Are you so far behind in your scrapbooking that you fear you’ll never get caught up? Do you find yourself buying supply after delicious supply but not using any of it because you can’t find it? Do you feel overwhelmed by all the photos waiting to be organized? Perhaps you’re afraid your creation won’t be perfect.
I have two words for you: Take action.
Simple, right? Of course! Easy? Absolutely not! But oh so worth it.
You can learn techniques for beautiful page composition, but until you take action, you won’t see a difference in your layouts. You can tell yourself that you’ll finish that page, but until you take action, that story will remain untold. You can believe you’re creative, but unless you take action, you’ll never see your creativity expressed.
Your scrapbooking process and systems may be imperfect, but don’t let that stop you!
Here’s a little 4 step process to help you:
- Identify one part of your scrapbooking process that’s overwhelming you.
- Be clear on the outcome you want.
- What steps can you take to reach the goal? Be specific.
- Then take action on one of those steps. Start small and set yourself up to win.
Do you have oodles of photos or supplies to organize? Set the timer for 15 minutes. Repeat every day until you’re caught up.
Do you have several unfinished layouts waiting for the perfect journaling? Block out some time and just get the story down — even if it’s on a scrap piece of paper first before you apply it to your page.
Do you have scrapbook layouts you haven’t even started because you just don’t know where to begin? Find some inspiration in a magazine or online gallery. Use a template. Scraplift a favorite layout.
Taking action not only applies to the incomplete projects — it also applies to new things we’ve yet to try.
What’s ONE thing you’d like to learn? Maybe it’s a photography class. Or a scraplift challenge. Or a journaling technique.
Whatever that something is — a project you want to finish or something you want to learn — take action today to make it happen!
Suzy Iverson is a digital scrapbook designer and teacher. She’s been recording memories since she was 12, writing since she learned the alphabet, and expressing her creative side her entire life. She is passionate about helping scrapbookers express their own creativity and share their stories. You’ll find free video tutorials and articles on her web site, suzyqscraps.com, as well as several digital scrapbooking freebies. She designs under the name SuzyQ Scraps; look for her fun and versatile digital and hybrid scrapbook products at scraporchard.com. Follow her on Twitter or “like” her fan page to stay current with the latest happenings.