Monday, January 11, 2016

Episode 100: How To Be Prolific: Part One

In this, our 100th episode, we're starting a recurring series where we'll examine how we, as scrapbookers, can be more productive in 2016! This week, our guests Alice Boll and Crafty Jen Schow, give us their top tips for being prolific.

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1) Define your process.
Consider your process for making a page, write down the steps you take to make a page and then follow them again in order when you're ready to be creative.

2) Don't interrupt your flow.

Gather your supplies before you begin or organize your area in such a way that all your supplies are close at hand. Examine what interrupts your flow and then take steps to eliminate those issues so you don't interrupt your process.

3) Figure out what slows you down.

Think about why you are not a fast scrapper. Decide to be more decisive as you scrapbook. Make a list of what other steps you could take to speed up your process.

4) Do what inspires you.
Keep your process fresh by switching up your starting point. Start with a story, a product, a technique or design depending on what is inspiring you at the moment. If you're feeling low on inspiration, look through your products to see if one sparks an idea for a story and then find a story to go with it.

5) Scraplift yourself.
Examine a few of your layouts and make a list of elements that define your style. When it's time to create, make your project following those guidelines. Your page will come together more quickly because you'll be working with a design that's tried and true for you.

6) Use a sketch or a "go-to design." 
Create a portfolio of go-to designs by sketching out some of your favorite layouts (your own or someone else's). To make a project quickly, choose a pre-made sketch or one from your go-to designs. Eventually you'll build a repertoire of go-to designs that you know work for you.

7) Let go of perfection.
Every layout doesn't have a masterpiece. Go with the first embellishment or paper you come to: don't keep looking for the perfect piece. Remember your reason for scrapbooking and remind yourself it's less about creating a masterpiece and more about memory keeping.

8) Find a process for your photos.
Have a defined process for downloading and editing your photos. Decide to do it weekly or monthly. Upload photos to an online developer regularly or print at home. Don't let editing and printing a photo keep you from telling a story or making a page. Have photos on hand that you want to create with.

9) Commit to doing more scrapbooking in 2016.
Decide you're going to dedicate yourself this year to being productive. Sign up for a challenge or project that gives you a deadline to submit your page to (like Layout a Day or Week in the Life). Join a community or Facebook group to stay inspired and motivated.

10) Channel your online inspiration.
Once you find an idea online that inspires you, get off the internet and create! Limit the time you spend looking for inspiration so the ideas don't overwhelm you. Write down or sketch an idea as soon as you see it and then run with it.

11) Stay off the internet!
Don't spend the time you have for creating surfing the web.

12) Make a goal and then reward yourself for a job well done.
Give yourself a goal of creating a specific amount of layouts. When you've accomplished that goal, reward yourself with time online or a bit of scrappy shopping.

13) Keep your supplies and space organized.
Have a place for everything so you can find your supplies quickly. Put everything back and clean your space before starting a new project.

14) Set a time limit.
Set the timer for a specific time and see how much you can get done. This will force you to make quicker decisions.

15) Limit the supplies you can use.
Choose a few products and decide to stay with just those supplies. Don't allow yourself to look through everything you own. Create some kits in advance with paper and embellishments that match or use your themed supplies to create a page for a holiday or season.

Click the arrow in the top right of the image below for a printable .pdf of this list...

Be sure to check out Alice Boll's classes and site here.
Check out Crafty Jen Schow's site and classes here.

Thanks so much for listening!


  1. Loved this show! So packed with really useful tips - thanks girls xx

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  2. Absolutely loved this show :) So many fun tips and for Tiffany :) You need to try LOAD just once :) It is so much fun I'm doing my 4th one (I think :) and I work the overnight shift and still get my layouts done :) This is where you learn to scrapbook very quickly :)

  3. Ladies, ladies, ladies... thank you very much for such an awesome podcast. I love it! the basic questions where just very inspiring for me to go finish organizing my scrapbook area, keep everything that I need handy and start scrapbooking again :) thank you so much. Now I don't feel horrible that I take an hour for my layout :D

  4. This was a great episode - so fun to get a variety of thoughts and hear different perspectives. I will definitely be listening to this one again. Congrats on the 100th show and I'm looking forward to many, many more!

  5. I just discovered your podcast and am loving it! I'm making my way through them & you girls are just so cute. You say so many of the things I'm thinking and have the same issues I have with scrapping and getting things done.

    1. Gina, be sure to hang out with us in our FB group!

  6. As an alternative to LOAD in February or as a way to keep going afterward, you might consider Calvinball in March over at Get It Scrapped. It's about being productive, without having to do it daily. It is held in the General forum so you do not have to have a membership to participate. It's a "competition" without the competing part - just lots of support and cheering for everyone doing their best to get to their own goals (if they even set a goal). It's a blast!



  8. Oh my goodness, I love your podcasts!! I discovered you from Noell Hyman mentioning that she would be interviewed on Live Inspired and now I CAN'T STOP LISTENING! I know I should save some of these for later, but no, I am enjoying it too much. As a Paperclipping member, and someone who follows several of the industry "greats," I know good content when I hear it! Thanks for all your hard work, and congratulations on producing such a quality product week after week. I'm going to go donate now :) Keep enjoying, ladies!!

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