I'm very excited to announce a project that has been on my mind now for over 3 years. It's called MAKE USE™.
MAKE USE™ Mondays will be a bi-weekly (at first) video series here on my blog and on my YouTube channel that will help you, and me, MAKE & USE your product and time more effectively in your memory keeping.
MAKE USE™ is a project that started at first, as just a simple idea to help scrappers "make use" of, or "make & use" the products that they already have in their stash. It is still that, but in addition has evolved to include more for me over time as I've stewed over the idea. Ultimately, I'm glad I waited on it's launch because now it has much more meaning than it originally did.
MAKE USE™ came about for several reasons for me.
1. PRODUCT | I've accumulated way too much product over the last five years. I've given away most of what I know I won't use, but I still have so much. What I have held onto I love, and I don't want it to be hidden away in stacks in my studio. I want to use it!
2. USE MORE + PURCHASE LESS | I have always had a nagging guilt about the amount of "stuff" that gets made and consumed in this industry. I love it all, but I have guilt. Maybe it's a guilty pleasure but, I think my upbringing in Washington state, has influenced my feeling about excess "stuff". I remember recycling long before it was mainstream by going to the large recycling center in my hometown - using something, or making it into something else was just ingrained in me from an early age. I feel guilty about having so much "stuff" and not using it Gulp. I said it. So, instead of buying MORE - I want to make with what I have, and use it in a meaningful way - the way I intended when I purchased it.
3. MAKE + USE | These are two words I've thought about for a very long time. They mean something as individual words on the surface, but when you put them together - they can have a vast sea of meanings to an individual.
Over the past couple of years, I've had a lot of time to think, and a LOT to reflect about. Who I am has changed, or rather I should say, has become more clear. I see life differently. I see scrapbooking differently. My memory keeping used to focus primarily on the beauty of the product and how the products would emphasize my photos. I look back on some of those pieces now, and it was sometimes much more distracting than I intended. My work focused on a somewhat purging of creativity, rather than what a memory may mean. While I still see that creative unleashing as something as cathartic in my process, I want to do it more thoughtfully.
I feel strongly that I need to be more conscience of REALLY making use of the time I spend actually keeping the memory alive. Documenting the story, and not just the image, or using the product as my creative outlet. Before, I always struggled with how to do this thoughtfully and consistently in my pages - especially journaling. Now, moving forward I want to really focus on this so that I am not creating these pages completely in vain. Because one day, they will be my legacy and I need to make use of every page I create to really communicate not only what I see and feel when I'm looking at a photo, but the story behind the photo/experience as well.
4. EXPENSE | This hobby can be expensive! There's a part of me that wants to challenge myself to not spend another dime on new product until I've used what I have! (Let's be real - that likely won't happen.) BUT, what I can do is limit the amount I do spend, by coming up with strategies on how to use what I have. I can probably even give myself a doable budget each month (say $10-20) once I figure out what I really have on-hand and what I need to fill in any gaps. I want to make beautiful and meaningful projects and use what I already have without breaking the bank!
5. MAKE USE of LIFE | Lastly, I want to make use of my life. I spent WAY too much time in the past living my life through my scrapbook pages, and not living my LIFE. I lived in a bubble that everything would stay the same, and while things weren't perfect, it never is, I also thought life would remain seemingly steady and without drama, since our family had created a nice steady, happy life in our home. But, sometimes, life has other plans for you. Outside events can impact your life in ways you never thought possible. It's important to not take a day for granted. Make use of the the time with family. Make use of how you spend your time. Make every moment count.
So, in this series I want to tackle all of these things. I want to address ways I can make my scrapbooking more meaningful, useful, thoughtful both to me, my family and my environment. I want to use what I have and not feel the constant urge that more stuff would be better - when I am so fortunate to have so much already - I just need to use it!
I don't want to spend countless hours on one singular page - which I would do sometimes. I want to use my time to make more memories and be more efficient in how I scrapbook. I want to use my skills to make my scrapbook pages more meaningful, productive, and real, and I want to help you do the same!
If you are in the same boat as me, and want to join me on this journey of self- (and product) exploration, make sure to join me next week, here on my blog, and on my You Tube Channel for the first installment of #makeusemonday. And be sure to let me know what you want to learn - or what you'd like to make use of - I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Thanks for stopping by!