Hello everyone & Happy (inter)National Scrapbook Day! I decided today would be the perfect time to post my most recent project – my Scrapbooking Purpose Statement extended story.
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Stacy Julian. She doesn’t just show you how to make a scrapbook page or project, she teaches concepts that you can take and put your own style on.
Even in her photo management class, Photo Freedom, she encourages you to take the basic ideas and use what works for you.
I am also a part of her Live Your Story Membership and that is where I first heard her talk about a Scrapbooking Purpose Statement.
This, along with her EQ (Enough Quotient) was one of our challenges last month in the membership.
The basic idea of the Scrapbooking Purpose Statement is to condense into one sentence or paragraph what scrapbooking means to you.
The Enough Quotient as it relates to this topic is what is enough for you? That could mean in time spent per week, number of pages or projects done or even how much forward progress you are making.
It took me a while to wrap my head around ALL the things that scrapbooking means to me and why I continue to enjoy this hobby after over 20 years. Once I stopped trying to make the Scrapbooking Purpose Statement all fit into one sentence, I could see it would be better as a bullet-type list instead.
Here is my cover page:
It is basically just a list of all the reasons why I scrapbook – to Remember, Celebrate, Document, Enjoy & Create.
But then I had to explain what those meant to me, specifically the people, places, events, big & little moments that we scrapbook. So I added another of Stacy’s concepts – an extended story.
Once I had the idea to combine the two, the rest came together easily. I had already done a double page layout about scrapbooking in general and my friends that share this hobby, so I used that as my 12 x 12 base.
Here are those pages:
I wanted to include journaling documenting what prompted me to start scrapbooking. Of course, I had to talk about my friend, Janelle, who introduced me to Creative Memories and all the fun supplies.
Here is “My Why” page:
You can also find more about my personal “why” in this blog post from July 12, 2022.
All that was left was to find pictures to represent each bullet point. In true creative style, I couldn’t just add pictures, though, I had to have a little fun with the title cards.
I used stencils to create a blended background and then used my Minc to foil the words to create a monochromatic color scheme.
In this picture, hopefully you can see the shine of the foil:
Here are the rest of the pages:
Now I feel that my Scrapbooking Purpose Statement truly reflects why this hobby is so important to me. As long as we are making memories, I will keep scrapbooking them!
As for my Enough Quotient, I have trouble following through with scheduling scrapbooking time. I tend to grab a few minutes here & there during the week and then try to have 2 to 3 hours sometime on the weekend.
This seems to work well for me and when I have a deadline for a project, I will carve out the time I need.
Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what hobbies you enjoy & why they are important in your life.
If you have ever done a Purpose Statement, please share that as well.
Thanks for stopping by!