by Jen White
I’m always on the search for good stuff (fun and wisdom) pertaining to real people (like you and me) who are in the business of memory keeping (specifically scrapbooking). So to make a long story short, I found an article by Melanie Pinola called Done Is Better Than Perfect.
“Ooooh. Two of my favorite words,” I thought—done and perfect. Then I kept reading, and my snarky grin slowly faded. A few clicks later it was clear that my persistence with perfection (which I previously perceived as priceless) was the very thing that was holding me back from claiming the ever elusive “done” in my life. Here’s an example:
True confession time . . . I have been painting my kitchen for two and a half years. The paint cans sit on the kitchen counter, wrapped in Press ‘n Seal, waiting for the next time I strive for “done.” But wait. Am I really striving for done? Or, perhaps the reason I’m not done is because I’m actually striving for perfection. Dang! I hang my head in shame. Wink.
I often find myself in the imbalance of Done vs. Perfect in the scrapbooking department as well. The perfectionist inside me endlessly tweaks layouts to the point where my progress in memory keeping is crippled. I’m a mess! Do I hear an “Amen?”
Here’s the good news: perfectionism is a choice we make. (I’m fairly certain I’m not alone.) Are you interested in being done instead of perfect? I am!! Read on.
Welcome to Part 1 of a new series entitled, The Done Manifesto for the Digital Scrapper.
Into the scene steps the Done Manifesto by Bre Pettis. It’s been quoted as being “a set of working rules based on a sense of urgency.” In the coming weeks we’ll take a look at one “Done rule” per week and relate it to life in the digital scrapbooking world. I’m hoping you’ll be inspired. I’m guaranteeing a smile-a-week and maybe even a giggle or two. Let’s start this week off with the first of Mr. Pettis’ Done rules.
The Done Manifesto Rule #1
There are three states of being: not knowing, action, and completion.
Dang. I wish we didn’t have to start out with a hard one! But, seriously. Chew on that statement for a few minutes. What does that mean to you? Can you relate it to digital scrapbooking?
Well, I’ll admit that this one took a little creative thinking on our part. (I called Sharon for help!) What do you think about this statement:
The Done Manifesto for Digital Scrappers Rule #1
There are three stages of a digital scrapper: learning, creating, and completion.
A pretty far stretch, but if you close one eye and balance on just one leg, it kinda works. Let’s think it through. These three steps are something you do over and over again—sometimes over a short period of time, sometimes over a long period of time.
Stage #1: Learning
You must learn how to use your scrapbooking software. No one knows everything about digital scrapbooking. Everyone has something to gain from learning. Personally, I hope to never stop learning. Here at Digital Scrapper, all our scrapbooking tutorials are based off of Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, and we have classes for both beginning and advanced digital scrapbookers.
Some people think they can skip Stage #1 and start with Stage #2. Learning really makes all the difference in the Scrapbooking stage. Forcing yourself to go through the Learning stage will transform you into a faster, better, and less frustrated scrapbooker.
Stage #2: Scrapbooking
This is the stage where you create scrapbook pages you love. Because you’ve already spent time learning HOW to use your software, the process of getting those photos and elements on a page will be more enjoyable to you. Do your best work on each scrapbook page. Avoid the trap of perfectionism.
Stage #3: Completion
Part of being a good digital scrapbooker is finishing a project and knowing when to quit. Don’t drag things out. Get that baby uploaded to your favorite online gallery! Hopefully that’s here!
Here are some wise words for more of the Digital Scrapper Team:
Susie Roberts suggests using a deadline approach to each of the three stages. She says:
“Write up a timetable for each item and stick to it. For example, I would aim to do a tutorial every week (or more if you can fit it in) and practise it. Same goes for completing a page. Give yourself 1 day to get a page done and by day’s end, it’s finished! Deadlines are the container that you put your assigned task in. From this date, to that date is the container and the task must be finished within that timespan.”
Linda Sattgast reminds us that not all scrapbook pages should be completed with the rules of the Done Manifesto. She says:
“I think there are times to lose yourself in a scrapbook page and simply create and have fun. That’s when you try new things and come up with cool ideas. (As a teacher, I really need this kind of activity or my well goes dry.) Most of the time, though, I just need to get it done. I have many scrapbooks that I’ve started and very few, comparatively, finished. Makes me sad. Just today I mentioned to my daughter that my book about our family trip to Germany in 2007 is about half done. It’s been 7 YEARS since that trip, for Pete’s sake! And just today I discovered I can’t find any of our photos from Prague. It’s a total mystery, since I have photos from every other city we visited. I had to download someone else’s Prague photos from Morguefile.com! If I had only just gotten it done years ago…”
Darcy Baldwin recommends journaling, sorting stash, and inspiration hunting as part of the Learning Stage. She says:
“Creation ebbs and flows and you have to go with the wave you’re on at the time. If you’re not creative at the moment, don’t force it. But give yourself some time to help you keep in the spirit without actually scrapping, which will help you be more productive when you do catch that scrapping wave. Journal, sort and tag photos, browse everyone else’s work. Then when the mood strikes, JUMP ON IT! Recently, I’ve been in a huge slump, and found a new love for scrapbooking with Project Life. It’s allowed me to be creative on a small scale, but more importantly, it has allowed me to appease my practical side and get pages done! I completed the entire 2013 year in about 7 hours. Pages that record our memories, capture our lives, and got them off my to-do pile to boot! Project Life may not be for everyone, but finding joy in your hobby is paramount! So shake things up, try something new, make the time!”
Now it’s your turn.
- What’s your take on The Done Manifesto Rule #1?
- How would you relate this to digital scrapbooking?
Author: Jen White | firstname.lastname@example.org
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