2020 is all about hindsight, right? I decided to fully embrace that idea this year and only work on older projects. This may come as a bit of a shock to some longtime followers, who know that getting photos printed and in pockets is basically my mantra. I still fully believe in that and it has set me up wonderfully to make huge progress this year. However, more and more I found that I was spending my time focusing on batch printing rather than finishing pages. This year I’m just not printing. I’m still organizing digital photos into weekly folders. I still have an album set up by week to hold all the little bits of memorabilia. I have simply made the conscious decision to batch print all my 2020 photos in the first quarter of 2021.
So what will I be working on? So.Many.Awesome.Things. This year I am going to finish albums. I’ve never really been one to worry too much about being ‘caught up’, but by definition ‘finished’ means I have spent lots of crafty time making fun pages and I’m all about that. So I am going to play as much as humanly possible. Below I have outlined the projects I am focusing on in 2020 and my plan for keeping it fun while getting it done.
Project Life: 2019
Current Flip-Through: February 2020
I have been doing PL for a decade now and one thing I’ve learned is that I like to make pages in the coordinating season. For the last two years (2018/2019) I have made one spread from the current month within that month (see this post) and I loved that approach. Now the albums for those years have (at least) 12 completed pages, with gaps of only a couple spreads between each and all the pictures in place. That is such a manageable setup!
My 2019 Project Life album is going to be my #1 priority in 2020. Each month, I remove the pages for that month (Jan in Jan, Feb in Feb, etc) and place them in a ‘work in progress’ album so I can better focus only on those pages. Then I am going to finish them. Even though the pictures are a year old, I don’t really feel like I am ‘catching up’ because I am using products and themes that are appropriate to the season I’m currently in. However, I fully allow myself to mix this schedule up as I want to; for example, I already know I will be doing Scrappy Christmas in July.
Project Life: 2018
Current Flip-Through: February 2020
2019 Project Life is my #1 priority, but once those pages are done for the month I’m throwing the same approach at 2018. I actually started trying out this method on my 2018 album at the end of last year and though not many months are scored out yet, there are quite a few spreads done already. Because of this, I am hoping that I will also have time to finish the remaining 2018 pages in 2020.
Travel Albums: Peru 2017/Disney 2018
Travel albums are my absolute favorite thing ever and there will never be a time when they are not near the top of my to-do list. Like Project Life, in 2018/2019 I chose an album per year to focus on by completing a spread a month. This year I’m approaching my travel albums as the dessert of my crafty life—usually a reward for clearing your plate, but sometimes you just have to have it first.
I specifically want to work on my Peru 2017 and Disney 2018 albums, because they just make me so darn happy. These albums are massive and I have no expectation or timeline for finishing them this year. They are just super fun to make and super fun to share. I have flip-throughs of the current state of these albums on IG already, if you are interested in the progress:
Peru In Progress Flip-Through: January 2020
Disney (V.2) In Progress Flip-Through: February 2019
Memory Planning: Study Abroad 2004–2005
I’m sure that you have already noticed that Memory Planning is huge this year. It has been on my radar for a while and I am obsessed with how some of my favorite scrappers are tackling it this year, but I have zero desire to change from weekly project life and pocket pages. However….there is clearly something wrong with the scrapbooking lobe of my brain because I thought ‘You know what would be awesome to scrapbook in a detailed weekly format? FIFTEEN FREAKING YEARS AGO’. That’s right, I am making a memory planner for the year I studied abroad in Cairo. I may be insane.
The good news is I’m not starting from scratch; I actually set up all my photos and ephemera into (hundreds) of pocket pages in 2013 and shared about that here. I am unhappy to say I’ve not really touched this huge and amazing and daunting project since. But I have a plan. Aside from being a super cool new project, this memory planner will also organize the details of my year (dates, names, places) in an approachable format that I can reference when making the main pages. Because this is the first time I have tried a completely new format of memory keeping in a very long time, I have a lot of thoughts to share and have several blog posts scheduled on the topic. Stay tuned!
Having recently moved into and furnished a scrappy room of my very own, there are many areas that are in need of organization. One of the huge blessings/obstacles in my space right now is that I have all my albums/photos/memorabilia in the same space for the first time in at least a decade. As part of my Hindsight Is 2020 approach to the year, this is the perfect time to really take stock of what I have and get it to a place that is functional and approachable. In a perfect world, I would have all my photos and memorabilia arranged in pocket pages, just waiting for me. Right now I am probably at about half in albums and half in boxes.
Although I had this floating around in my head as a rather vague goal already, it was pushed abruptly into reality when I discovered the Progress on Projects system. I’m not really sure calling POP a system does it justice—it is also a class and a community and a workshop. Also, the videos, worksheets, and Facebook group are all completely free! My favorite part of this approach is the macro view of my projects, forcing me to take stock of what is already done and what I still want to work on. I’ve printed and assembled the forms for my entire scrapbooking life and will be completing the more in-depth steps as I tackle each album. If you have any interest in organizational tips for photos, albums, and/or layouts you need to check out POP.
So. It turns out that when you only write a blog post every couple years you have a lot to say. Thanks for sticking with me and please feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments or on Instagram. I’m planning to be back here on the blog for mid-year and end of year check-ins, but most of my sharing happens on IG or Facebook. Hope to see you there!