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! 



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! 







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 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!


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! 


Happy Thoughts | 6x8 Pocket Page Spread featuring Positive Vibes by Paislee Press

Happy Monday friends!  While I may not have started working on my 2017 Annual Pocket Page Album, I have created a few spreads in my 6x8 personal album.  I really love this size, it's just so fun to work with and I don't feel like I need a large group of photos or stories to work with.  

Recently, Liz over Paislee Press released the cutest edition of digital designs called Positive Vibes. I fell in love the with color palette first and then with the phrases the kit offers.  You've got to go check out! 

Happy Thoughts | 6x8 Pocket Page Spread featuring Positive Vibes by Paislee Press
Happy Thoughts | 6x8 Pocket Page Spread featuring Positive Vibes by Paislee Press
Happy Thoughts | 6x8 Pocket Page Spread featuring Positive Vibes by Paislee Press

Oh, and if you're interested in learning more about my personal album, stay tuned because in April of 2017 I'll be teaching a class over at Big Picture Classes all about documenting YOURSELF with some really awesome prompts and tips.  (check out my other BPC Class here)

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New Year, New Feels, Same Dreams... | Around Here Update and 6x8 Pocket Page Spread featuring One Little Bird Designs

Whoa January, slow down!

If you're like me, you're still feeling excited about the new year but wondering where this month has gone. I can't believe we are already 3/4 of the way through January! 

6x8 pocket page by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, featuring This Year, designs by Peppermint Granberg of One Little Bird Designs.

Recently, I shared my 2017 memory keeping goals.  I was excited about them when I wrote them out and I still am. However, time has really gotten away from me.  There's been a variety of things happening here personally, work related and creatively so I'm going to do a quick recap and share some things that are in the works.

Personal Happenings:

  • I began working from home! I love my new relaxed dress code and enjoy having Addie nearby
  • Hubby and I are working on a TOP SECRET project we hope to share really soon. 
  • Cleaning out #alltheclosets and prepping for a garage sale and scrapbook destash instasale! (purging feels so good)
  • Set a goal to read 20 books!  See what I'm reading on
  • Began waking up earlier (Hello 6AM!) to tackle house and creative projects before work.
  • Went to the eye doctor for a long overdue eye exam and ordered new glasses and contacts.

Creative Happenings:

With everything that's been going on, I've barely taken any photos for the new year. At this point, I'm ok with that.  I haven't yet started on my 2017 9x12 pocket page album and I'm ok with that too.  This year I decided instead of forcing myself to create, I will allow myself grace to work as the inspiration hits and as my schedule permits. Right now, I'm just happy to be staying on top of my creative team projects, keeping my house clean and finding time to dive into a great book or spend time with family.

I can't wait to share more here... I'm not setting any definite blogging goals but I do hope to share here a bit more often than I have been. In addition, I hope to be bringing you some new products, a relatively more frequent newsletter and some awesome projects/tutorials. 

6x8 Pocket Page Spread featuring the new  This Year  collection from One Little Bird Designs and wood tag from  Elle's Studio.  

6x8 Pocket Page Spread featuring the new This Year collection from One Little Bird Designs and wood tag from Elle's Studio. 

I'd love to hear from you friends!  What are you up to this month? How are things going for you in the new year? Let's catch up in the comments below...







Happy New Year | 2017 Memory Keeping Short Term and Long Term Goals

Goals. Resolutions. Plans. Intentions...

With the dawning of the new year, we are all focused on setting goals, making fresh plans and evaluating our processes. It's honestly one of my favorite things to do.  Perhaps it's a bit of my type-A (ish) personality or just my entrepreneurial spirit, but I really get excited about looking back over what has worked for me and what has not.  And while it seems like it was just yesterday that I blogged my 2016 goals, I'm here to share my thoughts and intentions for this beautiful brand new year. 

But first, I want to recap 2016:


Failed Attempts:

  • Taking more photos with my DSLR (let's face it, my iPhone is just more handy. However, to compensate, hubby and I did get some great shots with our new GoPro.)
  • Digital pages (There simply weren't enough hours in the day)
  • 2016 December Daily (lost my mojo but still have plans, keep reading)
  • 2016 Week in the Life or Day in the Life (I didn't even try!)

As the year was ending, I was feeling bummed because after my December album flopped, I really felt like I'd lost my creativity. I wasn't sure if it was burn out or just that my heart was in another place.  However, after listing out the things I did accomplish, over what I felt I failed at, 2016 turned out to be a pretty good year.  I am so grateful for the teaching opportunities and creative connections that this year brought about. I feel like I grew as a person and I gained so many new friendships with women who continually inspire me. 

So, for the year ahead, I'm looking forward to continuing to keep things simple. In fact, I'm considering simplifying things even more by keeping less projects on my mind (and desk), printing more photo/story focused photobooks and really, just going back to my roots and photographing more. I miss photography, I miss my camera in my hands. I am hopeful that this year will be one of beautiful photographs, rich stories and heartfelt memories. 



2017 Goals:

  • Take more photos and videos with my DSLR

  • Write more stories and continue keeping a digital journal (using Google Docs)

  • 9x12 annual pocket page album for daily photos

  • 6x8 pocket page personal album, documenting things I love

  • Continue capturing daily video clips for an annual family DVD

  • Print more photobooks


Short Term Goals:

  • Finish 2016 9x12 annual pocket page album

  • Share my printed 2016 December photo book (I totally quit on my December album but I didn't stop documenting! Instead I gathered all the photos from the last week of Christmas and ordered a softcover 6x8 book from Artifact Uprising which I hope to share soon!)

  • Create a 6x8 pocket page album for hubby using his childhood photos


Long Term Goals:

  • Insert 2005 - 2009 photos into pocket page albums

  • 2011 Honeymoon Album (6x8) and 2011 Wedding Album

  • Collect stories from my family and record them to use later


And there you have it!  I hope to be back here soon sharing a little bit more about what I want to cultivate in the upcoming year, but in the meantime I'd love to hear your thoughts and plans for the new year!  What will you be doing and how? Share with me in the comments below!