And I don’t intend to this year, either. I have some general goals, but they are not things that are related to the new year, or that have begun at the start of the new year. They are ongoing. I prefer longer-range goals and usually set mine at 5 year increments… like where do I want to be in 5 years? Stuff like that.
I read a very interesting blog post today on the Scrapbook Update blog. May Flaum was posting the things she resolves to use in her scrapbooks in 2010. That got me to thinking and I decided to document the things I intend to do in 2010 that are scrapbook related. They are not resolutions, but rather intentions… 🙂 Semantics, I know, but it makes me happy.
So here goes:
- Use up my existing stash of papers, stickers, and embellishments.
I want to try to whittle my stash down – and at the same time resist as much as I can the nifty new stuff that comes out on the market. Normally, this is a very difficult thing for me to do. I am a “gotta have it all” kind of gal. But, what I have realized, is that I kinda do have it all. And, I need to quit purchasing and start using. Along those lines is my next intention:
- Remember to use my embossing tools more often – and my glitter – and my stamps – and all those other cool tools I have.
More stuff I bought that I thought was cool. And I love using it, but I never remember to. So, I’m going to try to remember to incorporate some more of the fluffy stuff on my pages in the future.
- Scrapbook every single week.
Whether it is a digital, hybrid, or traditional page (or, hopefully, more than one page) I am planning to set aside time each week to do a little of what makes me happy. It’s not about “catching up” but more about doing what I love and remembering to focus a little time on my hobby each week.
- Challenge myself to try new things and learn new techniques.
If you have looked at our Scrap Weekly in 2010 blog, you know that this one is already in progress. I am participating in the weekly challenges and will be contributing challenges there several times during the year. I have never really gotten into challenges before but I want to step outside my usual scrapbooking habits and style and learn some new things this year.
I am also taking Cathy Z’s Design Your Life class on Big Picture Scrapbooking. I am hoping this will help spread my horizons a bit – once I actually get around to starting the class (cough, cough). I am also hoping to re-start or start anew a 365 project using Becky Higgins’ Project Life kit. I got mine in the mail today – it is sooo pretty. I can’t wait to use it. I am thinking it will become my “chronological” album which will allow me to:
- Scrap more moments and memories and less events.
I am really going to push myself this year to get away from the traditional yearly albums I have done for the past, oh, fifteen years. I am going to have a family album, the Project Life album, and then, well, I don’t know. I am re-reading Stacy Julian’s book Photo Freedom.
I am thinking I may try to tackle her Library of Memories concept. Up till now it has seemed rather daunting. But, with my move away from chronological albums, it seems like something that will really free up my scrapping mojo. There is a class over at Big Picture that is being offered in the spring, but I’ll have to see if I am ready for another class after the Design Your Life one.
- Try some hybrid pages.
So far, I have either done digital or traditional, but I haven’t mixed the two. I have to ask myself “why?” and I don’t really know. Other than the fact that the PC is downstairs and the scrap spot is upstairs. Not a good enough reason. So, it is time to start mixing things up a bit.
So there you have it. My 2010 not-so-resolution-y intentions.
What are you going to try to do in 2010?