My Instagram Mini Album.
I have to admit that I’ve been struggling with balance the last 6 months, trying to fit everything in seems to be getting harder and harder and finding time to scrapbook was becoming another stressor, just something else to add to the to do list. This really made me sad, scrabooking was once something that I craved and couldn’t wait to do and here I was at the point of seriously thinking that I needed to remove myself from the Design Team. But I really wanted to find a way to get that enjoyment and desire back, so I sat down and thought about what amount of time I do have and what parts of scrapbooking do I enjoy the most and I had a little epiphany.
Here was my list of what I enjoy:
Creating smaller pages/mini albums
Recording everyday moments
Taking Instagram photos (I always forget to carry around my big Camera and the phone photos are just so handy!)
Playing with stamps, embellishments and lots of bits of patterned paper
Using ephemera from everyday life on my pages
So after reflecting on the realistic time I had and what I really enjoyed about scrapbooking I came up with a hybrid of sorts of a mini album, project life, and traditional layouts. I don’t like the restrictions of creating a Project Life type album (I like to have bits and pieces sticking out here and there and I also love the size and feel of a mini album). I love creating layouts, but I find myself spending too much time on just one layout. The kits each month have so many fun embellishments and pretty papers and when I create a bunch of smaller canvases I find I use more of my kit, plus I wanted to record more of our daily moments. I am so excited with this new process! I feel excited and energized to create again and to me that is priceless!
I created a generic cover and introduction page and then each month I am going to use my Cocoa Daisy kit to create pages using that months Instagram photos.
I am going to use my date stamp on each day, and of course I am not going to pressure myself into thinking that I need to record everyday, just the ones that I’m in the mood to do. I used the Today I am stamp on this page – LOVE that stamp!
With my smaller canvas size I was more comfortable creating lots of layers and bits on this page about Zach losing his tooth.
I love to scrapbook, I’ve loved playing with pretty paper and glue for as long as I can remember and I’m so happy that I was able to find a way to keep it incorporated in my life. If you are like me and having a hard time finding that balance and thinking that you just don’t have time to scrap or you have lost your enthusiasm ,please take a moment, make a list of what really draws you to create and make it work and fit for you! No guilt about how you should be creating or what you should be recording, just do what makes YOU happy and I think you will be very surprised at the fresh excitement you will feel.