Saturday, February 13, 2010

"Ten Minute Layouts"

Like almost every scrap booker I know, I love to spend lots of time on
every layout making sure everything is just perfect, that I've been as
creative as possible and going so far as to make lots of my own
embellishments and titles. But, there are times when I just want to
get the layout finished and in its album. I still want it to showcase
the photo or photos but I really don't want to spend hours and hours
to do so.

I use a simple formula for ten minute layouts. First, I use premade
stickers or letters for my titles. Second, I stick to some pretty
basic shapes: rectangles, squares, circles. Third, I use hand
journaling rather than computer generated. Fourth, I use premade
embellishments such as flowers, journal tags and photo mats. And
lastly, I try to put a bit of a twist into each layout: In the "Just
Jack" layout, I repurposed the journal cirlcles to create an attention
getting border, in the "You Crack Me Up" layout, I slanted everything
and in the "Rob" layout, I journaled around the circles, up and over
and down the photo. In the "Peek a Boo" layout, I used the paper left
over from cutting out a circle.

Four layouts in about forty minutes and I am pleased with them all.

Jules Eickmeier


  1. I'm going to have to try this, those are some fast lo's!