My journey back to scrapbooking was when I discovered a version of modern scrapbooking or memory keeping by watching a YouTube video by Ali Edwards on documenting life. I was inspired by her methods of memory keeping and it sparked something in me which reminded me that I am a created being who loves to create. The idea of creating a picture journal, documenting life on a daily, weekly or monthly basis was of great interest to me as a Stay at Home Mom.
It inspired me because I wanted my time at home to count and be recorded. I already had SO many pictures of me and the kids doing all kinds of activities, but what was I supposed to do with all those pictures? I didn’t want to forget this amazing journey at home with them, all the ups and downs, everyday moments and exciting milestones.
I began by pulling out all my scrapbooking supplies I still had from when I was 13. If you want to hear that story check out: My Creative Journey. It was like being in a time warp seeing all the stuff I had once used to create and record my life almost 20 years ago. I knew I wanted a different style than my previous work and Ali was doing Project Life by Becky Higgins, so I thought I would start there!
My first “Modern Scrapbook” album using Project Life was in 2018. Initially I attempted to make my own 12×12 pocket pages with the We R Memory Keepers tool that I borrowed from a friend. Entering into this art of creativity allowed me to connect with people that I otherwise wouldn’t have had a chance to connect with. I am ALL about making connections, so it was very exciting to open up this whole new avenue for me. My pocket pages didn’t turn out the greatest so I invested in some brand name ones and decided to commit to this style of memory keeping. Project Life was a joy to do and I was able to find many resources to print my own card inserts and design the pages I could enjoy looking back on in years to come.
Side note: its 2020 and I still haven’t completed my 2018 album #scrapbookingmomproblems
That same year I decided to try Ali’s December Daily album using all of her products. It was fun to use her products for that project which had all the supplies I needed. It allowed me to fully embrace her style of memory keeping while adding my artistic spin on it. It was so much fun and challenged my brain in a whole new way. I was able to do more artsy stuff that I had never tried before. Her Facebook Group pages were so inspiring and the connection to others in seeing their creations left me so encouraged.
The next project I tried was with Travelers notebooks inspired by Studio Calico. I did a series of 12 Travelers Notebooks, one for each month of 2019. I also invested in stamps from Studio Calico where I attempted to do artwork on the pages with stamps and photos, as well as patterned paper. I started my first Travelers Notebook with a Webster’s Pages insert. This was a whole new style of memory keeping which allowed for a smaller medium and more compact size to store later, and I was able to construct my own Travelers notebooks for each month. So far this method has been very fun and efficient to complete. To better document my pictures with quotes or journaling, I used the Collect App and printed my 3×4 photos with the quotes on them. It has really helped looking back to see what happened that day as everything is documented.
I haven’t started my project for 2020 yet. I am planning to do a Heidi Swapp Storyline album this year. Why not try another artistic style and learn from another amazing artist in the Memory Keeping world. I intend to share that journey with you once I begin and hope that my creative projects will inspire and encourage you!
A quote that has kept me encouraged to press on from the beginning is this one:
You don’t have to do it every day or follow some prescription. EMBRACE imperfection, and there should not be any guilt involved.Ali Edwards
We are Created to Create.