It can be hard to find the time for scrapbooking at this time of year. If I'm lucky I'll have found some new craft books in my Christmas stocking and their lure will be strong. All the things I want to do! Cutting up paper is only one of them.
So, this week I've been experimenting with something I think I'm going to call Twenty Twenty Scrapbooking. And that means setting my clock, pulling out my paper and seeing how far I can go in only twenty minutes. And then another..and then..
The First Twenty:
So, what can you do in twenty minutes? I managed to
- decide on a colour scheme. I made it easy on myself with a black and white photo; but as soon as I saw that blue in my paper pile I knew I wanted to use it. My dress in the photo was blue. I'm sure of it. I picked one other neutral paper and trimmed the bottom borders of both to use as contrasts. two papers, double sided, no more.
- round the corners on my background and my photo to echo the soft seventies lines in the picture.
- use letter stickers for a fast title.
- add a camera embellishment which adds to the seventies feel with its hint of an old viewfinder toy.
- use a mini clothes peg to pin my photo to my page
and this is what I ended up with:
It looks like a layout; but I'll admit it: it doesn't feel quite like one of my layouts just yet. Twenty minutes has given me a great basis, though. A firm foundation, ready for another layer. So I set my clock again for another twenty.
The Second Twenty:
Twenty more minutes and I was able to build up my page by
- matting my photo onto white card, which echoes the pram handles and helps it to stand out
- adding a couple of tabs
- sewing the blue paper into a big pocket with a line of yellow machine stitching. I then spent the rest of my time finding and printing out the blog post which tells the story of this photo. (It's here).
and this is what it looked like:
But wait - one more twenty minute block would take me to an hour in total; and that's still quick for me. I set my clock again:
The Third Twenty:
gave me enough time to
- trim some ribbons from scraps of a 6x6 paper pad (all from the same collection - no time for too much deliberating)
- add some pre-made embellishments from a kit. Working again to repeat what is in the photo, I found some "wheel" shapes
- move the clothes peg over to the left hand side of the page to balance it up a bit more
- and finally, brighten up the far right with a little touch of blue washi tape.
So, now it looks like this:
That's what I can do in twenty minutes times three. I could add some more, if I wanted, but I hope it has everything it needs. After forty minutes it had a photo, a story, a title and some pretty paper: I'm pleased with that. I think I'll be trying it again. Instead of laying out everything on my page and then having to pull it apart again to stick it together, I was able to create a base layer and then a second and a third, finishing each before I moved on the next. That's a satisfying way of sticking and now I'm planning a few more base designs I could use. How about you? How far do you get in twenty? or twenty twenty? or more?