I LOVE to scrapbook...all of my 7 kids. After years of being idle, I am finally feeling motivated to get back to the hobby I love so much. However...what used to be so easy for me is suddenly so overwhelming. I'm having trouble making simple decisions. I am using page maps and kits to make things less stressful but am wondering if anyone can recommend some good resources (besides this one!) for sketches and titles (titles kill me). Thanks in advance!
As for titles, I usually get mine from the picture I'm using in the LO, or an emotion or story that pertains to that picture. I eased back into it after a 5-yr hiatus, by being drawn to colors I loved. Vibrant, vivid, full of life. In the 2 yrs since, my tastes have changed, but I still enjoy looking at my old LO's. What helps me from becoming overwhelmed is organizing my area. I can't work or create a page if everythings' in chaos. Once all is in order, I start feeling 'the ich' to do a LO. Good luck, & enjoy the ride!
Sometimes titles are just obvious, but when i am struggling for one I will start my journaling first. Then either a word or a phrase pops out at me and that becomes my title. Maybe that would work for you.
I also don't feel the need to put a "title" on every page. Some pages just don't need a title and I don't like to force it because then it usually ends up being more awkward.
I don't always put a title on my pages. Sometimes I leave the pictures out so I can see them every time I walk by. That causes me to have brain farkles, which leads to ideas! I've had a photo of my dgd out for a few days now, trying to decide what to do with it. She is sitting in her high chair with mac and cheese all over her, including in her hair. I was thinking "macaroni head" but this afternoon it hit me--just "Say Cheese". I pulled my paper and will start on the layout in the morning. Can't wait to finish this one!
I love Susan Stringfellow's sketches. Her blog is Sketch Savvy, and she not only posts her interpretation of the sketch, but if readers send her images of their layouts using the sketch, she will add them to the post, adding to the inspiration!
Sorry I can't help you. I don't use sketches maps.
I usually either start with a picture or paper or embellishment and then go from there.
I really like challenges. My daughter is a great person for me to get a challenge from. She is good at making them up. If am stuck and can't get my groove flowing I ask her to give me a challenge. By the time I am half way through the first one I am asking her to make me another. She will usually make up 3 or 4 of them for me. Then I am groovin....
When I can't scrap and am drawing a blank I put some 12 x 12 blank white sheets (the cheap filler ones that come with the protector sheets is what I usually use) - I sometimes put out 5 or 6 of them, sometimes only 1 or 2.
I pull the stuff out of the next couple files I want to scrap and start moving things around on the white paper. All of a sudden colors pop, titles usually come to me, Pattern ideas start coming to mind. The white paper gives me good boundaries for the space I have to work with and the layouts just start coming together.
Sometimes it will take minutes, sometimes days but the only way I can get a layout going is to start with the white paper. Someone else on here commented that they were having a problem and tried the white paper trick and it worked for them too! Stuff just started popping out at them.
Sketches don't work for me at all - I just can't work with them. I have to put down the white paper and my pictures on my desk and start moving them around.
I don't do any other crafts so I can't divert my attention for a while - doesn't work for me. Cards completely overwhelm me and I can't get interested in them. They will just sit forever because I hate doing cards so much. I can't stand doing mini's and end up ripping my pictures off and putting them on 12 x 12 pages where I'm comfortable.
For a lot of scrappers it seems to work to do another scrap-related project but I've tried and I can't. I just want to scrap 12 x 12's. I have no versatility at all.
I copy paste layouts I like into a file on my desktop and I love to go there for motivation. I title it with the name of the artist and the title of the layout so I can credit it. I can always find something to get me going when I look through that file. I end up picking a tiny element off this one and a technique off that one and an embellie or title off another.