finding your best fit
The thing about scrapbooking is that it is so very personal. Not just in what it means to each of us and why we do it… but how we do it.
These days, there’s so much inspiration that is accessible online and on social media. We can see what everyone is doing and how they’re designing pages or putting together albums. Ideally, this inspires us. Realistically, I have a feeling that sometimes it’s just downright overwhelming to many — particularly those who still have yet to dive into scrapbooking at all or for those who have been “taking a break” and need some motivation to get back into a routine that has them scrapbooking again.
Browsing is a great idea for getting those creative juices flowing, but if you find that all that looking still doesn’t lead you to doing… it’s time to put the phone down, step back from it all, and do a little personal assessment. Ask yourself — What do I want to get out of all of this (besides completed pages)? What’s going to be the approach that helps me stay motivated because it’s my way of doing things? If I want my family to be involved, which approach will make the most sense for them so they’ll want to join in the fun?
You might crave the tangible touch-and-feel aspect of paper-crafting. Or maybe you’re 100% a fan of scrapbooking on-the-go (or in bed!), and in the palm of your hand. The cool thing about Project Life® is that this little idea that started as this “one thing” has expanded and stretched and evolved to become so much more. It’s not only more widely available, but Project Life is offered in various formats while still holding on to the original concept of pocket scrapbooking to make the memory-keeping aspect of your life … more simple.
We have added a new page to the website called What Is Your Best Fit? I encourage you to check that out. Read about each of the six main ways that you can obtain Project Life and then ask yourself — What’s my best fit? Which way suits my lifestyle best? Which way will keep me actually scrapbooking so that I’m doing something with those pictures and memories? Is there just one way that’s the perfect fit for me? Or am I better off taking a couple different approaches, depending on my memory-keeping projects?
I’ve asked myself these questions (about a hundred times over the past 20 years as a scrapbooker) and I’ve always strived to do what works for me at that time in my life. It’s not always the same. I have allowed myself to evolve (and all of my scrapbooks are evidence of my evolution) so I’m always scrapbooking in a way that has me actually doing it. Right now, there are two main approaches that are floating my boat and keeping me scrapbooking: 1) the Project Life app – for our family yearbook; and 2) the physical version used in the ultimate simplest way — photos and cards in pockets — for each of the kids’ ongoing albums that holds all their “stuff.” This video is a few years old, but it’s still pretty much my system for the kids’ albums in case you want to check that out.
So… what is your best fit?