Back To Basics – Remembering Why We Love This Hobby

Sometimes, when my life gets overwhelming and feels out of control, I remind myself to just do the basics. Take care of the basic things that NEED to be done and start eliminating the extras. What might be extras and what are basics are probably different for me than they would be for you, but the idea is the same.

When I was thinking the other day about how much I wanted to create some layouts and document some memories, I decided it was time to get back to basics in my scrapping. Even though I work in the industry, I’m not that different from most of you. I have a lot going on, I want to do far more than I have time for, and creating layouts quickly falls to the bottom of my list. I know, from past experience, that if I want to scrapbook, I have to make it priority and make it happen.

Here’s how I got back to the basics:

  • Last week, I decided that on Monday (of this week), I would spend a few hours scrapping. Everything else would wait. I kept that time slot open on my calendar.
  • At 1:30pm on Monday, I stopped answer calls, stopped checking texts, and closed my email. (see how I’m getting rid of the extras here?)
  • I had a list of stories in my head and heart that I wanted to tell on a layout. I picked one of them.
  • I found a photo that would help me tell that story and skipped the editing (getting rid of more extras)
  • I chose a SIMPLE template that had ONE photo spot.
  • I stuck with ONE kit.
  • I love manipulating shadows and can work with them for hours. I skipped the complex shadow editing this time.

In just 30 minutes, I was finished with this layout:

Supplies: template by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Crossbone Cuts and included in The Digi Files during May, 2013. Font is Printing Primer by Fontologie

I was so excited because I had time to scrap MORE! So, keeping with just the basics, I created TWO MORE layouts (it typically takes me at least an hour to scrap ONE layout):

Supplies: template by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Britt-ish Designs except yellow paper which is by Crossbone Cuts; fonts are Printing Primer and Beyond Wonderland

Supplies: template by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; papers by Kristin CB, Washington DC card and metro card created w/supplies by WMsquared; ASL cards by me

It felt SO GOOD to just spend time in Photoshop, creating and getting down some memories I’ve had stored up waiting ! THAT is why I love this hobby! That is why I do what I do! THAT is why I need to get back to basics in my life and in my scrapping more often!

What about you? Is it time for an appointment with your software and supplies?