You don’t have to wave the Stars & Stripes forever to make the most of National Scrapbooking Day (NSD). Nope. This one is open to all nations and locations. And with this Saturday being the big event, I thought I’d dedicate today’s post to scrapbooking and the trends as they relate to this hobby so many of us love. In order to make this happen, I knew there was no better place to turn than our very own SCT community. You’ve left such wonderful comments for me thus far, including links to where I can find you, which has been such a treat. I’ve loved getting to know you better and am thrilled I can compile some of your creativity in celebration of NSD.
Let’s get this party underway!
Scrapbooking Trend #1: Traditional Charm
Scrapbooking has taken on many forms over the years, but one style has maintained as a popular approach—the 12×12 layout. It’s hard to go wrong with this standard size, but that doesn’t make it cookie cutter. Each scrapbooker brings her own signature style to every 12×12 layout she creates. This layout by SCT community member SandyL is a perfect example. Didn’t she do a fab job adding the primary colors to the dark background? Not necessarily an expected approach, but it totally works and catches the eye.
Scrapbooking Trend #2: Pocket Play
Whether you scrapbook outside of the pocket or in, I continue to be blown away by your clever use of the pocket products.
Char set her pocket pieces free by placing them on a 12×12 background instead of inside of page protectors. Be leaving small margins between each piece, she still achieves the pocket look and maintains a balanced layout. Nice work, Chark!
Natalie decided to play inside the pocket parameters, but approach is far from basic. Look how she stretched one photo across several pockets. How cool is that?!
Scrapbooking Trend #3: Art Journal Journey
Possibly the most scrappy of all scrapbooks, the art journals are still here in a big and beautiful way. While they may not be what you traditionally think of when you think of “scrapbooking,” they’re actually an amazing form of memory keeping, as they allow you to express yourself and your feelings through your art. Isn’t Frances’ work elegant and artistic?
Scrapbooking Trend #4: Fun with Filofax
This is one scrapbook style I can’t get enough of at the moment—the filofax! (Spoiler alert! We’ll explore the filofax further soon.) Few do this planner-style scrappy book cuter than the talented Anabelle O’Malley. I love seeing her sweet comments here on the SCT blog, and make a point of reading her blog on a regular basis. Card makers and scrapbookers alike will find something there to love!
Scrapbooking Trend #5: Sketchy Business
Yes, friends, the good ol’ sketch-assisted scrap is still popular and used by many of us on a regular basis. It’s easy to see why, too. This blueprint to scrapbooking takes some of that guesswork out of it for us, while still allowing us to put our own flavor into each and every page we create. That’s what’s known as a win, win! 😉
Scrapbooking Trend #6: Get Your Challenge On
Like sketches, challenges have held their popularity in the world of scrapbooking, but they certainly aren’t tired. Challengers continue to come up with fresh ideas and approaches to stretch our creativity, like this original idea by CSI (Color… Stories… Inspiration)—turn challenges into cases to be solved. Love it!
And our SCT community cutie, Jean, responded to this challenge by creating this stunning layout. Didn’t she do a lovely job?
Scrapbooking Trend #7: Making it Mini
Mini albums are and will forever be big . . . in popularity, that is. They’re fun to put together and they offer such a feeling of start-to-finish accomplishment. It’s no wonder we’re mad about minis.
Isn’t this BasicGrey book by Vicki Boutin a beauty? She’s able to get so many pics on these tiny pages. Awesome!
Now, in honor of Nat’l Scrapbooking Day, I thought I’d leave you a recent page I created for for Crop Because You Care, a charity crop that supports Epilepsy. My brother has this scary disease, so I was more than happy to jump in a create something for the event. That’s one of the things about scrapbooking that warms my heart in a major way—the way it’s used for good to help in so many worthwhile causes and situations. What a blessing!
Can you spot some of the trends we’ve talked about here on my page? I incorporated several. Thanks for inspiring me, SCT! And a VERY special thanks to Fancy Pants Designs for sponsoring my page. Love their stuff!
I plan on posting layouts on my blog and Instagram account all week, gearing up for the big event on Saturday. Hope you’ll stop by from time to time.
Also, I’m delighted to be running in Big Picture Classes’ 10k this Saturday, May 3! This free, all-day event doesn’t actually require running shoes (thank goodness!). Instead, the goal is to add 10k (as in 10,000) new scrapbook pages to Instagram in one day. Wow! That’s a lofty goal, but I think we can do it. Hope you’ll help us. Check out BPC for more info and let the creative race to inspiration begin!
No matter your nationality or creative hobby of choice, I wish you and yours a very happy Nat’l Scrapbooking Day. I hope you'll join the Scrapbook & Cards Today team this Saturday for 12 hours of amazing inspiration, creativity and hourly giveaways right here on the blog! You'll find yourself inspired and reminded of what it is you love about playing with paper. After all, that’s what it’s all about. If you’re not enjoying yourself, you’re likely putting too much pressure on yourself. I sincerely hope that isn’t the case and you’re making the most of all that your creative journey has to offer.