I needed this. A For Me Album.

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 This one’s just for me.

 

So, I’m in a phase where I don’t love making ‘traditional’ layouts. I love PL. I love mini-albums. And I’m overwhelmed by the size of traditional layouts.

 

I talked a little bit last week about the memory-keeping struggle I’ve had over the past few months, where the big picture stuff was just too overwhelming, and I wasn’t having a fun time of it. Fortunately now I’m feeling like its time to get some of that big-picture stuff documented again.

 

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I wanted a space that was more of an art journal meets mini album meets small format project life — where I could just grab a photo, tell a story, and decorate it with pretty paper.

 

I wanted something for me. A place where I can try new techniques. A place where I can use a favorite product, knowing I’ll return to it again and again. A place where I can just put all my Instagram selfies on a page, and just not care about any one else’s opinion.

 

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I also wanted a creative space to go to when my Studio Calico kit got here — I have been an SC Scrapbook kit subscriber for more than six years, and while I still LOVE the kits, I haven’t wanted to make traditional scrapbook layouts in a while, and I think that held me back from using the kits to their full potential.

 

BTW — The Designer Gallery over there is one of the most inspiring places on the web. They take papercrafting to the next level, and I love seeing the amazing things I can do with these supplies. I pull it up on the iPad when I’m playing around with the kit for instant inspiration.

 

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So here I am, with a desire to document myself a little more deeply — but not really sure how to go about it. Serendipitously, I got a shipment of shop product from Simple Stories that I ordered at CHA. By far my favorite supplies of the entire show.

 

So here’s what I came up with. 
  • Simple Stories snap album. It has a ton of pages inside and a variety super high quality page protectors.
  • 8×6 pages — it’s like little layouts.
  • I like that I can make double page spreads and not feel like I’m creating a wall mural.
  • I like that I can add some pocket pages when I want to.
  • I like that I can treat it like my own scrapbook-supply art journal.

 

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I want this album to be a creative refuge for me — so I’m keeping a little box of the Simple Stories supplies in their own separate area. That way if I’m ever just feeling in the mood to get something down on paper, I can get started ASAP. I’ll definitely be supplementing with my Studio Calico kit, and whatever other fun products I get my hands on — but it’s nice to know that I’ve set myself up to be able to create whenever I want — I can even pull my album and this little basket and go sit on the couch while we watch a movie or catch up on the DVR.

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I fell in love with the super bright colors, clean lines, and easy to use stuff. This was my absolute favorite thing of all the things at CHA — I had to bring in as much of it as I could. It’s called DIY and DIY Boutique — its all about the basics: bright colors, clean lines, kraft, labels, stickers, etc. It also has really awesome page protectors — perfect for instagram photos.

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Here are the supplies I have in my box:

I’ll be adding to this album whenever I want to retreat into my own head and play with pretty paper. I think there will be a lot of K&J layouts in here — I think I’ll be able to journal a little more openly than in a regular Project Life album.

The Details

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Pick up the Simple Stories Supplies in the Shop today.

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PS — If you’re looking for a way to start documenting yourself again, check out my newest workshop My Details — a collaboration with Megan Anderson of the Nerd Nest. Starting today, we are sharing ten great prompts for getting your details on the page. Register today and join our amazing community of memory-keepers.

  • Lizzy Hill

    OK, so now I’m getting a tad excited about the workshop….LOOOVE what & how you’ve documented here….love the personalisation of it…if that’s a word!!! TFS:)

    • Thank you! <3 And I totally think it's a word — if not, it is now :)

  • Melissa F.

    Yours spreads are really good! I love the clean look!

  • I love this! I actually just started a “for me” album as well and it’s what got me back into scrap booking after not doing it for years! Looking forward to seeing more of your pages!

    • Thanks! It’s definitely getting me excited about getting back into more ‘traditional style’ scrapbooking. I’d love to see your pages too!

  • I think this is what I need to do; I get so caught up in “making” something, that I just need to not worry about it and create for MYSELF, not the finished product.

    • Yes. This is why even though I LOVE mini-albums and Project Life — they always have a BIG picture in mind, and a finish line. Sometimes I just want to sit down for 40 minutes and create a little one pager that I can put in a book and move on with my life.

  • Nathalie

    Ever since I saw Kellie Winnell’s Project “My” life album I have been thinking about doing something just for me and looking at your Instagram feed the past couple of days as just pushed me to 1/take more photos “for me” and 2/figure out the format – Thank you for being such an inspiration!!!

    • You are so welcome! Definitely take the time to create for you. — Check out http://theawesomeladiesproject.com for a new project I’ve been working on, aimed at helping people pledge two hours of their month to creating a project that makes them feel awesome inside.