Did the Fall weather hit you yet? It certainly has visited us here – cooler temps, blue skies, sunshine – the perfect weather for getting outside and then curling up on the couch with a good book (or a laptop!). As you settle in to your new routine, I wanted to give you a few things to think about.
1. What’s your story?
As I was preparing to take advantage of the scrappingsimply.com semi-annual sale, I took a good hard look at my layouts. Early in 2009, I got into a comment/email discussion with Janet of The Daily Digi about the value of journaling (link to her original post). Here’s what I said:
I disagree that a scrapper who doesn’t do much journaling on the page doesn’t want to leave a legacy. For one, the photos tell a lot of stories by themselves. Also, you’re forgetting about the word-of-mouth stories you tell about each picture every time you sit down with someone to look at your album. I don’t believe a page without journaling is any less of a preserved memory.
And an excerpt of her email response to me:
It wasn’t my intention to say that a legacy isn’t being left on pages without journaling, but that there needs to be a balance.Â I know that I have really enjoyed looking through my grandmothers photos albums but honestly, I have no idea who the other people in the pictures are, what they are doing, etc.
As I had to make decisions on which layouts I would print and which were better left in digital form, I remembered this conversation and realized that Janet’s point was spot on. Sure, there is plenty of room for digital artwork, showcasing beautiful family photos in creative ways. However, those aren’t (for the most part) the layouts I want to put in my albums. Even just a line of journaling with the event and the date is vital to putting each treasured page into the context of my life. I want my kids and grandkids to be able to say “Wow, that was a long time ago!”, not “I wonder when this was taken.” Thanks Janet!
2. People made simple
Several months ago, I hosted a small focus group to help guide some next steps for Simple Scrapper. One of the comments I heard again and again was the need for designer interviews, but of course, not in the traditional sense. Readers want to hear more from the experts about their time-, money- and sanity-saving tips for memory keeping. Starting this month, I’m going to do just that. With Interviews Made Simple, you’ll discover some of the best secrets from the industry icons you love. Stay tuned!
3. Let’s say thanks
I feel so very fortunate to have designers, shop owners and sites who choose to support my writing here at Simple Scrapper. They are what make it possible for me to spend time with you each day! Please thank them by visiting their links to see what’s new.
- Sara Ellis
- Heritage Scrap
- Stuff to Scrap
- Pink Peacock Designs
- Scrapper’s Workshop
- Photo Jewelry
- Kiki Halbert Designs
4. Baby, I’m yours!
I am relishing in getting life back in order and feeling the calm that routine offers. It’s a great nesting feeling, especially in my online life, and the benefits are all yours! I’m busy planning out the next few months of no-fuss tips for a busy life. So tell me, what do you want to see more or less of here at Simple Scrapper?