Friday, July 24, 2015

Memory Keeping// Project Life

Just popping in with a few more recent Project Life spreads. We're over half way through the year and I'm loving flipping through my 2015 album and seeing our year documented with so many happy photos and stories.

When I first started Project Life I was still stuck in the style of a traditional professional scrapbooker. At my former job as a studio artist for CTMH I was taught to layer on the embellishments, stamps, ribbons, and buttons. A page was not complete until every scrap had been brushed with ink and stitched with a sewing machine. Hours of work went into every single page I created. I still enjoy this approach now and then for special projects, but it just isn't realistic for keeping up with our everyday photo and stories.

My style has evolved and now I am much more pleased with a clean and simple approach. I like the photos to do the talking. I surround my photos with a lot of white space to keep things visually appealing and cohesive. It's easier, takes less time, costs less, and I like the overall look much better. You can't argue with that!

Thank goodness for the simplicity and ease of Project Life!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Life Through The Lens// I Was There Too

I've taken thousands of photographs this year already. Yes. Thousands. Absurd, perhaps but it's my passion. The majority of these images are of family, mostly a certain curly haired little man that holds my heart. Many of these photographs highlight beautiful nature and landscapes. I've even taken a good amount of photos of... well, photos-- Project Life and other scrapbooking projects and products featuring printed photographs of our day to day adventures.

Sometimes in the midst of seeing all that life happening through the lens I remember to turn the camera around. To see myself too. I remember that my part of the story is also important. Not just my view of everyone and everything else. It takes a little more work and practice, but I assure you it is worth it.

Let's be honest... Generally, when I look at these photos on the back of the camera I don't like them--I can find every imperfection in my expression, face, or body. It can be tempting to erase them right then and there. But I force myself to upload edit, and save them--just the way I would with photos of anyone else. Like the rest of my edited photos, I tuck them away in a folder on my desktop for a few days and come back to them when I'm ready to order prints for my Project Life album. I tend to see these self portraits with more forgiving eyes after a day or so. I try to see the real me and look past the silly imperfections that I am sure no one else is concerned about. It's a good exercise in self-love.

Each of the photos above is a self portrait except the second to last one. Danny took that one and I just had to include it... because I love it.

As you might have noticed, only a few of these photos are a typical, "look at the camera and smile" style. Perhaps I just feel more awkward in photos like that, but I also just prefer a more lifestyle, real deal look to my photos in general. I like that these images show a real glimpse into my everyday life. Nurturing, loving, tired, fatigued, playful, thoughtful, etc. They show the real me, and I like that.

My advice, turn the camera around. You are there too and your story is important. Try to get over the self-criticism and see the good in yourself, the same way you do when photographing your family, children, and the world around you.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Memory Keeping // Project Life

 Another look at our story this year so far... April is our big month with Easter, our anniversary, and the boy's birthdays. And... Max and I were sick the entire month! Boo. Nevertheless I love that I was still able to capture so many of our fun moments and I can look back and smile at all the fun we had. The baby animals on the farm, the darling airplane teeter totter we gave Max for his birthday, and the little moments enjoying dandilions and spring blossoms.

May started off with a fun visit from Aunt Steph! More pages of our weekend adventures with the whole family together still to come. Max also inherited a new (to him) race car big boy bed. He enjoys naps and playing pretend on it, though we are still working on completely transitioning him to it from the crib.

I just love the ease of Project Life.

Thanks for looking!

Memory Keeping // Project Life// Moments Like These

The amazing Liz Tamanaha (designer of the beloved Midnight Edition Project Life Core Kit) has done it again! She teamed up with Stampin Up to design this beautiful new kit "Moments Like These" and I must say it totally lives up to the Midnight Edition in style and ease of use! I loved getting a chance to work with this new kit! Black and white with little pops of sage and red... just so good! You can purchase the kit and all the pretty extras from Stampin up, or enjoy the digital version via the Project Life ap. I'm sold. Go get your hands on it and you will be too!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memory Keeping// Project Life

I can't believe how behind I am at posting here on this sad little neglected blog. It's been a long month and a half of sickness, chronic fatigue, launching my Love A Flair button business, and most importantly, living life and being Max's mom... Needless to say, blogging wasn't at the top of the list, but here I am and hopefully I can catch up quickly!

Thought I'd jump back into things with some of my favorite recent Project Life spreads. I'm seriously such a fan of Project Life. It has become my main source of memory keeping and my favorite creative way to share our stories. I love my past as a traditional 12x12 professional scrapbooker, but it's getting harder to keep up with scrapbooking our day to day life in that format. At least for now. Project Life works for my lifestyle and just really appeals to my style. I'm so glad it allows me the creative ability to share our pictures and stories in a pretty way, without the guilt of getting behind! I'm also really leaning to more of a simple clean style-- less embellishing, lots of white space, and more focus on the photos and journaling.

Also... those black, white, and gold spreads are totally my jam and I'm pretty sure you'll be seeing more of that here in the coming weeks.

Thanks for looking!!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Memory Keeping// Project Life// Travel

Okay... in just over one month's time I am completely finished documenting all of our photos from our trip to Florida. And I am almost up to date documenting our day to day life since we've been back. (so get ready for more photos!) Knowing that all of my favorite photos and stories so far from this year are already recorded feels great!

I can't say enough about how much I love Project Life and having the chance to be on the 2015 design team. Project Life makes it possible for me to continue my love affair with scrapbooking without neglecting my day to day schedule as a mom... wife... adventurer.

I take a lot of pictures. It's my passion! I just can't imagine leaving them on my hard drive or iPhone where they could never be seen or enjoyed. Whether you are like me, and take way too many pictures, or only take them now and then, do yourself a favor and print those photos! Even better, get yourself a Project Life album and tuck those photos and the stories away in your album. Leave it out where your family can enjoy the memories. My little boy flips through the pages of our books all the time... sticky peanut butter hands and all. There's nothing better than sharing those sweet memories with the ones you love.

PS... You see that cute "Magic" Flair button on the final spread... I design Flair embellishments for your scrapbooking and Project Life pages. More to come on that soon. Interested in custom designs? Let me know!

Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. For more creative inspiration and to learn how to get started, click here.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Life Through the Lens// Animal Kingdom// Travel

We loved Disney's Animal Kingdom! It was such a fun day together... The animals, the ambiance, the shows... it was just a whole lot of fun!

The Highlights:

The Safari:
Max was in awe. I was camera happy. 
Danny held his cool, but I think he loved it just as much;)

The Shows:
Finding Nemo the Musical
Lion King the Musical
I loved both of the shows! The performers were fantastic! It was so magical and fun! Max fell asleep during both shows, but we were completely captivated. 

The Rides:
Everest the roller coaster
Danny and I traded off watching Max while each of us took a turn going on the roller coaster. Total thrill ride! I couldn't stop smiling!

The Petting Zoo:
Oh my goodness... Max loved riding the train to the little petting zoo. 
He couldn't wait to open the gate and get right in there. 
The goats got a little feisty with one another and all the other children were afraid-- 
Max just stood right there in the middle of it, grinning ear to ear. 
He stood at the gate waving and saying "bye bye" to the animals when it was time to leave.

The Allergy-Free Food cart:
We were walking by and I glanced at the menu to see all gluten and dairy free items listed! 
I seriously felt like crying a little. 
Made my day. 

Thanks Animal Kingdom for a completely magical day!