*This post was first published at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.
This year has been an especially prolific one for me as a scrapbooker. I created more layouts this year than ever before, and I loved every minute of it. When I was not scrapbooking, I was usually planning my next page in my head. I watched scrapbooking videos on YouTube, listened to scrappy podcasts, and even took a few new classes–all of which kept me inspired to create.
So as this successful year comes to an end, I am thinking about what my scrappy goals are for 2017. Even though I created many pages this year, I feel as if I got into a little rut–I mostly scrapbooked 12×12 single pages. Usually I mix up my creative time by making mini-albums, pocket pages, and even a few home decor projects.
I really miss making different kinds of projects during the year so I am going to challenge myself to do three things next year to expand my creativity:
- Take more photographs. While looking back at some older photos recently, I realized that I used to take a lot more pictures than I do now. I believe that I have been too concerned with getting the perfect shot than recording memories. I want to have more than one photograph to tell a story.
- Create more double-page layouts. Since I will hopefully be taking more pictures next year, I will have more than one photograph to scrap at a time. I plan to take advantage of this fact and make more double-page layouts. I may combine two sketches to give me a framework for a 2-pager, or I may combine a 12×12 page with a pocket page to make a spread.
- Make more mini-albums. I used to make mini-albums for special events–birthdays, trips, holidays, and more. I even have the photos and supplies for a mini-album I want to make that documents all of the costumes my kids had for Halloween over the years. And I know that if I look through my photographs, I have other stories that would be perfect for mini-albums.
So as much as I would love the holiday season to go on indefinitely, I am also excited to move ahead in a few new scrappy directions next year.
Now go create!