January Reset: Action Steps

This is the last of the January prompts for this (awesome fantastic new favorite) project: January RESET.

I totally intend to update this mini album at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and a year. And do it all again in January of 2016. I really hope you join me!!

I have been absolutely loving this project. I can’t wait til I receive all my photo prints and these layouts can feel more DONE. I didn’t do any scrapbooking (except WitL) in 2014, and I am loving this start to 2015.

I guess I just feel like I need more journaling in my life. I love photos and photography, but sometimes the editing gets backed up, or I have to size them for the right pockets or I forget what the photo is of (my husband takes a lot of photos of his recording sessions and things, for example).

But journaling? That I can do any time. Any where. I’m working on writing as a daily practice, so this journaling-focused memory keeping project was ideal.

I really (really) would love if you joined me!

If this is the first you’re hearing about it, check out earlier posts:

SO! Moving on to this week! ACTION STEPS

Action steps are basically … breaking down your bigger goal into smaller, more manageable pieces. It’s all well and good to say I’m going to publish 4 novels this year, but there are A LOT of smaller steps built into that. First I have to finish 1 rough draft … then revise that draft. Then polish that draft. Then cover, then marketing, then get it to market, etc. Times 4.

Action steps.

For another look, read: Stop trying to change your entire life in one night

This section opens with a couple journaling cards and photos. Again, my apologies for the lack of done-ness in these spreads, but it’s really important to me that I do these prompts throughout the month instead of all ahead of time like a fancier blogger would.

The ‘Take Action’ and ‘One Day at a Time’ and >> stamps are all from Ali Edwards’s One Little Word mini kit. I love it. I really just bought that kit for the stamps. The black chevron washi tape is Freckled Fawn

The #1-10 journaling card is from the RESET digital kit that Allie designed. It’s perfect for this. I didn’t write down specific action steps, but rather the daily habits I want to PRACTICE this year.

The opposite page is a 5x5x8x5 page broken into 1 section for each of my 4 big goals (front and back). 2 tiny notes on this page, I haven’t 100% decided what the fourth novel (late November) will be. Possibly book 3 of my series but that’s not written. Possibly a stand-alone more literary-ish novel. We’ll see. Also, Andrew and I haven’t been on a proper vacation since summer 2013, so it’s time. No idea where/when/etc.

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Again, as I noted last week, blank space left for details about private goal. I’ll let you know when I accomplish it. But not til then.

(since I took those very first ‘before’ photos a couple weeks ago I have actually done a couple teeny tiny action steps on the bedroom/office front. Can’t wait to show you when I check-in at the 3 month mark.

Opposite page is just a time-capsule-type page of what I am planning on working on this week. Each one of those works towards my goals. I will obviously be doing other stuff (like dishes. Bleck), but this keeps the focus on the action steps that will help me accomplish what I dream of.

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And finally, the back page is the same concept but for the month of February. Writing this all out was a bit of a wake-up call. I might be busy this month!

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This is the last of the JANUARY prompts … but I’ll be posting again in early April with a 3 month check-in. This project is designed to be a foundation for the full year, and I am so excited to see how this year shapes up. The next section will probably open with progress photos!! ESPECIALLY since I plan to publish my first book March 3! Expect an Amazon screenshot or something to mark that.

Don’t forget to grab the digital kit here. You can do your own RESET project any time. There’s nothing magical about January!

xo

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January Reset: Goals

First and foremost — this post was meant to go up on Monday, but didn’t because I was completing a HUGE STEP toward accomplishing one of this year’s goals! Hurrah!

Both Saturday and Sunday I woke up before 6am, and sat at the computer all day and finished my revision for my first novel. I was writing (and thinking) all day, both days until about 7pm on Sunday night. My back still hurts a bit.

At that time I sent emails, delivering the draft to my beta readers! My first novel is actually in front of readers! It’s not done, and I’m sure they will all come back to me with lots of suggestions, but finishing the draft and delivering a readable copy is a big big step!

I’m hoping to get back critiques by the end of the month, another draft, another round of beta-readers, final tweaks and releasing the book March 3.

It will be free to my newsletter subscribers … and then I have to get to work on the next book….

Because (as you will see in the next few images), that is my #1 goal for 2015.

