Today I thought I’d share a real life example of what I think is one of the most important scrapbooking tips we should all adhere to. You may remember I had two projects planned for this month– A 30 Day Gratitude Journal/Album and a Thanksgiving Day Album. Well, it’s down to one. My Thanksgiving Album is totally on- it’s simple and quick after the initial prep.
But, can we talk about the other one? It isn’t going to happen. The first of this month I was still in the throes of a bout with the headaches that I have. It is what it is, but let’s just say there were some really not so pleasant weeks. I try my best to make the best of that time anyway. I hate letting my headaches keep me down. But as you saw in my A Week in the Life Album, I still have to give days away to my headache.
Scrapbooking Tips: Scrapbooking should be Guilt Free
So, as November and the Gratitude project rolled around, I didn’t get to create the pages that I wanted to do at least every couple of days. A few days, rolled into a week, and then two- and then I decided to scrap the whole project. I mean like throw it out, not scrapbook. I can’t say as I threw it all out with the bath water- I’ve still tried to focus on at least one thing I’ve been grateful for and I’ve taken pictures as possible. But, I wanted my journaling to reflect my thoughts in the moment. I could go back and write the journaling about how thankful I was getting to watch a class about Instagram- but writing it now still wouldn’t be the same as what I remembered in that moment.
I have some pictures.
Layouts! My print order in the mailbox always makes me giddy. I can’t help it. I had to take a picture of course!
That smile. This man- who came in from hunting to go to Bass Pro and coat shopping (with a new adventure in Shreveport to a new to us mall where we learned more of the city.) And his love for his cell phone. Seriously, I never would have imagined. I shop, he watches hockey videos. This one may go into a layout later . . . I have another picture of him watching hockey videos while I shopped.
That this guy was just a lizard- she (there was also a smaller lizard and I like imagining it’s mom and child) scared me a tag when she scurried away from the bedding I was pulling got the bed but once I realized she wasn’t a snake, it wasn’t too bad.
Yeah, I know. I could. I could scrapbook it still. I could go back and do it. But, here’s the thing. I don’t have to.
I am a big believer in scrapbooking what you want and not worrying about the rest. Seriously. It has to be one of the most important scrapbooking tips. So, in this instance, I’m just gonna choose not to. Do I feel a little guilt about an unfinished project? yeah a little. I hate that. I’m not always good about it projects away and I hate when I set out to do something and don’t. But, in the grand scheme of things this one didn’t matter. Ultimately, the desired effect is still there. I’m still thinking about the many blessings God has given me each day- they just aren’t making it into this specific project album.
I am grateful I don’t have to scrapbook it.
Now, that guilt is something I’ve pretty much let go of. There was a time I felt guilty because I didn’t have any desire to scrapbook my wedding pictures, a birthday party, or a Christmas. That’s what you are supposed to do, right? Not so. You can scrapbook anything you want to and you don’t have to scrapbook the rest. Or a vacation, isn’t that what you are supposed to do too? gosh darn it I don’t want to do 30 layouts about my trip to Tennessee and then Arkansas. I don’t have to. You can, if it’s your thing. I’ll enjoy seeing your pages. But for me, I’d rather scrapbook a few moments from that trip and maybe do one layout overview- or not. In fact, I like that this layout here is actually three trips in one- moments and the reason why all three trips co-mingle in my mind- that thing about big rivers we don’t have in Texas. . .
But, I really like scrapbooking other things. And I shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting to scrapbook pages I enjoy scrapbooking and not the ones I don’t enjoy as much.
What causes you guilt in scrapbooking?