Intentions

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It is almost that time of year when we start thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. I always try to have a few broad goals for the upcoming year. I have found that scrapbooking these goals is a great way to set intentions for the new year.

At the end of 2016, I found that I had a few scrappy goals that I wanted to work on during the next year. Instead of just writing these intentions down, I made them into a scrapbook page. This is my layout for 2017.

When asked to write about scrapbooking intentions for Get It Scrapped, I decided to document my goals for scrapbooking in 2018. This page captures my intentions.

I am finding that I really enjoy setting my intentions in a concrete form through a scrapbook page. I am thinking that I might make a page for other goals I have for 2018!

If you would like to see how other design team members documented their intentions, head on over to the Get It Scrapped blog.

Now go create!

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1 Kit, 1 Sketch, 1 Month | Fresh Start

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Happy New Year! I hope your 2017 is getting off to a great start. Mine certainly is–I have a brand new kit of scrapbooking goodies to create layouts with this month–and a new project for 2017!

Since I have many stories I want to tell this year, I have challenged myself to use one kit and one sketch to scrapbook with each month. By using a kit each month, I will limit my choices of supplies to make my workflow faster and more streamlined. By using one sketch in different ways, I will always have a starting point for my pages.This year-long project I am calling 1 Kit, 1 Sketch, 1 Month.

Also I will be integrating my scrappy goals for 2017 in this new project. (See this blog post.)

This month my kit has soft pinks, browns, teals and gold. I used this paper from My Mind’s Eye as the inspiration for the collection.

I added papers from Crate Paper, Fancy Pants, Echo Park, Simple Stories, Carta Bella, and Kaisercraft. All the papers are fairly muted in color with simple organic patterns that will coordinate well together.

For embellishments, I added Thickers, chipboard stickers from Shimelle and My Mind’s Eye, diecuts from Basic Grey and Carta Bella, wood veneer pieces, stitched brads, small letter stickers, washi tape from Echo Park and Doodlebug Design, and enamel dots–all in coordinating colors and patterns.

Interesting thought about this kit–I have a balloon paper from a birthday collection, two papers from a winter collection, and washi tape from a baby girl collection, but all the supplies coordinate very well. I love the versatility of today’s scrapbooking products!

These soft colors and floral patterns–very much a contrast to the bold reds and greens that I used last month to complete my December daily–are just right for starting off a brand new year. So I have titled my kit for January Fresh Start.

Check back later this month and I will reveal my projects made from this kit.

Now go create!


Scrappy Goals for 2017

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*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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!