I hear it again and again. You don’t have time to scrapbook.
I hear it from our most eager and active members. I hear it from friends who used to be scrapbookers, but aren’t anymore. I even hear it from myself because sometimes I spend more time writing about our hobby than actually doing it.
And how many times have you happened to carve out the time, but your motivation to do anything at all just isn’t there? On how many scrapbooking dates have you stood yourself up?
In this day and age, even amidst the books and blogs we are reading on slowing down, feeling more abundant, and finding creative magic, our connection to scrapbooking is often dictated by a rapidly-ticking clock. We feel like it must be squeezed in after everything else.
I see a path out of this ongoing frustration.
What if we stopped treating scrapbooking as a hobby, an add-on to an already jam-packed life, and started living in a way the better integrates memory-making and memory-keeping?
Unlike any other craft, leisure activity, or self-care practice, scrapbooking is uniquely intertwined with everyday life. It is the metadata of our living. So why then do we marginalize it to the pockets of time when no one else needs us and we’re on-empty?
Just like we do with birthdays, soccer games, and family vacations, if something is important you write it down. You put it on your calendar. You know what the priorities are and what you’ll do next.
Where does scrapbooking fit on your calendar?
Over the past two years we’ve seen a resurgence in the use of planners as part of a creative lifestyle. In 2015 it has just exploded, with classes and kits available for decorating our calendars.
In tandem, those who are ardently all-digital have become more devoted to and dependent on their mobile devices and apps like Asana and Evernote to keep track of everything.
I believe we can use that momentum—in both the tangible and digital directions—to nurture this memory keeping lifestyle. We can add time for scrapbooking to our calendar and like we do with everything else in life, determine what’s a priority and what can wait until later.
It’s not about taking all the fun out of our hobby, but on the contrary, getting our hobby out of our heads and into our date books. We can use the same skills we employ as managers-in-life to finally feel like there’s time to scrapbook the memories we hold dear.
The tool I’ve created to support this journey is the Simple Scrapper Planner. When you use a planner that’s just as much for the rest of life as it is for your hobby, you’ll be able to stay motivated—and be more punctual for those hot scrapbooking dates with yourself.