The Done Manifesto for Digital Scrappers—Part 5

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by Jen White

Welcome to Part 5 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 #5. 


Done Manifesto #5: Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.

Wow! Following this principle would sure get my to-do list in shape fast! All I would have to do is abandon the entire list. Procrastination is the name of my game! Let’s see how we could relate this principle to digital scrapbooking.


The Done Manifesto for Digital Scrappers Rule #5.
Know when to walk away.

A couple weeks ago, I was in Texas visiting my family and capturing some super sweet photos of my niece and nephews. I couldn’t wait to get home and put them on a page!

After arriving home, I immediately downloaded the photos and got to work. I continuously swapped out smiles and poses and papers and embellishments. This went on for far too long. Frustration was building. I found myself totally uninspired by the products and photos in front of me.

Was there something wrong with me? Certainly not. This happens all the time. No biggie! It only becomes a problem if you let yourself sit there and keep going in the same old rut.

My solution: I deleted the disaster of a scrapbook page and put the photos away for another day. A couple days later I tried again—with stellar result. Sometimes you just have know when to put it away.

Here’s my charge:

If you’re just not feeling it, MOVE ON! Scrap those photos on a different day. Either find another set to play with or go find something else to do.

Now it’s your turn. What’s your take on Rule #5?

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3 Responses

  1. Annette
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    Been There, bought the Tshirt. I end up deleting and you are right, just start over later and it is strange how it comes together.

  2. Regina Harris
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    I agree that sometimes it helps to walk away but frequently I’m trying to get a project done for a gift or occasion so can not wait. I find that it helps to turn the pictures upside down and mix up. Then pick 3-6 and work with them and the pick another set. The unexpected combinations usually turn out much better than trying to impose some sort of logic.
    Thanks for this series.

  3. Lynphd
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    If we all had the Rule #5, I would be like you, Jen, and just “scrap” by whole to-do-list. *tee-hee* You are right, though, that sometimes, we have to put things away until we get a better perspective on things. This is a good rule for anything that is worrying us or we are fussing about; not just scrapbook pages.

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