Have you ever come up with a brilliant idea and then not remembered it when it was time to put that idea into action? I do it all the time. Every time I think that it’s such a fabulous idea that I won’t forget it, but I do. It’s important to make note of your genius ideas, conversations you want to remember, how you felt at a certain moment.
In scrapbooking tip #10 , we talked about starting a sketchbook, you could use that, but it’s not very likely that it will be handy when you need it. Instead keep a notebook in your purse and another by your bed – because let’s face it – our best ideas come to us when we are trying to sleep. Or use the notes app on your phone to jot down ideas. Mark them with the date and everything that you may want to remember. That way there is no fear of forgetting anything!
If you really enjoy social media another great idea is to share photos and the story online. It automatically dates it and keeps a record of it for when you are ready to document the story. This works well for funny things our kids say and can be used for many things but there are some things thoughts you just want to keep a bit more private. That’s where jotting down your ideas in a notebook comes in handy.
Remember a few days ago when I shared my two crafting rules? You can find them here if you missed them. I didn’t always have those rules in place. While working through this series, I’ve found several layouts in my albums that were never finished. Todays layout is the perfect example.
The blue strip was stamped, embellished with the white gel pen, one photo matted and all of that was stuck to black card stock. There were no embellishments and there was no title. The stamps and card stock colours are no longer available so I had nothing to match. I didn’t want to take the page apart and restart. That wouldn’t follow my plan to work smarter.
Want to know what I did?
I looked on my desk and in my leftover die cut bin to see what I could use. Everything, except my title, came from scraps or my wood elements bin. I think it all turned out in the end. But probably would have been a bit more cohesive if I had just finished the page years ago when I started it! I’ve found several of these unfinished pages in my albums so far.
What I refuse to do
One thing I refuse to do is redo anything that has already been done, or that has been started. I’ve been forcing myself to carry on or work with what is there.
My taste has changed over the years and I don’t love everything that I’ve created but I also think that the layouts show progression and how trends have changed. I love seeing that.
When all is said and done, no one is going to be looking at the design of the page. They will be looking at the photos and reading the stories – that is what’s important.
Have a creative day!