If this is your first time hearing about the project, check out my first post here with an introduction and my first pages, and then the first prompt REFLECTION and my pages here and last week’s prompt RIGHT NOW and my pages here.

This is the THIRD prompt for our January RESET project: Goals.

These are the big ideas, the where-I’d-like-to-be, the long-term projects.

This week is not the time to worry about the next step (that’s next week), but instead a time to figure out what your priorities for the whole year are.

As we go through my pages you’ll notice there’s only 1 spot that I have a photo to include. This project truly is journaling-heavy. It’s almost all pages, labels and journaling cards from the RESET kit — grab yours here.

Here we go …

The left side is 3 journaling cards and 1 (still-to-be-taken) 3×4 photo. The two ‘filler’ cards are from the Seafoam Project Life kit.

The GOALS journaling card is from the RESET digital kit and I held myself to 4 goals for 2015, noted just briefly in bullet form. I actually love that the smaller card only left space for a reasonable number (one of them is still private).

The opposite page is one of my favorites for the WHOLE PROJECT. That gray label says ‘Write your number 1 goal for this year. Now write it another 10 times.’

I love that. I love the commitment. I love the repetition. I love the burning into my brain that happened when I got to number 8, 9 and 10. I love that it forced me to actually think about if this was what I wanted by writing it so many times.

My current plan is to self-publish a novel March 3, June 30, September 15 and late November/early December. Visit my author site and get on that email list if you’re interested.

So this page was a reminder that all my actions for the year should in some way support this number 1 goal.

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The back side of that page is still a 5.5×8.5 page with a label from the RESET kit — A year from now.

This list includes both my BIG concrete goals, as well as I-hope-I-can-manage-it goals. None are particularly audacious on their own, but if I accomplish all of them I will throw myself a party (again, one censored).

The opposite page is one of the Quick Pages from the RESET kit, all about acknowledging what the obstacles I have to overcome are. Because, yes, of course, it would be awesome to accomplish all these goals, but it’s not magic. There ARE things standing in my way that I need to move past/around/over/etc.

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The last layout for this prompt begins with the GOAL / Action Steps Quick Page from the digital kit. I only printed out one (though of course, you could print out 1 page for each goal you are going to pursue). This is a great transition to the next prompt for next week.

But, really, the goal that I will be MAD at myself if I don’t accomplish is publishing four books this year, so that is the only one worth the attention.

The opposite page is another series of journaling cards from the digital kit. ‘Just say no’ is blank in this photo because the journaling on that relates to my private goal.

I loved using the Just for ME journaling card in this section too. Not all my goals have to be I’m-going-to-be-awesome. I love reading and it’s my only real hobby and just for me I’m going to set the challenge to read 52 books this year. Considering that is way less than my average for the last few years, I think this is just an easy ‘goal’ that still keeps reading in my schedule no matter how busy I get otherwise.

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I’m excited to see how much of this I can accomplish in 2015.

Next week’s prompt is ACTION STEPS — the nitty gritty, actual steps to make these happen.

EXCITED!

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January Reset: Right Now

Welcome back to our January RESET project!

If this is your first time hearing about the project, check out my first post here with an introduction and my first pages, and then also last week’s prompt REFLECTION and my pages here.

This is very seriously new favorite project. I am so excited to invite you to reflect along with me throughout the month of January…. And I’m already looking forward to reviewing my progress in a few months and doing it all again next January.

SO great!

Throughout the month I will post different journaling prompts and topics to help you review the year behind and RESET for the year ahead.

I have been using the brand new RESET digital kit designed by Alexandra Rae Design (with some input from me). It includes lovely word art, prompts and elements, as well as pre-made quick pages to get you started right away. This kit can be used any time, but throughout January, Allie and I will be leading the way through reflecting on the past year and resetting for the year ahead using this kit as a base.

Check out Allie’s first post here.

There are some great word-art and quick page for this in the RESET kit, but as always, make it your own.

A reminder that this project is YOURS too. If you want to skip the quick pages altoghether … If you want to double-up on the last-year-reflection. If you want to use only the kit or none of the kit.

My pages are meant to be an inspiration and a loose guideline — but I’d love to see your take too. Please leave a link in the comments if you are posting your January RESET project!

