A recent Scrapbooking article that I read talked about making Scrapbooking Resolutions for the New Year. It listed a variety of ideas that a Scrapbooker could adopt as their own resolutions for 2011. It made me ponder…Do I need to make some changes in my own scrapbooking? Have I found myself in a creative “rut”? I looked over my recent pages, and then looked at some completed albums from a few years ago to see how my style has changed. I then made this list of things for me to try to do this year in my Scrapbooking. These are my 2011 Scrapbooking Resolutions:
1. To use new combinations of colours in my pages: Traditionally, my Disney pages have the likely red, yellow and black combinations, and my Christmas pages are red, green, and gold. I see that I need to think outside of the box and try new colours together. I also need to try colours that I normally veer away from. I see now that I don’t use much brown in my pages. My next layout will have some brown paper in it!
2. To use new accents in my pages: I tend to use the embellishments that I have handy and are easy to use. Yet, I have some amazing chipboard accents that are sitting in my scrapbag that are just begging to be covered with snazzy paper or painted on. I also have tended to avoid using eyelets because of the extra step of setting them into my layout. I have fallen back on using brads instead because they are “easier”. I resolve to use these and other embellishments more readily.
3. To use new mediums in my pages: I tend to use letter stickers for my titles or pre-made titles. I need to use my stamps more for lettering and I need to take my Cuttlebug (a cutting tool that will cut letters or shapes out of paper) out of my bedroom closet and start using it to make custom letters for my pages.
4. I need to enroll in more “Challenges”. My local Scrapbooking store has seasonal competitions where Scrapbookers are challenged to complete layouts with different tools, techniques, papers, themes, etc. I used to compete in these challenges quite frequently, and it kept my Scrapbooking style fresh and unique. I have also viewed (silently) various on-line scrapbooking challenges. I need to actively compete in one of these. These challenges are going to get me thinking “out of the box”, which will help me to keep my previous resolutions.
5. To journal more in my layouts: I talked about this in another Blog post, but I have realized that I need to tell more about “the story” in each of my Scrapbook pages. I need to share the “who, what, where, when and why” more in my work.
6. (This one is just for my own sense of whimsy) To put a hidden Mickey in each of my layouts: Whether it is obvious or subtle, I have often done this in the past, and I want to make this a point in my 2011 Scrapbook pages.
Last year I made myself a promise to carve out weekly time to Scrapbook, which has been one of the most satisfying resolutions I have ever made myself. I gave myself a gift of time to engage in one of my favorite activities. This year my Scrapbooking resolutions are smaller in scale, but are ones that I think will keep my pages fresh and fun for me as I work on them and for my family as we look on them for years to come.
Contributed by: Marybeth Caliciuri (NDM#6) Marybeth is the DDL Scrapbooking Blogger.