Happy New Year everyone!
I hope you had a lovely Christmas and Crafty Santa brought you lots of pretty goodies! Crafty Santa was good with me and brought me an ATG gun and a huge crop bag! I have now started using the ATG gun and it’s amazing, so much time saved compared to the double sided sticky tape that I was using! And the crop bag I’ll get to use this coming weekend! Yay!
I didn’t scrap at all since my last post about the Glynn Barton book back in the middle of December and I must admit that I really missed scrapping during the whole Christmas period and the first couple of weeks of January.
I kept being active on Facebook for the most part of it, and I kept seeing gorgeous layouts posted to all the scrapping groups that I belong to, and I also kept watching process videos on youtube (although not so many, as December Daily was taking over and I am not into December Daily – yet), and I was so jealous! I wanted to have time to sit down at my desk too and have a play myself. But it wasn’t to be! The first time that I got to create just last Saturday!
However, all this time that I didn’t create, I did have lots of opportunities to think about what I want to create and achieve in the new year, and I reached lots of conclusions!
The first decision that I reached was that I no longer want to work chronologically. It is so restrictive! I have loved creating the twins’ first few books (four so far: 2013, 2014 part one, 2014 part two, and 2015 part one), however, now that I have almost finished the first 2015 one, I am not very inspired to start the second one! I love seeing other people’s layouts, with photos that vary greatly in years or seasons or events. I want to have this freedom to jump from a Christmas layout today to a summer one tomorrow. In order to stop scrapping chronologically, I need to stop using the Hobbycraft prebound books. Again, I have enjoyed using them until now, and I may still use them for mini albums (like the Glynn Barton one) but no more.
The second decision is very closely related to the first one, and it’s that since I am not going to be restricted to prebound albums, I am also going to stop scrapping on 8×8 size and move towards 12×12. I have already created two layouts on this size (blog posts coming soon) last weekend and I have loved every minute of it.
Another benefit of moving to 12×12 is that now I can just send 90% of my pictures to print just like they are, without having to edit them first in photoshop to get two or three smaller photos on a 4×6. It is so time consuming! I suppose sometimes I may still do that when I want to use two or three photos on one layout, but that would be the exception to the rule rather than the other way around.
At the same time, my other objectives for this year are the same ones that I talked about in this post (except for the First Communion order, which has already been done. I will blog about it very soon). The book of me, however, is going to have to be rethought. I was looking again at the prompts that I came up with, with each letter of the alphabet, and I don’t know how doable some of them are. I have already decided that some layouts would be photo-less, however looking at them again has made me realise that tons of them would not have a photo, and that is not what I want. So I may ditch the whole letter of the alphabet idea and just scrap the photos that I already have, but telling a story, from childhood to current likes and dislikes.
In this new year I am also going to try to attend at least one crop every month, two if possible! I talked to my husband about it and he agrees that I need this time for myself. The dates for the Artful Angels crop in Winchester are great this year and have already been put in my calendar. The dates for the Scrap Cafe crops however are not so good. Especially the dates for Bracknell, which would be my preferred location, happen to be not so favourable. Also, I won’t be able to attend their first retreat in March, which is a shame, but I already have something else planned for that weekend.
Oh, and did I mention that I will also be attending the new Paige Taylor Evans workshop in March? I have seen some reveals of her new collection and I know I am going to absolutely love it, so I’m really excited about that! We will be going to spend the weekend at the in-laws and I can travel to the venue on the Saturday, just like we did for the November workshop. More info on the Birds of a Feather website 🙂
And the last thing… Last year I applied to become a Design Team member for the Lottie Loves Paper kit, and I really hope I get chosen! I think being a DT member would push me to try new things and I am sure it would broaden the way I scrapbook, so it would be a fantastic challenge for me! If I don’t get chosen is not the end of the world, but I would very much love it!
I’ve got a couple more things to talk about, but I will save them for another blog post… I am aware this one is already very long!
Read you soon!