Recently I got an email with these questions from Camille:
Do you set aside specific days to scrapbook or do you scrap a little each day?
Do you feel like there are some days where you are never going to catch up with your scrapbooking projects?
I’ve talked about this a little bit before when I wrote about how to find time to scrapbook but I wanted to come back and revisit this topic because it’s one I get asked about again and again!
At this point in my life I do not set aside specific days to scrapbook. As a work at home mom I take time each day to assess the must dos and the want tos. I take a look at which work tasks have to get done, which home tasks need attention, and where my energy level is. Then I prioritize the list to the top 3-5 things I have to finish that day. While this may sound super organized, most of this is done in my head and can easily change on a whim.
One might think that since I run a scrapbooking website for a living I probably get to scrap all the time. The truthful answer to that is, not so much. When I’m developing a class I might scrapbook several times during a week, along with creating videos, editing, photographing, writing content, etc. Otherwise I’d say that if I scrapbook once a week I’m doing really good. And some months I only scrapbook one time during the entire month. And it’s often during Inspiration to Creation LIVE.
That being said, let me tell you what I do make sure happens EVERY DAY. I take time for me! That’s right, I really do. In the middle of work, and kids, and cleaning (and let’s face it cleaning is typically way down on the list) I make sure that there is at least 30 minutes to an hour that is just for me. I might scrapbook, but I could also read a book or take a nap. It all depends on my energy level and whether I’m feeling inspired to create. If my scrapbook room is a mess, I’m much less likely to go in there and create. Sometimes it’s just easier to open a book and relax. So I let that be ok! As long as I’m taking time to feed my soul, I’m fine with whatever form that happens to take.
But when I do want to get scrappy here are some strategies I use:
- Schedule time on the calendar and put as much value on that appointment as any other.
- Book a scrappy date with a friend.
- Let your kids create along with you.
- Scrap while watching a movie.
- Sit with the family while they watch TV and upload and tag photos so you can easily find what you need the next time you sit down to scrap.
- Scrap during your child’s nap time.
- Scrap after the kids are in bed if you are a night owl, or get up early if you are an early bird.
- Search for inspiration on Pinterest and find a topic/design/idea that gets your juices flowing and makes you want to create right now!
- Watch scrapbooking videos to get you in the mood to scrap!
As for Camille’s second question…YES, sometimes I feel like I will never catch up with my scrapbooking projects. Because being “caught up” means that I’m no longer living a life worth documenting. Every day there is another story that I could tell. I think the real question is do I worry about it…nope, I don’t.
Will it really matter if I haven’t finished every project or told every story? Not one bit. My family enjoys what I have done. And I enjoy the hobby. I do it for me, not to be a historian of our life. So I only worry about scrapping what inspires me, and I let the rest go. I’m too busy living an inspired life to waste time worrying about what I might not get scrapbooked!