These are my priorities, in order:
1. Getting the Memories on the Page and Showcasing Them. Above all, my scrapbook is about the memories. The subject dictates how the page is designed. I don’t start a design because I want to use a new product, I start a design in order to capture a memory. Everything must work around that.
2. Coming Up with a Cool Design. Yes, getting the memories on the page is the most important, but coming up with a design is one of the reasons why this is a hobby. I really like playing with paper and gluing it down. It’s one of the reasons why I’m not a digital scrapbooker – I love playing with paper.
3. Getting it Done / Time. I want to get more stuff scrapbooked as quickly as I can. But, I won’t skip scrapbooking something because it’s a huge set of memories that will take forever (like my Wedding Scrapbook!). I won’t hurriedly glue stuff to a page if the design isn’t working.
4. Everything else. All the other fun stuff goes here. I love looking at new papers and using them in my layouts, but only if rules 1-3 are satisfied first. If the item doesn’t work with the memory or design, I’m not using it no matter how much I want to.
Example: if I’m scrapbooking something and I can’t figure out how to get the design to work with the keepsakes, such as ticket stubs or a program, I will change the design or wait for a good idea to come to me. The keepsakes stay, they are the priority. I should not remove them from the page for the sake of the design. If it takes me a while to get it right, that’s okay.
So this is a blueprint of sorts of how my mind works when scrapbooking 🙂 I can’t say that I will stick to the rules 100% of the time, but I will use this as a guide for myself.
Speaking of “sticking to the rules,” I just found out while writing this post that What Not to Wear is ending after 10 seasons. Sad face. I’m going to have to stick with Stitch Fix to retool my wardrobe then.