Setting Up 2021 For Success with Jess Forster

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today officially marks one month until Christmas and soon a brand new year. With the turn of the calendar, I find that January always bring renewed energy for documenting. Today I am here to share some of my tips and tricks for scrapbooking your coming year and how to incorporate the new Elle’s Studio 2021 products into that plan.

Supplies | 2021 Calendars, Monthly Highlights 3×8 Inch Journaling Tags, Highlights From This Month 3×4 Inch Journaling Tags, Weekly Die Cut Labels, Acetate Months, Daily Tabs Stamp

1. Have a design plan in mind 
From 12″ x 12″, 9″ x 12″, 6″ x 12″, 6″ x 8″, 3″ x 8″, traditional pages to traveller’s notebooks, there are so many ways to document everyday life. For the last three years I have completed a 9×12 monthly double pocket page to record my family’s adventures. Before each year begins, I make some design decisions about photo sizes + products. Generally, I like to include a 6″ x 8″ photo of myself with four to five 3″ x 4″ portrait photos along with Elle’s Studio monthly products. Here is a recent example of a 9″ x 12″ monthly pocket page from June 2020. I like the idea of having a repetitive design scheme to reduce decision fatigue and using similar elements across all my pages. You could easily achieve cohesion on your page by attaching the Acetate Months to your printed pictures as shown in the image above. Here I use the word, “May.”

2. Have a go-to journaling system
After determining the size that I want to use, I then think about what kinds of stories that I want to record. I have written a few posts for the ES blog about the type of journaling I like to do. You can find those posts here and here. I believe that practice is essential to writing your stories down—you just need a place or space to remember them. Generally, I use Instagram and Facebook to remember funny moments, but if you are not technologically inclined, you may want to use the Monthly Highlights 3×8 Inch Journaling Tags or the Highlights from this Month 3×4 Inch Journaling Tags to capture your story. 

3. Store like items together
Lastly, my final tip is to *try* to keep my scrap space organized by grouping “like items” together. That means stamps + ink blocks go together, while journaling tags and paper each have their own place. When it comes to smaller items like these Weekly Die Cuts Labels, consider sorting them into fun dishes that you have a arms length. As always, if something doesn’t bring you joy, don’t be afarid to sort and send them to a school or daycare. 
Now that I have shared some of my strategies for documenting 2021, tell me, what are your crafty plans for the new year? Thanks for looking! 

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