Create Easy, Minimal Digital Scrapbook Pages in Just Minutes! Featuring designs by One Little Bird, plus links to great photobook ideas!

At the beginning of this year, as I set my memory keeping goals, I knew twenty-seventeen was going to be busy with our adoption in process and my new class at Big Picture, so I took a few weeks to consider how I'd like to document this year. 

For the past three years, I have created annual pocket page albums... But this year, I wanted something different to spark my creativity and be flexible enough with my schedule that I wouldn't fall behind in documenting. 

As I pondered this, I felt a really strong desire to simply return to words and photographs. 

Being a photographer, nothing fills my heart and soul more than capturing a beautiful image and sharing the story behind it.  Therefore, I thought this year I would create a photobook through one of my fantastic affiliate partners (see my sidebar for links!).  By doing this, I can focus on capturing great images and journaling regularly so at the end of the year, I can design a book. I have made several small books like this one, this one and this one, but this is my first year doing an entire annual album and I'm so excited! 

My decision was highly inspired by these three amazing women: Diana, Suzanne O'Brien and Catherine Saunders. Their books are truly gorgeous!   If you love their ideas, you may also want to check out my Pinterest board with more inspiration.

Each month I have the opportunity to work with older products from the One Little Bird Designs shop as part of my creative team responsibility.  This month, I thought I might try my hand at creating digital pages to print in my photobook at the end of the year. I created two pages using the Shutterbug collection and journaling cards from One Little Bird, with one small tag from the Elysian collection

I really love how these pages turned out and I'm excited to see them printed in a book at the end of the year!  You can see more inspiration this month from the One Little Bird creative team here. 

Do you have any experience creating pages for a photobook? If so, I'd love to hear your tips and thoughts in the comments below! 

 

LET'S GET PERSONAL | INSPIRATION FOR DOCUMENTING YOURSELF - PART TWO!

Hi everyone!

For those of you who have been following along, we've been talking about the important of documenting yourself and telling YOUR story! We, as women and memory keepers, often get so tied up in documenting our children's, our family, and our travels that we often forget or skip over the importance of recording ourselves. We are usually the one taking the photos or making the scrapbook pages and therefore, we get lost behind the story.  Since starting this mini series, I've found just how many of you WANT to tell your story, but just aren't sure how or where to get started. If you're feeling like that right now, be sure to visit the other posts in this series! 

1. DOCUMENTING YOURSELF AND FITTING INTO THE "I DON'T" OR "I WANT TO" CATEGORIES.

2. DOCUMENTING YOURSELF AND COMBATING WHAT IS HOLDING YOU BAC

3. WHY, HOW AND WHEN YOU SHOULD DOCUMENT YOURSELF

4. INSPIRATION FOR DOCUMENTING YOURSELF, PART 1

 

 

And today I have a second round of inspiration for you! 

See more of my 6x8 personal scrapbook in my class, YOUnique, at Big Picture Classes! Products shown are from One Little Bird.

See more of my 6x8 personal scrapbook in my class, YOUnique, at Big Picture Classes! Products shown are from One Little Bird.

6x8 Scrapbook Page - Document yourself and tell your story, your way! Featuring this page by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue as her new class, YOUnique on Big Picture Classes! Designs featured are by One Little Bird
6x8 Scrapbook Page - Document yourself and tell your story, your way! Featuring this page by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue as her new class, YOUnique on Big Picture Classes! Designs featured are by One Little Bird
 

Today, I have two more very special ladies who've shared how they are currently documenting themselves with some beautiful inspiration for you!

First up, we have Jamie Pate... Jamie's traditional scrapbook page showcases a very precious and touching story about her faith.

Here are some thoughts from Jamie:

Rhonna Farrer recently asked the question: "Have you ever thought of Selfies being a form of personal history?" Story means so much to me. And since I am living out my own story, it's important that I document just what it is that is inside my heart and head. Too often I assume that those who live with me or around me just know what's going on with me. It's not true. I have to get out of my head and write down my words and stories. Because it matters. It matters to me. It matters to those who will read the words and see the photo. Our personal stories matter.

