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I’m starting over.

I mean. In everything. Almost literally everything in my life is starting over.

Including my memory keeping. I am starting fresh with a new album beginning with the last part of 2015.

Best part of declaring bankruptcy? I’m not even going to pretend that I will ever “catch up”. I will edit and back up those photos so I have them, but that’s it. I might, one day, print out one or 2. But I have no intention of scrapbooking 2014 or the first part of 2015.

 (related sidenote: I have also just declared email bankruptcy, so if I owe you an email please resend it)

My new Project Life album begins July 30, 2015. The day I left my home in California with a van full of boxes and my cats and started driving all the way across country.

I had 5 days of road-tripping to get to Virginia, and added in several extra photos of my rental van all packed full.

Now that I’m looking at these pages, I realize I want to add a list of everything I put in the van. Maybe I’ll hide it behind one of the photos ….

Products used include by Kelly Purkey, Ali Edwards, Studio Calico, Project Life and rukristin papercrafts.

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I’m sticking with what works for me. No point in trying to overthink it or reinvent anything. For my daily life, I like to use Project Life pocket pages design A. I like photos + journaling cards. I like little-to-no embellishments.

I will mostly stick with a 2-page-spread per week (Monday to Sunday), but weeks that are especially boring I may combine 2 weeks together.

Anything big (like my travel or history-related-day-trips) get their own albums.

This road-trip in particular was VERY emotionally difficult, and I had a lot of things to say that aren’t included in these pages. I maintained a small moleskine notebook over these 5 days (where my receipts and hotel keys and things are too), that is kept separately. Or maybe I’ll stick it in a page projector in between some of these? Hmmm…

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I cannot tell you how good it feels to be starting over fresh. To not feel guilty about being “behind”. To have freed myself from the perceived obligation.

I am genuinely excited about memory keeping again.

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Which is why I am so excited that my friend Megan will be running her AMAZING class Pocket Your Year again in 2016! (The sign-up should be up any day here)

I am so inspired to try new techniques and to tell all these stories of my new life. Megan does a fantastic job of fitting so many stories into her pocket scrapbooking album, and I can’t wait to learn from her.

Join me for Pocket Your Year in 2016. Set yourself up for a productive 2016 in the best way possible.

P.S. I won’t be posting my Project Life projects on the blog, but sign up for my email list for glimpses throughout the year.

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  • Jennifer Levin December 28, 2015 at 3:43 pm edit

    Hi Amy! I LOVE this! I’m so glad to hear that you’re getting back into scrapbooking, but I especially love the declaring bankruptcy part! Such a liberating idea! As I’ve followed along your journey for a while now, I know that the end of 2015 was tough. I’m super impressed with all the things you’ve done since being back east.

    Thanks so much for the idea of declaring bankruptcy on email or on just about anything that isn’t working for us currently. All the best to you for an awesome 2016!!
    ~Jennifer

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  • Amy T Schubert December 31, 2015 at 5:02 am edit

    Thank you so much, Jen! xo

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