Well we are a couple of weeks into the new year and it's a good time to make plans. For me that includes thinking about the things I want to make and achieve and also thinking about how I want to share them here.
In some respects, I think of my blog as a good way to connect with other people who like to make and craft things, especially scrapbookers and I want to make sure I devote time to this hobby as it's something I genuinely love and find value in. With this in mind, I'd like to aim to share a creative post on the blog each week, whether that's a scrapbook page, some baking, a bit of sewing or knitting, or even photography.
Last year, I definitely managed to make more pages than I have in previous years, and doing so has reminded me how much enjoyment I find in scrapbooking. I'd like to continue this through 2017, so that's one goal! I think the key is to prioritise it and make time for it.
For me, the thing I value most about blogging is that it gives me a record of the things that I've done. It reminds me to write down my memories and experiences while they're still fresh, thinking them over and savouring them. This is particularly useful for me as a scrapbooker because it means my stories are written and ready to turn into pages, usually matched up with relevant pictures.
This concept is very relevant to travel too: I love to travel, and getting down my stories is really important to me. So I would also like to write a weekly travel post as it gives me chance to share elements of a holiday without needing to get it all down in one go. I had some amazing adventures in 2016 and I fully intend to make the most of my school holidays this year. On the cards are Guiding trips to Switzerland and Croatia, a holiday with friends on a canal boat, and jaunts for me to Finland and, hopefully, Central America. Planning is well underway!
Travel is important to me: I LOVE to go out and see more of the world and learn about the diversity of life that's all around me But I also need a cosy home to return to, and I want to make sure I prioritise quieter times and evenings in, to balance out explorations, whether that's across the street or across the world.
Photography is also an enthusiasm of mine that I would like to prioritise. That's particularly true when travelling, and the blog is a great forum to share images. Photography also has an impact on my scrapbooking, and last year I tried including divided page protectors in my albums as a way to draw in more photos. It's an effect that I have loved, as I am highlighting more of the photos that matter to me, but there's no redundancy in scrapbooking photos from the same event multiple times. I can tell my story in full once, and then match up all the accompanying images.
So here's hoping to lots of lovely photo opportunities in 2017. I intend to make some!
That just about wraps up everything for now. I really hope 2017 is the year of experiences and adventures, photography and scrapbooking, making and crafting, and lots of time with loved ones.
P.S. Have you set yourself any crafty or blog-based goals for the year?