[ Group, in loose unison: Hello Cathy. ]
I tell you this, you warm, welcoming, understanding community of memory keepers, because it’s just a simple fact: I am a little behind the 8 ball on this one.
DOWN WITH SCRAP STRESS
Here’s the deal: I have loved making Project Life albums. I’ve made traditional ones. I’ve made digital ones that I turned into books. It’s been such a cool way to boil down the insane number of images from my life into a manageable document. And so today, I’m a little behind. Honestly? I’m not too worried.
The only thing I’m presently worried about is my data, as my computer crashed last week and as I type this, I’m waiting for my Time Capsule to restore my content. There are only 29 hours and 18 minutes remaining. Gulp.*
But I’m not worried about the lack of Project Life progress because I know that if and when I decide to sit down (and my Photo Library is still intact!), I could bust out four months in an afternoon.
I HAVE A SYSTEM FOR THAT
Part of why I’m not too worried is because the approach I’ve taken for the past two years is all about streamlining and simplifying. I’ve taken a monthly approach as opposed a weekly one. I’ve greatly reduced the number of products, digital or otherwise, that I use to create the pages.
But perhaps the biggest part of my system is connecting to this: I do not need to save it all.
THAT’S EASY FOR YOU TO SAY
I know what you might be thinking… well Cathy, that’s easy for you to say now that you’ve got one kid in college and one kid who’d rather be anywhere on Earth than on a scrapbook page. These things are true.
But another truth is this: I have never saved everything.
Back in 2002, when I first got into this hobby, I really did pick and choose the stories and the photos I wanted to save. I had this crazy idea that quality would trump quantity and as it turns out, I’m still okay with this philosophy all these years later.
I will say that if the Project Life format would have been around when my kids were little, I might have documented a bit more of that every day minutiae. Maybe. I will admit, there are details I can’t recall about the most mundane of days in my life as young mom with kids.
But looking back from where I’m at now, and looking at the stories I have chosen to save, and can honestly say: I’m good.
WILL SHE OR WON’T SHE PLAY CATCH UP?
I think that I will. I have been wanting to create a class to show people how to let go of the “I have to save it all” approach and to find the freedom in choosing stories and photos to save in a way that you’ll still love but won’t feel nearly as stressed about.
I’m considering using my current status as the base for this class. How to start well into a year to build a document of record that reflects the life you live and does it in a simpler way… that’s what is floating around my head.
Now… as long as I actually end up having some photos to work with, I think this approach might just end up being a Go.
*After 39 hours, my Time Capsule successfully restored my entire hard drive. If you do not presently have a back up system in place, I strongly recommend it. And not just one. I have an offsite backup with a company called Crash Plan, too. I am extremely dependent on my technology and very grateful today to have my content back.
NOTE TO READERS: I’m going to be playing around with some design elements on my blog. Working to make elements more Pinterest friendly, among other things, mostly just on the featured images that appear on my main blog page. Any and all feedback is always welcome.