Let’s look at March

I’m just trying to figure out how we arrived at the end March, which also marks the end the first quarter of 2015. Whaaaat.

This year feels like it’s been around for awhile, yet it also feels like it’s flown by all at the same time.

Ah wells, I’m embracing all of it while I can.

One of the reasons why March was so fun was that I got to go on Spring break (woohoo!)

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Continuing with the All the Memories series this month, I talked about embellishments, lessons learned, and starting memory keeping.

Embellishments for every memory keeper

Lessons learned from memory keeping

How I started memory keeping

Plus, I shared some of my favorite Project Life spreads to date (week 14 / week 18).

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Using Amy Tangerine cards in Project Life

And the regular Friday Favorites (no. 060 / no. 061 / no. 062).

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I’m all ready for April!

Friday Favorites no. 062 | links from the week

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Unlike last week, I don’t have much planned for this weekend. So I’ll just tackle my seemingly endless to-do list and hope that I make at least a dent in it this time round.

Have a great weekend guys, xx.

Life is often full and busy. But I like to take time to enjoy some of my favorite things. So Friday Favorites is a weekly series where I share my favorite(s) for the week. Check out my other Friday Favorites here.

Project Life 2014 | week 18

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Week of: April 28 to May 4, 2014

What happened this week: Made some homecooked meals, went running, and spent Labor Day at USS (our favorite!).

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Use a plain tag to help your sentiment pop!

Tip: Use a plain tag as a background to help your sentiment pop!

Vellum + wood veneer embellishment

I love Nutella and couldn’t help snapping a photo upon spotting an entire shelf of Nutella at the grocery store.*insert heart eyes emoji*

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Simple embellishments for Project Life

Techniques used: Aside from stamping, stickers, and the occasional wood veneer embellishment, I kept things super simple this week. Easy and done is my motto these days.

Thoughts: I used cards from one kit (Amy Tangerine’s Plus One mini kit, in this case) to help my spread come together very quickly. I love how using one kit can take out all the guess work of having to match and color-coordinate cards. I also love the blue-green hues in this spread!

Who’s still working on spreads from 2014?

Project Life is a memory-keeping system created by Becky Higgins. I’m embarking on this year-long project to document all my memories in 2014. You can see my other Project Life posts here.

All the Memories | how I started memory keeping

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Since we’ve been talking about memories and memory-keeping over the past couple of months, I thought I would share my story of how I started scrapbooking and memory keeping. It isn’t a grand or dramatic story, but it’s what I remember about this part of my creative journey.

When my siblings and I were growing up, my dad was the memory keeper in our family. He was the one who consistently took our photos, printed them and organized them neatly in photo albums. This was back when everyone still used film cameras and printed pictures. He put the “scrap” in scrapbooking by literally using paper scraps to make our amazing baby albums that each of us immensely treasure today (there are three of us and we each have at least one!). Because of him, we are now able to pull out those family albums and laugh, reminisce and remember all those memories from back in the day.

Those were the initial stages of any exposure I had to the idea or concept of scrapbooking and memory keeping.

The first time I remember making a real scrapbook album (ie. 12×12 spreads) was when our family first came back from a trip to Australia in 2005. We had purchased some patterned papers from the Australian K-mart while we were on vacation and collectively worked on the album together as a family to document our trip after we returned. This was before I even knew about acid- or lignin-free products. All we wanted to do was to get our photos and memories recorded.

Then in 2007, my dad brought me to our local scrapbooking store and together, we learned about scrapbooking basics. After our conversation with the owners, my dad very promptly (and generously) bought me my first set of scrapbooking supplies of acid- and lignin-free glue and paper that day.

And I haven’t looked back since.

Thus, my journey in scrapbooking and creating 12×12 layouts “officially” began. For a season, I also loved making mini books and have a basket-full of them now.

