- Going through your paper & supplies, looking up examples on the site & going from there!
- Don't scrap alone. Join a scrapmeet or make a couple of new friends who also like to scrap. If there isn't a scrap group within your community, either start one or check with your local scrapbooking store.
I've been away from the site for a long time, I'm involved in some other non-scrapbooking online communities (writing and cats), but I've been scrapbooking pretty much the whole time, with a few breaks.
When I haven't scrapped for a while or when the inspiration is running low, I try looking at sketches (I'm partial to PageMaps myself); using a scrapbook kit, either preassembled by a manufacturer or one that's put together by a kit club; or scraplifting some layouts that I like.
My two cents…work on the memories/photos that are the most important to you. What memory do you cherish…that you want to pass on…that you love talking about. If you saw an old friend or family member, that you hadn’t seen in a few years, what would you tell them about your life? Forget the fancy papers, techniques, tools, What photo would you show them? Then celebrate that story/photo on a layout. The scrapbooking “bells & whistles” will come (if that’s what you want).
It’s about the memory (with a little artistic flare thrown in).
It’s not about making yourself scrapbook because you got all this stuff, it’s about wanted to talk about the memory/photo and expressing yourself visually.
And if you don’t want to “express yourself” through scrapbooking anymore that’s OK too. Many take piano lessons and drop that activity. We don’t spend the rest of our lives trying to force ourselves to play. If your not feeling scrapbooking, it’s OK to set it aside for a few months, years, or even forever. hummmm...My scrapbooking supplies will fit nicely into that baby grand.
If you really want to start scrapbooking again then pick the photos that mean the most to you and show them off. Don't worry about the paper, layout, etc. start with the memory/photo and it will come.
This is such a great topic; thank you to all who've shared so far. I just got back from a scrapbooking retreat and it was wonderful. But one thing happens to me each time...I look around and think that my LOs aren't "good enough". I am not a beginner, but I am still developing my style. Any thoughts on this?
I agree with the idea to just start scrapping what inspires you. No need to try to "catch up" on all you missed. Unless a particular topic gets you excited to scrap. As for inspiration, I have a few videos I've done on the topic if you are interested http://scrapinspired.com/tag/inspiration-to-cr eation/
Start simple with a really happy set of photos. You will be surprised how fast you can get back in to it. Even if your just matting your pic's and adding journaling, you will enjoy them no matter how fancy or simple the LO is. Because it really is all about the memories and not about the stuff.