Lynnette shares our team’s top tips for keeping track of your layout ideas and inspiration.
This month here on the Sweet Shoppe blog we’re talking all about organization so today I wanted to share a few ideas for keeping track of your scrapbooking story and layout design ideas.
I don’t consider myself the most organized person on the planet but these three things are my absolute must-haves when it comes to keeping track of my ideas and inspiration:
1) My sketchbook
I have a large 9×12-inch blank paper sketchbook I use for EVERYTHING: layout sketches, product ideas, future blog posts, random notes and thoughts. It’s awesome because not only can I just flip to a new page if I run out of space or need a clean slate but when I need to find inspiration later, I only have to look in one place. No more digging through piles to find that one random thing I know I wrote down at some point.
Pinterest can definitely be a huge time-suck if you let it but as a visual person I love it because all the eye-candy is just so inspiring. I keep boards for all kinds of ideas: design, photography, Project Life, scrapbooking. Whenever I need a fresh dose of inspiration, I know I can open up Pinterest and find what I need.
Evernote is like my digital brain. I use it for keeping track of notes, story ideas, links, layout ideas and so much more. I especially love using it paired with the FastEver app on my iPhone – makes it so quick to jot down a spontaneous idea on the go.
Of course I also asked my awesome Creative Team and our amazing team of Babes and designers to share their tips. Here’s what they had to say:
Jen (NeverendingJen): Pinterest is good, but I get sucked in. I keep a running paper list of things I love, and include direct links in a word document when I can to inspiration. I also find it helpful to ask myself WHY this inspires me. Is it the color? The pattern? The white space? Typography?
Inga (Ginger_79): Some pinning, some keeping inspiring paper stuff I see, some noting it down, and a whole lot of mostly forgetting a lot of ideas I had.
Sherly (nietis): For me, it’s gallery favourite or sometimes just have the thought in my head. I have to immediately make it into a layout, though, otherwise, it’ll never get done & forgotten…
Aly (aly321): I still use the gallery favorites as one source. Sometimes I just save a page to a “Pages I Love” file to refer to later when I need some inspiration. Also, pinterest.
Brook (YepBrook): I sketch out layout ideas and quotes, etc. in a lined notebook or scrap pieces of paper on the desk. But, usually, I am scrapping without referring to any ideas or sketches. Sometimes I will type in a line of journaling to help me remember what happened in the notes or metadata of a photo ( in picassa). I also keep a document on my computer for journaling in progress.
Keely (Keely~B): I have a physical notebook but what I used most is Notes ( it syncs on my laptop and phone), it seems to be the most convenient.
Lydia (ltarbox): I’m not very good at doing this regularly, but I have done it, and I like it: I’ll open a blank layout, throw the photos on there, and save it with the name that I’ll give the layout. Then, if I have an idea of the kit that I’d like to use to scrap the photos, I open up the File Info and type the kit name in there. Then, when I’m in need of something to scrap, I have the file with the photos all ready to go, and I know what kit I’m going to use. This works great when you’re going to a crop and don’t want to spend your precious scrapping time searching for the perfect photos or kit.
Rebecca (MamaBee): Photos always trigger the story for me… those I will put into a folder in my Working file with a key word for kit theme, the date, title, and number of photos, if I decide to use a template. If it’s a silly thing that kiddo has said, usually I save the story or cute quote in my account at cozi.com… I do also jot them down on notepads, which I then promptly loose them to start another notepad for idea… hahaha… eh…
Sheri (SeattleSheri): File folder of magazine pages, Pinterest folder, Inspiration folder on my computer where I store images that I find intriguing, Folder of website favorites I can view for inspiration; some include techniques
Mari (Mari Koegelenberg): Notebook, Pinterest and a Smash book for collecting fun stuff.
Traci (Traci Reed): I have a notebook…or 30.
Lex (mrshobbes): I have a notebook for doodling layout designs when I’m about to scrap and a Pinterest board for layout designs. But I use Evernote to list down any actual page ideas, curate journal prompts, art journal looks/techniques, etc. I list down ideas in a checklist format so I mark which ones I’ve done. Sometimes I’ll include journaling, but it’s mostly stuff like “Mark finishing his first serial novel” etc etc. And yes, that is a little thumbnail of a layout Kimberly did! I love that layout and it made me cry and journal a hella lot of stuff, lol.
How do you keep track of your layout ideas and inspiration?