An Insider’s Look: Simple Scrapbooks

There’s a lot to keep up with our complicated, busy lives, but scrapbooking doesn’t have to be complicated at all––in fact, it can be a fantastically freeing, creative break from all those life complications when we keep it simple. To help simplify your scrapbooking, Creating Keepsakes created Simple Scrapbooks, a new special issue on sale today filled with hundreds of tips to keep scrapbooking simple.

Fans of the former  magazine will notice that this special issue’s title is the same, and although there are similarities in the style of layouts and tips, this issue is more of a presentation of the concept of simple scrapbooking than revisiting the magazine Simple Scrapbooks. To see the similarities and differences, get a sneak peek of this issue on our website, and see below for an insider’s look at the  fabulous ideas in it, such as:

Ideas to simplify the number of supplies you use on your layouts to maximize supplies

A Day at the Ball Park by Kim Hughes (found on page 45) used only photos, cardstock, and markers (plus basic tools) to create it. Kim even created a printable sheet of her hand-drawn title alphabet so you can use them for your layouts.

Simple tips for photo organization and fixes

Whether it’s pesky red-eye or an odd color cast, CK Dream Team member Linda Barber show you simple ways to fix photo faux pas on page 115.

Scraplifting secrets made simple

This How to Build a Campfire layout by Davinie Fiero shows an easily scraplifted cool color palette following the tricks in this article on page 15.

You’ll find these and more than 400 other ideas to scrapbook simply in this issue.

Visit our website to find more than 20 free printable downloads associated with this issue for your simple scrapbooking.

Thank you to our Scrappin Doodles, Studio Calico, and Therm O Web for their advertising support in this issue.

Win It!

Want to get your hands on a free copy of Simple Scrapbooks? Leave a comment by 9:00 am (MDT) Monday, April 30, telling us your favorite way to scrapbook simply. We’ll randomly choose three winners and post their names here; both US and international readers are eligible. And for even more chances to win, stop by the blogs of these CK friends:

Piradee Talvanna
Adele Beck
Laina Lamb
Stacy Cohen
Patty Cieri
Mou Saha
Autumn Baldwin
Paper Crafters Corner (Susan Mintmire)
Kim Jackson
Megan Hoeppner
Erika Hayes
The Scrap Review (Ashley Harris)
Laura Vegas
Joey Manwarren
Kim Watson



Jennafer Martin, editor-in-chief

Congratulations to our winners! To claim your prize, watch for an email in your inbox.

kate blue: one way I scrap simply is to use strips from scraps! Add a piece of leftover ribbon and a button….voila!

Kirsten: my favorite way to scrapbook simply is to make one pretty page & then have the page next to it be just photos in a grid (6 4×6 photos.)

Debbie: I keep my pages simple and clean by limiting the number of embellishments that I use on my page. I love my Cricut and use diecut titles and paper to make my page interesting and usually just one other embellishment on my page.

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88 Responses to An Insider’s Look: Simple Scrapbooks

  1. Nancy M says:

    Nothing about me scrapbooking is simple that is why I need your magazine

  2. Debbie says:

    I keep my pages simple and clean by limiting the number of embellishments that I use on my page. I love my Cricut and use diecut titles and paper to make my page interesting and usually just one other embellishment on my page.

  3. Debbie says:

    I like my scrapbook pages clean and simple. I limit the number of techniques and embellishments to my pages. I love my Cricut and make diecut titles and use paper to make my pages interesting. I like to make pockets for journaling, and then usually only add one other embellishment.

  4. Julie-Anne says:

    I find it hard to scrap simply, just because I get overwhelmed with all the fabulous ideas, techniques and products that are available to choose from! It’s hard to pick just one! I’m a novice so any help would be welcomed with open arms. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great prize.

  5. aimee says:

    I keep things simple by scrap-lifting most of my layouts. Out of financial necessities, I also limit the supplies I use to cardstock and pattered paper. Sometimes I’ll add some ribbons or brads.

  6. Emily Todd says:

    My style bounces back and forth between clean and simple to frilly and playful depending on my subject. I look forward to seeing the tips and ideas in this issue!

  7. Lisa P says:

    I love the simple, clean look. I love to have great interest in my pages and fun design, but I love the simplicity that keeps the focus on the photos.

