Yesterday I cleared my desk of lists,
water glasses Diet Coke cans, and coloring pages to begin the process of assembling my own 2015 Start Fresh Workbook & Planner. Hole-punch in hand, I set off to turn paper into a tool I will rely on throughout the year.
I printed the Standard Edition planner (i.e. 8.5×11) double-sided on this 32 lb. Hammersmith paper. It is buttery smooth with enough heft to withstand a year’s worth of use. I then punched holes three pages at a time, just to be careful about it.
My annual albums are all from We R Memory Keepers, in the vanilla faux leather. This year I’m planning to scrapbook primarily in 8.5×11 or smaller – and my planner will live along side my layouts and pocket pages.
While I will also be working on (i.e. finishing) other projects, this album will hold my 2015 memories. It is my home base, my scrapbooking hub, for the year. I could think of no better location for these planning pages to live than right here!
The page protectors you see include the nine pocket and full page 8.5×11 options from We R Memory Keepers as well as the new line of 6×8 Handbook page protectors from Studio Calico. I’m excited to experiment with this configuration and see what I can create with it, but you’ll hear more about that plan later this month!
Inside, the planner includes everything I need to keep track of my scrapbooking projects including four pages of flexible calendaring, listing, and goal setting for each month. (See sample page.) From capturing stories I want to tell to planning the step-by-step of my next photo book, the resource pages will be especially indispensable.
I love the physical process of preparing an album for the new year, of sitting down with clear space and starting the year off right. I always know that the little bit of effort I put in now will pay dividends over the next 12 months. Projects will be prioritized. New ideas will be captured. Tasks will be scheduled.
Planning is worth it!
I shared a few peeks into my planner last year, but this time around I want to make a public commitment to documenting my progress monthly. You’ll get to follow along as I create an album for the year (plus work on other projects) with the support of this tool! Keep me honest, OK?
You can get your copy of the 2015 Workbook & Planner, in four sizes and configurations, when you register for Start Fresh.