Well April, it’s been fun…
With April coming to a close, it’s means it’s time to wrap up my 5th Scrap-i-versary Celebration. So far this month I’ve told the story of how my digital scrapbooking journey began, shared my FAVE digital scrapbooking project ever, revisited some of my scrapbooking hits and cringe-worthy misses and counted down the last 5 years of digiscrapping.
To close out my 5th Scrap-i-versary Celebration, it seems only fitting that for my 5th and final Scrap-i-versary post, we leave behind the days of scrapbooking past and turn our attention toward the future. Revisiting some of my favorite and least favorite layouts and projects during this month made me realize there were a few changes I would like to make around here.
So with that here are five of my digital scrapbooking goals for my next scrapbooking year…
1. Get Back to My Scrapbooking Roots
As I mentioned in my hits & misses post earlier this week, back when I first started digital scrapbooking, I scrapped both square (12×12 or 8×8 really) and rectangle (8.5×11 layouts) and regularly swapped between a more paper-esque scrapbooking style and a more graphic magazine style.
Over the last several years I’ve really gotten away from this but I would love to get back into the habit of mixing things up, keep things fresh and stepping outside my scrapbooking comfort zone more often.
Expect to see a wider variety of page sizes (maybe even a pocket page protector or two), as well as styles, and maybe even a paper or hybrid project thrown here and there too for good measure.
2. Scrapbook More of Our Traveling Adventures
One of mine and Adam’s absolute favorite things to do is travel. As Adam will be the first to tell you, if you ask me what I want to do over the weekend, my answer 9 times out of 10 will be “I just want to GO somewhere!” We love visiting new places and seeing new sights. It’s one of our favorite things about the military lifestyle. But if you were to look through my scrapbook albums would you likely know this about us? Nope.
In the five years since I started digital scrapbooking, we have lived in Korea for a year, taken trips to amazing places like Japan and Hawaii, and taken our first ever trip to Disneyworld and soon, NYC. We’ve gone on numerous road trips and camping trips and explored some awesome places like Yellowstone and Carlsbad Caverns.
But how many of these trips would you actually see if you flipped through our scrapbooks?
Sure there may be a page here or there but for the most part, these memories and photos remain safely hidden away in our minds…and the depths of my computer hard drive.
So goal number 2 for this year is to get my travel scrapbooking on and actually document some of these amazing trips we’ve been lucky enough to take over the years.
which brings me to Goal #3…
3. Get My Organizing On
By far the biggest obstacle holding me back from scrapbooking our travels is the sheer number of photos. Coming back from a trip with 800-1000 RAW photos to sort through is a daunting task!
If I’m going to embrace travel scrapbooking this year, I really need a photo and scrapbooking system that can handle the large volume of photos I’ll have to deal with. The Great Computer Spring Clean-a-thon was a great start but there is definitely still a lot to do when it comes to getting my organizing system into tip-top shape.
So expect to see lots more posts about my adventures in organizing (and mis-adventures, I’m sure, haha) here on the blog. I am determined that this year will be the year I find a systems that WORKS.
4. Scrapbook 100 layouts by the end of 2011
Now I’m sure there are some of you who would find the idea of 100 layouts in a year laughable. You probably scrap that many layouts in a month with a baby in your arms and two toddlers running around. Ha.
The truth is in the five years I’ve been digital scrapbooking, the most number of layouts I’ve ever done in a single year has been 85. Which means 100? Kind of a bold goal for me.
By the end of April I will have completed 15 layouts (that’s an average of 3.75 a month for you fellow math nerds out there) which means I’ll have 8 months left to scrap 85 layouts. Averaging 10.6 layouts a month. Eeek.
My CT requirements with make up a minimum of 32 of those 85 but that still means I have at least 53 layouts to scrap on my own. It’s going to be a challenge for me I know, but I am excited for the prospect of getting back into a more consistent scrapbooking rhythm again and taking time to scrap layouts that are just for me.
Plus more layouts from me = more template-y goodness for you. It’s a win-win, haha.
5. Turn NettioDesigns into one kickass place to hang out
Yep, that’s right, I am putting this out here. For all to see. Haha.
When I started NettioDesigns back in February, I knew it was going to be a learning experience. Just how BIG of a learning experience I don’t think I realized. Haha. So things around here definitely got off to a slower start than I would have liked as a I slowly learned how to balance scrapbooking, a digi website and life. But with three months under my belt I am definitely getting into a groove and I’m ready to start ramping things up around here. Time to take some of these plans and turn them into action.
What does this mean for you?
More templates. More scrapbooking adventures. More tips. More tricks. More tutorials. You name it.
Which brings me to this…
I want to hear from YOU
What do you struggle with when it comes to digital scrapbooking?
Is it coming up with a fresh new design every time? Mixing and matching elements and papers? Maybe you have a layout that just didn’t work out the way you hoped? Organizing, Photoshop, Mac vs PC, Backing up your files…
Whatever it may be, big or small, easy or hard, I want to hear about it. Now is the time to ask your burning scrapbooking questions.
Have an awesome idea for a template, a tutorial you’d love to see?
Feel free to share that too.
Now is your chance to get those burning digital scrapbooking questions answered.
And just for a little added incentive…how about a giveaway.
One lucky commenter will win my next template release for FREE.
I know you like free.
How to Enter
To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment here on this blog post letting me know what you’re struggling with (or what you wish you could do better) and what you would love to see here at NettioDesigns when it comes to digital scrapbooking.
That’s pretty easy, right?
Want to increase your chances of winning? Post about this giveaway on Twitter and encourage your digiscrappy friends to come give their input too. Link me up to your tweet in a separate new comment to earn an extra entry.
You’ve got until Tuesday, May 3rd, 7am EST to post your comment to be eligible to win. Winner will be announced on the day of the new release.
And with that, my 5th Scrap-i-versary Celebration comes to an end. It’s been a fun five scraptastic years so far and I’m so thrilled with all the memories I have scrapped but I am definitely excited to see what the next few years bring scrapbooking-wise. Should be a fun!
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