On to this week’s pages … on the prompt RIGHT NOW:

The very first page is going to be THIS:

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Yep. MY FACE. In big-ish 6×8. And yes with that text.

I actually had my brother-in-law take a couple headshots of me specifically for this page, but the selfie (even with slightly wide-angle distortion) felt more authentic for this particular project.

As a reminder, the last page of the previous section will also be a 6×8 photo, so this will open the new section …. like so …

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The page across is an 8.5x5x5 simple white cardstock with one of the kit’s label prompts adhered across the middle. With a little bit of washi tape for decor. And then my streat-of-consciousness to-do list journaled down the page.

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The back side of that page is this Right now I am … quick page. Mostly about my mental state.

And a small 3×4 pocket page to close it out…. The flower and Today is for… journaling cards are from the kit. The Right Now card is from the Midnight Project Life kit and the Practice card I designed myself (for my 2015 OLW)

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You’ll notice this section is a lot smaller than the previous (and likely the section for the next prompt). This is for a few reasons, but really it’s more of a transition prompt than anything else. I don’t have anything more than this to say about my right now.

This is my right now. … and now I’m ready to move forward for the year!

Next week’s prompts is GOALS. For the month, for the year, for life. Whatever you want. I’m super excited to start dreaming big this next week.

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January Reset: Reflection

Danielle LaPorte Desire MapWelcome back to our January RESET project!

I am so in love with this project. I like Cathy Zielske’s November Thankful album, and I have loved participating with Ali Edwards’s December Daily album the last few years …. but I am all about the journaling, and the goal-setting, so this January project is the one I love the most.

Reminder that the digital RESET kit is on sale this week — it will work for this project (and others) throughout the year, so don’t miss out on the lower price.

You’ll notice that there are mini-post-its throughout indicating what photos will go in which pockets. I order my photos printed online, so I have to wait. I suppose if I were a better blogger, I could have done these pages weeks ago so they were all ready and complete to show you …. but that’s not what this project is about.

I want to do this project real-time along with you (this blog post was finished yesterday). I want to reflect on 2014 during 2015. I want to tackle each topic as we move through January together. I don’t want this to be a pristine, already-finished project.

That wouldn’t do me any good.

So forgive the post-its, and know that I am totally right here with you.

This week’s focus is to look back at the last year. With honest eyes. What went right and what went wrong. What do you want more of and what do you need to say no to?

There are some great word-art and quick page for this in the RESET kit, but as always, make it your own.

Pro tip: I listened to dancey pop music while I worked on this section. It kept my spirits and energy up while I was reflecting on the worst parts of the past year.

If you can’t read my hand-writing, the tl;dr of all this journaling is:

  • Andrew’s freelance career is flying. I could not be more proud of him. He is VERY well-known in the Los Angeles music scene and had out-of-state and an out-of-country bands come to CA for him last year.
  • My writing career has gotten a giant jumpstart from the Austin event I went to last year. So grateful for that. I am currently working for those guys (just a few weeks so far) and loving it.
  • Mine and Andrew’s time together has been essentially non-existent and correcting that is our #1 goal for 2015

On to my pages …

A reminder that this project is YOURS too. If you want to skip the quick pages altoghether … If you want to double-up on the last-year-reflection. If you want to use only the kit or none of the kit.

My pages are meant to be an inspiration and a loose guideline — but I’d love to see your take too. Please leave a link in the comments if you are posting your January RESET project!

Reminder that just before this bit, I included an 8.5x5x5 page about where I am at right now ….

The Working journaling card I made with word art from the kit; the Celebrate filler card is from the Seafoam Project Life kit. I haven’t completely decided what 4×6 photo I’m going to add to this page, but Andrew building his own studio is definitely one of the most amazing things in our life right now, so that’s the focus.

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The backside of that page includes a Not Working journaling card (again which I made using the kit), and the floral card is from the Sunshine Project Life kit with my own phrase on top. The photo I want to add to this page is this one on the right – which I realize seems kinda sad being next to the ‘not working’ card, but really our lack of time together in 2014 was basically the low point.

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The next page is just a simple 8.5x5x5 white cardstock.

The prompt label is from the digital kit and the gray and white striped washi is from Freckled Fawn.

