From what I gather from Ali's blog, One Little Word is about your daily life. I haven't signed up for her class. I thought about, but after talking about it with people who have taken it, I decided not to take it. If you love Ali's handwriting, you may really like it. I am not really into other people's handwriting in my scrapbooks. I struggle enough with journaling in my own handwriting so I don't want to add someone else's to the mix. Maybe once I get to the point where I'm not bothered by my own handwriting in my albums, I'll give into other handwriting being in there. I don't mind family and friends' handwriting on things like cards, pictures from children, notes, etc. I'm getting better with journaling in my own handwriting!
So I have been working on my journaling! When I did traditional scrapbooking, I absolutely hated journaling and wanted no part of it. It's interesting how my attitude has change when I changed my style of scrapbooking. I am actually enjoying looking up information about places I've been. It's like I get to reminisce and go on a mini vacation while scrapbooking. I'm also realizing how fortunate I have been in my travels especially for someone my age. I know people twice my age who have never really left the town they grew up in! I feel so sad for them. There's so much to see and do out in the world!
I felt relief when I cleaned everything scrapbooking out. It was desperately needed. Parting with items was tough. For some items, it was like saying goodbye to an old friend. For other items, it was like bye bye....who cares? I made a deal with myself that every 2 years I will go through every scrapbooking related item I own and see if I need them still. If I haven't used an item in 2 years, it is going unless there is a big plan for it. I do have some items that I purchased for big things like Sheba's last day when we took her to a park and Milo's last months. I haven't been able to scrapbook those moments, but I am putting together a plan of action!
One thing that I recently decided to do that has shown me that there is a light at the end of the tunnel is to no longer randomly print photos and scrapbook whatever moves me at the time. Several years ago, when i had only a handful of digital photos this methodology worked just fine and dandy. now that I have around 100,000 photos, it's not happening and I'm getting nowhere. I just end up buried and frustrated. So starting this month, I am going to print all of my photos every month. In the beginning of February, I will print all of my January photos and I will scrapbook them in order! Crazy, I know! :)
What about 2003-2014? And what about the printed photos from film (remember that stuff?) Well, I start organizing my 2014 photos and getting them sorted by month, then day, then by which sites we saw. I print all the photos by quarter. My first printing of 2014 will be all the photos from January through March. I will scrapbook them once I have completed my 2015 monthly photos. Does that make any sense? I will slowly work backwards after I keep up to date the current going ons.
After making these big changes to my scrapbooking life, I felt relief. I'm no longer drowning under my favorite thing. Scrapbooking really is my life. Scrapbooking is part of my life every single day of the year. Even when I'm on vacation and far from my supplies, I am thinking about what to use to scrapbook today's photos or what I need to order to complete the pages with the photos I took today. I also look for scrapbook stores whenever I travel. I'm also on the hunt for brochures, maps, schedules, advertisements, stickers, tickets, menus, and whatever memorabilia I can find to add to my scrapbook albums. I bring all of these items home with me and sort them by state in zipper bags. These items are never shipped home not matter what. Often times when we fly somewhere for a trip, we have to ship a box home because our luggage is full or there are items not allowed in carry on so we just ship it home. These items are put in my laptop carry on bag and that never leaves my sight.
So what does all of this rambling have to do with One Little Word? Surprisingly, a lot. Remember me saying how unhappy and frustrated I was? Those two words appeared far too often in my life. So I decided I needed to make several changes. This all leads to my One Little Word: