The new year brings new opportunity, a time to reset, restart, take stock, and look forward. For me, part of looking forward is setting goals. My word for this year is “lighten,” a word that both encompasses my goals and helps me stay focused on them.
Lighten: 1. to reduce in weight or quantity; 2. to lessen the load of or upon; 3. to make less burdensome or oppressive; alleviate; mitigate; 4. to make less wearisome; 5. to cheer or gladden
My goals include losing some weight by eating more whole (lighter) foods and exercising regularly, clearing out the clutter throughout my house, using up what I have, purging what I won’t use, and reducing the amount of stuff coming in. These goals apply to my scrapbooking as well: purging my supplies, assessing my unfinished projects, planning new projects for the year ahead, and being more deliberate with my purchases. One of the things of which I’m taking stock is my kit subscriptions. I have unused kits piling up and really need to scrutinize my plan going forward. Another area is general purchases of supplies. I often buy digital or physical sets of pocket page cards when I really like only a few of the cards, leaving the rest to pile up. I plan to use my digital skills when possible to create a similar look or design my own custom cards.
I’ve started an album to document my word, these goals and progress made, particularly my weight loss/fitness journey. I’m using a 6x8” album with mostly pocket pages and incorporating supplies from my stash of kits as well as creating custom cards. I created the following general color palette, at least for the start of the book.
Having a color palette or swatch helps in keeping the colors consistent when creating pocket cards that will be used in the same project.
Here’s a few cards I created in Photoshop that use my word and a Brush script font that I love (Bonjour). My definition card and 2016 card were inspired by the work of Christine Herrin. I’m a fan of her script lettering!
I know that to be successful at making progress on my goals, I can’t try to do everything at once. I’d get overwhelmed or frustrated and give up. My plan is to focus on a few things each month. To aid in planning and keep myself accountable (and admittedly, to have something to add to my album), I created a 3x4” calendar card with space to write my goals for the month.
For January, my goals to record on this card were to eat healthier by eating more whole foods, cutting out refined sugar, wheat, and diet soda, to drink more water, and to clean up the kitchen each evening. For February, I want to continue working on those goals and add the goals of incorporating exercise in my daily routine and finishing at least one unfinished scrapbook project.
How are you planning to document your goals and progress this year? Have any plans to DIY projects as part of your goals? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!