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10 tips for when you're NOT motivated to scrapbook. These actually work! #scrapbookingLet’s be real. Sometimes even though you love scrapbooking you just don’t feel like doing it.

When you go through a dry spell and you are not inspired to scrapbook there are some things you can do to get your scrappy mojo back.

These tips actually work. You probably won’t need all ten tips at once, but something will spark your interest and get you back on the path to telling your stories.

  1. Don’t. Just don’t scrapbook. Sure, this sounds pretty contrary to helping you get back on track, but there’s a good reason for this advice! If you’re not into scrapbooking right now just allow yourself to be like that for a while. Maybe you scrapbook in cycles like MANY other scrapbookers. Maybe it’s just a seasonal thing and you’ll be back at it when the weather changes.
  2. Try something creative. Do something totally unrelated to scrapbooking. Make a card, a tag, a piece of jewelry, doing something creative will spark your excitement for crafting and before you know it you’ll be back into the groove of scrapbooking again.
  3. Play! Practicing related skills will help you get ready for scrapbooking. Practice watercolouring, learn a new photoshop skill, learn how to create the perfect splatter effect.
  4. Try out a new format. Side-step your usual format of scrapbooking to try something new. If you normally scrap 12×12 try:
    • a traveller’s notebook
    • an art journal
    • a pocket page
    • a mini album
    • a digital or hybrid layout
  5. Get inspired. Find someone’s work you absolutely love and scraplift them. Go on Instagram or Pinterest and find an inspiring scrapbooker. Use their style to kick-start your own pages. WARNING: Don’t look too long! Pinterest can become a pacifier, instead of doing something you end up looking at what others are creating.
  6. Take a class. This can help you do new things or learn something you’d love to try. Need ideas? Lettering, art techniques, journaling prompts are a great place to start.
  7. Participate in a challenge. Whether it’s 30 Days of Lists, iCAD (index card a day) or LOAD (layout a day), taking on a specific challenge really helps. It’s also great that by doing a challenge there’s an extra layer of accountability involved.
  8. Immerse yourself in it. Listen to scrapbooking podcasts (like the ScrapGals podcast), watch scrapbooking videos, chat with others about scrappy news, read magazines… there’s still a few out there! (Try Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.)
  9. Join a community of like-minded people. Hanging out with others that also love scrapbooking is a great way to get motivated again. Try the ScrapGals Community on Facebook or join the ScrapHappy family. It’s a membership group for scrapbookers that want to do more scrapbooking and have fun while doing it!
  10. When you’re ready to scrapbook…
    • use products you truly LOVE and
    • start with a story you can’t wait to tell.
    • Make it easy on yourself, use a sketch or design you love.

Remember your why. Why do you WANT to scrapbook?

Just by thinking about why you want to scrapbook you will be more likely to want to sit down and get scrapping!

Bonus Idea:

11. Start doing laundry. You’ll quickly realize scrapbooking is MUCH MORE FUN that laundry and you’ll be motivated to play with your scrapbooks instead!


live-inspired-logo-v2Still need a bit more motivation? I chat about all of these ideas and more with Tracie Claiborne on the Live Inspired podcast. Click HERE.


If you have a tip for what to do when you are not motivated to scrapbook please leave it in the comments! I’m always looking for more ways to be inspired.


Happy scrapping!


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Fun Friday: Guide to Buying Scrapbook Supplies

All good scrapbookers could use a bit of guidance for scrappy shopping once in awhile. Here’s a handy guide I like to use for buying scrapbooking supplies.

Guide to buying scrapbooking supplies. #scrapbooking #jokes #funny #fun #friday

Isn’t that great advice?

I hope you have scrappy plans for the weekend. Happy scrapping!



Have you lost your motivation for scrapbooking? Tracie Claiborne and Alice Boll chat about the ScrapHappy family, LOAD challenges, AND what to do when you lose your motivation and inspiration to scrapbook, sharing 15+ tips to get you back on track! #scrapbooking #motivation #inspiration #scraphappyfamily #loadEver feel as though you should be scrapbooking but you just can’t?

You’re in good company, it happens to almost every single scrapbooker I know!