I just love Jamie's thought here about how no one knows, or always understands, what is going on in your heart or life. It does matter and it's your responsibility to document it! You can visit Jamie on her blog or follow her on Instagram for more lovely inspiration! 


Up next is Amy, who is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement on documenting herself.  She really focuses on the story behind her creative pages and I just love that!

Read what Amy has shared with us:

I document myself because no one but me can tell my story. No else but me is going to tell my story. And sure: I could (and do) write in my journal about myself. But there is a different sort of happiness and satisfaction in matching a story, an experience, or a piece of knowledge with a photo. My experiences didn't lose their importance when I became a mother; in fact, they became more important, because some day in the future one of my descendants might want to know about my life. Honestly, though, I scrapbook about myself mostly because it brings me a sense of closure, almost: documenting one of my experiences makes it feel more real and permanent. It is a way of processing the good, bad, happy, difficult, memorable, and mundane parts of my life.

Isn't that so perfect?  You can follow along with Amy right here on her blog and join her on Instagram as well. 


Next, is my good friend Julie, who you might know from my work with LittlePaperProjects.com. Julie is continually evolving in her memory keeping about herself and because of that, she's a fantastic source of continual inspiration! 

Here a couple of quotes from Julie's blog and her thoughts behind her traveler's notebook stories:

Photo 1. | So what do you do when you have this great story to tell, you write it out, and post it somewhere? Is that the end of it? Does it stay there, buried in your newsfeed, for eternity? Or do you document it, in some way, so that you can refer back to it in the years to come?
Photo 2. | Every single time I go through a period of hardship, I know – even during the most difficult days – that this will shape me for the better. That I will grow. And that the new version of me, the version that comes after the struggle, will be someone I like even more than the person I was yesterday.  That’s the beauty of challenge: it shapes you.

Julie's thoughts are so profound and unique! They only further my reason in saying that YOUR story matters!

So, LIVE IT.    SHARE IT.   DOCUMENT IT!

You can find Julie here on her blog or follow her on Instagram for more inspiration! 


 

 

Don't Forget!

 

I'm giving away at 30 day subscription to Big Picture Classes where you can view my new class, YOUnique, a fun self-paced class full of inspiration, prompts, and free downloads! 

PLUS, if you go to my post on Instagram and tag a friend, they can win too! 

 

LET'S GET PERSONAL | INSPIRATION FOR DOCUMENTING YOURSELF - Part One

Hello everyone!  I'm so excited to share that today my newest class at Big Picture Classes, YOUnique, launches! If you've been following along on this mini blog series and finding much of what I have said has resonated with you then you'll love this new class. It's entirely about documenting yourself, something I have been doing for a while.  This year, I decided to make a mini scrapbook and I'm sharing it in my class along with tutorial videos, free journal cards, documenting prompts and printables!  If you haven't checked out my class already, be sure to do so here. 

See more of my 6x8 personal scrapbook in my class, YOUnique, at Big Picture Classes! Products shown are from Felicity Jane. 

See more of my 6x8 personal scrapbook in my class, YOUnique, at Big Picture Classes! Products shown are from Felicity Jane. 

If you're not already a member of Big Picture Classes, I'm giving away at 30 day subscription where you can view my class, YOUnique, a fun self-paced class full of inspiration, prompts, and free downloads! !

PLUS, if you go to my post on Instagram and tag a friend, they can win too! 


