Documenting My Life

Documenting My Life

I’m way into documenting my life.

I could say that my day-to-day life is pretty boring. I work at home and don’t leave the house on most days. J and I are definitely homebodies. We like relaxing in our apartment and consuming media, playing games, and making homemade food. We do make the time to go on adventures, but I think loving being at home most of the time makes those adventures more enjoyable and exciting. I love documenting my life.

I’m the best person to tell my story and my story is pretty cool.

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I’ve been a “scrapbooker” since high-school. I distinctly remember walking into one of those big-box stores,with super high ceilings and way too bright florescent lighting, to pick up art supplies for a school project. That one trip quickly turned into a small obsession. I was in love with the pretty paper and embellishments I could use to tell my stories.

Fast forward more than a decade and I’ve found a true zeal to really document my life. I’m kind of a cool person, definitely a weirdo and definitely an introvert, but still kinda cool. It’s important for the weirdos and the introverts of the world to talk about who they are, because they don’t get too many chances.

I want to document who I am and what it’s like to see the world from my perspective.

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We all have different perspectives. No two people can be standing in the exact same spot at the exact same moment in time. Which means we all get a different point of view every single time. Sure those points of view may be very similar, but they’re still unique to each of us. All of those points of view add up to make us the people we are. Our ideas, morals, and personalities are formed by those viewpoints.

The summation of my stories is who I am.

That’s what makes me so excited to document my stories. If someone were to come into my home and look through all of my memory-keeping creations, they would get a great sense of who I am and the things that are important to me. I think that’s just the coolest thing.

So that’s been my number one priority lately: Re-invigorated life documenting.

I feel so strongly in my heart of hearts that I have stories that need to be told. I feel so very strongly that EVERYONE has stories that need to be told. Let’s tell our stories. Let’s tell them the way we want them to be told.

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Now that I’ve made documenting my life a high priority I’ve found a style that is really working for me. I’m not entirely sure how to describe it, but it’s kind of a combination of photo-minimalism and a high-school diary. Yeah — two pretty disparate styles, but they work for me.

I’m really into photos and text with minimalist embellishing. It just feels so clean. It also forces me to take better pictures and write with brevity. I LOVE when I take better pictures and write meaningful things with just a few words.

It makes me smile when I’m working on it, it makes me smile when I’m finished, and it makes me smile when I look at it again.

That’s all I can ever ask for.

There are a couple of seriously talented people that I’ve been super inspired by lately, including Liz Tamanaha, Jamaica Makes, Ann-Marie Morris and Elise Blaha Cripe. I am just enthralled with the way Elise is documenting the birth and baby days of her new daughter — she’s on my must read every day blog list. She knows how to tell her stories and I am in awe.

As for me…Here are a few ways that I’ve chosen to document my life lately:

Click on the links to learn more about each of projects below. I’m so loving each of them right now.

Project Life

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30 Days of Lists

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Week in the Life by Ali Edwards

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Mini-albums

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 Currently List Journaling Challenge

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How are you documenting your life?

What are your biggest challenges?

 

2016 Update: If you haven’t already joined my FREE Scrapbook Girl Gang Mastermind Group: The Awesome Ladies Project. Then I personally invite you to join us today for scrapbooking and memory-keeping discussion, inspiration, & community! xoxo, Kristin

 

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As a woman, telling your story is a powerful and radical act. I tell my story with personal photos, colorful paper, and unique memorabilia. This is my platform for teaching modern-day scrapbooking and helping women document their awesome-lady lives.

  • Laura

    *sigh* I only wish I had the time/energy to document as much of my life as you do! So much of my creative energy is used for my students, there is little left when I get home. That said, I try to do one beginning-to-end project per year that is “every life” oriented. This year it’s Week in the Life. It’s been December Daily, 12 on 12, and Project 365 in the past.

    But, I have a question. I’ve been faithfully keeping up with my “currently” cards each week since January 1st. I don’t Project Life. I do, however, enjoy doing these cards. My question: What do I do with the cards if they’re not going in a PL album? Any suggestions? Thanks.

    • Laura! I’ve always loved seeing your life-documentation projects, you have a fantastic approach to them. I think those are such a great combination of projects too. I always feel the need to change it up a bit, or I get bored of the repetitiveness of it all. I bet yours make for a great overall perspective.

      As for the currently cards. I actually have a project coming up with my currently cards from the summer (as I didn’t keep a traditional PL album this summer), and I’ll add in some other suggestions as well! I hope to have it up in the next few weeks.

      • Laura

        Thanks, K! I’ll look forward to that post!

