Coming soon: January Reset project

I love the new year. I love the fresh start. I love the annual feeling of resetting. Yes, you can absolutely set new goals at any time of the year, but I love the special-ness of re-evaluating at the same time every year.

So this January I am starting something new — the January Reset project — and you are 100% invited to join me!

January Reset

 You don’t *need* anything specific to join me — but this is what I am using:

Supplies pictured:

You will LOVE the kit that Allie and I are releasing. You don’t *need* it to participate, though. No worries.

We’ll be launching the digital kit on January 1 (at my blog party) and I will be posting throughout the month of January.

Can’t wait!


What I’m working on this week

Working for myself means I get to decide what project I want to work on when — AND IT IS THE BEST. Just the other day, I tweeted about how reading Harry Potter totally counts as work for me this month.* Depending on what kind of blog content I have planned, I may need to be reading a non-fiction book for a review or working on a memory keeping project. I can be watching a video series on how to build my email list or reading a novel to provide edits to the author or journaling about when we bought our home for an example for a new product.

It’s the best.

This month is a combination of finishing projects started earlier this year and getting ready to start 2015 with a bang. Here’s what I’m working on this week, a look into what my to do list looks like ….

Editing my novel, working title Academy of Secrets

novel writing and editing

This will be my first completed and published novel (!). I would like to send it to my first round of beta readers this week (or, really, last week), so this is going to be the biggest chunk of my week. Throughout 2014 I dedicated A LOT of time to writing fiction, spent a lot of money on it and didn’t earn a penny. 2015 is going to be the opposite, hopefully, but the first thing to do is finish this novel. Tentative release the beginning of March. Sign-up here for first news!

Week in the Life album


This is the first memory keeping project I actually have attempted in 2014 and I really want to finish putting it together before the end of the year (especially considering the last time I did this project was 2011, and all those photos and journaling are still sitting on my harddrive). I have everything I need to finish, I just need to sit down and do it.

December Daily album


I love the holiday season and I love the idea of doing a December album, but if I don’t keep up with it semi-regularly I will never do it. So this week I am editing photos from last week and getting them printed. I’ll fill in some journaling and embellishments as I go. Little by little.

30 Days of Lists

To be honest, most of the WORK work is done for #30Lists. Which means I get to just spend some time in the Facebook group with the participants and keep 1 eye on email just in case. SUCH a fun project!

Blog party posts

January 1 will see 24 blog posts in 24 hours. That’s many weeks’ of content for Lemon and Raspberry, so I need to get started early. I begin with revisiting what I have done in the past (some post topics are great to use year after year), and then also brainstorm a bunch of more topics I could write about. I usually have about 30-40 post ideas ready and narrow them down to 24 by December 30 or 31.

Previous years I have spent most of the day December 31 (and even the morning of January 1) writing blog posts and I definitely don’t want to do that again! The earlier I start the better!

(I’m also accepting guest posts if you think you’d be a good fit!)

What are you working on this week?

*If you’re wondering how I am justifying that, remember that I am helping lead the Harry Potter book club, remember that I am launching a fiction-writing career. And every person in the Harry Potter book club is a super-passionate reader. What better way to find potential readers for my own books than get in front of and make friends with these readers? Therefore reading Harry Potter = marketing!

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Preparing for December Daily

December 1 is in a couple weeks! I bet you have all sorts of plans already, right? I will be participating in Ali Edwards’s December Daily project …. kind of.

I’ve used Blurb for my December Daily books in the past and I love those. Last year I combined #30Lists with DecDaily in a 6×8 Snap Album and loved that change too.

…. With a couple caveats.

I’ve heard people say December Daily is like a crescendo to Christmas Day, and so don’t want to include the 26 through New Year’s Eve, but for me it’s very different.

I know I’ve mentioned this once or twice, but Andrew works A LOT. A LOT. Like he will have November 28 off (hopefully) and then not another day of until Christmas. But, basically that means that our holiday seasons these last couple years have been anemic. The bare minimum of festive. Until Christmas Day when his boss goes out of town, and we can actually celebrate with family and things.

So, this year I am doing a December album (not daily), to capture the holiday fun stuff that we DO do, and carry it through the end of the month (because we are spending the weekend after Christmas with my family).

I am ALSO doing 30 Days of Lists in December, but it will be a different album altogether. Register for the challenge to see how I’m doing it.

My December album preparation:

I have no plan. I gathered some favorite, color-coordinating Christmas and daily supplies and I’m just going to go with it.



There is a 6×8 page protector in the front that will be the title page, and then this 4-pocket 3×4 page. I like leaving title pages for halfway through I’m done making the album. I like to wait and see how it’s shaping up to make sure the title page matches.

