1 – Go digital as soon as possible. After the initial investment in equipment, (about $300, which is equal to about 7 months worth of film and developing fees) it really will save me time and money. I won’t be paying for printing photos that I have no intention of scrapping. Storage on CDs is far more compact than printed photos.
2 – Single photo layouts make me happy. I will not be swayed by people telling me how wasteful/impractical they are. It’s my scrapbook. I scrap the best and store the rest.
3 – I will not be rushed. Scrapbooking is not a race. I will work at a pace that I am comfortable with and whatever I get done will have to be enough.
4 – Basic supplies are all I really need. Bazzill. Trimmer, photo corners, ribbon, computer and great photos. Occasionally some snappy patterned paper and a few stamps.
5 – There’s more to scrapbooking than layouts. (More on that in coming days.) I’m thinking cards, home décor items, and other paper lover things to do.
6 – Not every event has to be preserved with a blow-by-blow account. When I think about my childhood, it’s not the birthdays and the Christmases that stand out as being the most memorable and the most treasured times. They were nice but it’s the extraordinary in the everyday that means the most to me. I want that to be the same for my boys…even if it means being referred to as a dreaded “moments scrapper”. I can live with that.
7 – Scan layouts and store them electronically *just in case*.
8 – Pea less, scrap more. Pea less, spend less.
9 – I will always be messy in my space. It’s just how I am. I have stopped trying to change that.
10 – Keep it real. In my quest to scrapbook the everyday miracles and the ordinary in everyday…I’ve started learning to be real and let my journaling reflect the realness of who we are.