That I LOVE this hobby is an unfaltering, unmitigated, and all round universal truth. Love it. Everything about it. The creativity, the memory keeping, the collecting, the friends I have made as a result of it- (both online and off). So, it is fair to say- I am always very enthusiastic about getting a block of time to scrap. And that, my friends, is the catch 22 of scrapping for me. I am so darn enthusiastic- there are SO MANY ideas in my head and in my notebooks and on my hard drive- that sometimes when I do get a chance to just enjoy my time scrapping- sometimes I am frozen by the flood-waters. A dear in the headlights.
I have found it is important to keep moving forward though. Sure, I could get lost in Pinterest or on Etsy until I "decide" what to do- but you and I both know that 2 hours and 2 cups of coffee will pass with nothing to show for it other that a few more pins or a wish list of purchases I really don't need. My "go-bag" in these times of paralysis is a little basket of mini books I have and my box of morgue photos. (I wrote about those a few posts back- these are the doubles- the cut ups and cast offs that have a home in a little box on my shelf. It's like a holding pattern for B list photos)
Sometimes, when I can't focus on doing something big- I can revive myself by finishing something small. A tiny project like a mini book. They can be done in about 30 minutes- they are fun to make, and always treasured. The feeling of accomplishment I get after I complete this little gem always shakes me free of my overwhelm. And most times, pour myself a second cuppa- and tackle the bigger project that I had set off to do in the fist place.
Here are a few "mini book" rules I have set for myself to prevent this little endeavor from becoming overwhelming.
I have a basket of things I can use for my minis. Altoids tins I can fill with tiny pages- mini books I pick up from the craft store for a dollar, old children's board books I can paint over. Nothing in this basket is too expensive- this way I don't feel guilty about not creating something "worthy" of it's price tag.
I get my head straight. This isn't a project. It's a mini. It's not "week in the life" it's more like "what's inside my pocketbook today" or "the silly faces you make". It's a quick glimpse of a memory.
This really isn't about products- it's about being artistic and having fun. I try to use my scraps on these guys. And paint. mama loves her paint. I may try a new technique here- like going monochromatic, or glimmer mist. Maybe some art journaling or stamping. Embossing. I'm not afraid to try something new because if it comes out crummy- I can, um, put it in the "circular" file and no one will be the wiser. I didn't use up any of my good stuff, I tried something new, I had a little fun, and I learner- hey- that doesn't work. OK. No harm, no foul. No one said every time we sit down to scrap we have to make a masterpiece. Sometimes the process is more important than the result.
But- when I make a little gem that does come out well, then I brag a bit. I have a little basket in my office that I put these mini books in. I want little hands to pick them up. I want people to explore these random bits of memory and ephemera from my mind. They are meant to be shared and enjoyed, like a good story. So, for me, it's important to keep them out in the open. Now, I am at the point where I have lots of these bad boys, so I rotate them. This way, there is always something fresh and new for my "fans" to look through when they visit me. ;) And, I am faced with a new batch of concrete proof of my creativity. It feels good looking at them all together. I made that. And it's pretty. Yep. Feels cool- and always gets you coming back for more!
|here's my basket full of mini goodness!|
|I painted this little mini book, added a few pictures and scraps I had from another project, then added some journaling about the day. This is one of my little guy's favorites- so it stays out all year.|
|Here is a mini I made with badge holders and a jump ring. You just slip the photos into the badge holders and staple the establishments on top. This book is a collection of photos of my boys and the lyrics of the Rascal Flat's song, "I Wish"|
|This one was made with a little paint on top of old flash cards I had. I journaled about a Cake decorating class I took with my big guy, Ryan.|