Monday, August 12, 2013

on memory keeping

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.)

I do a layout for each week of the year, which may seem a bit much for a family of two, but I always manage to fill up the pages. Lately I've been taking quotes directly from my journal and blog and sneaking them in. It gives the book a little more "depth" than having just pictures and captions.

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.


  1. oh goodness, i am SO glad you decided to post this :) love the layout and the simplicity. plus, i'm obsessed with your pictures. they always look so clean and refreshing.

  2. I LOVE it!! It looks simply beautiful!! xo

  3. I was secretly hoping you'd do a post on this! I love saving pictures, but have nothing to do with them. And typical scrapbooking is just not something for me. Then I saw one of your pages and said, "Yes. I could do that. And it's not cluttery!"

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. Your project life is so simply beautiful

  5. i love this. i used to be a mad scrapper. i had my own craft room filled to the brim and everything. then i just stopped. i enjoy it but don't have the time anymore. i found this kit on amazon and fell in love with it! i have yet to buy everything but fully intend to!:D i love it. its cleaner and more classy, in my opinion.

    also, what background do you use when photographing things like this? i love the white background!

    xoxo, your still, no-reply {i'm sorry} blogger friend! :)

  6. Your project life pages are so precious! I don't have time for scrapbooking right now but I think I'm going to start doing online scrapbooking. :-)

  7. Scrapbooking is sooo tedious, but I like it so much better than just a photo album. I think I'm going to check this out. Yours looks fabulous!

  8. I love what you are doing. I need to be more productive and print more of my photos. What you have put together is beautiful!

  9. Thank you for posting this! I love to scrapbook but I'm not a mom and sometimes I wonder if I'm the only newlywed-young-professional-who-like-to-scrapbook.;-) Love your design!



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