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Facing the new year with far too many unfinished projects, my guilt and frustration palpable, nearly three years ago I had an aha! moment about the scrapbooking process.

I was keeping my plans and my projects, my dreams and my desires, inside of my head. They were bouncing around, causing me to feel muddled and unsure of what was important or what to work on next.

I got out a pencil and paper, launching a journey that brings us to today.

In 2015 we’ll welcome a brand new year as well as the 3rd annual Start Fresh planning event. Over the course of five days I’ll walk you through crafting your customized memory keeping plan for the year.

Start Fresh: Registration is Open!

Our supportive and welcoming community will cheer you on as you jumpstart your best year yet, full of clarity and confidence that you will finish the projects that matter most to you in 2015.

Click here to learn more about Start Fresh.

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Step 5. Shift the Focus | Simplify Your New Year

The Simplify Your New Year free mini course from Simple Scrapper offers a guided path towards memory keeping that feels joyful and easy.

During this time of year, optimism is high. You can see all the successes you’ll build upon to craft a year full of possibility and finished projects.

But maybe you also have that lingering doubt and fear in the back of your mind, for when the starry-eyed honeymoon of the new year wears off.

As we conclude this week’s series, I want you to understand the one small shift that will help you maintain enthusiasm all through the year.

Get a head start on 2015 with the Simplify Your New Year free mini class at Simple Scrapper

There’s something I’ve learned over the years, something that can offer a lightbulb moment for 2015 planning: People don’t change just because it’s possible. People change because it means something to them.

Simplifying, like other changes in life, takes intention and focus. It’s what you focus on that matters most though.

Instead of focusing on the outputs of your efforts, shift the focus to the outcomes. Another way of saying that is to focus on the benefits of simplicity to your life instead of what scrapbooking simply looks like.

Let’s take projects, more broadly, as an example.

Instead of saying that you want to finish more of the projects you start, say that you want to feel more accomplished and satisfied with your leisure time. Instead of saying that you want to stop setting unrealistic expectations for your project, say that you want the process to be more enjoyable from start to finish.

With these meaningful outcomes in mind, you can then work backwards to craft a plan that includes specific action steps to get there. Focusing on what’s important, why this change matters, creates a truly strong foundation on which to build a joyful year of memory keeping.

Leave a comment sharing the most important thing you hope to achieve – in scrapbooking or in life – in 2015.

Get a head start on 2015 with the Simplify Your New Year free mini class at Simple Scrapper

P.S. There won’t be enough time to do everything next year, but I can help you figure out what matters most to you. Together, in Start Fresh, we can craft a meaningful plan for your memory keeping that you’ll be just as excited about next December as you are in January.

Click here to enroll in Start Fresh for just $19.

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Step 4. Choose Simple | Simplify Your New Year

The Simplify Your New Year free mini course from Simple Scrapper offers a guided path towards memory keeping that feels joyful and easy.

Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be complicated.

It can be – and in so many beautifully fun ways – but it doesn’t have to be. Scrapbooking can be as simple as it needs to be to fill up your heart and fit in this season of your life.

At Simple Scrapper, it’s my mission to help you figure out what that looks like and craft a plan to make it happen.

Today I want to share an easy technique you can use again and again to invite more simplicity into your scrapbooking – and your life!

Get a head start on 2015 with the Simplify Your New Year free mini class at Simple Scrapper

Memory keeping is a process, a series of steps along a path. At each point in that journey there are decisions to be made, from which photos to use to which photo book service to choose.

Some of those decisions are easy and often fun, but they also each represent a fork in the road. Will you take the simple path or the less simple one?

There’s no wrong answer, no perfect choice, but rather it’s the awareness of these choices that matter.

When you apply a lens of simplicity to your scrapbooking, you can identify where and how you’re getting stuck. Most importantly, you can prevent complication from the start. It’s an act of mindfulness and intention, one that can become habit over time.

Just asking the question “Can this be simpler?” is a powerful tool to avoid making memory keeping, a hobby that you love, from being more complicated that it needs to be.

Leave a comment sharing one experience where you paused and choose a simpler path.