Luckily, Tracie Claiborne and I had a great chat on the Live Inspired podcast about getting your scrappy mojo back when you just aren’t into scrapbooking. We each made a list of 10 ideas to help overcome that feeling of no motivation to scrap.

Listen to the Live Inspired Podcast on Tracie’s site, TracieClaiborne.com or on your favourite podcast app.


We also chatted about the ScrapHappy membership group and the LOAD (LayOut A Day) Challenges and how they help to get me motivated! I’m always impressed at how much scrapping I do during a LOAD!

Tracie Claiborne from the Live Inspired Podcast and the ScrapGals Podcast with Alice Boll from the ScrapHappy community

I shared a couple of layouts I’ve made during LOAD. Here’s a peek, you can see the whole layout on Tracie’s site or you can check out the sample LOAD prompt from international Scrapbooking Day HERE.


Right now there’s a special on new memberships for ScrapHappy until Sept. 30/16 you can save 20% if you use the code: family at checkout. For more info about how the ScrapHappy family can truly make you a happier scrapbooker please check out ScrapHappy.org

The ScrapHappy membership is a family of scrapbookers that create real friendships and motivate each other to scrapbook their stories. There are many perks of membership; live events, LOAD (layout a day) challenges, reunions and more. #scraphappyfamily #scrapbooking #community

We also talked a bit about Scrapbook Improv. If you’d like to know more about it, so you can scrapbook along with me for the next one, read THIS POST.

Now, pop over to TracieClaiborne.com and listen to the podcast!

Let your creativity shine!



Scrapbook Improv Replay Sept. 18/16

Welcome to the replay for the first Scrapbook Improv.

This is the first one, so be kind. 😉 I have a few ideas that I’ll incorporate into future improv nights to make things more interactive, fun and even to give better camera angles.

In this video you’ll see me peering at the computer screen frequently to try and keep on top of the live chat. Please remember this was recorded from a live-stream broadcast, let’s just say the video quality is NOT HD. 😉 You’ll hear me reading the chat comments. You’ll see me getting up and walking away from the screen to go and find some products and supplies. You’ll see me botch up the journaling on a page and have to try it again. You’ll see me create 3 layouts in just over an hour and a half!

My plan was to use the September Gossamer Blue scrapbooking kit, but it was trapped at the post office. I pulled some papers and supplies from various other Gossamer Blue kits, I’d love to tell you exactly which supplies came from which kit but after I’ve used a kit I pull it apart and mix it with my stash.

As you are watching I’d recommend scrapbooking along with me, otherwise you’ll just be watching me scrapbook… the long pauses as I journal on the pages will seem like they take forever! If you scrapbook with me it will be like we are having our own personal crop. 🙂

Watch your email for the date for the October edition of Scrapbook Improv! If you aren’t signed up for email you can do that here: SUBSCRIBE

Thanks for being here and happy scrapping!


Here are the three layouts I created in just over an hour and a half.









Introducing Scrapbook Improv!

Are you a fast scrapper? Would you like to see how to be a faster scrapbooker? Introducing Scrapbook Improv!

I’ll be scrapbooking LIVE this Sunday, September 18th at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern.

Best part? It’s interactive! Have a great idea for the page in progress? Share your tips, live, in the moment!

You never know what to expect with Scrapbook Improv. There’s always a bit of unpredictability, laughter and fun!

A little Scrapbook Improv history:

Scrapbook Improv was dreamed up in the creative mind of Lain Ehmann. Lain hosted Scrapbook Improv once a month and would scrapbook 3 layouts in 1.5 hours. Seriously, 3! It was all shared live, and she would use her handy dandy spinner to add an extra bit of unpredictability to the whole thing, as well as a bit of audience participation.

When I took over the ScrapHappy scrapbooking membership group from Lain she said I was welcome to take over Scrapbook Improv as well… wish me luck!

Join the fun!

Want to play along with me for Scrapbook Improv? Sign up for the Scrapbook Wonderland email list, it’s the blue and pink box or click HERE. You’ll receive helpful scrapbooking tips and inspiration a few times each month as well as the link to join me for Scrapbook Improv!

See you on Sunday!