Thursday, 17 March 2016

Scrapbook Bootcamp

I needed a serious kick in the butt to get started on scrapbooking my 
old family photos. I had all the photos printed and ready to go but the task seemed so daunting that I kept putting it off and putting it off. A year and a half later and I was still putting it off.

Then I found Scrapbookin' Adventures and the UYOP Workshop.
Heather, Jennifer Edwardson & Julia at the UYOP Workshop
What is a UYOP (Use Your Own Product) Workshop, you ask?
It is a workshop developed by Jennifer Edwardson in 2009 ~ meant to help scrapbookers go through their stash, create easy kits and spend one day creating 20 layouts. YES! TWENTY LAYOUTS!

I'll share a few of mine with you....

Three before the workshop, I received the instruction kit from Jennifer.
One sheet of basic instructions and 20 layout maps that told me what I would need for each kits.

Creating my kits was intense and took me about 10 days to complete but I was thrilled to be
 using up so much of my stash. I was so excited to get started when I finally had my kits ready.

Workshop day arrived and off I went with my kits & a large coffee! I was greeted by the lovely Jennifer Edwardson and had a few minutes to chat and shop before we got started.

This is a fast-paced workshop with Jennifer leading through the construction of each layout
 in about 25 minutes. I only finished the basic assembly of each page. I added titles, embellishments and hidden journaling pockets at home.

By the end of the 12 hour workshop I had 20 layouts ready for a few touches!
Twenty! That's more layouts completed in one day than I have done in 5 years.
Jennifer suggested keeping out kit instructions and reuse the page maps over again by flipping or rotating them to get a different look. What a fabulous idea!

This week I am starting to put 20 more kits together - these will be perfect to take to crops and retreats over the next few months.

If you live in the Calgary area be sure to check out Scrapbookin' Adventures! 

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~~stay crafty~~



  1. Awesome workshop, like this idea. Three of you look great in this photo Julia :)

    1. It's a fabulous idea and the best part (other than the 20 layouts) was using stuff that I already had!

  2. I so need to do this! Where do I sign up? I looked on the scrapping adventures webpage but didn't see a workshop sign up area or any info.

    1. Hi Terri - if you click on the Scrapbookin' Adventures logo at the end of my blog post you will go their blog. Click on "Shopping" then click on "Workshops". I don't see any workshops listed right now but if you sign up for the email newsletter you will get a notification when another one is scheduled. I hope this helps!

  3. Can I come to your next workshop? I'm only about 15 years behind with my photos! I used to be a religious scrapbooker until the advent of digital photography. How cool to complete 20 pages photo ready in one day! Hugs!

    1. It was awesome! I was crazy scrapbooker too and it's been years since I did any 12x12 l/o's so to get 20 done in a single day was a hardcore accomplishment.

  4. So cool. One day I shall join and get started.


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