I’ve always thought I should be a scrapbooker – but in the uk that term wasn’t very cool when I was growing up so maybe a ‘scrapbooker’ with another title – but I’ve always saved mementos from trips to paste into photo albums and I have little bits I’ve saved from this thing or that place but it’s never been very formal. Maybe that’s why I started blogging? To have a place to store all these stories and things I like but without the glue?
A few years ago I bought all the stuff I needed to Project Life – it cost a fortune and I’m going to be totally honest I lasted about 3 months of doing weekly layouts before recording that dog walk we went on to the same park, or the friday night in the same pub seemed a stupid thing to do and I got so far behind I just stopped doing it. There seemed to be too much pressure to do it the way the big bloggers who more often than not don’t have a typical 9-5 job or a lack of cash to do fun things do, so I stopped. The stuff sits in the corner of the craft room, taunting me.
And this last Christmas I did ‘December Daily’ – which was lovely but kind of stressed me out too – finding things to add every day in december. some days are just always going to be PJ’s on as soon as you get home, beans on toast for dinner days and whilst we know they happen do I need to record it?
Maybe, I’ve thought, I’m not cut out to be a scrapbooker. But this year I am giving it one last fling before I throw in the towel and donate all my papers and glue sticks and embellishments to some other, more enthusiastic, friend – if you’d like your name to be on the list – tell me now as I am sure to fail 😉
So this year I have a few plans when it comes to recording the year.
I’ve bought this book from Sticker Stack – 100 stories.
It’s bright pink for one – so it’ll make me happy when I’m using it – how could it not? Two, it’s designed so that you just pop it open and jot down your story for the day – there is space for a little photo or momento and room for a note or two. And it repeats 5 times so you could go for it and do 500 stories all about 1 year, or like I’m planning to – try and keep it going for 5 years! I’m hoping it’ll just sit on the bookcase and I can pop a note or photo or momento in it when I remember.
I’ve also been pinning like crazy smashbook style albums
Travel mostly, as we’ve got a fun big trip lined up that I’d love to remember properly. These seem more my style, the randomness of adding and sticking down whatever you find or collect, rather than any sort of organised process really draws me in. Maybe I am a bit messy like that! And a friend of mine from the WI – Laura – has also inspired me with the books she does of her trips and I want to be as cool as her!
So, what I want to know is do you have any tips for me getting through the year without giving up on recording it?