Confessions of a Messy Scrapbooker

I am a messy scrapbooker. I like to start with my space neat and tidy, but by the end of things, it is a disaster area. Truly. Yet, I think some people might look at my pages and think I am a messy scrapbooker on my layouts as well. I love my style of scrapbooking, but I can appreciate that others may not. So here are a few of my confessions for what I believe make me a messy scrapbooker.

I hate straight lines. To get out my ruler or my paper cutter means I have tried several times to cut that perfect straight line freehand, and have been unsuccessful. If it is even sort of close to a straight line, then I am happy with it. I do not stress over a straight edge. Sometimes I cut my photos 3 times just to make it look semi-straight!

When I doodle, I sometimes find myself searching for an embellishment to cover up said doodling. This makes me laugh a little to think about. I love being creative. But, sometimes, that straight line I was trying to draw around the picture, or that cute little embellishment I was drawing in the corner just doesn’t turn out quite right, so I have to be flexible. Sometimes, I have to admit that what is in my head, doesn’t always translate into something beautiful when it actually comes out through my pen.

I don’t clean up as I go. Often, I will work and work and work until my surroundings are piles of paper, adhesive, ribbon and buttons, and scraps of stuff all jumbled up. I can’t find my scissors or my glue, or anything really! So, I end up grabbing something I may not have used otherwise because I couldn’t find what I thought I needed. Maybe this is a good thing? I’m not sure!

I like to cluster, and jumble things up on the page. My style is definitely not full of straight lines, and perfectly cut paper, but instead, I like clusters of things. I like to bunch my photos into one spot overlapping each other, or put all the embellishments together. But, this is what I love.

One of my scrapbooking idols is Elsie Flannigan who is the creator of the infamous, Love Elsie line of scrapbooking papers and embellishments. She titled her website, A Beautiful Mess. Genius. Because, to her, it is beautiful no matter what anyone else thinks. That is the beauty of scrapbooking. It is a manifestation of the creative you! Does this mean that I am a mess? Maybe, but I love that mess!

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About Meredith

Meredith is a native Texan who is currently living in Salt Lake City, UT. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with a B.A. degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been married for almost 10 years and has three beautiful children who consume most of her time. However, she started blogging in 2007 and has fallen in love with the idea of becoming a writer. She started scrapbooking over 10 years ago, and has become obsessed with that as well. She also dreams of the day when someone will pay her to scrapbook for them! When she is not scrapbooking, or blogging, she loves to people watch, and analyze what makes people tick. Meredith is proud to be a Mormon, and even served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she fell in love with the Latin culture and learned to speak Spanish. Visit Meredith on her personal blog at