In case you have missed the other posts in this blog series and want to learn more about documenting yourself, here are the other posts:

1. DOCUMENTING YOURSELF AND FITTING INTO THE "I DON'T" OR "I WANT TO" CATEGORIES.

2. DOCUMENTING YOURSELF AND COMBATING WHAT IS HOLDING YOU BAC

3. WHY, HOW AND WHEN YOU SHOULD DOCUMENT YOURSELF

I hope you're feeling inspired and eager to tell your story.  I have some wonderful inspiration for you. These talented, beautiful women currently document themselves and tell their stories in a variety of ways. I thought perhaps you might enjoy what they have to share.

First up is Sabrina, who documents her story in this adorable planner!

Document Yourself - Inspiration from Sabrina's Digital Designs, tell your story with a planner as featured on Turquoise Avenue! For more ideas, free printables and prompts, check out Mandy Elliott's class YOUnique on Big Picture Classes!

Here are some notes from Sabrina: 

As a busy Mom of two kids I have come to realize how easy it is to get caught up in the daily life, management of the house, taking care of kids and the stuff of our lives. It is so easy to come to end of the long day and realize I didn't do anything for myself. I discovered a few months ago I needed to change that because I was worn out in all capacities. I began finding time for myself because I understood that if my 'bucket' was empty then how could I take care of others? I would say no to leaving the house for yet another activity, I would let my kids play independently more or I would just let the house chores go. Taking care of myself, even if it was only 5 minutes, needed to become a priority. Once I found these little chunks of time I realized how much happier it made me and I was a better Mom and wife. Then, my daughter entered preschool and I was blessed with a few half days to myself. I decided to really dive into this self care thing and instead of just doing self care, I would also document my life. I started a "me planner" using a mini happy planner and I just jot down a few thoughts from the day. I also add in a few photos to highlight my favorites for the week. My journaling tends to focus on my focus words- happy, my one little word from last year and this year's word, cultivate. I am loving documenting my week and how I am finding my time to love myself, find more happy and cultivate what truly makes me the best me. Finding this time for myself hasn't been easy, but it is so worth it. I'm an overall happier person just by doing self care and jotting down my thoughts. Finding the time, making the time and asking for time is one of the best decisions I've made and it brings me such to joy to be documenting my story and loving myself more.

Do you love this idea as much as I do?  This is something can easily be done daily or weekly and it allows you to keep a simple, chronological record of your thoughts, routine and gratitude.  To see more of Sabrina's project and her creativity, visit her on Instagram or Facebook. 


 

Next, we have Eloise Creates who currently is documenting herself in a journal format. In addition, she's including stories about other people who are close to her.

Document Yourself - Inspiration from Katie (@eloisecreates), tell your story with a simple photo journal as featured on Turquoise Avenue! For more ideas, free printables and prompts, check out Mandy Elliott's class YOUnique on Big Picture Classes!
Document Yourself - Inspiration from Katie (@eloisecreates), tell your story with a simple photo journal as featured on Turquoise Avenue! For more ideas, free printables and prompts, check out Mandy Elliott's class YOUnique on Big Picture Classes!
Document Yourself - Inspiration from Katie (@eloisecreates), tell your story with a simple photo journal as featured on Turquoise Avenue! For more ideas, free printables and prompts, check out Mandy Elliott's class YOUnique on Big Picture Classes!

Here's a note from Eloise Creates:

The reason I document anything is to remember. I have always felt inspired to document stories. I kept journals growing up, which is the primary reason I scrapbook—to me [this project] is like a beautiful journal. 
The only perspective I can genuinely write about is my own, which is why I document myself and my experiences. I can guess what another person may be feeling, but in the end, the most authentic story I can tell is going to be mine. Recording the events, experiences, and relationships that make up all of the bits and pieces of myself allows me to look back through my life, and make connections between different experiences that I may not have seen at the time. Giving my stories and feelings a place to rest on the pages of my various scrapbooks has allowed me to gain perspective on difficult times, relish in the happy memories, and lets me see my personal growth from challenges I have faced. I document myself to recognize and remember that which I truly value in life.

This is so beautiful! I just adore her focus on the words and stories. What a fantastic project.  I can't even begin to tell you how in love with this I am!  You can follow Eloise Creates on Instagram and YouTube.


