One of the joys of being a photographer and a business strategist is getting to know so many other amazing business owners. As you know, I strongly believe in living with tangible photographs not just non-tactical pixels on my device. I love to create albums and even used to throw scrapbooking parties for friends. We’d share fun tools, stamps, stickers, papers and help one another design our pages.

So, I’m really excited to introduce Jennifer Wilson of Simple Scrapper to you. I connected with Jennifer’s mission to make scrapbooking simple. Just imagine how many more stories and images I can share by using a simple and organized approach. Without further blathering, here’s my Q&A with Ms. Jennifer.

photo courtesy of Simple Scrapper

photo courtesy of Simple Scrapper

Q: What is Simple Scrapper?

A: Simple Scrapper is a community where I help women enjoy their hobby more using purposeful approaches. Along with the blog and newsletter, I run a membership program and teach classes on my favorite strategies for simple scrapbooking. To me “simple” is more than a style, it’s the combination of things you do to create with joy and ease. For some that looks more minimal and for others it’s delightfully messy.

Q: Why did you start it?

A: I started Simple Scrapper in late 2008 as a blog to document my own journey in scrapbooking, but I knew I wanted it to become a business. Originally I thought that digital scrapbooking was the only path to “simple”, but it didn’t take long to discover that it’s more the approaches you employ to support your craft than it is the actual methods you use to do it.

Q: Why does scrapping light you up?

A: I’ve always enjoyed creative hobbies and even tried scrapbooking a couple times in the past. It was after I got married in 2008 that I really felt compelled to tell my stories in a way that also provided a creative outlet. What keeps me going is the challenge of documenting of our memories in a way that helps you relive them again and again.

photo courtesy of Simple Scrapper

photo courtesy of Simple Scrapper

Q: What are 3-4 essential tools for scrapping and where can they be found?

A: There are so many ways to be a scrapbooker today that our community looks a lot different than it did 10 or 15 years ago. Thus the tools I consider essential are quite broad in the modern era of memory keeping:

1. Stories – Those who stick with scrapbooking find that they get more out of the experience by digging deeper than events. They take photos of everyday moments and scrapbook about feelings, relationships, and connections across time. Taking a story-first approach adds a deeper purpose that ultimately fuels motivation to create.

2. “Can Do” Attitude – When scrapbooking stops being fun and starts feeling like a chore, something needs to change. In today’s busy world it’s important to keep a positive attitude and know that you can make this hobby anything you want it to be. There’s always a way to simplify or shift gears when frustration pops up.

3. A Plan – The biggest reason people say they stop scrapbooking is due to lack of time. I’ve found that having a plan for your projects makes it much more possible to fit memory keeping into any schedule. A plan can be as simple as prioritized list of the scrapbook pages you want to create. It works to reduce overwhelm by helping you focus on one thing at a time.

In my membership program and classes at Simple Scrapper I teach students to rely on these tools to create a hobby that “fills you up and fits your lifestyle”.

photo courtesy of Simple Scrapper

photo courtesy of Simple Scrapper

Q: What’s a new technique you recently tried?

A: My scrapbooking is driven more by stories than by products or techniques, so I tend to focus on the basics. One thing I’ve been trying to do more though is use stamping as a creative entry point to the page, once I have a story in mind. I subscribe to a stamp club where I get a new set of photopolymer stamps each month and this helps me start using them right away.

Q: What’s your favorite way to keep everything organized?

A: Five years ago I started using Adobe Lightroom to both organize and edit my photos. Knowing where my photos are and what I have helps me scrapbook easily. I can browse through, print my photos, and be creating within minutes. What I’ve learned though is that the software isn’t nearly as important a having a simple system to keep all of your photos in one place. This May I’ll be sharing how to create this system in a free event called Photo Crush.

photo courtesy of Simple Scrapper

photo courtesy of Simple Scrapper

Q: Where can people find out more about you? (links to website, social media sites)

Website: http://www.simplescrapper.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/simplescrapper
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/simplescrapper

A: Anyything else you want to share about starting a business? One or two things you learned along the way. What’s on the horizon for Simple Scrapper? (I’ll cross prompt this on Business Juice.co)

I use a lot of the project planning techniques I teach to scrapbookers in my own business. In fact, I’ll take a full day at least once a quarter and an hour each week to work on business inside of Asana. When you break down a big vision into steps, it becomes much easier to achieve.

Because I believe that better photo management will help more scrapbookers enjoy their hobby, I am working hard on making Photo Crush an event that I can host twice a year to serve my existing community and introduce newcomers to my approaches.

 

Thank you so much Jennifer for sharing your business with us. I suppose it’s time for another scrapbooking party so we can implement your ideas. Who’s game?

photo courtesy of Simple Scrapper

photo courtesy of Simple Scrapper

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This week’s prompt is NIGHT!

Before the days get too much longer, I thought it’d be a good time to try your hand at some night photography. There’s a lot of drama and mystique to be captured with light’s other half – shadow… so don’t be afraid to experiment and try something a little different! Try out all your camera apps and see which one gives you the results you like best in low light!