But this gives you an idea — easy accent cards. Photos. Journaling.


I’m really (really really) excited to attempt this project without a specified framework of SOMETHING every day. I think I would never finish if I tried to force myself into that kind of workload.

Last year I had a plan. This year I’m just going to see how it goes …


Are you planning on doing a December album?


Storytelling tip: Regular photos from the same angle

Last week I participated in Ali Edwards’s Week in the Life project. I have exactly the kind of life structure that discourages people from taking part in these kind of memory keeping challenges: No kids, no photogenic house, no special activities planned. I work from home almost completely on my computer, so photos of my days are all the same.

But, that has never stopped me before.

Instead, I focused on the small changes in the everyday things.

My new favorite technique that I stumbled on last week — taking the same photo from the same angle on different days.

photography tip for storytelling

I set the camera on Andrew’s side of the bed, to get a wide shot. Reading every day is a priority for me, so I always (always) have at least a few minutes in bed every night. I’m so grateful that I thought about getting these shots of our/my nightly routine.

These are from Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. I didn’t get a photo every day last week, but even in these three I can see changes that tell the story of our week:

In the top photo you’ve probably noticed I’m not wearing pants, but in the bottom photo I’m under the covers. The week of Halloween is usually the time of year the weather changes around here.

In the same vein, in the top two photos you can (kind of) see the floor fan on my side of the bed. By Friday I had put it away for the winter.

In the top photo I’m lying down; in the bottom I’m sitting up. I spent a lot more time reading in bed Friday night (hiding from trick or treaters).

Andrew is only in the middle photo. On Tuesday night he was with his mixing engineer working on a project; on Friday night he was recording 3 songs with a band (overnight).

I’m reading the same book in the top and bottom photos (and its on the nightstand out of view in the middle). It’s a long, overly detailed biography so I’ll be working on it another week probably.

My nightstand and bedside lamp have been “temporary” for years. Maybe one day I’ll take the time to go find stuff I like.

These are just the stories I notice off the top of my head from these images — maybe you notice other ones. I’m excited to include these as a kind of recurring theme in my WitL album! My goal is to get that album put together and finished by the end of the month. It will be my first memory keeping project finished so far in 2014 and I’m so excited.

P.S. I think I took a similar photo Sunday night, too!

What’s your best (easy) storytelling tip?


Giveaway: Catch-up with Project Life

online workshop Catch Up with Project LifeI literally have not done ANY memory keeping in 2014, except 30 Days of Lists.

Granted, I have been doing other things, but I KNOW I will be sad if I don’t complete something else this year. I have some great photos and some great adventures, and our Team Schubert story this year is pretty special.

That all needs to be recorded.

THANK GOODNESS my friend Megan (and Annette and Trisha) have created this Catch Up with Project Life class for Big Picture Classes!

I’m taking this class — begins October 30 — and hopefully will have some thing to show for my 2014. The pre-class material has been super helpful so far. There are THREE challenges already, and the class has not even started yet.

I added 1-hour every day to my calendar during these 3 weeks to get all caught up.

I hope you can join me!

Catch Up with Project Life: Progress, Process, and Productivity for Pocket-Page Scrapbookers

Taught by Annette Haring, Megan Anderson, Trisha Harrison

3-week guided workshop • Starts October 30, 2014

Get over the guilt of feeling perpetually behind! Catch Up with Project Life will reconnect you to feelings of accomplishment and gratitude—both for the hobby you love and your life in general. Instructors Annette, Megan, and Trish are here to help you tackle common trouble areas, so you can make real progress with your Project Life albums.

After three weeks of inspiration and interaction from your three talented hosts, you’ll walk away with:

  • Finished layouts that fill in the missing gaps in your albums
  • Photos printed and organized, ready for use in your projects
  • Photo management ideas to keep you productive long term
  • An organized workspace to help you get more from your creative time

Not everyone approaches pocket-style scrapbooking the same way. But no matter what approach you take, you’ll learn a ton and have a ball in Catch Up with Project Life!


Good news! I have a seat in the class to giveaway! So you can join me!

Enter below — or grab your seat now and get started on the pre-class challanges!

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New Currently Products

I am so proud of my friend Kristin!

She recently released new products for her Currently List line! I know she has had big plans for this line of journaling cards over the last nine months or so, so it is so exciting to see everything come together.

I am especially excited about the new clear stamps! I happen to have fallen in love with stamps over the last couple years — I love that they don’t run out. I have this horror of alphabet stickers because I just know I’m only going to be able to use them for 2 or 3 projects before I no longer have enough E’s.

