Episode 27: Why You Need a Scrapbooking Bucket List

Alice Boll
Alice Boll

Show Notes

Do you know what a bucket list is?

It’s a list of things to do before you die, or before you ‘kick the bucket’.

Yeah, it’s kind of morbid.

But, it’s also kind of brilliant.

Whether you agree with the idea of a bucket list or not, it all comes down to creating a list of things that you would like to do… sometime. Call it what you like; bucket list, goals, to-do list, hope to do’s, I should’s, but be sure to make a list!

1. Create a Technique Bucket List

1. Do you have a list of things you’ve been wanting to try in your scrapbooks?

Have you considered creating your own scrapbooking bucket list?

Want to see what’s on my ‘Scrapbooking Bucket List of Techniques I Want to Use’?

  • Use a map.
  • Doodle.
  • Create a watercolour background.
  • Make a page with 10+ photos.
  • Make a page NO photos.
  • Use ink drops.
  • Figure out alcohol ink.
  • Scraplift your current favourite designer.
  • Make a monochromatic page.
  • Make a page with LOTS of white space.
  • Scrap a photo from today.
  • Make a collage of photos.
  • Create a hybrid scrapbook page.
  • Make a page with OLD product.
  • Create a page in 20 minutes.


Having a list of techniques or styles you’d like to use in your scrapbooking will help you:

1. Be more creative! This list will help you to challenge yourself to try something new. When you see an idea you’d like to replicate add it to your list.

2. Get past scrapbooker’s block. When you can’t figure out what you’d like to do, or where to start a scrapbook page, take a look at your list and try something new. This is a great way to begin a page!

3. Create variety in your books. Have you ever worried that all of your pages look the same? You won’t have to worry about that if you mix some different styles and techniques into your albums once in a while.

4. Stay motivated. Trying something new is the best way to stay motivated to keep scrapbooking. Doing the same thing all of the time can become monotonous and boring. Scrapbookers that have been scrapbooking for years are often people that try new styles, techniques and play with new trends.

2. Create a Scrapbooking Project Bucket List

Let’s make a list of specific scrapbooking projects you’d like to complete.

This can be layouts, mini books, whole albums, whatever kind of crafty project you’d like to create can go onto this list.


1. It’s helpful to have a list of projects you’d like to complete. This gives you a jumping off point when you have time to scrapbook. It also shows you what kinds of projects are important to you right now.

2. It’s good for days when you don’t know what to scrap. Sometimes you are just not sure where to start. If you have a pre-made list of page ideas that you would like to complete you can see which idea sparks your interest and scrapbook something that truly inspires you.

Scrapbooking something that truly excites you is the best way to stay motivated to keep scrapbooking. These are the pages that you will be the most creative with. You’ll find your ideas flow much easier when you want to scrapbook something and you aren’t trying to complete a project because you ‘have to’.

3. If you have a list you can add to it when you see a good idea. You know how Pinterest can be a vacuous time suck of pretty pictures? (It’s not just me, right?) When you look up, you realize that you have been staring at, and pinning, other people’s amazing ideas for hours and you still haven’t completed your project, or found that pin you were looking for? Oops!

If you have a bucket list of page ideas you can jot down great ideas for later, that way you don’t have to get sucked into the Pinterest vortex the next time you are looking for inspiration.

The bucket list is also perfect for those times you are talking to your friends and catch yourself saying, “I should totally scrapbook that!”

Want a peek at my Scrapbooking Projects Bucket List?

  • A heritage album.
  • My wedding album.
  • A book about my aunt.
  • Complete boys’ birthday layouts!
  • An album about our home.
  • Music from my childhood page.
  • Candy I loved as a child.
  • My childhood toys.
  • Story about my long letter at summer camp.
  • Family genealogy page.
  • Page about Joe’s awful knock-knock jokes as a 5 year old.
  • Finish my selfie album.
  • What strange or unusual talents/abilities do you have?
  • Pet peeves.
  • What’s the silliest/craziest thing you’ve ever done?
  • My collections.
  • What do you photograph but never scrap?
  • Favourite school subjects and the dreaded ones!
  • Books I love.
  • Movies I love.
  • What’s your beauty routine?
  • Best recipe?
  • Kitchen disasters!
  • Tales from summer camp. (cactus – duh!)
  • Favourite piece of jewelry.
  • Engagement story.
  • Music that reminds me of…
  • Chores! You love to hate ’em!

By calling this a bucket list it helps to take some of the pressure off of these incomplete projects. You are meant to get around to them eventually, but there is no sense of looming dread over the fact that they are not done yet. Hey, you haven’t kicked the bucket yet, right?


I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode!

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