You could capture night falling, that melancholy magic in the blue hour (also known as twilight) or really go for it and just use one source of illumination like a phone screen or a lamp! You could even go  all the way old-school and use a candle! :D

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How to See Other Poster’s Images

When you have a moment – look through the gallery! To check out images in the Instagram app – click the magnify glass, click photos and select hashtag then type in #wpmyview. All the tagged images will appear for you to scroll through, like and add comments to. It’s a great way to ‘meet’ others in our SFADA community.

Be Featured on My Instagram Feed

On Sunday your hashtagged image(s) may be featured on my Instagram feed as part of the #FabFour, so be sure to follow me @shuttershelly.

A reason to look forward to Mondays:

The Creative JumpStart now includes more than just the weekly photo prompts. Throughout the month we’ll be sharing fun art projects, great ways to get your images off your device and into your life as well as other fun creative inspiration. Why not drink your morning coffee with a bit of creativity to jump start your week?




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Happy Shooting,

Shelly

 

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This week’s photo prompt is #VEGGIES!!

With the onset of spring comes a new wave of in-season vegetables to pick from. My personal favorites are artichokes (yes please) as well as butter lettuce, broccoli, corn and collard greens to name a few. Head over to a local farmer’s market and you’ll be in store for a bounty of gorgeous color and tables full of delicious vegetables to compliment every meal.

The produce section at your grocery store and your nearest farmer’s market are a photographer’s paradise.  You’ll be snap happy taking advantage of the textures and shapes, trying out different depths of fields and other composition ideas to show off the veggies in the most appetizing way.

How to See Other Poster’s Images

Our Seen from A Different Angle gallery is growing. To check out images on the Instagram app – click the magnify glass, click photos and select hashtag then type in #wpmyview. All the tagged images will appear for you to scroll through, like and add comments to. It’s a great way to ‘meet’ others in our community. Also tag your friends in your feed to invite them play along.

What’s the #Fabfour?

On Sunday, I pick four images that have been hashtagged with #wpmyview to be featured on my Instagram feed. So be sure to use the hashtag and follow my feed @shuttershelly to see if your image was chosen!

Garfield may hate Mondays but you don’t have to:

The Creative JumpStart is the perfect way to kick off the week with shot of creativity to get your mind turning. We have featured artists, ideas for fun seasonal projects, ways to get your images off your device in and into your life and of course photography tips for the weekly photo prompt. Sign up below to start the week off right.



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Happy Shooting,

Shelly

This week’s prompt is GAMES!

Now that the days are getting warmer and brighter I imagine you might be spending a little more time outdoors, perhaps playing or watching some games. It’s a great way to spend time with others and even get in shape for summer, when the real playing happens!

Whether it’s children playing games like hopscotch or jumping rope to while away the afternoon or adults playing more ‘serious’ games like Cards Against Humanity, – show us a glimpse of the games in your life this week.

How to See Other Poster’s Images

I hope you have checked out the gallery. To check out images in the Instagram app – click the magnify glass, click photos and select hashtag then type in #wpmyview. All the tagged images will appear for you to scroll through, like and add comments to. It’s a great way to ‘meet’ others in our SFADA community.

Be Featured on My Instagram Feed

On Sunday your hashtagged image(s) may be featured on my Instagram feed as part of the #FabFour, so be sure to follow me @shuttershelly.

A reason to look forward to Mondays:

The Creative JumpStart is going to include more than just the weekly photo prompts. Throughout the month we’ll be sharing fun art projects, great ways to get your images off your device and into your life as well as other fun creative inspirations. Why not drink your morning coffee with a bit of creativity to jump start your week?




If you love Seen From A Different Angle then please share it with your networks so we can have other fabulous folks images to gawk over. Use the share buttons below to tell your friends.

Happy Shooting,

Shelly

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This week’s prompt is Creepy Crawlies!

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re always around… especially at this time of year! So instead of avoiding them, take the opportunity to slow down, step a little closer,  snap a shot and share – let’s see what’s buzzing around where you are!

There’s lots to see – from bees and dragon flies to ants, beetles and worms. Stand still, get low or peer into the shadows to see what our tiny friends are up to! They can sometimes be pretty easy to miss but if you stand still long enough, you’ll soon see that they’re just as busy as we are… especially now that our days are warming up and blooming flowers are everywhere.

How to See Other Poster’s Images

I hope you have checked out the gallery. To check out images in the Instagram app – click the magnify glass, click photos and select hashtag then type in #wpmyview. All the tagged images will appear for you to scroll through, like and add comments to. It’s a great way to ‘meet’ others in our SFADA community.

Be Featured on My Instagram Feed

On Sunday your hashtagged image(s) may be featured on my Instagram feed as part of the #FabFour, so be sure to follow me @shuttershelly.

A reason to look forward to Mondays:

The Creative JumpStart is going to include more than just the weekly photo prompts. Throughout the month we’ll be sharing fun art projects, great ways to get your images off your device and into your life as well as other fun creative inspirations. Why not drink your morning coffee with a bit of creativity to jump start your week?




If you love Seen From A Different Angle then please share it with your networks so we can have other fabulous folks images to gawk over. Use the share buttons below to tell your friends.

Happy Shooting,

Shelly