Hi everyone!! How are you faring after the holidays? Are you back in the memory keeping groove or do you need a creative push to start?
January is always a good month to make fresh starts and new beginnings. It’s the perfect time to start a new project. A question that I always get from beginners is “How Do I Start?” Beginning a project is always the toughest part. We all have a lot of memories made but what do we scrap about? Here’s my advice: I always start by picking a singular theme. Choosing a theme helps me narrow down which memories to document. It also makes hunting down for pictures easier when I know what I am looking for, rather than just browsing through the camera roll and picking out a photo haphazardly.
Here are some themed albums I worked on over the years. I have done Summer, Holiday, Dessert, Coffee and December Daily themed albums.
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned scrapper, here are some themes you could work on when starting a new project:
*Memorable Food Experiences
*Things That Make Me Happy
*The Year That Was
*A Day In The Life
This month’s Paper and Ink kit has an ‘art journal’ look and it inspired me to work on a related theme: my creative life. As soon as I decided on a theme, it became easier for me to hunt for pictures to use as I recalled the highlights of my creative career.
I started off decorating my cover by layering the pocket cards and a tag. I searched for craft puns on the internet and really liked “A Well Crafted Life”. I especially loved these vintage black tabs that came in the kit. They are a joy to use.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert was a book that changed my life. I jotted down my favorite takeaways on my spread. I loved using these rub-ons to embellish my page. When using your rub-ons, make sure to cut out the portion you will use so that you will not accidentally rub-off the other elements.
I love sharing my creative work online so I wrote about a story of how I got started doing that after a friend invited me to create with her handmade products. I used this acrylic sentiment die-cut on the left panel. Love how it makes my Dori chunky. I am so looking forward to fattening up this Dori with craft related memories.
Are you working on a special theme this year? I hope you can share about it in the comments section. Thank you always for passing by. 🙂
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