In 2012, I started hearing more about Project Life and contemplated jumping on the bandwagon, before I eventually decided to take the plunge. While I finally made the leap, I never quite made it through my first year. Discouraged, I didn’t continue in 2013. But I decided to intentionally document with Project life in 2014 and I loved it. (Confession: I’m still working on finishing my 2014 album, and still need to start for 2015 – but I’m getting there!)

Sure, there have been times where scrapbooking has taken a backseat when life has taken over and the inspiration has run a bit low. But this creative/scrapbooking/memory-keeping part of me runs deep and strong and I reckon it won’t be going away any time soon.

Through the years, my family has supported my paper addiction, enduring all those seemingly unending hours in the scrapbook store as I perused and ooh-ed and ahh-ed over all the paper goodies.

As much as I love how mind-blowing this digital age can be, there is nothing is quite the same as actually holding printed photos in your hands and flipping through a handmade album full of memories.

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to start memory keeping and be a memory keeper because I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Are you a scrapbooker/memory keeper? How did you get started? I’d love to hear your story so let me know in the comments!

Missed the other posts in this series? You can catch up on them here:

All the Memories is a blog series talking about all things memory keeping – from memory keeping ideas to answering your questions. This is the year to get those memories documented!

Friday Favorites no. 061 | links from the week

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Such a quiet week on the blog but I’m getting back into the swing of the school routine again and it’s been a bit of an adjustment. But I’m looking forward to fun things this weekend though so I guess that makes up for the slightly overwhelming week.

Have such a good one guys, xx.

Life is often full and busy. But I like to take time to enjoy some of my favorite things. So Friday Favorites is a weekly series where I share my favorite(s) for the week. Check out my other Friday Favorites here.

All the Memories | what I’ve learned from memory keeping

5 things I've learned from memory keeping and Project Life

Interestingly, intentionally documenting through Project Life has given me a new perspective on life and how I see the every day.

And I daresay these are some lessons that don’t just apply to Project Life or memory keeping, but really just to life in general.

5 things I’ve learned from memory keeping and Project Life:

1. Cherish every moment.

Time passes quickly. And Project Life helps me realize that even more, especially when I document in the weekly format and have to regularly work on new spreads. But at least I’m able to document the moments and can look back and see all that I’ve accomplished over time. Now the question of ‘Where did time go?’ is finally answered and no longer a mystery.

2. Document the little, seemingly unimportant things.

I’m still working on this one. But I’m trying to document even all the ‘routine boring’ days because I need to remember that my life will probably look very different in five years, two years, or even one year from now. When the time comes, it will be interesting to see the similarities and differences between then and now.

3. Be present.

Instead of spending time being glued to a gadget, or having my mind occupied with other things when I’m supposed to be making memories, I’ve discovered the importance of being fully present in every moment. There’s a time and place to be connected, but sometimes it’s perfectly acceptable to disconnect and actually soak in and absorb all the moments of life. They may not end up being (well) captured by the camera, but I can always include journaling if necessary and the memories get documented.

4. Embrace imperfection.

My photos won’t be perfect. My spreads won’t be perfect. But life isn’t perfect. So I’m capturing all its imperfections in my albums.

5. Your loved ones appreciate what you do.

I love seeing how their faces light up when they look through the albums and reminisce all the captured memories. And the truth is, even if they don’t, you will – 10 years down the road when the daily routine is just a fuzzy memory, I know I will appreciate all the documentation I did today.

What has memory keeping taught you? I’d love to hear it in the comments!

Missed the other posts in this series? You can catch up on them here:

All the Memories is a blog series talking about all things memory keeping – from memory keeping ideas to answering your questions. This is the year to get those memories documented!

Yes for Spring!

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I’m super excited for spring break this week, and you can be sure that I’ll be taking advantage of the time off to recharge, rest and go on an adventure.

But that also means I’ll be taking a break from blogging this week so I can be fully present and enjoy the moments as they come.

In the meantime, here are some things you can do:

I’ll be back to regular programming next week.

Until then! xx.

P.S. The super fun Go. See. Do. printable is by my friend Lauren and you can get it when you sign up for the Lauren Likes blog newsletter. Don’t miss out!