Ok so i found this fun challenge on one of my favorite pages, if you’ve ready any of my blog posts you see i mention them a lot. Well they started this fun challenge where each day they post a new scrap challenge and then you post a new layout fallowing the guidelines. A few have been tricky but i did get them all done! I even found some new techniques, and thought in ways i would have never done before. i highly recommend you go check them out!
check it out!
here are my layouts from a few of the challenges! You can check out all my layouts in the challenge here
This week has been brutal. Kids were sick, and worse the husband was sick. so this week i only took enough photos to make a single layout. which having odd number of layouts kind of drives me crazy. I like all my layouts to be on both pages so there is a week on each spread. I can let that (crazy pants) impulse go if i make a regular layout. Which now that I’ve gone digital is super easy. I think i have scrapped more layouts this month than i did all last year. I used another of the east ready to go templates from the lily pad which again so glad because i had hardly any time to scrap this week. Which is how i get so far behind. Not this year! My regular layout is part of the lilypad’s month of challenges for January. it’s been a lot of fun, and really got me thinking out of the box. even if you missed the challenge there are some really great ideas, plus a few fun how tos.
I found these great addons from the lily pad epic templates they have all teh cards, elements, everything. Well not you photos. But still! you get layouts for the whole month. i scrapped the whole week in under 20 min! With minimal tweeking, which for me is almost a miracle.
This week was pretty simple for me I had quite a few photos to add in and i think i’m getting the hang of journaling. even if it is just a small blurb! I used a bit of everything from all over but and didn;t wright down what i used 😦 but i know for sure i got my template from https://www.pixelscrapper.com/ Love this sight. you can go and download free items every day, or sub for 15$ a month and have unlimited downloads and let me tell you there are thousands of items on here probuly more. plus an awseom forum group and you can share all you r work right on there and putter aorund the gllery for inspiration. Plus there is no limitations because you didn’t use their products.
Im right on track with my goal. every day i get up down some jet fuel coffee, and get the kids ready and out the door then i sit for about 30 min (ish) to check my email, then add any photos i’ve take to my layout. This method of doing it first thing so it wont get put off, added to the fact that doing this as a habit makes it easier for me to realize when i’m not taking photos, makes it really easy to keep up to date. I remember the stories because they are fresh and if i forgot to take a photo the day before it really gets my creative juices flowing because then i have to either, re enact a photo (like taking a picture of my new mugs since i forgot to) or really paying attention to the little things that day and get a photo then. It really pushes me to open my eyes and notice all the little things going on during the day that i would probably otherwise forget.
Great ideas for filling those blank spots after the fact can be: taking a screenshot of your facebook status, maybe getting a photo of the show you’ve been watching lately, Take a photo out of your window, maybe take a photo of something you bought food even.
walk into a random room and take a photo. You never think to take a picture of the house most of the time. but as someone who has moved a lot i realized i can’t even remember what my house from when my middle daughter was a baby looked like. I mean i can remember the layout and that the kitchen table was to high, but beyond that i have no idea. chalk it up to living there a few short months, or to the fact that i never got any sleep. Either way i can’t get that back. it’s just gone. So look around and take some photos of the living room, your closet, the bathroom (you know when it’s not occupied), even if the rooms are dirty, even if there are toys on everywhere and… who left underware on the couch? These are teh things that make up your life. Waiting to get those perfect shots can make you miss out on the real ones. ok i went off on a tangent here, rambling away, but still it’s amazing to me how one little project like this one can make me view the world in a whole new way!
So it’s a new year and my big goal is to not fall behind on project life, like i did last year, and the year before that, and maybe even the year before that. Now that i am digital it will be so much easier. All my photos go right into my dropbox.com and pload instantly on my computer. So no more forgetting photos in random places, and if i use my dslr i will jsut have to remember to get those. But hopefully not falling months behind will make that easier.
I also set a goal to journal more. I. Am. Horrible. At. Journaling. I usually just don’t do it. which almost defeats the purpose of scrapbooking, and really makes project life confusing. i mean the first year i did it i want back and i’m like “who’s shoes are these?”. The point is to tell the stories. This year there is a running debate over what week it is with january starting in the middle of the week. but i figured i had enough photos to start the first page. I’m not sure yet if i’ll do a cover page. Maybe later, but if not i have this one page to start it, I hate having odd page amounts lol. I used Most of this from the lillypad. they have some awesome monthly subscriptions that are worth every penny! And no i don’t get paid for saying that lol.
Ok so since I had my third child I’ve been letting my scrapbook slide in a big way. Sure I’ve started a lot of projects, I even finished a few, mostly mini albums. Which with me are never so mini. But I always felt I was falling further and further behind. One more kid later plus moving four or maybe five times since then I had tuns of those paper packets full of pictures. Some I had printed out two and three times. I had half finished projects in every nook and cranny. It was a mess and a constant nagging in the back of my brain.
So I’ve really been into goal setting this year. But not just setting these big crazy goals, setting real, reachable goals. Then breaking them down into small bits, because with four kids I don’t usually have large chunks of time to set aside.
I found the reset girls Facebook group and they had this great printable. For setting goals in all areas, financial, big goals, spiritual, etc. You can find it in the files section on their Facebook page.
I also made a master list of all unfinished projects and set them all in the same place in my scrap room.
Then I started with the easy ones. The ones that would take the smallest amount of time. I’ve also added in finishing up my old project life albums. But since that’s a huge hurdle I added it as a master goal them broke it down into each month as it’s own goal.
My planner page for craft goals.
I’ve even finished a few! This year I’ve also gone digital. While I love my sparkly embellishments and grungy papers, doing scrapbooking one layout at a time is just madness. I take a lot of photos. A LOT. I even tried pocket pages but found I just can’t bring myself to just slip a plain card into a pocket and call it done. I love putting a pile of embellishments on my pages. Even those little cards. And at the end of the day scrapbook should not be a chore, it should work for you!
Even with the hybrid system it took forever to make a week layout. I would dig threw cards forever and fight with letter stickers and the whole nine yards. But this year I’ve stayed up to date with my pocket pages and even got quite a few regular layouts done! The small goals help me stay focused and not feel so overwhelmed. Maybe this can work for you as well.