Get a head start on 2015 with the Simplify Your New Year free mini class at Simple Scrapper

P.S. The Start Fresh event will help you apply a lens of simplicity to your scrapbooking in 2015. You’ll be able to finish more of the projects that you start and feel more excited about your memory keeping efforts. Click here to learn more about Start Fresh.

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Step 3. Craft Your Best Plan | Simplify Your New Year

The Simplify Your New Year free mini course from Simple Scrapper offers a guided path towards memory keeping that feels joyful and easy.

I don’t agree with Benjamin Franklin.

The great inventor and statesman is attributed with the quote “If you fail to plan, then you’re planning to fail.” However, I don’t think that’s true.

I believe that success is possible whether or not you plan anything, but that it’s a heck of a lot easier (and more fun) if you do!

In today’s post, I’ll explain why crafting a plan for scrapbooking should be at the top of your list and what a simple and effective plan looks like.

Get a head start on 2015 with the Simplify Your New Year free mini class at Simple Scrapper

How many times each week do you think “There are just not enough hours in the day!” If you’re like me, then it’s pretty often. The list of things we need to do is often so long it can feel hard to get to the things we want to do.

That’s where planning can help. It’s not about squeezing more minutes from the day with efficiency, but about understanding what matters most to you – and doing that stuff first.

When you have priorities (instead of everything being important and urgent), decisions about where to spend your time are easier. Sometimes that means stealing 3 hours on Friday night just for you and other times that means choosing a simpler project so you can have more memory-making time with your family.

Thoughtful planning in scrapbooking and in everyday life helps to ensure there is always time for what you need and want to do.

Now that you’re convinced (and maybe you already were), how do you do this planning thing well? The secret is to make it as simple and uncomplicated as possible.

One of the big reasons planners get abandoned by February 1st is our natural tendency to build up unrealistic expectations around using them. Instead of grounding yourself in what’s authentic and real, you pair your loftiest dreams with the loftiest of assumptions about your daily habits.

(That’s actually where you’re planning to fail.)

A good plan is doable and flexible, easing you towards those big goals. A good planning tool works with your own unique habits, not against them, and includes an invitation to check in throughout the year. It lets you be you and craft your best year yet.

Leave a comment sharing one way planning has helped you to accomplish your goals, in scrapbooking or in life.

Get a head start on 2015 with the Simplify Your New Year free mini class at Simple Scrapper

P.S. Would you like to work together to craft your 2015 plan? This week I’m laying the foundation for a simplified new year, but in January I’d love to help you make it happen. Start Fresh is a five-day annual event where I will help you launch into a joyfully accomplished year of memory keeping. Registration is now open.

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Step 2. Commit with Joy | Simplify Your New Year

The Simplify Your New Year free mini course from Simple Scrapper offers a guided path towards memory keeping that feels joyful and easy.

If there is one concept that I talk about as much as celebrating victories, it’s understanding the nuances of why you scrapbook. They’re both that important to simple scrapbooking.

When you can see how memory keeping is weaved throughout – and deeply impacts – your life, it becomes easier to make time for it.

This next step in your journey pushes this concept even further. Armed with wisdom about your successes, I’d like to invite you to take a bold leap for your memories.

Get a head start on 2015 with the Simplify Your New Year free mini class at Simple Scrapper

I want you to choose joy over guilt.

I want you to choose fun over obligation.

I want you to proudly shout “This is important to me!” and really believe it.

I want you to commit yourself to memory keeping once more, with feeling.

Here’s how to do that:

It’s easy to feel excited about scrapbooking when you’re among peers online. It’s often another thing to carry that enthusiasm offline – and maintain it all year long.

It turns out there’s this little thing we do that contributes to this challenge. We diminish our hobby.

This hobby, this craft, that we adore… we minimize it to our families and our friends. We know they don’t always get it, so we keep our passion bottled up. But, all this does is drag us down.

Instead of diminishing, we should be elevating. We should be openly declaring why combining words with photos means so darn much.

When more people understand the joy of scrapbooking, especially your people, it becomes easier to take the time.

When you commit with joy, your entire year opens wide to the full spectrum of pleasurable possibilities.

Leave a comment sharing one way you can add more joy to your scrapbooking in the coming year.

Get a head start on 2015 with the Simplify Your New Year free mini class at Simple Scrapper

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