Something that I have found that works well for me when working from home is really taking the weekend off. It’s so easy to think of that time as perfect to “catch up”- but the opportunity cost of what is lost is just too great for me. So, I tune out from work about 80% on Saturdays- and really unplug from work 100% on Sundays- like, not even check social media or emails or my calendar kind of unplug. I have found more time not only to have fun with the family- but also to really get back into the rhythm of recording our stories in my scrapbooking pages and Project Life Spreads.
It’s no secret that Project Life is the creative wagon I have fallen off of- and am now really determined to get back on. The process is not yet fluid for me- but the outcome- those completed pages? Those keep me coming back for more like the proverbial Engine Who Could 😉
This weekend, I set out to make a Project Life page about celebrating my Mom’s birthday. I had a few photos (four?) from the mega-order I had placed when Shutterfly was having a sale- and was shuffling them around the pockets, trying to figure what would work and trying to use cards that would compliment the colors and the story I wanted to tell. And it was hard.
I stopped and tried to figure out what was making this such a downer-I listened to the inner dialog I was having with myself as I was trying to make this page- and by tuning in like this- I realized one of my biggest obstacles was my “alligator arms”.
Let me let you listen in on what I mean:
inside my head as I shuffle photos and cards around , sadly trying to fill up the pockets in front of me: “this would work if I had more photos- I only had four printed out- what if I crop them- spread them out- and I could use this title card- nooo- that one is too pretty- I don’t want to waste it- I could print some more photos- nooo- I only have 6 sheets of paper left in this pack- maybe I could make a confetti pocket- noo- I only have one pack of that…”
Holy Cow! I am a Scrapping Cheapskate! I was limiting my page because I only had 4 photos that were printed at 9 cents each- and refused to add anymore photos or pretties because I didn’t want to crack into my stash?! Or use up my printer parer? Who was this girl? And why was she being so mean to herself – and settling for half baked layouts?
I tried to talk myself down from this hoarder mentality- there are always new papers and cards to buy- and I have enough to get me though a season of scrapping to say the very least- Printer paper is meant to be printed on- and if I’m going to really celebrate the everyday in my pages- I need to use my supplies on the everyday layouts- not save them for a “special” page. I had to let it go- let it go.. .
So, I took a deep breath and turned on my little Selphy- I was a *little* cost conscious and printed a few 2x3s on my 4×6 sheets- (That felt responsible. Baby steps, right?) And in doing this- I found I really liked how two 2x3s looked in the 4×6 pocket. And by opening up my proverbial wallet and printing more than I had originally planned for the page, I got to tell the story of the day just as I had wanted.
So, I’ll leave you with this: I am Renne, and I have Scrapping Alligator Arms. (as in: I don’t like putting my hands in my pockets) But I am learning that stash is for using, that there will always be more at the craft store and that printing photos is never a waste of money- you are printing out more pieces of the story- and making your art complete. If I am going to tell a story- I cant half-bake it because I don’t want to spend an extra 2 bucks on photo paper and ink. Gotta do it all the way baby! Only way to get the gold ring!
If you need Alligator Arm support- or have your own stories of battling the scrap demons- I’d love to hear them! (Just makes me feel a little better about my own issues lol!)