In 2014 I triumphantly completed a hybrid family scrapbook. Wait. What??? Let me back track. Back in the day, say the 1990’s, I was madly in love with documenting life through stories, photos and memorabilia that I collected along the way. If a photo album, journal, and scrapbook had a baby it would look like my albums. And then Creative Memories came along and all the fun scrapbook papers and embellishments- I was hooked for sure. I attended scrapbook parties, had friends over to share and scrap our stories, and bought oodles of scraping stuff. And then somewhere along the way, it didn’t seem fun anymore, it became a chore to make the perfect page, or spend hours on one single page: I fell out of love. These are my feelings, so no judgment here. If that way of scrapbooking is your thing, great, more power to you. It just seemed to me that the more “stuff” there was to make beautiful pages, the more “Stuck” I became. True story, I have years of beautiful photos (physical and digital) just sitting in boxes/computer. Pictures unseen and stories untold.
Enter Project Life, pocket scrapbooking and digital scrapbooking! I don’t remember exactly how I stumbled upon Project Life. You know how it is when you’re surfing the web, you google how to boil an egg and five minutes, or six hours later, you are reading about Project Life and digital scrapbooking?? Anyway, what I like about Project Life is that the whole focus is back on pictures and stories. Simple and straight forward. If you want to spend more time and add “extras” you can do that too. Soon after, I happened upon Cathy Zielske’s blog. She was sharing her experience with Project Life and added the digital element with Photoshop Elements. Cathy is the real deal, she has great style and loads of video tutorials that got me hooked on PSE. For 2014 I used a combination of physical products as well as digital to complete our album, hence the term hybrid. Once I set up a process, working on my album was fun and enjoyable again.
My plan for 2015
*Set up 2015 folder for photos, subdivide into months( in order to keep my months in Chronological order I number them; ie, 01Jan2015, 02Feb2015, etc) I also include a “to Print” folder that holds my edited photos and “Printed” folder. I save the photos I want to use in my pages in the to print folder, I usually print once a month or every other month. Once I send my photos to print I move them all to the printed folder.
*Download pictures weekly from iPhone, DSLR and Hannah’s phone.
*Use the Evernote App to document on a daily basis; a story I don’t want to forget, what we did, something funny that was said, etc. At the end of the month it’s so easy to type up a quick Month in Review to include in the Album.
*Create two or three digital pages per month using Cathy’s templates, save these in the to print file. I’ll upload these pages at year end for an annual album.
The biggest things to remember about scrapbooking and documenting your family’s life is that there are no rules! Use what ever supplies you have, create a process that makes sense to you. Document as much or as little as you want to. Just get started and preserve those special memories!
I will post my January Pages when they are complete.
How will you preserve your stories and photos this year? If you have any questions about my process or the products I use please ask!
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