It’s Q&A month and I’m answering your biggest questions about life, business, and simple scrapbooking.
How do you fit scrapbooking into your day? When do you scrapbook and how often?
When you look at “the industry”, there are generally two types of people: professional scrapbookers and business owners. While there are many exceptions and variations, one of these groups does a lot more scrapbooking than the other. These are the talented women you see on design teams for manufacturers and teaching project-based classes in person and online.
I am a business owner, so the bulk of my day involves a lot of things that aren’t scrapbooking. While I have a great support system that helps keep things running, like many of you I wish I had more time to scrapbook. That said, I feel fortunate that scrapbooking is part of my workday some of the time and that I have some flexibility.
On average, you’ll find me scrapbooking on Mondays more than other days. Sometimes I’ll get a head start over the weekend, but the very beginning of the work week is often a great time to create with a fresh eye. When I have scrapbooking tasks planned, I make sure I (literally) don’t sit down until I’ve gotten started. This is so helpful for raising and carrying momentum throughout my morning.
But it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes I need Mondays for writing and creating gets pushed off. I’ll consider evenings, but know it’s not going to happen. My brain shuts off way too early on most nights. Weekends during naptime is my backup plan. Usually this gets used for managing my photos and organizing, but once in a while it’s the only time I can find to fit scrapbooking into my week.
Over a month, I tend to scrapbook more at the beginning of the month because of my calendar for the membership. I try to make sure the new sketches and templates are in the hands of the creative team by the 10th of each month – and in most months three of the five layouts are brand new. Once those pages are complete, I often turn my focus to other ongoing or unfinished projects for the rest of the month.
Because my time for layouts in a given month tends to be limited, I will give some thought to the stories I want to tell in advance. I rarely start scrapbooking without photos selected and paired with a set of products. I need to complete these more left-brained tasks in a separate sitting from the more right-brained design of a page.
While new projects and classes can impact my routine and have my scrapbooking a lot more intensively, I would say I scrapbook a fairly average (if not low) amount in any given month. One of the perils of this job is that I end up thinking and writing about scrapbooking a lot more than I am able to actually do it. I’m OK with that and feel good about what I get to accomplish for me and my family.