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?