Its hard to believe its May long weekend already! Life has changed so much since March but it seems everyone has found a “new normal” during this time at home. For some it can be, and maybe still is a very stressful, overwhelming time, for others they have found a new balance and perhaps are less stressed. For me, I have enjoyed being home and not having an agenda. Its allowed me to catch up on some things, restructure and find a new balance.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
Charles R. Swindoll
While we are all at home and things are slowly starting to open up again, we can all consider how we will decide to move on from here. The quote above is encouraging to me, because it reminds me that although things happen in the world around us that can be devastating. Ultimately, the outcome of our situations are based on how we react. We may not be able to control the fact that a #pandemic is in our midst (10%), but we can control HOW we react (90%).
We are in control of what we choose to do with this time we have been given at home.
We choose what we want to do with that time.
The outcome is based on those decisions.
I personally decided I wanted to see something good come out of this time at home. I wanted to choose something meaningful that I could accomplish. So, I started catching up on my Memory Books/Scrapbooks and decided to look back to find encouragement. Reflecting brings me so much joy because sometimes when you look back, you forget what was hard and all you see is the good. For me, it is therapy! I want to rejoice in the good times, and in the hard times, I want to remember the lessons learned.
That is why I Scrapbook and document life! It has served me better than ever during this time. It has almost eliminated the blow of that 10%, and elevated the power of the 90%!
My reaction is to choose to do Something Meaningful with my time.
Recording memories through journaling and photos reminds me of the precious gift of life we have all been given. There is no guilt or shame if you don’t record those things. Everyone’s heart is different, we all have different yearnings, and Scrapbooking might not be for you. But for me, looking back brings me joy and hope, because no matter what we face, we don’t know our future. We only know how we came through our past experiences and that can give us strength! We will never know what that 10% will be. But we DO know how we can react!
If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how truly AMAZING you can be!
If you’d like to see what I’ve been working on during this #pandemic, how I have been choosing joy, then check out my Instagram for my most current projects and FOLLOW ME to stay up to date!
In addition to my Scrapbook I have also been working on some #sourdough bread. Its definitely popular these days and with the shortage of yeast I wanted to give it a go and so far I am happy with the results.
I hope you are inspired and encouraged to take charge with your 90% and do something meaningful during this time. It won’t last forever, eventually life will return to “normal” so do something now that you can look back on and be proud of!
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Being a Stay At Home Mom I am motivated to make my Scrapbook hobby time effective and affordable. Let’s be honest, there is so much to do everyday as a mom and around the home so unless its simple and fits the budget, its not happening! When starting a new hobby, it’s so easy to want to jump in and buy everything. Plus, there are so many gorgeous products out there so its very tempting to buy it all, however most people do not have the budget to do so. Although it may seem overwhelming at first, it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to get you started and help save you money.
The key to starting is figuring out why you are doing this and if scrapbooking is for you. For me, scrapbooking is about preserving memories and documenting life with my family. My kids are still so young, and I want to have something to look back on when they are all grown up. Documenting life is preserving a legacy, if we don’t record it, it is forgotten. That is why I have made it a priority, I never want to forget those precious moments and milestones with my loved ones.
Since we are a one income family, I knew I had to gradually build my supplies to keep it affordable for my family. Finding time is also key, however, for me, it has become my form of “self-care” so eventually I made sure to set the time aside to do it. Seeing the results and how my craft improved, book by book, gave me a huge sense of accomplishment. If you enjoy journaling, crafting and preserving memories through photos then scrapbooking will suit you. Before you get started remember this, it’s about Progress not Perfection!
Let’s Get Started
To begin, I want to discuss how to get started on a memory book or scrapbook and maintain cost efficiency and time efficiency. This will take the guess work out of the process for you so you can get started right away.
First, you need a scrapbook to document and record memories. The way I have done this is to make my own Travelers Notebook inserts. #travelersnotebooks I discovered these about a year ago and am loving every minute of using them.
The size of these books are 4.25” x 8.5”. They are a compact size so you don’t need a lot of patterned paper and embellishments to complete the pages. I used white printer paper for the inside pages, and patterned card stock paper or brown kraft paper for the covers. You can also add your patterned paper on the inside. If you have double sided paper then each side would provide a different look for each layout.
Second, you need some tools to get to work! There are lots of fancy tools out there, but these are the main ones you need to get started. I use these the most and couldn’t scrapbook without them. One thing to remember when purchasing supplies is to make sure they are acid-free or over time your photos will discolor and your books will be ruined.
Photo printing can be pricey, so I have opted to print my photos at home. I use an HP Envy Printer and subscribe to the HP instant ink service.This system is a dream! Whenever my ink is low, HP sends me a new ink cartridge in the mail. I always receive it before the ink runs out. I use 4×6 HPPhoto Paper to print and it comes in 100 pages per box. When I calculated it, it worked out to be $0.15 CAD per 4×6 photo. The other nice thing with printing at home, and using the #TN size is that I can print multiple 2×2 pictures on one 4×6 sheet. The size of picture I use most in the #TN is 3×4, and I print two per sheet. This also saves a lot on printing, and I can print photos as I need them. So as I view the photos and see what I have, I plan out my layout then print what I need for that layout. It cuts down on waste big time!
