Monday, May 08, 2006

my jar full of layout ideas

So I'm finally scrapping what really matters to me vs. "hey - I've got this great picture I want to use!" I'm deciding what I want to say and scrap about first. Problem is...I have about a gazillion topics that matter! I made a list and it just keeps getting longer and longer. The natural first choice of importance for me was Why I Am A Christian. Got that done. Now the rest of the topics seem equally important and I can't decide what to scrap next! So here's my plan...

I made a list of all the important things I want to scrap. Not pictures - TOPICS. Layout ideas - not design ideas. Just what the layout will be about. I had this jar from Elsie's class in Alabama. She gave us a list of 100 things to inspire us and a jar full of ribbons. We cut paper strips to put the ideas on so that when we feel creatively blocked, we can pull out a strip to inspire us. I like SOME of her ideas but as far as the strips go, I'd rather just scan the list for inspiration. So...I decided to use the jar and strips for a "layout ideas" jar instead! I took my list of specific layouts to scrap and wrote one on each strip. Now, when I have time to scrap, I'll pull out a topic and get going!

I'm going to force myself to stick to the system. Some of these ideas (like scrapping about Mike's business) will require me to take pictures. I always put off doing that even though the topic is very important to me. Now if I pick a layout that needs pictures, I'll make it my mission that day to take the pics and scrap them. Also...when I think of layout ideas, I can just add a new strip to the jar. I have both layout and mini-album ideas in it. Some strips will just get me started on an album like the one that says "start Caroline's school days album."

I'm feeling very organized and like I have a plan. My photos are going to be in albums, my ideas organized in a jar and my time will be well-spent making meaningful pages. This makes me happy.

So what do you think?

7 comments:

jennifer said...

I love this idea! I would love to see your list. I think this is a great way to approach scrapbooking. I think the main reason, which is getting your memories recorded is lost in the translation of "let's scrapbook!"

I can't wait to see how fast you get through that jar! Of course, you'll be adding things as you go!

Hollye said...

I was just thinking about making a list like that. Like Jennifer...I would love to see your list. I love what you did with the jar. Neato idea. I am also on the hunt for a bunch of inexpensive albums so that I can get all my photos into albums and out of all the boxes that I have them in. I have to get all of the photos that I've taken since about October printed still. I've got a lot to do! I think I need your jar!

Jill Marie Gross-LaFaye said...

Awesome idea! Yes, please do share the list. Like Hollye, I would like to find some inexpensive albums as well.

Jann said...

Great idea Tracie. I would love to see the list...it will be a good one...and very inspirational.

Love ya girl

jennifer said...

I have gotten 2-up albums at Hobby Lobby for $5.99. I didn't find any cheaper at Wal-Mart or Target. It's a faux leather look. I only bought them in black but I think they come in red and brown also. They are in the back near the framing at our HL. I noticed today they have a more expensive selection near the front.

annkelli said...

I love the jar!
It is so pretty.
Kind of like your ribbon storage.
I should try the jar idea.
But then I guess I would have to scrapbook!
Hehehehe!!!!

Crafty P said...

ooo- love the jar idea. I love jars with little ribbony papers stickin' out of them.

My friend and I scrapped on Saturday night and we pledged to spend 15 minutes a day devoted to scrapbooking- whether that be organizing, choosing pictures, being inspired, whatever.

I also pledged to work on my push ups.

I won't tell you how either of those are doing on day 3. geesh.