I love that all my hobbies work together so well: journaling goes with blogging goes with photography goes with scrapbooking. It simplifies everything. And I thought maybe I'd share my memory-keeping process here. I hesitated to share this post this morning for several reasons: a) I want this blog to be a space for story-telling rather than crafting and b) the lovely Margaret at floral and frayed has a similar post up this morning and I hate to look like a copy-cat.
But, ultimately I decided that scrapbooking is a form of story-telling, and it's something I want to share with you. And, well, this post has been brewing for a while so I might as well post it when I planned to.
I discovered Project Life as a newlywed (perfect timing!) I had been a scrapbooker for years, but wasn't sure I had time for a full-on traditional scrapbook. That's when I fell in love with Project Life. It's simple, it's fast, and I think the cute little pockets make it so much more fun that traditional scrapbooking. So, in an uncharacterstically photo-heavy post, here are a few pages from my 2013 book:
Here are some of my favorite supplies:
- Project Life Core Kit Midnight Edition (oh my gosh, changed my life. So simple and lovely.)
- Bits of watercolor doodling by moi.
- Doilies. You can steal them from restaurants or buy them in packs at craft stores in the cake decorating section.
- Index cards (great for journaling.)
- Quote cards from Elise Blaha Cripe.
About my PL style (is that a thing?) :
I've experimented with several different styles and while I want to do the super filled, scrapbooky look, I always come back to a more simple style. I often choose a color them for each week's layout and go crazy with it (as you can see in the white and grey layout above.)
Of course, memory keeping is all about doing what works for you. If you're thinking about starting your own scrapbook but don't think you have the time, keep it simple. Do a monthly layout, or just include your absolute favorite pictures. There are no rules, so you really can't go wrong.