So what’s your plan for 2015? You have a plan, right? What? You don’t? Didn’t you get the memo? Scrapbookers in this modern era need to have a plan! And in addition to your plan, you need a mission statement. What? You don’t have one of those either? I’ll just wait here while you get to work on that.… go ahead. No, really. I’ll be here.
(See, I’m trying to be funnier in 2015. How’s it going so far?)
After doing Project Life for the past three years (both traditionally and digitally), I feel like I’m ready to shake things up a bit. Don’t misinterpret: I LOVE my Project Life albums. In fact, I’m working on my digital book for 2014 and thinking the finished product is going to be really, really cool.
I just finished reading Ali Edwards’ intentions for 2015 and I feel that. I do. I’m not going to do it myself because one time I did a mixed size page album for a class (Design Your Life) and it’s my least favorite album for one reason alone: different page sizes in one space make me sweaty. But I love the idea of just doing what you feel like doing in a less structured format.
So here’s what I’m thinking: a monthly document, done digitally, with the end goal being a printed book. I think I’ve mentioned my lack of space for album storage. I wish I had endless shelves to store book after book, but I just don’t. The idea of a slim, printed book appeals to me on so many levels. Plus, if I take a monthly approach, I can just build pages here and there and choose as many photos and stories as I like. I will use my same Minimal Basic Templates, because I still really like them and you can modify them very easily to create new looks. I know I should make all new things. I get it. It makes me more money, but honestly? I don’t need to reinvent the wheel every year. That’s one prong.
Next, I’ll continue to make 8.5 x 11 hybrid pages that filter into our respective family albums, just as I always have. These stories will be told as they come. They might be part of a class I’m teaching. They might be inspired by the moment. It remains to be seen. I still like to combine a few bits of paper with a simple embellishment to tell a story. And I still like showing you how to make design one of your scrapbooking tools.
I’ll continue doing annual projects, namely 30 Days of Thankful and December Daily. Who knows, I may invent a new monthly project. You know, something like March Mini Albums (you make one mini album daily for all 31 days of March and in turn, go completely crazy by the end and never scrapbook again) or Just Selfies July (self explanatory).
I have a few craft storage update plans, namely, I want to replace all of my current chipboard albums, the ones that hold all of my family pages, with plain black faux leather ones—also inspired by Ali’s storage—but that’s going to take a while to knock off. I’ll shoot for two albums a month and see where I end up at year’s end.
I want to keep working on updating my photo albums, a project I started a few years back.
And finally, I want to get rid of a ton of scrapbook shit that’s currently taking up valuable space in my basement. I don’t need three-quarters of the stuff I have and I know there are local schools and community centers that might appreciate some extra crafting supplies.
So that’s my plan. It’s pretty close to the old plan.
And my mission statement is unwavering: take the crap out of scrapbooking.
What does your plan looking like for the coming year?