Okay, I have to admit, I'm one of those scrappers that takes their time with each and every page. I used to rush and feel frustrated when I couldn't get a page done as quickly as I wanted to. But finally I came to the realization that I actually enjoy the creative process and now I let myself enjoy it rather than make myself feel frustrated that a page is taking me so long. BUT, I know that there are many scrappers out there that just don't have the luxury of a lot of time to scrap, so getting a page done in a minimum amount of time is of key importance to them. Bo Bunny challenged some of the DT girls to do a page for Fast Friday, that is to say, create a layout in an hour or less.
I challenged myself to see if I could make mine in 45 minutes......I didn't make it......BUT! I did make the above layout in 1 hour! (I had my girls time me to keep me honest lol!) Here are some tips in getting a page done quickly:
~ I started by choosing an old l/o of mine that I liked the design of and chose to copy the design (I find a lot of my scrapping time is spent on creating the page design and positioning my embellishments. Working off an old l/o helps cut off loads of time.
~ On my original l/o I did a lot of machine stitching, for this one I simply used a brown and black pen to immitate the stitched lines.
~ I often make my own blooms for my layouts, in this case I used ready made but you can also create your own in colors that you often use and keep them ready to go in a jar.
~ Gather together all your components for your layout and have them ready to go, it's easier if you stick to one collection's papers and embellies if you really want to work quickly.
~ Be organized. If you pull a pen or scissors etc. from your tool jar, put them back when you finish with them, I can't tell you how much time I waste looking for my tools under scraps of papers and embellishments!
~ I often save the backing to flourish stickers/chipboard and use them as masks, I keep them in a handy little zip-lock back within easy reach.
Here are a few close-up pic's of the above layout....
Bo Bunny supplies used to make this layout:
Patterned Paper: Vicki B: Floweret, Perky
Noteworthy: Vicki B: 3 styles (matting)
Chipboard: Vicki B
Stickers: Vicki B
Trinkets: Vicki B
Brads: Vicki B
Trims: Vicki B
Stamps: Timepiece & Flourish set
Jewels: Vicki B
If you want to see more examples of layouts made in under 1 hour, check out Bo Bunny's Fast Friday post for today, the DT did some amazing projects in under an hour! Happy Weekend everyone! xx