To print 2×2 and 3×4 pictures, I use the Becky Higgins Project Life App. It was a game changer for me. It’s so easy to use, you can import your pictures from your phone and print them as a 4×6 photo with whatever size pictures on the page. It gives you options for various sizes and layouts to print.
Life gets busy and on any given day you’ll end up having so many photos to choose from, then wonder what the story was from those photos. My solution to this is to use the Collect – Photo, Journal Diary. It allows you to upload a photo and document the story for that photo on the specific day. When I got behind on my scrapbooks and just couldn’t find the time to sit down and work on them, I opted to document photos this way and it allowed me to easily go back and finish those albums. It’s a free app however it is only available on the iphone.
If you do get behind, and are finding it hard to document photos regularly in your albums, this is a very efficient way to stay on track. Another bonus with this app, is that you can print the photos with journaling and date in a 3×4 format. This was another game changer for me. You can export the photos into iphoto and they will print as two 3×4 images on a 4×6 paper. So I print them all out for that month, cut them into 3×4 and organize them by date to start catching up on scrapbooking that particular month.
Note: for my #TN I made one for each month.
To complete the layouts in the TN I use stamps. Stamps are great because you can use them over and over, and create different designs and layouts by changing the ink color and position of the stamps. My favorite stamps to use are from Studio Calico and Scrapbook.com.
Here are two examples of how I used stamps in my #TN and different color patterns to create layouts without using any card stock.
I have even been able to transform some of the Creative Memories layouts designed for 12×12 pages, into #TN pages. It’s so fun to get ideas and inspiration from their layouts. I absolutely love their paper as well! It’s double sided and thinner so it works well in these books. It’s not cheap, but you don’t need as much of it when using a TN size page. I’ve done multiple layouts using just one paper pack.
I’ve also found some nice thin paper from Walmart for $6.97 CAD a pad. It’s not double sided, but it works great on the printer paper because it doesn’t bulk up the book too much.
From front to back, that is how you make and design your own #TN albums for a super low cost. So far it is my favorite style of scrapbooking and has been the most budget friendly. I have even made them as notebooks for my kids to draw in or make an album of their own. My son made his own March album, we made picture stickers on photo sticker paper and he designed his own album. He also loves using stamps! It is so fun to be able to share the joy of scrapbooking with my kids and to document our life together without breaking the bank!
I hope this inspires you to try it! Now more than ever is a time to document our lives! There is no perfect way to do it, you just have to start!
I’d love to hear about what you are creating and if you’ve ever tried this #TN style before. Contact me or Comment below!
We are Created to Create!
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I started making Travelers Notebooks in 2019. I made one for each month, so 12 in total. For my #TN, I used multipurpose printer paper with a patterned cardstock cover. The size of my notebooks are 4.25×8.5″, its the perfect size to document and record your story. Each book cost me about $1.50 to make.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what a different Mother’s Day it will be this year. Much like Easter we will be engaging in video chats with our families on Sunday to celebrate the Mom’s in our lives.
As a Mother of two little ones, I have grown so much over the past few years. I am so thankful for my children and the gift of Motherhood. Some days are tough as a Stay At Home Mom, the jobs at home can feel repetitive, however, the ability to be at home and choosing to cherish those special moments makes all the repetitive tasks worth it! It has taught me to find joy in the little things, and to rely on myself for affirmation, to believe in myself and press on with a servant heart and attitude. Even while being at home during this pandemic, I am affirmed that this is right where I am supposed to be.
Whether you stay at home, or work out of the home, a Mother’s job remains the same. To love and care for our children. If you are blessed with little ones, or your kids are grown up, I want to say to you:
Happy Mother’s Day!
These were taken last year on Mother’s Day, my kids are now, 3 and almost 5. I don’t know where the time has gone! As they grow and become more independent, I have experienced a little more freedom. No more nursing, no more diapers, the evolution of Motherhood at its best, filled with #momwins. The added freedom has allowed me to engage in creative activities. I soon realized this was not just a want, but a need. Creativity is such a wonderful outlet for me to unwind and to do something for myself.
I started Scrapbooking in 2018 and it has helped me, as a Mother, to reflect on all of the wonderful moments I have had with the kids and all of the fun things we have done. The pictures I have taken remind me of how blessed we are. It has helped me get through the hard times, and encourages me t rejoice in the good times. Looking through finished albums reminds me to continue to cherish the every day moments! We never know what tomorrow will bring. Currently, life has changed so much for us all, and it happened so fast. But one thing for certain, is that we can all benefit from cherishing the moments we have, and why not get creative in the process!
