April is ending today and I'm quite sure that it was the fastest month of my life! I know I need a roundup so I can feel ready to move on to May.
What is a roundup?
Each month I "close out" the month by answering the following questions and working on some tasks. This has been a great organizational tool for me and has really helped me with my scrapbooking and my life in general.
Also, a great tool to use to plan the coming month!
Watch this blog or my scrapbooking blog at the end of each month for roundup time!
Here's the April roundup:
April events & information:
What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
What movies and/or tv shows did I watch this month?
What special days did I celebrate and how?
What illnesses or health concerns did I have in April?
What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?
What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try in April?
What special or unusual purchases did I make?
What were this month’s disappointments?
What were my accomplishments this month?
Any thing else noteworthy to record about April?
Then I am going to be sure that at the end of each month I have done the following tasks:
Pictures & layouts:
Backed up all digital pictures to a cd
Back up all digital layouts to a cd
Print out any digital layouts created during the month and put them in albums.
Uploaded all digital pictures to 2 different sites. ( I use Sony Image Station & Costco photo center)
Send email links to online photo albums to your family or friends who might enjoy them or send a picture cd, or picture attachments. Share your memories!
Get your pictures printed out and put into simple photo sleeve albums.
If you use film, be sure you get all your pictures developed and file your negatives in a safe place. If possible, I would suggest you get a picture cd along with your developing.
Put finished paper scrapbook layouts in sheet protectors and albums to enjoy.
For bloggers - print out my blog entries to keep in a binder. My blog(s) really are like a journal and I was thinking that it would be nice to have hard copy to keep. I know some people back up their blog files which is probably a good idea.
download, unzip, and file all kits & fonts purchased. Save a preview image of each kit and keep it in a separate file for easy browsing. Back up all new purchases to cd or dvd in case of computer crash or to maximize your hard drive space.
For paper scrappers:
put away any new purchases. Do you still have stuff in sacks sitting around? I know some of you do! Put it away in an organized system.
For digital scrappers:
For all scrappers:
Look through what you have purchased recently and decide what you want to use. At the first of the month set some goals for scrapping (hint – use this same list of ideas as a goal sheet for April)
Sort through old supplies that no longer appeal to you. Donate them to a friend who can use them or a charity. My older supplies go to my daughter who happily uses them to create many fun projects. I have also donated some to charity.
Look through what supplies you did use during the month and think about what it is about them that appealed to you. This will help you make smarter purchases in the future.
Clean up your area! Whether that is getting your computer in tip top shape, or clearing off the piles on a table where you can sit and work.
So consider this a little nudge with the old spurs from Katie the Scrapbook Lady. Don’t let this sit unfinished for too long, take a few minutes and write out your answers while the month is still fresh in your mind. You will be so glad that you did!
If you want to get really ambitious, have other family members fill this out (or help them with it) for an even richer memory resource.
Remember that I will post my own personal roundup notes here on my blog tomorrow.
Now Giddy Up and Happy Scrapping!