Yesterday a dear reader of mine sent me this note (edited for brevity):
I had always been able to keep up [with scrapping], but now I’m a full year behind. I really miss it, in addition to hating the feeling of being “behind”. Maybe I just need to try to let go of the feeling… So, how do other people have time to scrap?
I knew this was something I had to share with you, because we all feel this way sometime. I feel it too! That feeling is difficult to let go of unfortunately… especially when its tied to the endless stream of guilt we feel for all kinds of things as a mom, wife, daughter and friend (or dad, husband, son and friend). Fortunately though, I think there are some simple solutions to address this challenge.
1. Be Real
The first thing you have to do is think about what is a reasonable amount of scrapping for you. If I’ve had a good week w/o travel and I’m on top of things, that usually means there is time for one layout that week. If my schedule is wonky – that probably will result in no scrapping. It’s my reality and I’m OK with it.
2. Stop comparing
You cannot compare your scrapbooking skill or productivity to that of others. Everyone’s plate is full of different things and their sliver (or chunk) for scrapbooking will be different.
3. Don’t let go
It’s hard to change h0w we feel and a little less hard to change our reaction. Try taking the easier path. It’s not so much letting go of the feeling behind that is necessary, but changing your definition of caught up. Good enough is the new perfect, as they say!
4. Find shortcuts
You don’t have to give up on beautiful chronological scrapbooks if you get creative with your technique. Find shortcuts to make your desired end result a reality. Consider different projects that will help you feel caught up.
- Can you do a two page spread with the 20 best photos of the last year on it?
- Can you use quick pages or minimalist templates (like ones for photobooks)?
- Can you simply print 4×6 photos and put them in the 8×8 or 12×12 photo pages?
- Can you use photo overlays to journal directly on your pics?
Try this change of mindset and creative approach to help push the scrapbooker’s guilt away. If you can let go completely, that’s wonderful, but you can get pretty close without completely quelching the pull to catch up. Make “caught up” whatever you want and need it to be to stay a happy and healthy memory keeper!