This year, creating digital pages has been a really great way for me to catalogue special photos, document particular memories and stay on top of my memory keeping without taking too much time out of my busy schedule. I'm always excited to use new designs and build a page from scratch. It has proven to me almost as fulfilling as working with paper! Today, I'm here to share a gallery of recent pages I've created using designs from the One Little Bird store. Each page boasts of lovely florals so I think it's safe to say I've really been drawn to those lately! What have you been working with recently? Is there a trendy item you hope is here to stay?
At the beginning of each month, I'm always awed and inspired by the newest collection Peppermint Granberg releases for the One Little Bird store. This month, the Live a Little collection is bright, summery and has floral elements that I couldn't resist! I'm so excited to share a digital 9x12 pocket page I created with the set. You can find it here.
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Hi guys! Just popping to share a quick project I made for the One Little Bird creative team this month. I'm pretty obsessed with making these folded pages that slide into a mini album binder I keep on my shelf. I created this entire page in Photoshop Elements and printed the outside first, then the inside. After that I used my Cricut machine's Print Then Cut feature to print out my embellishments and have the machine made the cuts. It's perfectly precise every time and saves me a ton of time from fussy cutting!
Next, I layered on my photo and elements and simply adhered everything down. I love how cute it turned out, don't you?
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!
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!
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.
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!
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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!
Happy Tuesday, friends!
For many of you who live in the northern United States, you're probably enjoying (or suffering through) a snow day today... For me, though, I've seen a couple of snowflakes fall here, but really it's just cold and overcast. So to brighten up the day, I'm sharing this cheerful, new release from Peppermint Granberg of One Little Bird Designs! It's called Duly Noted and the soft, subtle tones of this kit are just gorgeous! I found them perfect for documenting some photos from winter of 2016! You can purchase this new collection right here.
As you can see, I'm slowly finishing out spreads with last year's photos. For this year, I haven't even started an annual album. Instead, I've been so focused on adoption plans, my new Big Picture Class which premiers soon, and a fun little personal album I've been working on. As a result, I'm planning to take the year off from making an annual pocket page album and I'm going to create an annual photobook instead. If you have any tips for creating a photobook, I'd love to hear it. Otherwise, I'll just be over here continuing to finish out my 2016 pocket page album! lol.
What are you currently working on?
You guys. Adoption is crazy, hard work! While everyone is talking about Valentine's Day and discussing the latest political news, I'm over here up to my eyeballs in research, paperwork, discussions with the hubs, baby registries, and more. Seriously, my brain feels like a bowl of melted ice cream some days. lol. But I know it will be so worth it in the end.
In the meantime, I have some REALLY BIG NEWS for you all (I mean, besides my baby news).
I'm going to be teaching with Big Picture Classes again! Yes! I'm so excited. My newest class will premier in April 2017 so right now, I'm working behind the scenes to create twelve(!) really awesome lessons for you. Please stay tuned on that, I'll be sharing more about it at the end of the month in my newsletter. If you're not already signed up to receive my newsletter, you can sign up here.
Lastly, I wanted to share three sneak peeks of some fun projects I've put together using the newest releases from One Little Bird and Paislee Press (links below). P.S. I'll be sharing the full pages in my BPC class and on Instagram in April.