I thought I'd do some reflecting throughout this last month of my time with Simple Scrapbooks magazine, and I've given that reflection the heading of "Gettin' my Simple On." Join me, won't you? As I reflect on what I've learned from gettin 'my Simple on.
No. 1—Don't Reinvent the Wheel
[page taken from Scrapbook Play, from Simple Scrapbooks]
When Cole was three, I did this page:
When Cole was 7, I did this one:
Same title. Same design. Same journaling structure. Different pictures. Different Stories.
One of the best things about letting go of having to be the most creative scrapbooker in the room is that it frees you up to do the thing that really, let's be honest, you do better than anyone else. What's that thing? Simple. It's telling your stories.
Gettin' my Simple on has reminded me that I can use the same design and the same journaling approach and have results that are totally different, but ultimately result in exactly the kinds of stories I want to be saving.
My goal in scrapbooking is two-fold: one, tell stories that matter to me, and two, make them look good in the process.
That, in and of itself, is a fairly simple goal. It's not about being the best or having the most pages done. It's just about removing the whole reinvention notion, and getting to the good stuff. No guilt-laden detours in sight.
Good stories. Good design. No reinvention stress. That's one thing gettin' my Simple on means to me.
Stay tuned for more.