1. Knowing what the basic building blocks and tools are for making a page. 2. Having starting places that get you going quickly while offering opportunities for creative outcomes. 3. Having a checklist of shortcuts that work for your storytelling style, aesthetic preferences, budget and preferred way of working. 4. Understanding your "masteries and frustrations" and work accordingly. 5. Turning to flexible and easy-to-use inspiration for story angles and design approaches.
She is so right that finding a "springboard" or jumping off point for a page is the key. Once you have that then the fun stuff can begin.
And it really should be fun, after all.
Not every page has to be an original masterpiece. But, I find, if you let go of that idea often the pages you end up with are the ones that make you happiest after all.
If you are interested in scrapbooking, or keen to become more efficient AND have more fun with it, I recommend you check out Debbie's ideas, and also the great scrappy community at Get It Scrapped.
Spring seems to have finally (but sporadically) sprung in this part of the world. The other day I missed the bus and since it was so lovely I decided to walk downtown instead, as that would be quicker than waiting for the next bus.
I suspect that stopping to take photos along the way might have delayed me a bit though.