Stop Staring and Start Scrapbooking

Monday, May 9, 2011

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I don’t think of myself as a perfectionist…. far from it. But I consider myself a “hesitant scrapbooker".

I overthink, procrastinate and make excuses. I don’t have the right photos, I can’t remember the date, I don’t have the perfect paper.

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May is National Scrapbooking Month. I am vowing to move forward and get over it. Case in point: not-so-great pictures and not-sure-of the date.

I had these photos developed a few years ago, and they’ve been waiting in my “to scrapbook” pile. I sift through this pile occasionally and set them aside every time. The photos are taken at an indoor waterpark with terrible lighting, a point-n-shoot camera, and I don’t remember the exact year. I quizzed my husband and kids, none of us can remember which birthday this was… “was it your 7th birthday, 8th?”.

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I could keep setting the pictures aside, or I could get on with it. I could scan the photo, manipulate it digitally to improve the lighting, or I could get on with it. I could go back through all my negatives and find the date… or I could get on with it.

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Now, I have a layout and I don’t have a random pile of pictures to puzzle over. I don’t have a date, and I don’t have great pictures. But I remember the joy of watching my son spend the entire day in the wave pool, hitting the waves head-on, big grin plastered all over his face.

Hesitant Scrapper? Stop staring and start scrapbooking.

Leave a comment and tell me your success story. What have you done to become a more confident scrapbooker? Baby steps or giant strides, what works for you?

22 comments:

AaronB said...

Great pages!!!

Amy Gehring said...

I love this layout! I haven't figured out what works for me yet. I have a ton of pictures, tons of paper. Just seems to take me a long time to pick out the best layout pattern, perfect embellishments, etc.

Linda said...

Great post!! This is something I struggle with too. I think the more paper, stamps, punches, etc I get the less I scrapbook. I don't know where to start, afraid I'm going to waste great pictures on a bad layout. I'm still "saving" all the really special moments for the perfect layout. lol. I had better get on it so I can still remember what the heck was happening, and can journal a little.

I seem to be able to get more accomplished if I just take a few supplies and make myself create a layout at a crop or weekend out of town.

mE said...

SMile and wave boys, smile and wave! Love it!

I'm getting off my butt and scrapping more this month, too! I have just printed up 16 digi layouts and did 2 paper layouts this weekend. YAY!

Joel and Amy said...

If all my "bad pictures" and layouts looked as great as yours, I would be in scrapper's heaven.

I am horrible at putting pictures on layouts. I have a ton of finished layouts with no pictures. I try to limit the amount of loose pictures I have to only 4 years, before I throw them away or organized into traditional albums. Granted we are well into 2011 and I still need to finish 2007. YIKES! Now with Studio J, I am trying to limit the amount of photos I print and print them only for specific layouts or put them in Studio J layouts. I just think I need to set of goal to complete at least 3 layouts a month in hopes of trying to keep up a little. ~Amy

Chris said...

Amen - that's me!! And my piles just keep growing. :(

Margi said...

Great pages! Love the Stardust paper with your photos! I am a hesitant scrapper too. I need to do more Studio J pages. I think they are the answer to my issues. : )

Connie H. said...

I love these layouts. I am exactly the same ... a hesitant scrapper. I haven't yet found what works for me, but I have the same pile of pictures that you have, I bet, and probably thousands more in my computer that haven't been printed yet.

Rebecca said...

I decided to try Laine Ehmann's "Layout A Day Challenge" this month. It has really motivated me to get up and start putting some of those pictures and supplies I have been hoarding into layouts. I have completed 8 layouts (from start to finish!) so far, and that is more than I did in the LAST YEAR! :) I decided to stop hesitating and start scrapping!

Gloria said...

I try to sit down and power scrap on my weekend retreats. I remind myself that it doesn't matter if I'm missing the perfect embellishment or everything isn't just so - its getting done and will be there for my family to actually look at and enjoy if I get the pics scrapped! Otherwise, they are in a drawer in my room and no one can see my family memories. I'm just shoving myself out the door, giving myself a good kick in the pants and doing it!

Moomin Mama said...

Great post and spot on advice. I have been very successful at finding the same excuses for not scrapbooking the many wonderful photographic memories I have, so with your advice in mind I too am going to "just get on with it".

Mary Gunn FUNN said...

Score!

Creatique Innovationz said...

Thank YOU Tresa! This is a Fantabulous post for many reasons. I'm the biggest procrastinator and I have piles of photos that I just haven't done a single thing with for all of the reasons you listed above. I was just getting to some camera cards and forgot totally about the piles of photos I already have. So this post is very inspirational for me. I think my baby step is going to be to pull out that My Reflections and do a page a day to widdle away and not be so trepid in doing so. HUGS from ID.

Josh and Rach said...

I started using Studio-J. My daughter is nearly 2 and I finally scrapbooked her birth and her first year (well most of it actually). Studio-J got me scrappin' in a flash! Occasionally I go back to the paper method, but I get so much satisfation out of completing 10 layouts in the time it takes me to complete 1 traditional one.

Kandi said...

Your layout looks great Tresa! I've been a consultant now for 4 years and I have about 6 2-page layouts done, lol. Needless to say I too am a "hesitant scrapbooker". I love the idea, but I'm also so fixated on it turning out "just right" that I basically psych myself out.

I've also had a Studio J membership since they became available and I have yet to use it. Obviously I need a plan. Maybe I'll start with a small goal, something like 1 layout a month? We'll see. :)

Gretel from Oahu said...

Guilty as charged. I'm a major procrastinator. However, since I've started holding monthly Workshops with our WOTG it has forced me to complete (at very least) the two page layout each month. Complete. With photos.

Now on to the more important stuff...Thanks for the inspiration on looking at my Stardust paper packet with new eyes. Very nice color scheme you got going on. And is that really the backside of the Kraft Borders that you used? How ingenious! You continually amaze me. Please don't stop.

Sara Hull said...

This is a great story! For me the challenge was just starting scrapbooking in the first place! I resisted for years, piling pictures in boxes until my oldest child was about 8! The thought of scrapbooking our lives was just too overwhelming! I had to start with a project I could finish! First it was a trip. Just that. Then a 1st year book for each child. My oldest was 12 when I finished hers! Then it was the year we were in. I will probably never go back and finish it all, but I have books that are a treasure to us all, because I started somewhere! My son, my second child, is turning 15 today. Last night we sat and looked at his 1st year book. He loves it as much as I do! What a gift to us both!

cowboycentral said...

Love the layout! I used to hesitate making LO for all the same reasons, until a friend told me about CTMH. Seriously…a few workshops on the go, some basic cardstock stash, a few stamps/inks and my imagine book and layouts just happen. I just make my photos work in the layout I like: too small add another mat behind it, too big crop it down. My daughter enjoys when I include the not so perfect pictures, they seem to capture the realness of the moments.

Roz Bianchi said...

I finally sat down yesterday and finished a small book for some close friends of ours. We went to a Cardinal Baseball game & I promised to make this. I kept thinking about it and putting it off. By getting it done I feel I can now move on....to all those other projects.


I love your site, you are truly an inspiration to me, Your StudioJ video moved me to tears. Thanks for all you do on helping out your fellow CTMH sisters.

Janice said...

Great post Tresa! You hit the nail on the head for a lot of us. Thanks for being such a great leader in CTMH! Janice McC.

Kelli said...

What Fabulous layouts, I am adding your blog to my sidebar!! FYI, I have blog candy Avail!

Misty said...

I too am a "hesitant scrapper"....SO WELL said! I always feel guilty about it. Thanks for the inspiration to get on with it!!!! Your layout is FABULOUS btw.

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