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Batch Scrapbooking - and following Glitter Girl's advice to use my kit

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Recently my sparkly friend Glitter Girl shared a process she uses for limiting her scrapbooking supplies to combat any feeling of being overwhelmed by too many options. Of course her strategy can work with plenty of combinations of papers, so I wanted to give them a try and share the looks I created following the same plan of action but with a different selection of papers and photos.

This will make the most sense if you start by watching Glitter Girl’s Adventure if you haven’t seen in yet. You can find more details (and all the products and the three finished scrapbook pages) here at Two Peas in a Bucket.

And though my voice is currently a husky mystery that fades in and out of existence by the word, I happened to have filmed a little something more on this topic before it went away!

There are two significant differences between this video and Glitter Girl’s original: the supplies and the order in which things are done. The supplies are easy: I used the April product picks for the Best of Both Worlds kit. The process is something that takes just slightly more explanation.

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I call this style of creating Batch Scrapping – and it’s something I do when I have a lot of ideas in my head or a bunch of pages to get done before a set deadline. Instead of doing one full layout from start to finish, I work on a few at a time, laying down all the papers and photos, then coming back to do titles and writing on each page, then working through the set again for embellishment. I don’t scrap like this all the time, and it’s part of my process in the same way that many things are a some-of-the-time process for me: varying between things like ornate layouts or simple layouts, photos first or supplies first, sketch or no sketch – having all those different options keeps me productive because I never fall into one set routine. Batch scrapping falls into that too. Sometimes I am just more motivated to work in that slightly disjointed process, but not always. I know several friends who have to do multiple pages for a deadline for design teams or similar commitments that work in this fashion, and it’s especially useful if you want to use a kit each month and make sure you spread all the embellishments and papers around for several pages. Interestingly, making these three pages actually used more paper than I would ordinarily use from a kit, I feel. It could be a misconception, but it seems like I have relatively little left after three pages. We’ll see how far I can stretch the rest – there is after all a lot of paper in the 6×6 paper pad.

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By the way, if mixing all these patterns is still something you wish came a little more easily for you, you might be interested in Scrapbook Remix. This class originally ran last autumn, but after the recent episode of Paperclipping Roundtable, I’ve been persuaded to run it once again on a live schedule. That starts TOMORROW! So go sign up now if you would like to join in with all that fun. If you participated before (or indeed signed up at any time) and would like to receive the live emails, you are welcome to do so and there is no charge for that, but you do need to request them. For that, please see the details toward the end of this post. (It’s just before the last photo in that post.)

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @
And you may have looked at your calendar and realised April is marching steadily on, which means May will be here soon. May is the month with a SCRAPBOOKING HOLIDAY. How fabulous is that? National – or International – Scrapbook Day is Saturday the 4th of May this year, and I can give you a big nod that there will be lots of exciting stuff at Two Peas and here at, so I hope you have some scrapping time to join us!

This coming week I’m hoping to be up to using the rest of my April kit, though it remains to be seen whether I can manage to speak in a video or if it will be better just to write out some notes to show you how things come together. We shall see! Take care, and have a fabulous week.

21 April 2013

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16 Comments for Batch Scrapbooking - and following Glitter Girl's advice to use my kit

  1. Cassidy Says:

    Will you be running a whole new class or is it going to be the exact same one as last time?

  2. shimelle Says:

    Cassidy, you didn’t leave an email address with your comment so I’m hoping you’ll perhaps catch the answer here:

    This particular run is just a repeat of the content of Scrapbook Remix – there is nothing new added. There were many people interested in doing the course on a live run who hadn’t taken it last autumn, so this is just a second chance to catch the emails.

    There is an entirely brand new class coming soon, however. :)


  3. Nishi Says:

    Thank you for taking all the time & effort to make these videos. I love each & every one from you & they are SO inspiring !!!

  4. Michelle Says:

    Hope you are feeling better!! <3

  5. Lisa M. Zepponi Says:

    As always a great video. I hope you feel better soon.

  6. Robin Walston Says:

    Enjoyed your three layouts and Glitter Girls as well. Your process is always so interesting to me.
    Robin, so. In, USA

  7. Alinor Says:

    loved that GG adventure and seeing those 3 new layouts! can’t wait to blog the three layouts i did with my homemade kit!

  8. Linda Lueders Says:

    I love your videos! When I first saw the month strip on the 2 photo layout, I immediately thought of stripes on a road. I may be the only one!!!

  9. Isa Stubblefield Says:

    I’ve always thought I couldn’t use 6×6 pads for photo mattes, thanks for showing me a few tricks on how to use all those paper pads up!! Also, your husband’s bday is the day before mine and falls on my best friends! Hope he had a great one!! Feel better soon!

  10. Anissa H. Says:

    On the 3 picture layout, did you journal on the transparency or on the patterned paper under the transparency? If you did journal on the transparency, what type of pen did you use on that? Great video! I always learn so much and am so inpired by you.

  11. Joanne Says:

    I tried this but I have to admit I cheated on the last layout, still three layouts achieved without too much fuss.

    I listened twice but couldn’t hear where you said you got your Instagram photos printed?

  12. Abster Says:

    Thanks for this follow-up to GG with this batch scrapping. I really love this idea. I have been able to more smoothly pull together a kit now. I created my 3 pages today following this plan. Be well!

  13. Crystal B. Says:

    Thank you so much for all of the wonderful ideas you post each week! I had no idea that you have so many videos posted until I checked out your blog. My you are a busy lady! Hope you are feeling better and can’t wait to see the next set of videos. You really inspire me and have helped me to have the confidence to finally start scrapping my own pages instead of dreaming about it. I made a lot of cards before, but never knew where to start on my pages. Now I do! :)Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day!

  14. Jeannine H Says:

    I will sign up for your class. Glad you are re-running it (although i know it is always open). Thanks for all you do and take good care of yourself!

  15. Linda In Aus Says:

    Ooooo a new class coming, sign me up already…
    I am determined to order the best of both worlds kit this May, it will mean that I will have to play along about a month later as it usually takes about four weeks to get here but that’s ok, I will just bookmark your posts. I must remember to click on your link to Two Peas as well. Thanks again Shimelle.

  16. England Travel Info Says:

    I discovered your blog site on google and check a few of your early posts. Continue to keep up the very good operate. I just additional up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Seeking forward to reading more from you later on!…

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