School has opened. We’re establishing workday routines again and my list-making is back in full gear. Several years ago I found a great To Do pad at The Container Store in Atlanta. It has four sections and I find it really helpful to compartmentalize my To Dos. I have a sections for home-related tasks, a section for errands, a sections for correspondence and a section for creative projects. Right now, my school lists occupy a pad of their own, although once underway I usually include them in the Tasks section. I have always been able to accomplish a lot in a relatively small amount of time, but I could never do it without my lists.
I gave myself a present yesterday and finally got four scrapbook pages done. (They've been added to the Scrapbook Projects" list on the sidebar.) I was reading Cathy Z’s blog last night and she asked what our scrapbook mission statement would be. Hers is to “tell stories.” In truth, many of my pages don’t have much, if any, journaling so I had to pause and think about why I created them. It’s to preserve memories—and I don’t think it always requires a lot of journaling. This weekend three of the four had no journaling to speak of—two were of special people in my life and one of a special event. None of them required journaling to my mind, but maybe later generations will disagree. The fourth one, however, was definitely a story I wanted to document. I like the creativity of the hobby, love finding interesting papers and embellishments to match the photographs, enjoy the design process, love taking photographs, and trying to improve my photography skills, so telling the story, for me, is only part of the reason why I scrap.