January 10, 2019

Thoughts About the New Year

Well it's the time of the year for resolutions and goal-setting and I was thinking about what I want my memory-keeping to look like in 2019.  I confess that I did get caught up in all the hoopla over new products, new albums for pocket scrapbooking, and everyone posting on Instagram about the changes they'll be making.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I'm happy and content with the way I've been memory-keeping, with one exception that I'll address below.  Before I look forward though, let's take a quick look back at 2018.  

I continued documenting everyday life in 12"x12" pocket pages.   As of the date of this post, I completed January through mid-November but then the craziness of the holidays struck, along with some traveling and the all-consuming December Daily documenting.  I hope to finish those few remaining weeks soon, although the thought of selecting photos from those weeks is a little overwhelming right now.  

I was a member of the Elle's Studio Design Team last year and while I thoroughly enjoyed being on the team, I decided not to return for another year.  I will definitely continue to create with Elle's products though - you know how much I love those puffy hearts!

My love for the mini album continued throughout 2018.  I completed a pocket page traveler's notebook about our long weekend in Nantucket.

I put together another traveler's notebook about my love for reading.

Summer saw me working on a Little Summer Joy traveler's notebook.

I put together another traveler's notebook with photos of the flowers that fill my house during the year.

And I made my first acrylic cover traveler's notebook about a getaway to Newport.  I think this was my favorite project of the year.

And finally, I recorded my monthly "currentlys" in a traveler's notebook.

I continued making counterfeit kits all year, too.  I love that the monthly inspiration kits encourage me to use what I already own.

So what's the exception that I mentioned up above?  I made far fewer layouts this year than ever before.  The lack of full-size pages isn't the problem though.  What I do want to do this year is tell more of my untold, important stories.  I have a basket which holds some notes and photos on topics that are important to me but sadly, that basket has sat untouched for the past year or even longer.

So my goal this year is to tell one story from that basket each month.  I'm already off to a good start as I used my January CKC kit to tell the first one.  I will most likely use the standard layout format for these but as long as I'm telling the stories, I don't really care whether it's done on a traveler's notebook page, mini album or 12"x12" page.

Do I have other unfinished projects?  Of course!  As I mentioned, my 2018 Project Life is incomplete, I'd like to make another volume of my flower photos, and I have one more short vacation to document.  I also have plenty of ideas for new projects, too.  I decided that I'm not putting any pressure on myself to get these done.  I'll work on them as I'm inspired and  if I don't get to them, no worries.  It's so easy to get overwhelmed by the idea of all there is to document but instead I'm going to focus on how much I've already done.

And I have some non-documenting "want to's" as well - curb my scrappy shopping, organize my photos, organize my supplies, get rid of what I don't use.  But again, no pressure.  If it happens, it happens.

So that's my plan for the year: continue with Project Life, tell one important story a month, and then do anything else that inspires me.  I still love telling my story through this creative hobby.


  1. You are one of the most inspirational crafters I know, Susan! I love every single thing you make and want to scrap/create like you when I grow up. I wish I had more time/skill to make some of the projects of yours that I love so much. Your review of the year is great and that box of stories sounds like a totally doable goal. Please don'T stop doing what you do - it makes me happy!

    1. Oh, thank you so much for your very kind words, Lisa! I'm glad that I can give you a little inspiration, and I hope that I can reach my goal (with maybe a few extra stories recorded as well).

  2. What a great post! I've read this over several times now for the inspiration and admiration of what you accomplished last year. Your projects are a good example of creating scrap memories little by little that then become a part of the big picture of our lives. Love it. You gave me lots of good ideas for my projects. Really appreciate your sharing your thoughts, thanks

    1. Carrie, I so appreciate your lovely comment! I don't often think of my projects as being part of the big picture; I tend to view them each in their own category. You are so right though that they all contribute to the whole story of my life. Thank you for giving me a fresh perspective!