Welcome to Day 3 of the series, FIND your FIT!
Back in 2011, I took Stacy Julian’s “Finding Photo Freedom” class at Big Picture Classes. It seriously changed the way I view scrapbooking and photo organization forever. I no longer feel like I have to scrap chronologically, it helped me to stop feeling so overwhelmed, and it changed my photo workflow (a fancy word for sorting, editing, and printing pictures) for the better. The class gave me a system for sorting, storing, and having pictures available for when I am ready to scrapbook.
One of the best tips from Stacy was to work in 15-minute intervals. It was so helpful to me that I want to share it with you.
Why 15 minutes, you ask? Well, it’s the perfect amount of time to chip away at the never-ending memory-keeping tasks without getting overwhelmed. Most people can fit 15 minutes into their busy days. Remember, this is about making scrapbooking fit into your life.
So, what are some of the tasks you can work on for 15 minutes? Here are a few:
Work with your photos
- Upload photos from all of your devices.
- Sort your uploaded pictures into albums in your photo-editing software.
- Tag photos with categories (like travel, birthday, first steps, etc.) to find them easily later.
- Upload your pictures to a photo-processing website and order prints.
- Upload your pictures to create a photo book.
Work with your memorabilia
- Sort through the keepsakes and souvenirs you have stashed in a shoebox.
Work with your supplies
- If you scrapbook with paper supplies, pull papers and embellishments (or create a quick mini-kit) to work with a photo you want to scrap.
- If you are a pocket scrapper, sort through your cards that coordinate with your photos.
- If you are a digital scrapper, unzip a kit and sort through the elements.
- If you art journal, gather your mixed-media supplies for a page.
- Take a small section of your scrapping space and organize it. Purge anything you won’t use.
- Sort through your supplies, and arrange them in a way that makes sense for you and your process.
- Write a story about a photo that you love.
- Spend 15 minutes reflecting on your day, making sure to write down any funny quotes or stories about the events.
Search for inspiration
- Check out a few Pinterest boards, looking for layouts or page sketches you like. Pin them for later.
- Take a look through a scrapbooking magazine (most of these are online).
- Search Google for scrapbook pages about a topic you are interested in.
This is just a small list of things that can be done in 15 minutes. Breaking down the tasks into bite-sized pieces should help you get a handle on your photos, supplies, and inspiration. Don’t let the prospect of starting overwhelm you!
- Pick one task, set a timer, and work through it. You may be surprised at how much you can accomplish!
- Post a comment letting us know what you worked on. Was 15 minutes enough or too little?
- Follow me on Pinterest for scrapbooking and photography inspiration!