This page is to remind myself what we are moving away from. The first one, for example … we hired a gardener over the summer. We don’t *really* have the extra money for that luxury right now, but we have more money than we have time, and if we didn’t hire it out neither Andrew or I would ever make the time to mow the lawn.

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Just a look at those pages side by side.

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The back side is still white cardstock, all just my handwriting.

These are my BEFORE bits. … I have plans for this year. We have about 14 million things that need to be done on this house, but these are the 3 I want to focus on now. Small. Making our master bedroom more of a haven (we still use sad Walmart TV trays for nightstands), our backyard (disaster) and my office (switching rooms, for a start).

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After this page of journaling I’m going to print out these photos in 5×7, adhere back to back and add in as pages.

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After the ‘before’ photos, I am including one last page of 3×4 pockets that reflect on 2014 more generally.

2 photos on this page (this one and another from Andrew’s studio), and journaling about how my 2015 OLW was manifested in 2014 (which of course ties in to why I chose it for this year), and journaling about the highlights of 2014.

Because as awful as the year was in some ways, in others it was incredible.

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Back side …

This photo of Sean and me and a little note about how meeting the SPP guys was the best part of my year … and a couple filler-ish cards about creating.

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And then finally will be a big 6×8 print of this photo (from December 23):

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 I am loving this project so very fast — Each new page and each new step are so personal and perfectly what I need.

Next week’s prompt is all about RIGHT NOW. How am I feeling, what am I doing, how am I spending my time. A good, thorough check-in.

Are you joining with January RESET?

P.S. Don’t forget the digital kit is on sale this week only!

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Giveaway: January Reset digital kit

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GAH, you guys! I hope you can tell how excited I am about this new January RESET project!

I hope you are joining me, and I doubly hope you are investing in the digital kit to give yourself a little break on having to create everything from scratch.

Be sure to grab it soon — it’s on sale for a couple days!

or you can enter below to win one!

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Digital Memory Keeping resources

I’ve been thinking about learning more about digital memory keeping resources for … um. Years? It was one of my goals 2 years ago for sure. I’m doing better, but since Allie and I started talking about creating the RESET kit, I knew I needed to dig deeper and PRACTICE this more.

These are some videos and resources I’ve been looking over recently … DEFINITELY link up your favorite digital scrapbooking resources too please!!

I think a goal this year is to feel comfortable enough with digital scrapbooking to apply for Ali Edwards’ creative team. Not get selected. Just apply. Baby steps. PRACTICE.

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4 Reasons to try digital scrapbooking

This is a guest post from Allie of Alexandra Rae Design, co-creator of the RESET digital kit.

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Hi L&R friends! Allie of Alexandra Rae Design here! With the release of the Reset kit from Amy and myself, many of you may be wondering about this “digital scrapbooking” concept… or taking it even a step further and asking how we can possibly do digital art journaling, or why you might want to trade in your paper, glue, and paints in for digital supplies!

You may be asking, “Why should I try digital scrapbooking and art journaling?”

I’m a big fan of digital scrapbooking, obviously. But why do I try to convince others to “convert” to learning digital scrapbooking?

My top 4 reasons I think you should digi scrap and art journal:

  • You learn valuable skills. I knew how to use Photoshop before I *really* started digital scrapbooking, but playing around and attempting to get the results I wanted on my pages allowed me to explore Photoshop in ways I never would have learned in typical college classes. I truly believe that any computer program you learn will be valuable to you in the future– even if you just build upon the knowledge later. You learn new programs, you learn more about your computer– you become a lot more familiar with technology, and with the way the world is going very, very tech heavy, no digital skills will go to waste!
  • It’s super easy to clean up! I don’t know about you, but when I create with paper, paints, and glue, I get EVERYTHING out, and I make a HUGE mess. Which usually takes FOREVER for me to clean up. With digital, it’s just “File, Save” and turn off my computer. Easy. Peasy.
  • It’s super portable. I’ve witnessed other paper scrappers unload entire mini-vans worth of supplies when they go to group crops. That’s a little crazy to think about. When I want to scrapbook on the go, I just bring my computer. Easy.
  • It’s affordable. I’ll be the first to admit, I go too crazy buying digital kits (“It’s less than $5!) but overall, it’s less expensive than paper scrapbooking– all the “tools” you need are on your computer! No buying 4 different die cut machines or 8 bottles of glue and mists– and you don’t have to print the pictures! And, best of all….
  • You can reuse the supplies! Unlike paper scrapbooking and physical art journaling, you can use the same piece of paper AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT!

