It’s a cold and rainy day, school starts on Tuesday – it’s definitely fall. My thoughts turn to scrapbooking every year at this time – once fall and winter descend on the Great White North, I have far more time and inclination to scrapbook (whether my grand plans of getting caught up for the year actually come true are another story entirely).
I haven’t checked in on my goals since posting about them in January. This will probably be depressing since I know I haven’t accomplished much of anything scrap-wise this year.
Pictures – I’ve definitely been better about taking more day-to-day pictures. I love the camera on my iPhone 6 Plus, and I’ve also got my husband in the habit of taking more with his phone. Our DSLR has come out twice or three times this year, so I haven’t really been learning much about it. Becky Higgins recommended a photo editing app called Pic Tap Go which I’ve been using a lot to edit pictures I’ve taken on my phone. I’ve been pretty impressed with the results and it’s super simple to use.
Catching up – ahhahahahahaha. Ha. Not anywhere remotely close. I’ve completed the grand total of two pages since my scrapbooking weekend in April. Between our multiple-stage move, a very busy summer with lots of camping, and not having a decent place to work in our short-term rental, there hasn’t been the time or space.
I’ve set a deadline for myself to complete my parents’ cruise album before they go on their next cruise at the end of October. Ambitious, since we’re in our rental till the end of September, then back with them for two weeks prior to taking possession of our new house. I’m going to take advantage of the late night crops my LSS offers next Friday and spend 6 solid hours working, with none of the distractions of home. I may book another one in early October too. Once we move back with my parents, I’ll have a better space to work at, so I’m going to fill my evenings by getting their book done.
I’m going to set that as one of only three goals for the rest of the year. We move into our new house October 15, and setting up my scrap space won’t be the priority. I’m hoping to get to it by mid-November, but then Christmas will be upon us, and I don’t know how much I’ll get completed. If I do have the time, I’ll work on a few small pages I have to finish, then start to tackle 2014.
Week/day in the life – 2016. Not going to add the pressure to myself.
Memorabilia – yeah, so I said it WILL be dealt with in the decluttering of my house. Survey says – BZZZZZT. The bin got packed away full. Fortunately, the stream of stuff coming home from daycare has slowed down, so I won’t be adding to the pile too much. I think I need to be realistic and just go through a year at a time – add what I can to Miss A’s 2013 book, then as I work through 2014 do the same thing.
Stash management – well, there was some progress. I cleared a bunch of stuff out as I decluttered the house. But…I’ve purchased a few new kits over the summer. I’ve tried to be really realistic about what I’m buying and not getting caught up in the “I must have all the kits” fever. For example, Bloom and Inspire both caught my eye, but I know they’re really not my style and won’t get used. I was on the fence about Fine & Dandy, but from past experience, those “I’m unsure” kits don’t get used either. Once I get my scrap room unpacked and organized, I’m going to do a huge purge and start with a stash where I truly LOVE every kit.
The second goal I’m setting for myself is getting my new scrap area set up and organized, so I can start 2016 with an organized space ready to go. I’ve been doing a bit of planning as to what I want and how I’m going to set the room up, which I’ll post about later.
My last goal is blog-related. I want to reorganize the PL Kit Checklist page and download into something more manageable. I’m going to do two versions – alphabetically and by release date. I’m hoping to have that done by the end of the week, so if all goes well, that’ll be an easy one to cross off the list.