 

Here's another great idea from Nicole.

Document Yourself - Inspiration from Nicole, tell your story with in a Traveler's Notebook diary as featured on Turquoise Avenue! For more ideas, free printables and prompts, check out Mandy Elliott's class YOUnique on Big Picture Classes!

Here's what Nicole has to share with us:

I recently began to document my life by journaling small snippets of my days, inside of my Traveler’s Notebook Weekly Planner.  One day I suddenly realized that just as I see value in documenting my kids’ lives and recording all their special moments, they too would see value in me documenting mine.  Maybe not right now, at this current time, but likely some day down the road they will.  So journaling not only gives me something to look back on, myself, but it hopefully, will give my children something to look back on and treasure down the road, when I am no longer here with them.  My journals are a small glimpse of me, to those I love…  they are my heart, my thoughts, my feelings, my dreams, my hopes…  my journals are me…  my real life stories. 

With traveler's notebooks being all the rage right now, Nicole's diary pages are so on point! She can take this project with her, document on the go and as often as she likes. I love this! You can see more of Nicole's project on her blog or Instagram.


 

Last up we have Julie who currently documents herself in an 8x8 traditional scrapbook.

Here are some thoughts from Julie:

I have been scrapbooking for about 20 years.  I started pre-kids and pre-marriage and enjoyed the creative process.  As my life evolved my scrapbooking did as well.  As I had children my scrapbooking became centered around them and as the years went on I was in fewer and fewer pictures.  For some reason pre-kids it was normal to get pictures take with my friends or husband.  So for a short time I contemplated getting in more photos and had moments of guilt thinking it was a selfish act of vanity.   After much debate with myself I suddenly had a moment where I thought how silly it was to feel bad or ashamed to ask to be in the photos or to take an occasional selfie.  Because if I don't get in the photos there will be no visual documentation of large portions of my life.
I decided that someday my kids were going to want to know more about me.  I already had their childhood covered in our family albums.  But later they might possibly be curious about my youth as well as the years when I was raising them.  I decided that the best person to tell the stories is myself and in the way I enjoy most; SCRAPBOOKING.
I just started this ME album and have found it very fulfilling personally.  I have not shared it yet with my children but will once I get a small collection of pages/stories.

Julie's scrapbook is so lovely in a traditional sense. She's taken the time to creatively make pages that tell HER stories. I love that she's doing this for her children and her self simultaneously. You can find more from Julie on Instagram.

Loving all this inspiration?  I will have more for you in the next post.  In the meantime, I'd love to hear what ways you are currently documenting yourselves and see your projects. Tag me on Instagram @turquoiseavenue or hashtag your projects #tellmystorymyway

 

 

 

 

Between Us by One Little Bird | A clean, minimal 9x12 hybrid pocket scrapbook page

Hello lovelies!  I'm so excited to be here today sharing a beautiful, new collection from Peppermint over at One Little Bird.  This collection is called Between Us and it's beyond adorable.  The color palette is so perfect and it's incredibly versatile for documenting a wide range of stories, including pets, couples, family and friends. Pop over to the Lilypad today to check it out! 

Products Used:  Between Us digital collection | Design F page protector by Becky Higgins Project Life (trimmed down to 9x12 and fused with a WRMK Fuse Tool) | 4x6 photographic prints by Mpix

 

LET'S GET PERSONAL | WHY, HOW AND WHEN YOU SHOULD DOCUMENT YOURSELF

Hello again! In this little blog series, we've been reviewing the controversy surrounding documenting ourselves and talking a little bit about why we should document ourselves. You can find those posts here and here

In this post, I want to help address those of you who really want to do document yourself, but haven't been able to for one reason or another...

Document your bucket lists! Products shown include High Five digital scrapbook kit and journal cards by Paislee Press, plus a FREE Bucket List Journal Card you can download via my class, YOUnique, at Big Picture Classes, coming April 10th! 