So, what do you need to get started digital scrapbooking and art journaling?

Most importantly, you need a computer. (I use a Macbook Pro and an iMac, because I’m an Apple girl, but any computer will work!). I also recommend digital editing software– especially ones that let you use .pngs. Personally, I think the best programs are Photoshop CS or Photoshop Elements. I use the full Creative Suite ($$!) but you can do everything you need to do with Photoshop Elements. There’s a little bit of a learning curve with these programs, but once you get the basics down, they are such fun and versatile programs!

On top of the software and “hardware” that you’ll need, you’ll want some digital photos and digital “elements” to make your pages gorgeous!

Some of my favorite resources for digital art journaling supplies are:

Are you ready to get started with digital scrapbooking and digital art journaling? Have more questions? Be sure to check out my (long!) post on Getting Started Digital Scrapbooking!
Allie Trumpower of Alexandra Rae Design is a crafty designer, a photographer, and is marketing obsessed. She loves great design, memory keeping, pinterest, twitter, and instagram – and loves meeting new people via social media! She is on the creative teams for One Little Bird Designs and Simple Scrapper and loves the excuse to create! Follow along with her creative projects and everyday life & sarcasm on twitter and instgram at @abandy.

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Current favorite: Thursday3

One of my favorite regular memory keeping projects in the last year was Thursday3 — a weekly documenting challenge from Kristin of rukristin papercrafts.

From Kristin’s Instagram: “Join me for #Thursday3! my weekly selfie photo challenge — snap a picture, caption it with 3 right-now about you facts, and tag a few friends to play along.” And be sure to tag @rukristin if you play along!

I have been lazy and distracted about documenting in 2014. I have photos from back in January 2014 that I haven’t even looked at, let alone edited. I didn’t do anything for Project Life. I successfully finished a small Week in the Life album, but probably only because I bought the kit (let’s be honest) …

And yet, in spite of all this, every Thursday Kristin or another of my friends would tag me for #Thursday3 and I would be reminded to take a selfie and jot down a couple quick notes.

I literally forgot every single Thursday until someone tagged me. I forget to tag other people. I *almost* forget to use the hashtag #thursday3.

And that’s one of the many reasons I love social media. Friends, and gentle accountability and creative challenges. Miraculous. Because of this weekly project I have a small collection of documented stories from throughout the year that I definitely would not have had without the challenge.

I post these on Instagram (on Thursdays, surprise surprise) if you’d like to follow me there! Here are a few …

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And — you know what? — today is Thursday as well!

This image just went up on Instagram, but here it is too …

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  1. I have had these socks since high school. True story. At least … 15 years. I have no idea how they have lasted so long without being lost or destroyed.
  2. I want to take 10,000 steps each day this year. Part of my #olw #practice2015. My pedometer counts jumps on my trampoline, so I don’t have to leave the house (hopefully)
  3. As of right now I still have a couple posts to write for my blog party (to be published tonight), but once I’m done I’m going to read Harry Potter and eat enchiladas the rest of the day.

What is your favorite creative challenge?

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This is a guest post from Megan of The Nerd Nest

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Over the past few years, I’ve been OBSESSED with pocket scrapbooking. (You may have also heard to it referred to by the brand name Project Life.)

Pocket scrapbooking is a form of memory keeping that involves sliding photos, journaling cards, and (optionally) cute products into plastic pocketed page protectors. It has become my primary form of documenting my life and is my very favorite for so many reasons. I thought I’d share a few of the main reasons I love pocket scrapbooking with you and invite you to try out documenting your year in pockets too!

Here are my top 5 reasons you should document 2015 with pocket scrapbooking:

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1. Memory is fragile.

When I try to think back on years past, I can barely remember even just a few details about any given year. But when I’m memory keeping with pocket scrapbooking, I’m consistently recording details of my everyday life. I love that, when I’m older and my memory is even less reliable, I’ll be able to look back at the life I’ve lived. I think there’s something magical about that.

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2. It is so very easy.

