Scrapbooking Life, Everyday Life – A NEW Road Map
Scrapbooking the everyday challenges me, but I’ve got a new road map and you’re invited to come along!
This post is being shared today in honor of
International Scrapbooking Day (iNSD)
and it’s our contribution to
the all-day celebration going on in
the ScrapGals Facebook Group!
The Gals invited us to join their party
and they said we could bring along a few friends.
let’s party all day
with the Scrap Gals!
Of course we can’t show up to a party empty-handed, right?
we’re bringing a present…
…and giving YOU a chance to WIN it!
But you can only win it during the Scrap Gals party,
so don your fancy shoes and tiara and head on over to the celebration!
You MUST leave a comment
on our participation post
on the Scrap Gals FB page (posted early on iNSD)
to be entered in the giveaway!!!
If you’re not a member of that group,
head on over and request membership, then enter!
Tiffany will draw the winner tomorrow, so don’t delay!
Scrapbooking Everyday Life
OK, how many of you have vowed to better document your everyday life?
You know, vowed to capture the everyday routines, activities, foods and drinks, entertainment, favorites, time with family and friends, your work and colleagues, celebrations, etc. and get them into an album, a place where others can see what YOUR everyday life looks like?
Yeah, me too. And I always start out strong, ready to document like a mad woman!
And then it happens – life smacks me upside the head and says, “What? Are you kidding? There’s no time for this!”
I start traveling again, commitments pile up and time flies by and, before I know it, I’m way behind on managing my photos and the bits and pieces of memorabilia I’ve collected are overflowing their Ziploc.
And not long after, overwhelm kicks in and I start the ‘failure’ talk (How can you let yourself get so far behind? What’s wrong with you – why can’t you do a better job of managing your photos? Even the gals with little kids are keeping up with this – why can’t you make it happen?).
Please tell me at least a few of you relate to this? Please?!
Well, this year started off exactly the same as the previous years (strong!) and now I’m sitting here with more than a thousand photos on my phone and SD cards, a pile of memorabilia collected, notes about what I’ve been up to every day (Every. Single. Day.) and yet, I have not a single Everyday Life page done for 2016.
And it’s already May, for goodness sake!!!
Well, I can tell you that I have had it up to here with taking photos, and making notes about what I did each day, and collecting bits and pieces and not having a darn thing to show for all of it!
I’m giving myself one last chance to do this thing – this documenting your everyday life thing – before I say to heck with it and join Cirque du Soleil!
O.K., that might have been a bit dramatic (after all, I’d need to lose some weight and get in shape before they’d even consider speaking with me, and I just love cheese and wine and chocolate too much to make that happen! O.K., I also have little upper body strength and am likely too old, but that’s a conversation for another day…), but I am serious about finding a way to accomplish this thing I dream about doing, this everyday life documenting.
So, what’s going to be different?
Well for starters, I reviewed my goals to determine what’s realistic and what’s pie-in-the-sky fantasy (as in, never going to happen!).
I know it’s important to be honest with ourselves about what we can reasonably manage and I don’t think I’ve been honest with myself – I simply can’t do it all!
Something’s gotta give!
Then, I walked through my process (or lack thereof!) to see where and why I ‘fail’ – I took a good, hard look at the parts of my documenting process that are leading (enabling?) me to get behind and get stranded in you’re-a-loser-ville.
A new process is definitely in order!
And finally, I looked for tools I could use to give myself a fighting chance of achieving my documenting goals.
I knew there had to be tools to make each step of the process easier, but finding the ‘right’ tools was essential.
And by gosh, by golly, I think I’ve got it figured out – and, if it works out as I envision it will, I’ll likely even enjoy the journey!
And that’s where y’all come in, my ‘accountability partners!’
I’d love to have at least a few of you join me in this endeavor, or at least be willing to cheer me on when I need support…and kick me in the fanny if I’m slacking!
Yeah, I knew that kitty photo would get you to commit!
You can try out my road map, or make one of your own, and share it if you wish to – there’s no right or wrong way to embark on this journey.
So, who’s game?
O.K., so here’s how I plan to succeed…
I’m starting with a new photo management road map because that’s always the first stumbling block for me.
Nope, I never have trouble remembering to take photos, it’s what happens to the photos after they’re taken (or should I say what doesn’t happen to them?!) that stalls me.
Let’s start with the knowledge that I LOVED turning in shot rolls of film and picking up envelopes of printed pix – no muss, no fuss…and no editing!
Was that not the best?!
Yeah, I know it was more expensive and that we always ended up printing a few bad, or really awful, pictures, but hey, it was quick and easy and demanded so little of our time!
O.K., so I know I could just upload my pix and print them as is and I’d likely have the same outcome, but I just can’t bring myself to do so when a picture could be made better with just a little editing, and the tools exist for doing so.
And there’s pothole number one – photo editing.
I have always HATED editing photos. Yes, that was me you heard screaming, “I HATED editing photos!”
I suppose it’s because I’ve never been that good at it and I don’t enjoy doing things I’m not good at – do you?
Yeah, I didn’t think so. It’s just not fun to struggle with something and then turn out less-than-desirable results, right?
Well, we only get better by doing, so I took an online class to teach me to more quickly and efficiently edit photos with a tool I own – Adobe‘s Lightroom.
And you know what?
It was actually fun to learn more about this tool!
I’m now actually looking forward to editing this month’s photos!
Pothole number one filled!