Document your bucket lists! Products shown include High Five digital scrapbook kit and journal cards by Paislee Press, plus a FREE Bucket List Journal Card you can download via my class, YOUnique, at Big Picture Classes, coming April 10th! 

Document your bucket lists! Products shown include High Five digital scrapbook kit and journal cards by Paislee Press, plus a FREE Bucket List Journal Card you can download via my class, YOUnique, at Big Picture Classes, coming April 10th! 
6x8 Scrapbook Page by Mandy Elliott, creative team member for Paislee Press, using the High Five collection.

I WANT TO, BUT I DON'T HAVE THE TIME

I get it. I too am a busy gal... I'm a wife, I work in real estate, run my own business on the side, blog, work on three creative teams and my husband and I are in the process of adopting a little one! There's always something going on around here.  But let's face it, just like anything else in life, if we place a priority on something, we can usually MAKE the time.

Choose a time that will fit your busy lifestyle and “make a date” with yourself to work on your project. You decide whether you’d like that to be daily, weekly, monthly or opt to document a few key notes each day/week then return to those notes at a later time to create with.

For me, my reason in making the time NOW is that I know life will always be busy. I can't sit here and say, "Oh I'll do this when my kids are older", or "when I'll have more time".  Because you know what?  The longer I wait, the more the memories fade...  And that breaks my heart.  So I'm placing a priority on this right now.  I'll do what I can, as often as I can. 

I WANT TO, BUT I HAVE OTHER MEMORY KEEPING PROJECTS UNDERWAY THAT NEED TO BE FINISHED FIRST.

If you spend all your time telling the stories of your kids, your family and those around you, then who will tell your story?  YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL AND NO ONE CAN TELL IT BETTER THAN YOU.  

It's beautiful that you're creating scrapbooks for your family but don't forget to tell them about the person behind the scrapbook! 

In an effort to combat all those other projects that are in the works, I'm working on each project a little at a time or I'm carving out one chunk of time to knock out a whole year's album in just weeks.  I'm scaling back on the numbers of photos I'm taking currently and focusing on capturing the big moments and the specific memories (for ex. I trimmed down on how many coffee cup photos I take and focused more on the story of the day instead). I'm also journaling right now, daily or weekly, so that I have something to refer back to when I'm ready to scrap my memories...

I WANT TO, BUT I CAN'T DECIDE THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS

It’s so easy to overthink this first step.  Don't spend valuable time and energy trying to figure out a format, rather than getting your stories documented.  It is better to opt for a way that is simple and just go for it. There aren't any set rules that say you have to do only traditional scrapbook pages that are time consuming and detailed.  You can totally create a traveler's notebook, write in a journal, do a smash book, or jump around between them all! Go with whatever you're good at, whatever you enjoy and whatever fits your time constraints. It doesn't matter HOW, it just matters that it is DONE.  

In the next few posts, I'll be sharing some inspiration from other women who are currently documenting themselves and I hope they'll spark some ideas for you.  

I WANT TO, BUT I HAVE SO MANY STORIES TO TELL, I AM NOT SURE WHERE TO START. 

That's easy! Just start!  Start with RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.  

In my upcoming Big Picture Class, YOUnique, I will be sharing my entire process from getting started to gathering supplies and I offer YOU 12 fun prompts help you get going including free printable journal cards and extras to download. Plus, at the end of the class, I have a free download with more prompts!    

Want win a 30 day subscription to view my class that debuts next Monday, April 10th? 

PLUS, if you go to my post on Instagram and tag a friend, they can win too! 

 

Check back here in a couple of days for another post where I'll be sharing more ideas and inspiration on documenting yourself from other talented women who currently document themselves in various ways! I promise you'll love their ideas!

 

#The100DayProject | 100 Stories in 100 Days - Sparking creativity across the globe!

