When you see the phrase “effective scrapbooking,” what comes to your mind? Do you think in terms of number of layouts? Whether you have hundreds or tens or zero photos that still need to be scrapped? Whether you have the right tools?
If we ask a group of 20 scrapbookers, we’re likely to get 20 different answers. When I think of highly effective scrapbooking, here are the elements that come to mind:
- Clear goals
- Effective use of time
- Identifying priorities
- Maintaining momentum day after day, week after week, and year after year
- A personal scrapbooking style
- Being “caught up”
I think you’ve heard that last one before, and may cringe that I included it in this list. You may wonder where getting “caught up” falls into the concept of effective scrapbooking. And you’d be right to wonder.
None of us needs yet another reminder to get all our photos into perfect pages. We don’t need that kind of pressure. After all, scrapbooking is supposed to be an enjoyable hobby. But there are times when we find ourselves dreading scrapbooking as just another thing we have to get through. At least, I do, sometimes. And I find that those are good times to step back and reassess my approach.
So let me say right away that being caught up in the traditional sense is not the objective of effective scrapbooking. The traditional sense of being caught up is not what I meant, anyway. There really are other, more important things in life.
My definition of being “caught up” is “to be moving toward where I want to be in my scrapbooking.” This does not mean I let go of all goals, and just wing it. On the contrary.
Effective scrapbooking involves having a goal, a plan to get to that goal, and the ability to enjoy it along the way. But before we can decide what we want to accomplish, we need to have a clear idea of where we are. Once the vision is set, we need to regularly take steps to get to that objective.
If I’m doing these things, then I try to be kind to myself, and consider myself “caught up.”
If there’s anything you might take away from this post, it’s this:
Consider yourself “caught up” if you’re moving toward where you want to be in your scrapbooking.
We must accept the limits of our time, energy and creativity, and let go of the pressure to do it all right now. All we need is to know where we want our scrapbooking to go, and have a plan for how to get there.
Do you have a goal for scrapbooking? If you do, let us know in the comments. If you don’t, identify what you want to accomplish as a scrapbooker and make it a goal.
*** This post was adapted from the ebook “8 Habits for Highly Effective Scrapbooking.”