Life Documented

Hello friends!  Can you believe it is already halfway through March?  I can’t.  We had a little freak out moment when we realized how much we needed to get done before we could finish our taxes.  Arg!  But the biggest thing I am again reminded of is how blasted fast time goes.  It’s what I call the parental time warp.  The parental time warp is when every day seems to drag on and on and on with no end in sight all the while Christmas keeps appearing out of no where with a rapidity that could give you whiplash.

(you are nodding your head, aren’t you…)

So, how do we capture the moments that older and wiser mom’s/women/parents say you’ll want to capture forever?  I have no idea.  But I think I may be catching on to something.

Scrapbooking…

I know, I know, the dreaded “S” word.  At least for some of you it’s the dreaded “s” word.  We see folks create beautiful and amazing pages for their families and get inspired just to get baffled when we finally get a moment to ourselves to put something on the page.  Enter writer’s/crafter’s block.  It happens to the best of us and it drives me nuts!  But here is the idea I’ve been coming around to.  Digital scrapbooking.  I’m serious, if you love the papers and hate the clutter of traditional scrapbooking, digital scrapbooking may be fore you.

I’ve been collecting free papers and kits for awhile now and have quite a collection but I don’t really use any of them.  Wanna know why?  I didn’t know what my style or purpose was.  And now I do.  I want to tell the story more than I want to make one picture look fancy.  I also don’t have a ton of extra money lying around to by paper and embellishments that I’ll only use once.  Honestly, that gives me more crafter’s block than anything.  Only having one of something.  I want to make sure that one thing is used well and not wasted.  Not so with digital scrapbooking.  You get a file.  You can use it over and over and over again.  It doesn’t get wrinkled or crushed because you needed the storage space so you shoved that extra pack in there.

So, I’ve been learning.  I’ve been experimenting.  And I want to share my results with you!  (lucky ducks)

I, by no means, feel like I’m an expert crafter in this area.  But exploring and growing as a crafter is what this blog is all about.  It’s the journey not the destination that is important.  My goal with my digital pages is to collect them through out the year and then put them into a professional book at the end of the year or time period I decide on.  I’ve found some great options over at http://www.blurb.com but if you have other suggestions I’d love to hear them!

With out further ado, here is the page I finished tonight…

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Here is my sweet boy.  This is from inside my office looking out.  I was sort of trapped as he had just fallen asleep.  In this case I really did want to focus on the photo (most of my pages have lots and lots of photos in them).  I will likely go back and add more journaling but in my current sleepy state (it’s almost midnight and I get to volunteer in Emma’s class tomorrow) I’m happy something came together that I feel worthy enough to share.  I’m still getting used to my process and what I feel is important to convey.  Putting the date the photo was taken is a big deal to me so I put that very prominently on the page, nothing sneaky there.  And I’m learning how to use clipping masks in Photoshop more efficiently.  My files are big but I love how you can organize your page with layers in PS.  Today I’ve used papers and digital elements from the Hey Boy collection from Basic Grey purchased at Jessica Sprague.

So, how do you document life?

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4 thoughts on “Life Documented

  1. As I sit at my scrapping desk and am overwhelmed by the clutter, I am giving serious thought to digital scrap booking! Your ‘page’ is beautiful and I’m encouraged to go looking for free tools now! But honestly, PS scares me!!!

    • Yeah, PS can feel as overwhelming as the clutter. The learning curve may seem steep but once you’ve got it things don’t change that much and you can use PS basics to feel comfortable in other Adobe programs like Illustrator and InDesign. http://www.jessicasprague.com has some pretty great classes on digital scrapbooking and it’s all visual. Two Peas In A Bucket typically has free kits and Jessica Sprague has 1-buck-wednesdays that offer up digital goodies for $1 or majorly discounted. We can have sessions too. 🙂

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