We have all felt it. We have been weighed down by it. We sometimes even let it really get to us.
And this isn’t run of the mill guilt, it’s one that is unique to scrapbookers. It’s the guilt of feeling behind.
No matter when you start scrapbooking, you are instantly behind. There’s always so much life that came before this moment, this month, this year.
Almost four years ago I blogged about letting go of feeling behind, where I said:
It’s not so much letting go of the feeling behind that is necessary, but changing your definition of caught up.
I believe this to be true today, but there are hard-to-ignore facts.
We live life chronologically. We know what has been scrapbooked and what hasn’t. There can be gaps in the record that simultaneously feel both essential and impossible to fill.
While I am constantly working on the emotional side of this issue, of ignoring and releasing that guilt, I also attempt to satisfy it.
It is in this quest to stop feeling behind where simple scrapbooking has been my true ally.
Whenever I feel behind, I ask myself one question: What is the simplest project that will satisfy this need?
When you begin to think holistically about catching up and become project-focused, you open a huge door of opportunity.
But it’s when you add the context of simplicity that all those opportunities become possible.
You can stop feeling behind and start catching up.
You can document four years of life in with a mini book.
And then do it all again for the next two years.
You can document a whole year in twelve monthly pages.
You can document a decade of participation in one single layout.
You can document one single week with a photo collage.
You can document trips to your favorite place with a photo + memorabilia album.
You can document an entire pregnancy and childbirth with a hybrid mini album.
You can document a year of life in eight framed photos…
or a decade of travel in nine.
You can document your baby’s first year with pockets and layouts…
or your own first thirty.
It all counts.