There's a challenge going around in the creative community right now called the 100 Day Project.  It is essentially a self-driven challenge to do something creative for 100 days in a row. You can read more about the initial project here.

I love the concept and it's been a huge topic of discussion in the Scrap Gals Community on Facebook for a week or so.  I decided to join in and I even have established an accountability partner, Tara! 

When I originally heard about the project, I knew that if I wanted to do something as grand as a 100 day challenge, that I needed to set realistic goals and choose something that would fit within my schedule.  Recently, I've been working through some old family photos and wishing I had more time to tell certain stories that these photos have sparked in my memory.  As a result, I knew that a 100 day challenge geared towards telling those stories would be a really great way to get some of those things documented.  

So when I saw this post by Lea of Scrap and Plan, I immediately jumped over to her blog and read about what she was going to be doing for the 100 day project and loved her hashtag. Several others will also be joining in under her hashtag so be sure to follow us all on social media under the hashtag #100days100stories. 

My 100 Day Challenge:

I chose 100 photos and for the next 100 days, I'll journal one story for each photo. I plan to do this using Google Docs, simply because my journaling will be automatically saved and I can also do this from any device such as my iPhone or iPad if I'm on the go. 

If time allows, I may create simple, digital scrapbook pages and share them here on my blog as well. Otherwise, I'll be sharing primarily on Instagram so be sure to follow me there!

I'm in! Are you?

LET'S GET PERSONAL - DOCUMENTING YOURSELF AND COMBATTING WHAT IS HOLDING YOU BACK PLUS A GIVEAWAY TO WIN A 30 DAY SUBSCRIPTION TO BIG PICTURE CLASSES!

Welcome back!  In my last post, I asked many of you if you document about yourself.  Some of you do and some of you do not. For those of you who do not, let's explore some of the categories surrounding that and talk a little about what could potentially be holding you back. 

Documenting Yourself  - a unique way to share your story in combined journaling, traveler's notebook and scrapbook! Visit Mandy's class YOUnique at Big Picture Classes for all the details!
An excerpt from Mandy's scrapbook combining a unique way to share her story in a mix of journaling, traveler's notebook and hybrid scrapbooking! Visit Mandy's class YOUnique at Big Picture Classes to see how this page was created and grab the FREE journal template for Photoshop!  Products shown include digital stamps by Kellie Stamps and paper from Felicity Jane. 

An excerpt from Mandy's scrapbook combining a unique way to share her story in a mix of journaling, traveler's notebook and hybrid scrapbooking! Visit Mandy's class YOUnique at Big Picture Classes to see how this page was created and grab the FREE journal template for Photoshop!  Products shown include digital stamps by Kellie Stamps and paper from Felicity Jane. 

I DON'T THINK ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN HAVING A SCRAPBOOK ABOUT ME. 

I totally get this.  As a young married woman without any children, life is pretty much just me, the hubs and our dog.  But, let's change perspective here for a moment.  Have you ever wondered about your grandparents or great-grandparents lives?  What dreams did they have? What did a day in their life look like? What lessons could they have passed on?  If you're interested in knowing about those things, then surely those who come after you will be interested in knowing your story!  Your family, friends, and spouse may not be interested right now as they are busy with their own lives, but surely one day they'll appreciate what you leave behind. 

In the Scrap Gals Facebook Group, Julie said this, "Without [my scrapbook] all my children will have is what they remember for themselves about me. I like the thought of passing on more insights than what they will just remember on their own."

If this category really resonates with you, I encourage you to check out the Scrap Gals podcast, I Wish I Knew.  This podcast covers scores of things we all wish we knew about those who came before us and Tiffany and Tracie lists some really great topic ideas for documenting yourself currently. 

I DON'T HAVE CHILDREN TO LEAVE THESE MEMORIES FOR.

Whether you're single, married, have children or not, you do have a story to tell!  Please don't discount your life and the value of it.  Life is worth celebrating and worth documenting no matter what stage you are in!  If nothing else, documenting about yourself is an excellent creative and emotional outlet.

