Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year ... more scrapbooking, anyone?



What are your plans for 2015?  Any scrapping goals or resolutions?  I'm always seeing posts about how everyone wants to do more scrapbooking, use more of your stash and just get stuff done.

Last year, I participated for the first time in LOAD - Layout A Day in February.  This month long event really gets you scrapping.  There is a theme for the month and a prompt with video to challenge you to create a page.  Often the themes really get you thinking.  I LOVE the pages I made during LOAD.  I did 18 pages for the month of February and 22 in May (and we were gone one week that month!) So I didn't quite make 1 every day but I'm still delighted.  I think those are record numbers.

You get lots of support from the scrapping community that participates.  It is like a crop only you don't have to pack, drive and spend money on accommodations.  You just work in your own scraproom and share your creations on-line.

I'm doing LOAD again this year starting February 1st.  The theme is Once Upon a Time.  Find out more here...  (save 20% with discount code ALUM through Jan 2)

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And speaking of the new year, I wanted to share my resolutions which are actually the same as last years.  Last year I wrote up a blog post here that talks about what makes a resolution stick - you have to gain enough benefit to be motivated.  The first one below stuck until May and then I fizzled. The reason is that my incentive went away.  Part of my incentive for cleaning was to check my item off the list each day.  I ran out of my preprinted list and thought I could do without it.  Apparently I could not.

1.  Do one household chore per day.

2.  Prep for the next day the night before (lay out clothes, unload the dishwasher, know what I'm cooking the next day, have my blog posts typed, etc.)

Now I still cleaned just not as often as I did with the resolution and the list.  So I want to try this again.  I know I can do it.  I really enjoyed spreading the household chores out once a week.  This idea originally came from Ashli Oliver at Purplemailbox.com from her "Fitting it in" series.

My second resolutions has been an off and on thing.  Some days I'm really good at it and others not.  I certainly appreciate when I walk into a clean kitchen in the morning or don't have to search my closet for something to wear.  And these things get me to my ultimate goal of scrapping early in the day when I'm at my best.

Remember:  A resolution is not a goal.  It is changing a habit.  It might lead you to your goal as mine can help me with my goal of getting more scrapping done particularly in the morning when I'm most creative and energetic.

So what are your plans for the new year?

And if scrapping is one of those, be sure to check out LOAD with discount code ALUM

Happy New Year!

6 comments:

  1. Great post Lisa. I want to well and truly get rid of the 10 extra kilos I'm carrying around! I want to exercise 3 times a week. I want to scrap more - I'm thinking of setting myself a page goal for the year. Last year I set a goal to read 100 books and ended up reading 106. So I think a similar goal for scrapbooking would work for me

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    1. 106 books, congratulations! That's great! Good luck with your goals for 2015.

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  2. great goals Lisa-I remember from last year the "do one household chore a day"-I liked that one and tried it myself-it lasted for me until April- I am not setting any goals for this year other than continuing to be a support for my son and daughter-in-law

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  3. The one chore a day thing wouldn't work for me, but I do what I call "putting the house to bed" which is getting all the little things like pick up dishes, have coffee pot full, clothes in machine ready to flip switch in morning, while my dh hubby gies to the back of the house to get ready for bed. Makes for a quiet morning to sit and drink my coffee without thinking about all of the things around me that still need to be done.

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    1. Love that expression "put the house to bed"

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  4. Your resolutions sound doable….not sure about the layout a day though, teehee.

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