Raise your hand if you have unfinished scrapbooking projects. I'm over here, throwing both hands up in the air!
I think most crafters have unfinished layouts and projects... and that this can be an unfortunate source of guilt or embarrassment. It's not always fun to admit that you didn't complete a class or finish an album you started.
When I recently shared my completed December album, some of you shared that you weren't able to complete yours. I may have finished this project, but I have my own list of old projects that aren't quite done yet. Like my Project 365 from 2010. I started using Becky Higgins' Project Life kit, but didn't like the format as much as I had expected. At first I felt guilty for giving up on the album, especially because the kit wasn't cheap. But I've moved on from worrying about the unused kit and have decided on a different digital format for the photos from my 365. It will be a book that I can print through a printer like Shutterfly, and now it's something I can actually finish.
And my Week in the Life album from 2010. Well, it's not even close to being done. Turns out I'm not crazy about editing and resizing that many photos. When Ali Edwards announced earlier this week that she'll be repeating the project this summer, I honestly felt a little panic. But wait, I'm not done yet!! How can we be starting again?! Momentary panic aside, I realized it's so not a big deal. I love the album and want to finish it, so I will pick up bits and pieces when I'm feeling inspired to. When I look back on it years from now, it's not going to matter how quickly I finished the album.
There's also the high school album I want to make, inspired by Cathy Zielske's Me: The Abridged Version class. Paper has been purchased and I've started my journaling. And, well, that's it. As for classes, those are sometimes hard to finish, too. I signed up for Shimelle's True Stories class and never managed to participate. Thank goodness for "forever access!"
Sometimes a project takes a while; that's perfectly okay. As long as it's still something you want to do, take your time! If you're absolutely dreading the crafting project, maybe it's time to rethink if it's something you even want to complete. Rachel from Small Notebook recently shared a thought-provoking post on breaking up with old hobbies and projects. The lesson: just because you started it, you don't have to finish it. It's a great read.
What are your thoughts on unfinished projects?