Fresh Starts and New Beginnings

Fresh Starts and New Beginnings

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:







*Favorite Things

*Memorable Food Experiences


*Things That Make Me Happy

*The Year That Was

*This Month

*This Week

*A Day In The Life

*My Hobby





*New Experiences

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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