The Done Manifesto for Digital Scrappers—Part 4

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by Jen White

Welcome to Part 4 of a series entitled The Done Manifesto for Digital Scrappers. If you are just now joining, I’d encourage you to start from the beginning.

Sometimes a girl has time to sit and play and be ultra crafty. Then there are times when a girl just has to get things DONE. The Done Manifesto for Digital Scrappers is for those times.

If you are interested in just getting it DONE, this series is for you.

We’ve been talking about the Done Manifesto by Bre Pettis. It’s been quoted as being “a set of working rules based on a sense of urgency.” We are working together as a team and a community to see how this “sense of urgency” could be applied to our craft of digital scrapbooking by taking a look at one “Done rule” per week and relating it to our world. This week we are focusing on Mr. Pettis’ Rule #4. 


Done Manifesto #4: Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.

Does this not crack you up?!? Go ahead. Read it again. I had to read it like 15 times! And then, once I got all the words in order, I could totally see a concept in there. Need more convincing? Keep reading.


The Done Manifesto for Digital Scrappers Rule #4.
Scrap confidently, even if you are not confident.

Sometimes the only thing that stands between you and a finished scrapbook page or you and a scrapped pile of photos is confidence.

• Do you lack the confidence to learn new things?
• Do you lack the confidence to put things down on the page?
• Do you lack the confidence to call it “done?”
• Does the entire project ever seem like too much to tackle?

Is any of this resonating with you? It resonates with me. Some of my projects seem insurmountable. It’s overwhelming to me because I lack the confidence in myself. I doubt I can really pull it off.

Doubting (or second guessing) yourself will keep you from getting things done.
Remember The Little Engine That Could? I think it’s the same concept.

Here’s my charge:

Come on, young lady! BELIEVE in yourself! Before you know it, people will start to take you seriously, hop on board, cheer you on, and you’ll find yourself gaining confidence and overcoming that three-mile-high pile of photos from your daughters first year of ballet. Wink.

Now it’s your turn. What’s your take on Rule #4?

Rule #1  |  Rule #2  |  Rule #3 | Rule #4 | Rule #5 | Rule #6  |  Rule #7  |
Rule #8


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4 Responses

  1. Su Hall
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    There weren’t any comments on Part 3 and I could not find where to comment, so, I wanted to comment on the editing stage. Walking away is an excellent way to come back and get a fresh new perspective on your piece. But, consider that every tweek, each trim, every switch of elements is editing! We do it all the way through a layout. Just when we feel we are ‘done’, stop.

    As for this lesson, ‘just do it’ comes to mind. I have tried a lot of new things in my life, even though I don’t like change. On almost every occasion it was a matter of just jumping in without much thought. This can lead to trouble, like jumping into dark water when you don’t know how shallow it is. But, I don’t think we have to worry about that with scrapping. Lacking confidence and making mistakes are how we perfect our work – to a degree. It’s those ‘old tapes’ we play for ourselves. “I can’t do that!” “I don’t have time!” Hint: Make some new tapes. (Tapes are what I call the thoughts I USUALLY come off with in any given situation) For instance, try “Atta girl! You can do it”! or “Do it or else!” LOL

    Thank you,

  2. Terri
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    I think I do that all the time with digital scrapbooking. Templates are often my answer to making it “look like” I know what I am doing. Also, using one of the tutorials adds that extra bit to make it “look like” I know what I am doing.

  3. Mary Turner
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    For me it’s like growing a coral reef, always building more on what I’ve already built, sometimes tearing down and rebuilding on top of what is left. I often save as a new version and leave the old one to go back to if I change my mind.

    When I’m stumped for an idea or I don’t like what I have, I let it sit for a while, look through the Digital Scrapper gallery for ideas, or like this month, start it over with a new lesson. And sometimes I’m just certain I have absolutely no talent, and maybe I don’t but I do have this addiction to Photoshop, so what can I do?

  4. Lynphd
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    It’s like “fake it til you make it.” Love it!

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