Monday Layout Challenge: 30 Minute Layout

Scrapbooker’s often get into a rut when it comes to specific pictures. They envision this amazing layout, and the inspiration to create it just never comes. My hopes with the Monday challenges are that you get the pictures out of the boxes and onto the pages and not put so much focus on elaborate layouts. Today’s challenge is to create a layout in which you spend no more than 30 minutes on it.

In order to create a layout in 30 minutes, it might be easier for you to use a sketch or scraplift from a message board. This is not a requirement though, it is simply a suggestion.

Don’t focus on creating such an incredibly elaborate layout. Just focus on the photographs you have chosen, create the design and then place the photographs. You can embellish, but don’t allow it to go over your 30 minutes.

It will be hard for some of you. I know. Especially if you are used to creating one hour and over layouts. But it is such a waste of time, if your main goal is to get your photographs into albums. Many of you leave your layouts out and come back to them again and again, to add or take away certain elements. I am asking you in this challenge, to avoid that. This layout should take 30 minutes, and should be completed all in one sitting.

Here are a few tips to make this challenge a bit easier.

Organize your photos and scrapbooking elements first. Have photographs ready already that you plan to use, along with papers and anything else you might need. This is a great time to use up some of those page kits.

Journal with a pen. Don’t worry about the computer. The challenge is to complete the page in the half hour time set aside. So you will need to journal in your own handwriting.

Use a Timer. Set a timer, alarm clock or cell phone for 30 minutes.

No Distraction. Eliminate distractions for that half hour. No phone, no kids, no television to distract you.

That’s it. Get to it. I’d love to hear about it or you can add your layout to the gallery if you would like, and then let me know in the comments.

Oh, and here’s mine. It turned out alright, considering I had NO idea what I was going to do. Sorry about the different sizes, hopefully I can fix that next time.