I have this sweet friend named Tauni. Some of you may know her. She is the founder of the blog conference SNAP! We went to lunch one day and she was all excited about a scrapbooking product called Project Life. She lost me when she said scrapbooking. I haven't scrapbooked since 2004 people. And the only reason I did it then was because I was pretty sure Child Protective Services would haul off my kids if I didn't produce a lovely, die cut filled scrapbook detailing every detail of their life.
So when she suggested we go to her office after lunch so she could show me around, it was only because of my deep love for her that I agreed.
She showed me the Project Life kits by Becky Higgins (I totally have a story about her later!) and explained how it worked.
My mind, was blown.
There were cards already cut out and all coordinating. There were plastic sheet protector thingys that the different sized cards and photos go in. Slip in the photos. Slip in the cards. DONE.
You mean I don't need to haul out the totes full of stencils, rulers, die cuts, sticker, fancy scissors, paper cutters, glue, tape, etc??? It won't take me an hour to pull it all out, and hour to sort through paper, and an hour to do one page only to have to neatly pile it all back in the totes so the kids won't mess with it in the morning???
Not only are there over 600 cards per kit BUT they are double sided. What?! I know.
I knew I would never remember what all the patterns and sayings were every time I pulled it out so here is my little trick. I separated them and put one on the riverside (but still together) and spread them out over the bench and table top. Then I took pictures. Now when I want to scrapbook again I can look at my pictures and know I what I want and can find them. The I don't have to spread them out every single time.
(one picture of many)
Dudes. I scrapbooked.
I know there is movement called digital scrapbooking. It is professional and pretty. But here is my humble opinion. When my dad died when I was a teenager, suddenly every note he jotted down in his handwriting became gold. I love to read things in his own words in his on hen scratch writing. And I want my kids to see my handwriting in their books. That is why I love this. It is simple and I still get to share the stories and experiences in MY handwriting. Like I said, just my take.
And I want to do more. The problem is, I have not printed off pictures since 2009. And since I have 4 kids that means I need 5 copies of each picture. So basically I will need to sell one of the afore mentioned children to pay for all my pictures.
So the creative mind behind all of this Becky Higgins. She was at the very first blog conference I ever went to. She was speaking and I could tell everyone was in a tizzy. People were dying over her being there and I had NO CLUE who the heck she was. I had no idea why she was a big deal but didn't want to ask and look dumb. I finally leaned over to Amy (The Idea Room) and asked. Who knew she was the Queen of scrapbooking? Huh.
Well I got my picture taken with her but almost felt guilty taking up any of her time when others in the room were hyperventilating for the chance to see her. She was super nice. Like INCREDIBLY nice.
(Me, Amanda, Becky, Amy)
Her Project Life kits are now available in retail stores. You can find them at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Archivers, Craft Warehouse, Beverly's Fabrics and hundreds of independent shops. For a list of international retailers visit the Project Life store finder.
So the lesson you should learn from this post is that you should never say never.
ARE YOU A SCRAPBOOKER? What do you think of these kits?
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