Gold-Medal Speed Scrapping

02/25/2010 at 12:26 am | Posted in General Inspiration | 10 Comments
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Apolo Ohno has shown that getting the job done fast can mean getting the job done right. The same can be true with scrapbooking—fast and easy layouts can also be high-impact layouts. Try out your speed scrapping with one of these quick but quality pages. Just as Apolo earned the gold one lap at a time, I’ll show you how to complete these pages in just four laps:
Lap 1: Photos
Lap 2: Blocks
Lap 3: Border Strips
Lap 4: Embellishments
Use the specs below for each lap to help you on your way to completing these gold-medal pages.

“Trike” by Vivian Masket, as seen in the March 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes

Lap 1 (Photos): two 4″ x 6″
Lap 2 (Blocks): n/a
Lap 3 (Border Strips): one 12″ x 2.5″
Lap 4 (Embellishments): one bird accent, one circle accent, three brads, letter stickers, and pen

“My Sweet Cakes” by Lisa Dorsey, as seen in the February 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes

Lap 1 (Photos): two 6″ x 4″ and three 3.5″ x 5″
Lap 2 (Blocks): two 12″ x 5.5″ (green) and one 4″ x 3.5″ (white, cut into seven 0.5″ journaling strips)
Lap 3 (Border Strips): two 12″ x 0.5″ and two 12″ x 1.5″
Lap 4 (Embellishments): nine buttons, heart accent, flourish transparency or rub-on, letter stickers, pen, and thread

“Slide Down” by Dawn Hagewood, as seen in the March 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes

Lap 1 (Photos): one 4″ x 6″ and two 3″ x 4″
Lap 2 (Blocks): one 11″ x 11″
Lap 3 (Border Strips): two 10″ x 0.25″, two 3″ x 1″, two 3″ x 0.75″, and four 3″ x 0.25″
Lap 4 (Embellishments): letter stickers and one 3″ circle

“Snow Men” by Jackie Stringham, as seen in the January 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes

Lap 1 (Photos): one 5″ x 7″, two 4″ x 6″, one 3.3″ x 5″, and one 3.3″ x 3.3″
Lap 2 (Blocks): 2.3″ x 7″, 7.25″ x 2.3″, and 1″ x 2.3″
Lap 3 (Border Strips): one 11″ x 0.75″ and one 8.25″ x 0.75″
Lap 4 (Embellishments): one 2.25″ circle, one 2.75″ circle, one 3.75″ circle, three snowflake accents, and letter stickers

Happy speed scrapping!

–Brittany Beattie, online senior editor



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  1. Thanks for the inspiration. Right now, I need speed !

  2. That is fast scrapbooking. Good ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Brittany, I love the layouts and the simplicity to make them! Thank you for sharing. I am going to try all of them.

    Becky (justbusyscrappin)

  4. These don’t look like speedy layouts–I’ll have to try em and let you know if I can pull it off!

  5. I like the idea of Speed Scrapping. Sometimes we have so many pictures, there isn’t time to spend on doing a page for each individual picture. I have started doing a single focus picture on a page by itself and then using several pictures on the rest of the pages. That way I spend more time on the one and Speed through the rest of them. Thanks for the great ideas.

  6. Great LOs! I’m such a slow scrapper, spend far too much time thinking. Definitely going to use some of the inspiration from this post to help me speed up 🙂

  7. These do look quick !! Thanks!!

  8. thank you . . . thank you . . . thank you . . . i sooooooooo totally appreciate you giving the dimensions of the pics and the blocks/strips. i always struggle and spend a ton of time trying to figure out dimensions! soooooo totally marking this in my google reader as a keeper!!!

  9. I appreciate any help I can get with a layout. I especially like it when the dimensions of things are included–I can “scraplift” most anything with the help of sizes etc. Thanks for thinking of us.

  10. Thanks for the inspriation! I’ll have to try these out this weekend!

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