Pocket scrapbooking can be very simple or very elaborate, if you’re a person who loves to get fancy with embellishments or mixed media. You can make it your own. But at its core, it’s easy: put photos into pockets, pick cards to write on / fill space, add journaling. And that means it is FAST. I can get 10 things recorded in the time it takes me to record 1 thing with traditional scrapbooking. And that means I don’t have to play favorites with memories: I have time to record everything I want to remember.

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3. You capture the small things.

This is especially true for me because I use photo collages, but you can squeeze A LOT of photos and words into a 12×12 spread. I love that pocketing my photos allows me to document little bitty moments in my life without feeling silly. I might feel weird about making 12 full pages about latte art (though there’s nothing wrong with doing just that, of course). But by slipping a little photo into a pocket every few weeks, I’m celebrating one of the small things that make me happy.

Pocket scrapbooking also gives you a big picture as a whole: having those coffee photos every few weeks documents how big a part of my life coffee is over time with the frequency it shows up.

Because I don’t feel like I’m should just capturing things that are big and important, I document more of the little bits that make up my life, and this gives a much better picture of what my life is “really” like. The small things are a big deal.

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4. There’s something for everyone.

I go a little overboard with documenting (I include weekly spreads, extra thematic spreads in-between monthly breaks, and traditional pages just for fun). Because of my pocket scrapbooker overachiever status, I end up with 4 albums per year, but the same amount of documenting for me would take up 40 albums with traditional scrapbooking (no joke). I’d be able to fit more into fewer albums if I was willing to part with chunky embellishments (I’m not).

But there are so many other approaches. You can just stick with basic supplies and add only the photos and the cards: you don’t need to be “creative” or a “scrapbooker” to capture your life in this way! If 12×12 spreads seem overwhelming, there are smaller sizes you can work with like 6×8, 8.5×11, and 9×12. (I use the 6×8 size to document vacations.) You can go the digital pocket scrapbooking route and have your pages printed in a digital photo book–thousands of memories in an inch of spine space. You even can use the Project Life app on your phone and create pages in the palm of your hand.

With so many formats to choose and so many styles to pick from, there’s really a format of pocket scrapbooking that will work for everyone.

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5. Documenting becomes part of your routine.

The most important part of pocket scrapbooking for me? How much it has influenced me to document over the past three years. I’ve taken so many more photos, written so many more stories, and captured it all in these awesome albums. Knowing I’m going to be doing something with those captured memories influences me to look at my life in a new way.

Before, my everyday life seemed boring, now I look back on all of these little moments that were special to me and am just so very grateful to have lived them. There’s no better reason than that.

Thanks so much Amy for inviting me to share my love of pocket scrapbooking today!

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Coupon expires January 31, 2015.

Megan is a crafty nerd from The Nerd Nest. She spends her time filling up Project Life albums, reading big stacks of books, going on nerdy adventures with her family, and making stuff. Follow her on Instagram for daily memory keeping tips!

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New Project: January Reset

It’s here. January 1. My new favorite project.

I am so excited to invite you to reflect along with me throughout the month of January….

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January is a time for fresh starts, new eyes, recalibration.

Join me each January for a RESET project.

Throughout the month I will post different journaling prompts and topics to help you review the year behind and RESET for the year ahead.

I will be using the brand new RESET digital kit designed by Alexandra Rae Design (with some input from me). It includes lovely word art, prompts and elements, as well as pre-made quick pages to get you started right away.

This kit can be used any time, but throughout January, Allie and I will be leading the way through reflecting on the past year and resetting for the year ahead using this kit as a base.

(the kit is on sale right now and kind of a crazy steal, so if you are at all considering this project I would grab it)

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January Reset

(above are some journaling cards I created with the elements of the kit)

Each Monday in January here at Lemon and Raspberry, I will post about how I am using the kit to journal about the following topics.

Week 1: Reflection (January 5)

Week 2: Right Now (January 12)

Week 3: Goals (January 19)

Week 4: Action Steps (January 26)

Throughout the month, my primary goal is to encourage journaling and reflection. I mean, this kit and playing with paper and stamps are fun and lovely, but I believe it is our words and individual stories that really give these projects their worth.

