It can be a difficult thing to balance — the fun of playing with lots of papers and elements and gorgeous, detailed templates and remembering the whys of scrapbooking. Of course, we all have our different reasons for the how and why of our scrapping (for instance, creative team members are often creating to show off a kit and therefore it makes sense for them to have “more” on a page.) But for me, I have found that there are definitely times when simple is best. Here are four of my reasons:
1. MY TIME IS LIMITED
I wish it weren’t so, but my scrapping and memory keeping time is limited. With six kids, homeschooling, work for The Daily Digi, and a busy church life, there just isn’t a lot of extra time. Keeping my pages simple makes it much faster to complete layouts and record memories.
2. I PREFER SIMPLICITY
It took me a long time to realize, but in my life (not just my scrapping), I prefer simplicity. I can love and admire other people’s pages, other people’s homes, and other people’s beautiful and well-accessorized wardrobe, but when I feel happiest and most at peace when simplicty abounds. I would rather look deep at one thing than broad at a lot of things. But this is very much a personal preference that spans much more than my scrapbooking.
3. THE PHOTOS TELL MOST OF THE STORY AND IT I WANT THEM TO SHINE
I suppose this goes somewhat with my point above. Photos are the heart of my pages and I take photos because I see a story in front of me. I love to let them shine on a page. This is especially true with my “real” camera photos, since I am very intentional with those. I don’t want these images to have to fight for attention with a busier page.
4. THE JOURNALING IS SO MUCH A PART OF THE PAGE THAT IT NEEDS AND WANTS TO STAND OUT WITHOUT COMPETING FOR THE EYE’S ATTENTION
Again, this is much like my point above. Often, though the image tells a story to me, the story might not be evident to others who may look through my albums (especially my family). In that case, journaling is very important. A lot of elements or bold patterns would distract from the heart of the page: the photos and words.
Here are a few more simpler pages, with just a few choice elements, I have done recently. This isn’t to say I don’t ever have more fun with papers and elements on my layouts—because I do—but sometimes, simple is best.