When i started to scrapbook again, the first steps were the hardest for me. Picking up papers that matched together (and with my photos) and assembling them to create a nice "background" to create on. It usually took me hours and by the time i had done it, i wasn't even in the mood to start embellishing, adding the title... Then i started following Shimelle's blog and discovered the AWESOMENESS of starting points. They made creating easy and fun again.
I don't use them all the time but they make a great base and are perfect is you don't have too much time during the week days but want to have some quick fun scrapbooking from 10pm to 11pm. During the weekend, i'll take all my current fave papers and my stash of scraps and i'll create a few starting points, ready to be scrapped during the week. Works great for me and my schedule.
Above are the three starting points i made for February. I'll be back soon to share the layouts i'll make with them. Feel free to use them! I'd love to see how similar/different our layouts would be!