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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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Step 1. Reflect & Celebrate | 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.

To preface this week’s series, I want to start by sharing why you might want to simplify scrapbooking in 2015.

How many times have you sat down to scrapbook but ended up not making progress? Maybe you got distracted or couldn’t figure out where to start. Maybe it was something else in your way.

When you’re bogged down in over-complication, it’s easy to become stuck and frustrated. The world we live in gives us so many messages of “buy this, do that” that we end up feeling overloaded and unclear.

Simplicity gets you where you want to go with less of the fuss in the middle. It helps you craft a unique path that feels effortless to travel.

Simplicity leaves space for thoughtfulness and creativity as well as time for making more of the memories you will treasure forever.

Your first step on this journey isn’t hard, but shouldn’t be missed. It lays an important foundation that will carry you into the new year.

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

Whenever I’m trying to grow, especially in a new year, I always look first to the past for victories to celebrate.

It can be tempting to begin a transition or shift by looking at everything that’s wrong. While those challenges may have brought you here, wallowing in them is not what will move you forward.

Instead I inventory all the good stuff, especially the baby steps and big leaps I’ve made. I celebrate every victory and give myself a high five for showing up and trying.

Simplifying your new year is not about fixing problems, but about embracing approaches and solutions that work best for you.

A victory can be as small as sharing a photo with your mom. It can be as large as finishing a retrospective album. No matter the size, when you itemize accomplishments you can re-live the joy of finishing and find momentum for what’s next. You might even pull out your projects to literally place your victories in view.

However, I’m not saying you should bury your head in the sand.

The companion to celebration is a genuine reflection. Conduct an honest assessment of where you are vs. where you want to be. Think about how you’re managing photos, telling stories, using supplies, and capturing your best memories in a creative way.

What’s working best? What could work even better?

When you shape this simpler and more effective path, everything that’s not working will fade away or get left behind. Approaching it from a place of positivity and gratitude, however, makes it much easier to see what you’re doing well and what you have to build upon.

Leave a comment sharing one approach that worked great for you this past year.

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

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Simplify Your New Year

Planning is one of my most favorite activities. It comes naturally to me and totally lights me up. (I know, #geek… but that’s what makes me extra special.)

This passion is also what makes it fun for me to help you plan for a year of memory keeping that feels joyful and easy. I want to help you identify what matters most to you and translate that to a simple and effective scrapbooking hobby!

I’m excited to announce that we’ll get started this Monday with a special mini class right here on the Simple Scrapper blog. In Simplify Your New Year you’ll learn five essential steps for planning with ease and uniting creativity with simplicity in 2015.

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There’s no formal sign up, but make sure you’re subscribed to the blog (RSS | Feedly | Bloglovin’) or email updates to stay in the loop. As part of this head start on a simpler new year, I’ll also be opening registration for January’s Start Fresh planning event.

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