In the Scrap Gals Facebook Group, Amy said this, "One day, each one of us will be gone. And our stories will matter to someone."  When Anne Frank wrote her diary, she was just a young girl. She certainly didn't have children at that point and her family unfortunately passed away at the same time she did. Yet her memory and legacy lives on in history forever because of what she left behind.

OR, IF THAT DOESN'T TICKLE YOUR FANCY, THINK ABOUT THIS:  

How about allowing this project all about you to be JUST FOR YOU?!  Allow yourself the creative outlet, the fulfillment of tell your story for YOU to revisit later in life, not for your kids, not for anyone after you. But solely, for you.  I personally love pouring through my own old memories and journals. It's rewarding to see all the work I've poured into these memory keepsakes and it's enriching to see how much I've changed.  So if you don't want to document for anyone else, document for YOU! 

I DON'T HAVE VERY MANY PHOTOS OF MYSELF, I AM ALWAYS THE ONE TAKING THE PICTURES OR I DON'T LIKE PICTURES OF MYSELF.  

Documenting about yourself doesn't have to be about photos.  It can be words, stories, thoughts or art.  Don't allow a lack of photos to hinder you.  

In the same respect, don't allow the fact that you aren't IN the photos to hinder you either.  If you really do want to document yourself, consider self timers or having someone else take photos with you in them occasionally.  If that's not possible or uncomfortable for you, you can still find fun ways to include your hands, feet and personality in photos without being too revealing. 

I DON'T LIKE TALKING ABOUT MYSELF. IT SEEMS SELF CENTERED AND SELF INDULGENT. 

Perhaps it is, a little bit. LOL.  I'm not going to sugarcoat that.  But I think this really comes down to your reason behind documenting yourself. If it's to create memories and stories for those who come after you, then isn't that worth it?  Again, YOU have a story to tell and you’re the best person to tell it!

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DOCUMENT OR WHERE TO BEGIN. 

Then you're in luck! Because I love helping people come up with solutions! You're welcome to contact me here and we can talk about your current situation and what might work for you! Also, in a later part of this series, I will be sharing some inspiration and ideas from myself and a few other memory keepers to help you get started or expand on a project you may already have underway!

In addition, I invite you to join me in my new Big Picture Class, YOUnique, debuting April 10th, where I cover everything from the reason behind documenting yourself, to gathering supplies and creating a workstation, getting started on your project and completing it. If you're not already a member of Big Picture Classes, you can enter to win a month long trial below! PLUS, if you go to my post on Instagram and tag a friend, they can win too! 

 

 

LET'S GET PERSONAL - DOCUMENTING YOURSELF AND FITTING INTO THE "I DON'T" OR "I WANT TO" CATEGORIES.

Hi friends, today's post is going to be just a little different than my normal posts. This post is the first of several I posts I have coming your way over the next few weeks where I'm going to get a little personal with you.  To begin, I have three questions for you to consider and I'd love to hear your answers in the comments below. 

LET'S GET PERSONAL - DOCUMENTING YOURSELF AND FITTING INTO THE "I DON'T" OR "I WANT TO" CATEGORIES.

1. | WHY DO YOU MEMORY KEEP?

For most of us, it is because we are sentimental beings who want to share, preserve and tell stories.  We also enjoy the creative outlet this hobby brings.

2. | DO YOU DOCUMENT ABOUT YOURSELF?

When researching this question, I took a quick poll in the Scrap Gals Facebook Group. I found a good majority of us do document about ourselves, even if only in small ways such as mixing in pages here and there with the rest of our family albums or by various other projects.  However, others shared that they wanted to, but hadn't. And still others didn't see a point in it.

3.| IF YOU DO NOT CURRENTLY DOCUMENT ABOUT YOURSELF, WHY IS THAT?

