Welcome to the monthly Nerd Nest Memory Keeping Challenge!
This month, the challenge is to do the prep work.
Sometimes it can be hard to keep up with or get started on a project because it seems overwhelming. I’m personally goal oriented, so I feel a sense of accomplishment if I cross something off of my to do list. I sometimes trick myself into getting that feeling by breaking down a project into multiple parts, so I feel like I’ve gotten something done even if the whole project isn’t finished. I HAVE to do this if the project is huge, or it feels insurmountable.
Breaking down a project and doing the beginning–the prep work–isn’t only useful to keep a project from feeling overwhelming. Doing the prep work can help you be more efficient while you’re working, because you are prepared.
For scrapbooking, this might mean gathering supplies that you may use beforehand so you’re not off sorting through embellishments for thirty minutes in the middle of a page. It might mean sketching your rough layout design ahead of time so that you order the right size of photos or so that you’re not spending most of your scrapping time moving things around a page until they feel right. For a month of Project Life or a minibook this might mean selecting and editing 50 photos. Writing out your journaling in a Word document or on a piece of notebook paper ahead of time will ensure you’re not drawing a blank staring at an empty journaling spot on a page.
For my take on the challenge, I made the base for 30 Days of Lists! This is one of my favorite workshops, and registration opened today. Listing starts September 1, and even though it only takes 5 minutes or so for me to write a daily list, it’s hard for me to list daily if I’m also doing crafty stuff to the lists. Making the lists ahead of time gets that out of the way for me, so all I have to do when the workshop starts is just write.
For the first page, I used the exclusive #30Lists digital kit designed by Alexandra Rae Designs. This kit is only available to those who register before September 1, so make sure you join in early! After you register, make sure to download it while it is still available.
The kit includes lots of embellishments and papers, as well as “quick pages” that are pre-designed square pages you can use in a minibook or on Instagram each day of the challenge. I decided to go a simple route with the printable 3×4 journaling cards. I wanted a bit more variety, so I used the kit to make a few extra cards with the papers, embellishments, and labels.
These are going to be even more fancied up because I’m adding the list title labels (also in the kit) ahead of time, but no spoilers, so you won’t be able to see those until the lists go live in September.
I was going to make more pages with the kit, but I decided that I have way too many Project Life cards to let this opportunity to use 22 of them go. I used the Amy Tangerine Cut and Paste mini kit on one page.
For the third page, I used leftover Studio Calico Project Life kit cards. Many of them are filler cards, so I added parts of grid cards and white cards to give myself room to write and to cover some sentiments that don’t apply to me. I use way more journaling cards than filler cards in general, and this is one of my favorite ways to make the cards really fit my needs.
My #30Lists are going to be cute and super easy this time around! All because the prep work is done. Wahoo!
I’ve done some other prep work lately too! I grouped my leftover Studio Calico cards into coordinating batches, so I can use them easily in the 2006 album I’m working on.
I also batch ordered a big stack of photos from Persnickety Prints to prep for my Project Life!
Doing the prep work is going to make these projects so much better. Sharing your take on the challenge will give others ideas on how to prep, so make sure you’re sharing if you join in:
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I’ll be adding takes I find to the Nerd Nest Challenges Pinboard! Share your links to past challenges too so I can add them.
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