We’ll go over what is working and what is not, give you reminders to just start and mini-celebrations when you’ve finished. We’ll reiterate goals and give you the easy check-off pages to establish those new habits.

To start us off, a quick look at my ‘title’ and first couple pages. The very beginning.

I’m still waiting for an order of photo prints to arrive, but the empty pocket on this first page will be this self-portrait from September 2014 (from an event I was super scared to go to and so glad I did. Totally changed my life. I love the way that event/weekend made me feel and – bonus – I’m wearing a blue/teal color in the photo).

The RESET card is included in the kit, and the FRESH START card I made using Ali Edwards Story Stamp kit.

I’m a big fan of the white space. Very clean, new, blank slate. We chose blue/teal as the main color for the digital kit because it can feel both invigoratingly wintery (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) but also cooling summer (for those in the Southern Hemisphere).

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The first opening spread …

The PRACTICE journaling card I made (simply matched the color to the kit and used a similar-ish typewriter font) with a quick jotting of what my One Little Word means to me. The floral journaling card I made with an element from the kit.

The blank 4×6 space will be a photo of my husband and me from last night (New Year’s Eve).

A quick note — one of the reasons I am so excited about this project is because my husband and I had a rough 2014. Both of us are working really really hard at our respective careers, both of us making giant sacrifices for the future, both of us insanely proud of what the other is doing. But that means that our just-hanging-out-being-together time was cut to …. honestly, less than the bare minimum. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you a couple could spend that little time together and still be happy.

Anyway, the point is that this project is in part about Team Schubert. You may choose to have the project all be YOURS. Let it be your quiet in the storm of having 4 kids. Or let it be a project with you and your senior in high school daughter who is facing big life decisions this year. Or let it be about your business and partnership with your best friend. Whatever YOU need right now, this project can work for.

Mine is for Team Schubert.

Which brings me to the first Quick Page (from the kit) I used….

(the Quick Pages are 8.5×5.5. Half of a regular letter sheet of paper. So they should both be easy to print AND fit into your 6×8 album (or larger) and probably your planner too)

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As you can no doubt see, it is almost empty. That is only for the photo. I actually did the journaling on the next page first (photo below) and realized I wanted to blur out 2/3rds of the words before posting a photo. So for this ‘This is my WHY’ page, I just took the photo first.

You will likely see a lot of that kind of thing in my pages throughout January. This is a very personal, and at times private project. Yes, I would love you all to join me throughout the month, but this album is my own little space and I will be writing things that are just for me (and Andrew).

In designing the kit, Allie and I didn’t really specify which pages or elements go where. There’s no rules for how to use this kit, and if you want to save this quick page for next October or not use it at all, that works well too.

But I love it for an opening statement.

The backside of the quick page I adhereed white cardstock (so that page is nice and sturdy) and used one of the label prompts across the top.

The second week of January will explore the NOW feelings, positioning, etc in more detail, so this list is more of a beginning list. More of where I’m starting from before doing the project. It includes feelings about 2014 and desires for 2015 among other things.

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I’ll have more pages to share with you Monday! All these posts will be tagged here, too. And most of the content reposted and reshuffled here throughout the year.

Supplies so far:

Let me clarify, that the digital kit is in no way required to join in the project. As you can see I created some journaling cards on my own (the practice card, for example, didn’t use any kit elements). I would still love if you joined me in journaling and reflecting each week throughout January when you do it all your own way.

That said …. This is the kind of digital kit that you can use all year – not just for a holiday. You’ll find 3-month, 6-month and 9-month check-in pages to encourage you to move forward all year. You’ll find journaling prompts that remind you why you are doing this and what you don’t want to do in the future.

The quick pages will get you started right away. No excuses. 

This kit pairs perfectly with a small 6×8” scrapbooking album, or even your favorite planner. You’ll be inspired to be ambitious and to let go of the old, when you dive into the RESET project.

I want to make this project an annual one, and I’m very proud of how this kit will help.

My intention is to do this project every year. I think it is the perfect companion to choosing a One Little Word, mantra or 1 big goal, especially for those of us who have a tendency to maybe think too much about mistakes and should-haves in the past.

I seriously love this and I can’t wait to see what you all do with it.

Happy January! Will you be joining Allie and me in the RESET project?

P.S. #JanuaryReset

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