I'm not a minimalist, but I do like the side effects of having less stuff. Less to keep organized, less to clean, less to think about, just less. A couple years ago I stumbled across the blog Unfancy, it's about creating a capsule wardrobe, I quickly fell in love / became obsessed. A capsule wardrobe is having a small and intentional closet with a set number of pieces. You can switch clothing items out seasonally. I fold my spring/summer wardrobe and keep them in a drawer while my fall/winter wardrobe currently hangs in my closet. At the end of a season if I haven't worn and item I will sell or donate it and replace it with something on my want list. What's nice about this system is I know whats in my closet, I feel good in all my clothes, and I don't impulse shop at target anymore!

After going through that process it felt so good to have less to think about in my closet I wanted to feel that way in every room of our home. I started getting rid of anything we didn't need or use (not including art, books or decor, like I said I'm not a minimalist) but when I got to my crafting stuff I had a really hard time. What about my project life album? What if I get rid of these cards but they are the perfect fit for a layout in the future? I had several large totes of paper, thickers, stickers, project life cards, chipboard stickers, more paper, more stickers. (this is in part to my background as an in house graphic designer for American Crafts, sometimes they would bring "free" boxes into the studio and we would all rummage through them. And I would stock up) Well fast forward a few project life albums later and I still had a ton of that stuff just sitting around, collecting dust. So I went through it, sold some of it, and gave the rest to a friend who could use it for her classroom. It felt good to get rid of it, I thought ok I can still create a cool project life album and if I really need that perfect card for a layout I will just design one to fit and print it out, (fun fact, also the moment push print studio was born)

I feel like I'm rambling. Am I rambling? I haven't blogged in a while!

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So in 2015 and 2016 I created albums with less stuff, and it was great! I printed the cards I needed and used minimal supplies to embellish layouts. It can be done! And surprisingly, not once did I think oh shoot I should had kept all of that stuff I wasn't using.

That brings me to my 2017 project life plans. This year, less is more. I am challenging myself to use less, buy less, take less photos but make them more intentional and basically create a "capsule album". I took a long look at the supplies I currently have in my "studio" (the back half of our living room ha) and narrowed it down to 50 items. I boxed up the rest to put away as my "shopping" supplies, when I run out of something in my 50 items I will just shop from the items I have set aside. Same goes for when the seasons change, I will create a new set of supplies to document the new season and box up anything that doesn't make sense, like candy cane alpha stickers in June. I already feel like this is going to make the process of creating a layout much clearer in my mind. I won't have 30 different types of alpha stickers to chose from, I'll have a select few that I love. I also think this will create a more cohesive album, which is something I like to do. I am not trying to sell anyone on the idea of minimalist scrapbooking, I just wanted to share what my plans are for this year.

I'm keeping my supplies in a wood crate I had, here's my list:

  • thickers-5
  • alpha stickers-7
  • sticker sheets-4
  • embellishments/flair-5
  • phrase sticker-5
  • vellum paper (to be replaced when needed)
  • transparencies (to be replaced when needed)
  • roller stamps-7 (I really love roller stamps and thought I'd actually use all of these)
  • month stamp-1
  • acrylic block stamps-6
  • dymo label maker-1
  • thread and needle-1
  • washi tape-4
  • ink pads-2 (black and white)

What I'm not counting as supplies:

  • printer ink
  • stapler
  • printer
  • tape
  • sheet protectors
  • album
  • digital downloads

I'm actually really excited to create with less and looking forward to this year of minimalist memory keeping! I'll be sharing here on the blog how it goes. Does anyone else do this too? I'd love to hear your tips!

Caytlyn Chilelli