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Scrapbook Success Strategies

By Karen O'Donnell

Have you heard the term "swipe file" used before? This is a copywriter's phrase. It means collecting in a file any really good ads or sales letters that you see.

If some advertising has resulted in you buying something and you were impressed positively by it- the idea is that you would keep all these in a file.

The next time you sit down to write an ad you might check your swipe file to see if you can get inspiration from it. If so, you would adapt an ad that impressed you so that you aren't copying it but deriving ideas that you can put your own stamp on.

This is a great idea to use for scrapbooking. It's particularly helpful if you feel you lack ideas or could do with some creative input.

I bought an album with black pages and I use it as my swipe file. I put a bit of double-sided tape to stick in any examples of scrapbook pages that I like the look of from magazines etc. If you don't want to tear the magazine or it belongs to someone else you can scan it and then stick it in your swipe file.

I 'm not suggesting copying them but they are great for getting ideas and formulating your own likes and dislikes. What I really like about this is the way you have an opportunity to give time and attention to things you really like. You're making a collection of what makes you happy, inspired, refreshed and brings joy into your life. That has to be a great way to spend time.

In particular try to make notes about what it is you like about each one. This helps to fix it in your mind for future page ideas.

Another idea to get your scrapbooking under control is storyboarding. This is an idea borrowed from movie and film makers. They start off by planning each scene on paper. You can do the same for your scrapbooking. I could see this coming in handy for people who can only do scrapbooking intermittently with gaps of time in between.
You could have a notebook with photos and make notes for each of the pages that you will eventually do. This way names, dates, places etc are noted at the time and you have a blueprint for the pages when you are able to give it the time.

I have photos from years ago and sadly I can not remember some of the names or places where the photos were taken although I can remember the occasions with a lot of happiness.

The important things to make a note of in your storyboard are the 5 W's. These will be what you want to remember: Who, What, When, Where and Why. When you have that you can usually remember the rest but make notes of anything you want to include that you might otherwise not recollect.

The most important thing with any hobby is to really love the time you spend on it. Whatever makes it easier for you is going to be important. If you get into a routine that makes it a good experience you'll get the most joy out of creating a treasure for your family.

Karen O'Donnell enjoys papercrafting and has done it for a living for 4 years. To find out more than 25 different ways of starting a business with papercrafting , see


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