As always, January is a time for reflection and self-examination and goal setting. I love getting a new calendar or diary, with all those clean empty pages full of hope and promise. There’s something about the start of a new year that inspires people with optimism and good intentions. A quick look at my January blogs for the past 7 years suggests that I am better at setting goals than meeting them.

  • January 2016 – was about setting “SMART” goals, and getting things done.
  • January 2015 – I wrote about how life takes you down unexpected paths sometimes, and the need for keeping on top of album projects to document life’s twists and turns.
  • January 2013 – revising my workflow to get pages done more quickly.
  • January 2012 – goals and plans for life in general and scrapbooking in particular, especially my Day2Day project.
  • May 2010 –  was my first blog on this site, and I wrote about – you guessed it – completing projects.

This year I am making no promises, and setting no goals. But I do have a plan. My plan is to stop saying the word “busy”. Or at least, to stop thinking I am too busy to … (fill in the blank). The older I get the more I realise that busy is often just an excuse. How often do you hear yourself saying I would love to do XYZ but I’m just too busy. The thing is, we always find the time to do the things we have to do. And the things we really want to do. There are still 24 hours in the day, always have been, always will be. How busy we find ourselves is a refection of how we choose to spend those 24 hours. If we prioritise the things that matter to us, we will find the time for them.

Out of curiosity, I googled “Busy is the new” to see what the next word would be. Here are the results:

  1. Busy is the new happy – important people are busy people, so if I’m busy I must be important.
  2. Busy is the new lazy – “I’m too busy to …” is just another way of saying “I can’t be bothered” or “It’s not a high enough priority for me”.
  3. Busy is the new fine – the new answer to “How are you?”.
  4. Busy is the new normal – everybody is busy these days, it seems.
  5. Busy is the new black.

Several years ago my husband & I took up Bridge. We went to lessons, and played weekly at a Bridge club. We loved it. However we felt we were getting too busy so we gave it up, and I really regret that I didn’t make time in my week for the things I enjoyed. Now I’m thinking of taking up Bridge again, but I’ve forgotten it all and need to start again as a beginner. Imagine how expert we would be now if we had kept it up all those years ago!

Of course Bridge is just a game. But important things get pushed aside too. I only get one life, and I don’t want to be so busy that I neglect the things that really matter to me. Like completing my own albums. Reading books. Having a coffee with a friend.

I still only get the same 24 hours though. If I’m going to make time for the things I want to prioritise, I will need to be more efficient. One way I plan to do that is using the new Day2Day pre-designed pages kits from Forever. I wrote about that kit in last month’s blog, but I’ve given some more thought to how I will use it, and I thought I’d share my plans with you. Remember this is MY plan, my album, so I’m not telling you this is how you should do yours. But if you’ve struggled to complete a Day2Day project in past years, as I have, you might find something here that will help you.

The beauty of using this kit, is that it automatically sets itself up ready to use. In 5 easy steps the first 6 months of my project is all set up & ready to go.

  1. Create New Project
  2. Choose the project size (12×12 or 11×8.5)
  3. Choose the template – 2017 Day2Day 1st half pre-designed book
  4. Give the project a name
  5. Click Create.

Here’s a slideshow of the above steps in a little more detail:

To make this project even easier, I am not going to “tweak” anything. I like the black & white theme, and even better I like saving the time taken to choose colours and papers on these pages. I’m going to use the days and dates as they are in the kit. What this means is that I’ll check the page before I take my photo for that day, so that if the space is square or landscape or portrait, then I will know I need a photo that is square or landscape or portrait, so it fits without any adjustment needed. All I will need to do is take a photo once a day and add it to my page – done and dusted! I’m so excited for this project. I rarely complete a page without tweaking, so this might be a challenge for me. But the good thing is it that it is my album, and i am allowed to change the rules whenerver I want to 🙂

In case you are thinking this album might be a bit boring, here’s a LINK to my first ever Day2Day project, with black backgrounds, simple captions, and no embellishments. It’s still one of my favourite albums ever, and it’s all about the photos. Sadly I didn’t quite finish that one, but it was so long ago I didn’t have the benefit of Blueprints and Pre-Designed Pages Kits. And HERE is my 2016 book which I finished this weekend! Yay!!

This year will be a different story. No matter how busy I think I am, I can always fit in time for one photo each day.

Here’s the first page – I’m up to date so far 🙂



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14 Responses to Blog: Keeping It Simple and Getting It Done

  1. sistersunshine says:

    Shelley, Peace & joy. How are you doing on your ‘naked’ D2D so far. I am 3 weeks behind but I’m being gentle with myself and not stressing… going to work on it tonight. I loved the trip down memory lane with your 365 book… it was one of the first books I saw and fell in love with the concept. I’m NOT giving up. *U* Kathleen

  2. I am giving the Day2Day project another try! I have been unsuccessful at my first two. Started but never finished. I have decided that I am going to keep it simple, too. I am using the same Blueprint Book you are and I have also decided to not change anything. I also love the black and white theme of the book. I usually like to add a pop of color, but since I really want to finish this project this year, I have decided to just keep it simple and let my photos and journaling be the focus.

    • Shelley says:

      Yay Debbie! We’ll keep each other accountable!It’s a challenge for me not to change the pages, but I really want to get this one done and have time to work on my other album projects. I’m loving my week 1 so far!

  3. ANN LARRABEE says:

    It seems impossible to take a picture a day at least when I work 12 hour days. Any thoughts to help me

    • Shelley says:

      I take lots of photos or “ordinary” things – things I notice on my way to work, or around my home. You could try picking one day on the weekend and taking all 7 photos for that week.

  4. Karen Jones says:

    I only got my 2015 book printed during the sale in November. I really liked it, and have been perusing it for a month now. I, too decided to do a 2017 book, and think the templates are great

    In 2016, I kept the same page colors and themes for 2 weeks. It was a lot of work, and my pictures didn’t stand out. And I lost some journalling from the fold. Those are just lessons to improve it for this time, no complaints.

    So this year I am going to keep the same color theme for each season. I love your black book, but it is fun for me to toss in some embellishments so I will.

  5. Ruth Bell says:

    Enjoyed looking at your first Day2Day book, but when I tried to access 2016, I was told “Action Not Allowed”.

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