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.
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?”.
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.
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?