Being at home and creating is what has helped me maintain my sanity! I am so thankful to have a husband who supports my creative side and a big part of that is because he has seen what I have been able to make! In addition to my Scrapbooks, I use my Cricut Explore Air 2 to make birthday decor, cards, iron-on shirts, wood signs and more!
If you’d like to see some of the stuff I have made check out my portfolio!
On another note, I am so excited to share that Cricut is having a Mother’s Day Sale! The Cricut Explore Air 2 is on SALE! The one I have is in the picture below.
If you are crafty and love to create, and already have a Cricut then you might be interested in the other sale items featuring 30% off select mats, Infusible Ink, and vinyl! Its a great time to get started on your Cricut journey during this time at home, and what better time to get it than now during this Mother’s Day Sale!
Some other creative mamas share their creative stories in the “Life Handmade” podcast series! Check it out here!
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your work are wonderful I know that full well.
I was working on a scrapbooking page recently, it was for April 2019. I wanted to document the story with the photos and couldn’t remember the details. As I went through my journal entries from last April in search of the story, I discovered a different one. The pictures were of happy times, they were joyful photos of playing with bubbles outside on the deck. I was expecting to find a story of joy and wonder, but instead I discovered a story of struggle and pain. At first I didn’t remember the details, but as I kept reading ,the memories came flooding back. It was a time where I greatly underestimated my worth and struggled to find my place in the world. Finding less satisfaction at home as a Mother and Wife, I felt I lacked purpose. Although the pictures I was seeking to document showed promise and purpose, that was not the story in my heart.
Fast forward to now, and we are currently in a pandemic and stuck at home. It seems it could be a time where that narrative continues, the pain and struggle, however, this April I have felt very different. Despite the pandemic and the world coming to a halt, I have felt immense purpose in my roles as a Mother and Wife. It’s amazing how life can change in a year. My life hasn’t actually changed that much, I am in the same roles I once was, but my mind and heart have changed.
Aboveallelse, guardyourheart, for everything you do flows from it.
Last April, I wrote that I had let my heart become a punching bag. The Bible says we are to guard our hearts above all else. In my journal I admitted that I wasn’t doing a good job of that. The thing is, I don’t look back and feel sorry for myself. I look back and think, wow how I’ve grown! I have changed my perspectives, and made choices to set my priorities straight. I found a way to self-care while caring for others, instead of wearing myself thin trying to earn affection or acceptance. Above all else, I learned to guard my heart and to seek God’s kingdom, and His word first! I have come along way since then and the key to that progress is not the external changes, but the internal ones.
When I woke up this past Sunday morning, the Lord placed on my heart that I am “fearfully and wonderfully made”. This was the first time I heard that and actually believed it. So yes, I’m in a very different place than a year ago. Despite my past sufferings documented in my journal, the pictures I scrapbooked showed me that I never gave up trying. Those pictures emulated joy and effort to create a happy home, even if there was inner turmoil. The story was not one of despair, but of hope. I overcame and I contribute that to the love from my Heavenly Father and the inner workings of His Holy Spirit within me.
Right now, even though we are all at home, many people have different stories, different narratives. It could be a very depressing time for some, it may cause anxiety for others, or be a time of renewed hope. Whatever your story, we are in this together! We are ALL fearfully and wonderfully made. God has a plan for each and every one of us, he has helped me find my purpose right where I am. He can help you find yours too!
For now, I continue to seek Him. To serve my family to my best ability, and for self-care I create! I work on my memory books documenting life, or create Cricut projects to bless our home and others. With God by my side, an amazing husband, and my beautiful children, my wild little loves who depend on me and shower me with their unconditional love each day, I press on!
Praying you find hope to press on too! I’d love to connect with you to hear your story and what you are doing with your time at home right now.
It excites me to announce National Scrapbooking Day 2020 #NSD #2020 starts tomorrow May. 2, 2020. It is held every year on the first Saturday in May. I first discovered the celebration of this day in 2019 when our local Scrapbooking Consultants held a NSD crop! All the ladies from the northern communities got together in one room to scrapbook, chat and enjoy a creative day together! Each person received a scrapbooking kit which included cute paper and stickers. That particular crop was with Creative Memories Consultant, Janet Laybolt. This year we were supposed to have another one however with the #pandemic in full swing we were unable to meet together. (Side note: the #CM kit this year is SO cute!) In place of that crop, I plan to attend the Creative Memories online crop, NSD 2020 Worldwide Virtual Crop which has already begun!
Every year so many Scrapbooking companies do something to celebrate NSD. See links below to check out the events happening online:
There is SO much inspiration happening this weekend, I hope you can join in and be inspired! I am excited to engage in the events this weekend and continue working on my new 2020 Scrapbooking project that I will be sharing about soon! Have a fantastic National Scrapbooking weekend!