Simple Scrapbooks Call for Submissions

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Whether you embrace a simple philosophy or a simple design aesthetic in your scrapbooking, we’re excited to invite you to submit to Simple Scrapbooks: Volume 2! The inspiration and teaching found in the pages will give our readers the tools they need to enjoy the creative process and to tell their stories simply and without guilt over doing it the “right” way.

What simple scrapbooking is:

  • Telling the story – Chronological scrapbooking isn’t necessary.You don’t have to pressure yourself to “get caught up.”Just tell the stories and let go of the guilt.
  • Choosing the best pictures – to help you tell the story. No need to use every single picture snapped when the story can be told with only a few.
  • Time-saving tactics – as the hobby has evolved, photo pocket scrapbooking and scrap journals have added a new level of simplicity totelling the story.
  • Understated design – keep it simple.
  • Planning ahead – write down journaling as it comes to you in the car, at the doctor’s office, or in the school pick up line. Gather product and pictures in kits for each story you want to tell so that you can create quickly when little bits of time become available to you.

What simple scrapbooking is not:

  • Fussy or too Technique-y – using white space and clean lines allows storytelling with words and photos to be the focus.
  • Time intensive -smart shortcuts can make a big impact.
  • Boring – be clever while still being approachable.

For this issue, we are looking for single and double-page layouts that fall into the following three levels and several categories (see below). Each layout will be categorized accordingly in the issue, so when you create, keep in mind the level you’re working to achieve.

The 3 Levels of Simple Scrapbooking

Level 1 – Get it Done – Uncropped4x6 or 4×4 photos and handwritten journaling

Level 2 – Plan Ahead – Cropped photos and simple computer journaling

Level 3 – Play Around – Simple photo manipulation (collages, change to B&W, etc.), die cut titles, and pre-printed phrases to enhance journaling in an effort to tell the story.


Now that you know our 3 levels of Simple Scrapbooking, please submit single and double-page layouts (of all sizes) in the following categories:

  1. Sketches - Use one of the following sketches as a simple jumping-off point for your design.
  2. Limited Product – Create layouts with a limited amount of products (adhesive, cardstock, computer, photos, trimmer, ink, and straight-edge scissors are free and don’t count in the final number.)
    1. 2-3 products – For example -Patterned paper, manual die cut, and stickers.
    2. 4-5 products – For example – Patterned paper, stickers, buttons, punches and washi tape.
  3. Creative Journaling Ideas – Come up with simple ways to journal, whether it be lists, journaling as a design element, child’s journaling, interview-based journaling, etc. Use your imagination!
  4. Simple Mini Albums – Create quick and clever albums, scrap journals, or photo pocket pages using a formulaic approach and basic supplies.

Can’t wait to see what you create! Click here to go to the submission tool and upload your project. You have until midnight MDT on Monday, April 7, 2014.

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