning how to creative scrapbook albums on your computer can be inspiring.

14. Read online scrapbooking message boards and peek in their members' galleries. Just reading about the excitement of other scrapbookers may jump start your own creativity.

15. Show off your scrapbooks. When was the last time you pulled out your scrapbooks when family comes to visit or let your children read through your albums? When you see all the pages you have designed, you just may be motivated to create some more.

Just a few of these tips will chase your scrapbooking burnout away.
About the Author
Christine Perry is an avid scrapbooker and has over 10 years of scrapbooking experience. Her favorite scrapbooking subjects are her reluctant teenagers. She invites you to her website, http://www.intoscrapbooking.com for more scrapbooking ideas and how to make a school scrapbooking album .
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