Welcome to Day 4 of the series, FIND your FIT!
They say it takes 21 days of doing something to make the habit stick. Today, I would like to encourage you to complete a memory-keeping task every day for at least 21 days. I know I sound crazy, but hear me out!
It doesn’t matter whether you create a layout every day, work with your digital photos, organize 20 year’s worth of prints, or work on a long-planned-but-never-accomplished project.
Several years ago I did my first Layout a Day Challenge. I joined a group of other scrapbookers who were completing layouts based on daily prompts. We would receive the prompt for the day’s page, complete it, and upload it to a gallery for others to see. I think I only completed about 10 pages during my first LOAD, but it was a great experience, so I decided to do another one.
In May 2011, I actually created a layout every day. 31 layouts in a month—a personal record! It was an eye-opening experience, after I recovered enough from my efforts to think about it clearly.
During that month, I:
- Was able to see what worked for me and what didn’t.
- Helped me streamline my process.
- Saw what I liked and didn’t like about different styles.
- Accepted the fact that I am not a fast scrapper.
- Am too much of a perfectionist, most of the time.
- Figured out that I needed to have plenty of pictures printed ahead of time.
- Need lots of extra adhesive.
- It was a big commitment, but well worth the effort.
My ‘style’ was developing during those 31 days, without even realizing it. (In fact, it is still evolving to this day.)
Here are the layouts I completed during that month.
Are my layouts perfect? No, but they are 31 stories that I may not have told, and I used pictures that may have sat unseen on my hard drive, if I hadn’t participated in the LOAD challenge.
- Do you think you could make a commitment to at least 21 days of memory-keeping tasks? Leave a comment below with your answer.
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