  • scrapsandsass

    Fabulous. I love your style and wish I could stick to a minimalist type, but I’ve never been able to pull it off.

    • I used to have a very hard time just sticking to the minimalism I wanted. I would feel compelled to fill up the white space with clutter — but once I found that I wanted a minimalist style throughout my life it made it a lot easier for it to come out in my creative work as well.

  • KRISTIN. ♥ “It’s important for the weirdos and the introverts of the world to talk about who they are, because they don’t get too many chances.” YES!!! Jen and I don’t work (well, can’t work), and we don’t have a car, so we can’t go on a far away adventure. We don’t bike daily, or shop daily, etc. as money is often tight, so we don’t go on nearby adventures as often as we’d like. But we do, do a lot. A lot of our own hobbies. Lots of yummy food. We read, and watch, good series’. We collect stuff. We’re together. We have our animal babies. We really, truly, love our life. I can’t thank you ENOUGH for posting this.

    Also… “photo-minimalism and a high-school diary.” haha. We’re so, so much alike.

    • It’s true.
      and the internet is such a great place to do it.

  • Janine van Emden

    I really wantend to leave a comment to this post but am not quite shure what to write…
    Or more accurate; how to write what is in my thoughts..

    I love this post.
    I love the fact that appenrently I am not the only “weirdo”…
    That I am not the only one who thinks she has a boring life but still wants to document it.
    That I am not the only one who carries her camera everywhere and keep taking peoples pictures..
    That it’s totally okay to take glue, different papers and other craftings supplies with you on vacation..
    so thank you very much for making me feel less like a “weirdo”
    =)

    • <3 you are super welcome

      and I really think that everyone has boring lives. We just get to see everyone's highlight reel and think how much cooler and more interesting their lives are. When in fact everyone has the same highs and lows as everyone else.

  • What a lovely post! You’re so right, I think everyone has stories to tell, everyone has a special point of view that no one else can ever truly share.

    I love the projects you’re working on, I think I may have to pick up that currently project at some stage… sounds like a great idea :) Your photos are gorgeous!

    I’ve just started working on a gratitude journal as part of my current “Authentic Challenges” I’m setting myself monthly in order to make my life more “me”: http://mindflight.me/october-authentic-challenge-authentic-creative-free/
    Inspired by my 30 Days of Lists project I’ve decided to make that a mini-book too :D Looking forward to seeing how that works out!

    • I love both of those projects! and I’d love to see what you do with currently — it’s become one of my favorite things to do!

      • Definitely something I’ll be keeping in mind for the future ;)

  • Diana Foree

    I totally agree about documenting life. Our family has been talking about this lately, especially writing down stories from people are still with us. They are the last ones to share about the lives of some relatives who have passed on. I have probably shared more on my blog posts in the last few weeks than ever before in written form. This encourages me to share more of myself. Thanks!!

    • Stories make the world go around! They help us to connect and learn more about each other — and its something that I just feel so passionately about. Thank you so much for stopping by :)

  • Vicki

    I think it’s part of the human condition to want people to understand us and to leave our mark on this world. A basic human need! We lost the last in our grandparents generation this year and it really brings it home. Luckily she was someone who liked to record things and so we have a wealth of information about her and her previous generations. Otherwise it would all have been lost! I also think recording the person you are at the moment is a great way of looking back and tracking your progress through life and your evolution as a person. Good for you!

    • Thanks so much Vicki, my grandmother has always been an inspiration to me — she was always the photographer and I’ve learned so much from her that I want to be able to pass along to future generations as well.

  • Mike

    Wow you are so organised and thoughtful I love your ideas and how you construct great life artifacts. I need someone like you in my life as although I’ve done some great things in life and had many children I have little that documents it all. So I’ve decided that this month I will start the back catalogue of my life and you’ve inspired me to get on with it. Thank you :)

    • You’re so welcome Mike. I’ve always loved looking back through my grandmother’s old photo albums and it inspired me to really make an effort documenting my own life.

  • Alexandra McAllister

    WOW! I am impressed! This is such a wonderful and original idea! In fact, I think it’s fabulous! Good job! Thanks for sharing all the beautiful pics. :)

    • Thank you so much for your kind words!

  • Brenda Young

    Love your style of life writing! They will be a treasured Heirloom one day!

    • Thanks so much Brenda, I hope so. I love putting them together, but I love looking through them even more.

  • Melissa Mueller

    How inspiring! Sometimes I need to just GET IT DONE! TFS! #sscnet

  • Letitia Lauer

    I love what your doing with your project life! Keep it up! I hope I someday have the time to dedicate to it.

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