Welcome to Day 19 of the series, FIND your FIT! (To return to the beginning, click here.)
While scrapbooking is an awesome hobby, you may feel a little lost or lonely, or you may find yourself in a creative rut at times. Whether you are a novice or a veteran scrapbooker, everyone could use a little support once in a while! Today, I have a few suggestions to help out with that.
An online forum, gallery, or community can help ease the loneliness of our solitary hobby. Finding like-minded people who have the same interests as you can have a huge impact on your creativity. If you have a question or just need support, having someone there to chat with can be a big help.
- ScrapHappy (aka “Happiest Group of Scrapbookers on the Internet”)
I joined this community about a year and a half ago, and I am so glad I did. The whole group is happy (read: drama-free), supportive, and fun. Membership includes a private Facebook group, which is where a lot of the conversation happens. It also includes entrance into the Layout a Day Challenge, which is a great way to get pages in your albums that you may not have scrapped without the daily prompts.
In additional to new content each month, membership at Simple Scrapper includes 24-7 access to previous monthly content, members-only classes, and special event archives. Their library includes hundreds of downloads, including 125+ sketches and digital templates. There is also a Facebook community that welcomes traditional, digital, and hybrid scrappers alike.
If you are just starting out or if you are looking to hone your skills, online classes are a great way to do just that. Learning a new technique or creating a project based on a class is a great motivator if you find yourself losing steam with your memory-keeping process.
Taking classes can also help you find new go-to techniques to add to your repertoire, or further narrow down the style that works for you.
Here are some of my favorite sites:
When I started scrapbooking, I was completely digital (now I am a little bit of everything). I didn’t know much about using Photoshop for digital scrapbooking, so I looked online for classes to help me learn. There weren’t too many being offered at the time, but Jessica’s came highly recommended. I am so glad I found her and her classes! She is a gifted teacher, very easy to follow, and has classes for all digital crafters (and she has an amazing talent for using brushes in Photoshop).
Here are some I have taken:
If you are a beginner at Photoshop or digital scrapbooking, you need to take “Up & Running”. I learned so much from this class.
“Photo Editing 1” completely changed the way I edit photos in Photoshop (and Elements). You won’t regret taking this one!
Books about scrapbooking topics can also help, even though they aren’t interactive like a live community or class. Similar to classes, books can give you more information about memory-keeping in general or a specific skill you would like to acquire.
From the Simple Scrapper website: Each Everyday Storyteller idea book contains 80+ pages of incredibly useful approaches straight from the minds of our contributors, techniques they use every day to be productive and happy scrapbookers. Organized according to the phases of memory keeping, the books offer simple ways to improve your entire scrapbooking process.
Available as both an eBook and an 8.5×11″ soft-cover book.
Stacy Julian’s book, Photo Freedom, and her subsequent classes at Big Picture Classes helped me understand that in order to find my photos, I needed to organize them in a way that worked for me. Not only do you organize your pictures, she helps you make connections with your photos and create pages about those memories. I have a soft-cover copy that I purchased about 5 years ago, and it is dog-eared and covered in Post-it notes. Good stuff in there!
So there you have it. My tips, suggestions, and links for helping you consider classes, communities, and books to stretch yourself and your skills.
How do you stay connected with other memory-keepers? Do you have any suggestions for classes, communities, or books you would like to share? Leave a comment below. I would love to hear about them!