Thursday, October 29, 2015

Scrapbook Process Videos: Getting Started + Tools I Use

I get asked about how to make scrapbook process videos frequently. It's hard to believe that just over a year ago, I was the one asking those questions! A year has taught me a lot about making these videos and I wanted to share a bit of that with you.

If you want to take a peek into my space and a quick walk-through of the products I use, watch the video below or over on my YouTube channel. I've also linked to the products at the bottom of this post.

I also wanted to share a few random tips/facts about making these videos, so here you go...

  • You don't need anything too fancy to get started. I use my iPhone to film my videos and a very inexpensive gooseneck clamp to hold it. Windows Movie Maker and iMovie are free video editing softwares that work great! Again, I've linked to the tools that I use below.
  • Have good lighting. I will admit that I am still unhappy with my lighting situation, but it's much better than what I started with. If you are able to, use natural light. If not, get some good lamps with natural light bulbs. I use Ott Lites.
  • It takes a lot of time and effort to make these videos. I think it's worth it. Now that I've been doing this for a year, I've got it down to a science. It still takes time. Let me break it down for you.
    • 1 hour: Making the layout
    • 10 minutes: Taking photos of the layout
    • 20 minutes: Editing photos of the layout
    • 10 minutes: Transferring the videos from my phone to my computer
    • 30 minutes: Editing the video (This could take more or less time, depending on how much editing I do. If I'm just speeding up the clips, adding my photos to the end, and doing a voiceover, I can do it in about 20-25 minutes.)
    • 30 minutes-1 hour: Uploading the video to YouTube (Again, this can take more or less time depending on the internet connection speed and how long the video is)
          So you can see that it takes roughly 2 1/2 hours from start to finish and that is with a lot of 
          experience. If you batch process, you can seriously cut this time down. What I mean is, if you
          have 3 layouts for the week, create all of the layouts, photograph all of the layouts, then edit all
          of the layouts, etc. It cuts down overall processing time.
  • Be yourself. People love connecting with other like-minded people. I love seeing a little personality in my favorite YouTubers. But, you also need to...
  • Provide valuable content. Think about what you have to offer. Are you a great teacher? Are you a great designer? Do you have a passion and enthusiasm for creating? Are you the funny one? What makes your videos something that people want to watch? Find that. Do that. It is what keeps people coming back. And just so you know, entertainment is most definitely value.
  • There is an awesome community here to support you. We got your back! When I first started doing videos, I was part of the nicolejones911 Facebook group and everyone there was very encouraging and helpful about making videos and giving me feedback. I really appreciated it. Which leads me to my final thought...
  • No one expects you to be a pro right from the start. So don't expect if of yourself. Allow yourself to be a beginner. Everyone has to start somewhere, right?
I hope that these tips and this video has been helpful to you. If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment below. And if you don't already, I strongly encourage you to join some scrappy Facebook groups. You can get immediate feedback and create friendships. I mentioned the nicolejones911 Facebook group, but these are also great: Scrap Gals Community, faith hope washi, Victoria Marie FB Group, Scrapaholics Anonymous.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Thank you Jen for posting this! I love watching your videos and this is a big help, hopefully I'll have my 1st video posted soon.

  2. Thank you for sharing this! I'm hoping to start my own YT channel before the end of the year and this will help me so much :)

  3. Thank you again Jen - this is really helpful!

  4. Thanks for the helpful tips here too, I just came from your YouTube video. The encouraging advice is so true! Though I have been making videos for awhile, I still have a ton of room for improvement as far as lighting, sound quality, and trying to show my personality! Your videos are just amazing and I think your lighting is great as it is 😊

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