Chances are you can identify with one of the following groups below:  

I DON'T...

  • I don't think anyone is interested in having a scrapbook about me. 
  • I don't have children to leave these memories for.
  • I don't have very many photos of myself because I'm always the one taking them!
  • I don't like pictures of myself or talking about myself. It's self-centered or self-indulgent.
  • I don't know what to document or where to begin. 

I WANT TO, BUT...

  • I want to, but I don't have time.
  • I want to, but I have so many stories to tell, I am not sure where to start.
  • I want to, but I can't decide the best way to do this (i.e. traveler's notebook, scrapbook, etc)
  • I want to, but I have other memory keeping projects underway that need to be finished first.

If you fall into any of these categories, or if you're simply interested in where I'm going with all this, then I invite you to join me on this mini blog series! We are going to explore some reasons behind documenting yourself, why you should and how you can do this. I'll have some inspiration for you from other scrapbookers and a chance for you to WIN access to my newest Big Picture Class, YOUnique, debuting April 10th! 

But first, share your thoughts on this topic in the comments below. I can't wait to hear what you have to say! 

 

 

 

 

Using Digital Stamps for Hybrid and Digital Scrapbook Pages PLUS, New Releases from Kellie Stamps!

GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS?  It's RELEASE DAY over at Kellie Stamps! Kellie has two really awesome new stamp sets available in both digital and acrylic!  They are called Nuts About Food and Today Was...  

Both sets are soooooooo versatile and so incredible! I'm in love with them.  Below are my two projects using the digital stamp versions. 

My first project for the Kellie Stamps creative team was this one, creating a 6x8 hybrid scrapbook page.  I first arranged my digital stamps and journaling on a 6x8 mat in Photoshop Elements, then printed that page off on my home printer.  Next, I layered some colorful paper, a photo and embellishments on top, then punched my holes and voila! 

8.5x11 Digital Scrapbook Page created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue using the new Today Was digital stamp collection from Kellie Stamps!

My second project is much simpler. I created a 8.5x11 digital scrapbook page using recent images, a digital paper and template from Paislee Press then used the REAL LIFE digital stamp from Kellie's new release as the title for this page. I'm so excited to do create more pages like this because at the end of the year I plan to print all these pages together in one simple, easy to read photobook! 

Have you ever used digital stamps before? If so, what do you love about them?  If not, what has held you back?  I'd love to share or answer any questions you might have about using digital stamps in your projects! 

 

 

 

Beautiful, Spring Themed 9x12 Pocket Scrapbook Pages featuring the Bloom Collection by Paislee Press

Did you know that each month the Paislee Press Creative Team comes together to provide a virtual gallery of inspiration?  That's right, it's called the Press Exhibit and you can find all the recent posts here.  

I am honored to be featured there each month using some of my favorite designs from the Paislee Press store.  Today, I'm sharing a beautiful spring 9x12 pocket page spread I created, that will be featured in this month's Press Exhibit, using the Bloom collection.

Modern Memory Keeping - a 9x12 Pocket Scrapbook Page featuring the Bloom collection by Paislee Press. This page was created for the Press Exhibit by creative team member Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue.
Modern Memory Keeping - a 9x12 Pocket Scrapbook Page featuring the Bloom collection by Paislee Press. This page was created for the Press Exhibit by creative team member Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue.
Modern Memory Keeping - a 9x12 Pocket Scrapbook Page featuring the Bloom collection by Paislee Press. This page was created for the Press Exhibit by creative team member Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue.
Modern Memory Keeping - a 9x12 Pocket Scrapbook Page featuring the Bloom collection by Paislee Press. This page was created for the Press Exhibit by creative team member Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue.
Modern Memory Keeping - a 9x12 Pocket Scrapbook Page featuring the Bloom collection by Paislee Press. This page was created for the Press Exhibit by creative team member Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue.

How perfect is this collection?  I mean, seriously?!  #allthehearteyes