  8. Ange says:

    Oh this sounds fabulous! I love to fussy cute and pop-dot.

  9. Sabine says:

    I like white spaces and one photo layouts – simple and plain.

  10. Shara says:

    plain and simple, don’t mess with the layout a million times.

  11. Robin B. says:

    I like my layouts to be clean and simple using various colors and a moderate amount of embellishments.

  12. Melinda T says:

    My favorite way to scrapbook simply is to limit myself to 5 items or less!

  13. Felicia Young says:

    One of my favorite ways to scrapbook is using just one photo at a time.

  14. Cathy says:

    I keep most of my layouts clean and don’t use a lot of embellishments.

  15. Karen Lingel says:

    I generally scrapbook simply out of necessity — I like to jam a lot of photos into a double-page layout, no room for a lot of other crud. Just the photos and some journaling and a title. Maybe a flower or three. Because, frankly, I want to remember the _event_ not the scrapbooking of the event.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  16. Carol B says:

    I love using premade embellishments and alpha stickers to help me scrap simply!

    Carol B


  17. I love using the pocket pages and mixing those in 3-ring albums with scrapbook pages

  18. Mandy says:

    love project life! that’s as simple as it gets.

  19. Nicole says:

    If I need to get a group of photos onto a page and want to keep it simple, I print them in a collage at a Kodak kiosk or on Shutterfly, print it out and paste it onto pretty paper. Then I use simple embellishments to dress it up a little and soften the edges.

  20. Would love to win this!

  21. Heather Paris says:

    I am trying to simplify – I love to do multiple pages of the same subject using the same color palate. I seem to have gotten more complicated as the years progress – but need some new ideas on how to get back to simplicity. Looking back at my early years I still like the simple pages I was once creating. Just as long as it is “matchy matchy”!

  22. cynthia palmore says:

    I always seem to go just a bit overboard with my scrapbooking style…tons of embellishments and photos and it seems to take forever. I would like to find ways to make quick and simple pages and to be able to complete more.

  23. christi says:

    i like to do a layout then just make the pictures fit. not the other way around.

  24. Sheri K says:

    I’m not a huge scrapbooker, but I do manage to put together a scrap calender every year, using photos taken the previous year. It’s always an 8,5 x 11 landscape version calendar, and I keep it simple by using just a few photos and simple embelishments.

  25. Gena McCauley says:

    I like to keep my pages clean and simple – and not overthink things. I used to be really bad about thinking “just one more thing” and added so much I ended up being unhappy with the LO. Now I find a stopping point before I add too much. I tend to let the photos “speak for themselves” – I want the photos to take center stage (not my embellishments).

  26. c@rol w says:

    The easiest way to scrap simply is to use a solid color paper for a background and place all your photos in some form of grid pattern. Add a splash of patterned paper in the same shape as your photos and some journaling… you’re done! A couple of embellies couldn’t hurt either!

  27. Judy Bowlby says:

    I always agonize over layouts when I scrapbook. This would be a great way to force me to keep it simple.

  28. Melinda Wilson says:

    I tend to have better luck at a simple layout if I use larger pictures.

  29. Carmen says:

    I always scrapbook simply – I don’t use a lot of different papers or embellishments. To me, the photos are supposed to be the focus, not everything else.

  30. Victoria in OHio says:

    Yes please! I would love to win this issue! I keep my layouts simple by using layers of paper and a few embellishments almost always buttons and ribbon. I find a layout that inspires me – and then make it mine…

  31. Christa S says:

    I scrapbook simply by using printed papers for lots of texture without lots of effort.

  32. Kate says:

    I try to keep things simple by limiting products and cost. Using a sketch also helps!

  33. Pamk says:

    Love to use just minumal esbellishments and card stock. Saves me money and still looks cute. I loved this when it was a seperate mag. I was a subscriber.

  34. kate blue says:

    one way I scrap simply is to use strips from scraps! Add a piece of leftover ribbon and a button….voila!

  35. SandyP says:

    I like to try to use up scraps on my table…then use a few go to supplies like flowers and brads.

  36. Helen says:

    I tend to use coloured cardstock background, some small pieces of patterned paper, photo, title, journal card, and a few embellishments – and that’s it!

  37. Kirsten says:

    my favorite way to scrapbook simply is to make one pretty page & then have the page next to it be just photos in a grid (6 4×6 photos.)

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