Pothole number two – printing my photos.
O.K., I know what you’re thinking, what’s so hard about printing photos, right?
Well, if I’m being totally honest, nothing!
There are lots of local and online printing options and it’s really no harder than downloading them to my laptop and uploading them to a photo printing service (well, except for that whole editing thing, but we’ve already covered that).
Heck, I even get FREE PRINTS offers on a regular basis so I can’t even complain about the cost.
So what is it about printing my photos that’s been so tough that I couldn’t manage it so I’d have pix at the ready when I had time to scrapbook?
I’ll give you a hint: it’s a four-letter word and it ends with a ‘K.”
Yes, you guessed it…
…it’s ‘W O R K!’
I spend a ton of time online, and on my laptop working and managing photos, and when I have time off to be creative and just play, I prefer being ‘offline,’ playing with papers and glue and embellishments and paint and markers and…
The last thing I feel like doing is starting up my laptop and ‘working’ on my personal photos!
So, I took the laptop out of the equation.
I added several photo editing apps to my phone and bought a wireless Canon Selphy Printer, a printer that enables you to print directly from your phone, no computer required!
Oh sure, there may be times when I want to do some ‘real’ editing and I’ll need my laptop and Lightroom for those, but the majority of the time, my everyday shots will now be printed straight from my phone. Yippee!
And, when I want to include pix taken with my digital SLR and bypass Lightroom editing?
I’ll just load my SD right into the Selphy and print away! Again, Yippee!
Pothole number two filled!
And now for the final pothole, the pothole that’d likely get me (and maybe you too?) even if the two above didn’t trip me up.
Making time for scrapbooking the everyday – pothole number three.
Shoot, making time for anything outside of work, family, friends, health and our homes is tough, but making time for something that involved so many ‘obstacles to fun’ seemed almost impossible.
Well, it’s time to conquer the impossible – it’s time to prioritize scrapbooking the everyday!
And how do I plan to make this happen?
By scheduling it, just like I schedule most everything else in my life!
That which we put our energy into grows and the only way scrapbooking the everyday will become part of my life is if I put energy into it.
Pot hole number three is now filled.
Now that’s it for the potholes, but the road map isn’t complete yet…
My Tools & Process
I’ve selected tools that I believe will help me succeed and I’m incorporating them into my process.
First, I’m listing my scrapbooking goals in the Get To Work Book (GTWB), a book we just reviewed (GTWB Review-Pt. 1).
I’m going to start with high-level goals and break them down into steps and tasks using the Project Breakdown Pages.
I can also use the grid-lined pages to draw layout sketches, should I decide to add full pages to the pocket-page mix.
Then, I’ll use the calendars to schedule time to complete the tasks so I can reach my goals.
I believe the most challenging part of this will be NOT ‘cancelling’ my scrapbooking appointments, especially when work or life calls for me to do so.
See, I told you I needed y’all as accountability partners!
Next, I will continue keeping my notes in my little calendar, one I can easily carry with me wherever I am so I don’t forget what I did before I can write it down.
Now, I did consider entering my notes directly into the calendar pages in my GTWB (see info above), but I know I can’t always carry it with me due to its size, so that idea was nixed.
Remember, the goal is to make sure I only enlist tools that will work for me and the way my life is lived.
For the actual journaling I’ll add to my pages, I’ll be referring to my notes and either handwriting or typing the words on 3×4 and 4×6 cards, Project Life cards I have in my stash.
Yes, you heard right, I’ll be typing!
I just bought myself a long-lusted-after Mother’s Day present – a manual typewriter – and I am giddy!
Ha! I was never giddy about typing in typing class, but I sure am now!
Life’s Bits & Pieces – Memorabilia:
For my memorabilia, I’ve set up a file box with 12 month dividers and 31 day dividers so I have a convenient place to store my bits and pieces until I’m ready to add them to my pages.
There will only be day dividers in four of the month sections at a time, a decision I made to encourage me to more quickly incorporate my memorabilia into scrapbook pages.
Since I need the day divider cards for subsequent months, I’m hoping this system will keep things moving along!
I’m placing my Selphy printer on my desk so it’s easily accessible and not a pain to retrieve, set up and use.
The easier the printing process is for me, the better!
And, I’ve pre-ordered a bunch of paper and ink packs so running out of either is not an issue…or ‘convenient’ excuse.
I’ll be assembling pages weekly.
I don’t think daily is do-able for me, and monthly seems overwhelming, so weekly it is!
Remember, I’m trying to put in place a system that’s likely to ensure my success rather than a repeat of past failures.
And that’s it –
a complete everyday life scrapbooking road map!
Well, as complete as it can be
until I try it out and tweak as necessary. 😉
And here it is, step-by-step, as I envision it…for now:
- Write Down Goals – Break Goals Down Into Steps & Tasks
- Schedule Scrapbooking Appointments (based on goals)
- Take Photos
- Edit Photos in Apps (ONLY when necessary)
- Jot Notes
- Collect & Store Memorabilia
- Print Photos
- Gather Photos, Notes & Memorabilia
- Write/Type Journaling From Notes (& based on what’s gathered above)
- Assemble Pages
Am I missing anything?
I’d love your input –
what have you tried (and loved or hated),
and what are you currently doing,
to scrapbook the everyday stuff?
The more ideas shared, the better!
Will you be joining me on this memory-keeping adventure?
Thanks for joining me for the planning session – I hope to see you riding shotgun!
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