But stamps!

Plus! This new stamp set from rukristin papercrafts includes new little journaling prompts, shapes and accents that aren’t on the original Currently List cards.

Grab your clear stamps here.

On the same day, she also released the Currently List cards as a post-it pad! I love this idea — so fun!

I love that these take some of the preciousness out of scrapbooking.

Not that the sheets are disposable, per se, but because you are not spending a lot of money on them, you are far more likely to use them regularly. Easily replaceable.

25 sheets per pad — I can imagine just sticking a pad in your purse, and filling out a sheet every day or so.

 Grab your Currently List post-it notes here

If you don’t yet use the Currently List products, I would start with just a simple digital download. The original design is still free, or you can grab the design in different colors.

Where’s your recent Currently List? Post a link in the comments!


TravelScrap HQ Launched!

If you were not around last Friday morning, I spent almost 3 hours live online setting up a new little mini site:

TravelScrap HQ

Travel Scrapbooking

My goal is to build a lot of content and let it be a source of leveraged income (affiliate links, ebook sales and non-live courses). I think the site will really start rolling once there’s a ton of content, but that is (of course) immensely time consuming. But, since both travel and memory keeping are subjects I truly love, I’m not that worried about the time spent. I would be making these books and albums anyway, so why not have a focused place to show them off?

I used essentially a big chunk of the info and strategy I have included in the BUILD ecourse. You can visit this page and watch the (long) video and check out my full to do list.

You can follow TravelScrap HQ on Instagram and Pinterest

Those are the only social media I’m using for now, because they are image-centric. I have grabbed TravelScrapHQ on Twitter and FB as well, but don’t have plans to use them very soon.

I am also accepting guest post and you can read guidelines for submission here.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for the site, let me know!

If you are thinking about creating your own tiny niche site, watch how I did it here and register for the BUILD ecourse



Join us in September for another round of 30 Days of Lists. Another quick journaling challenge. Another opportunity to record YOUR STORY.

Not everyone can make a mini scrapbook every week or an art journal page every night.

30 Days of Lists is our encouragement and challenge to you that you CAN journal just something every day- even something as small as a list.

Every day through the month of September 2014 we will be posting a list prompt – anything from weekend goals to celebrity crushes. At the end of the 30 days you’ll have a collection of entries creating a small snapshot of your life right now.

Only 5-10 minutes per day are really needed. While you’re waiting for someone, or when you’re the passenger in the car. You can even download the list topics ahead of time to get a jump start!

That’s all.

Just write.

There’s no wrong way to do this and if you don’t like a prompt on a certain day, just change it.


incudeOnce you register you will receive an automatically downloadable file giving you access to the private blog for September 2014’s 30 Days of Lists as well as exclusive discounts from our sponsors and ambassadors.

The #30Lists challenge blog is open immediately (and will remain available for at least a year).

Upon logging in, you’ll have immediate access to:



ARD-30Lists-0914-Kit PreviewWe have been running 30 Days of Lists now for 10 rounds! 10! We never imagined we would have so many crafters and writers and other creatives clamoring for more listing this long!

So, to celebrate we have something super special for Listers joining us in September 2014.

Created by Alexandra Rae Design, exclusively for 30 Days of Lists, we are so so so very excited to release this exclusive digital kit!!!

BEST PART: Everyone who registers before September 1 will get this 200+MB digital kit.

There ARE Listing prompts included, but you can easily use this kit and elements for any kind of digital memory keeping. Read more details including a list of elements here.



Throughout August, we’ll introduce:

  • tutorial on adding images to the Flickr group
  • tutorial on using the #30Lists hashtag for Instagram
  • tutorial on joining the community
  • introductions to our sponsors
  • introductions to our ambassadors
  • Kam and Amy’s individual 30Lists books
  • ‘your take’ on the #30Lists book covers
  • giveaways from sponsors and ambassadors

Starting September 1st:

  • 1 new list topic will be posted each morning
  • exclusive tutorials
  • additional giveaways
  • list topics hosted by some of our sponsors
  • ‘your take’ posts high-lighting the lists all of you are making

Start stocking up on your sticky-notes, ordering notebooks from your favorite online sellers, or creating a journal of your own to house your lists, September 1st will be here before we know it.

The daily list prompts won’t start until September 1st, but you can trust us when we say that it’s an excellent idea to check the private blog regularly between now and then for tutorials, updates, and maybe a giveaway or two.

Also, it isn’t too early to get to know your fellow Listers!

Speaking of the list prompts, they will be available on a daily basis shortly after 2:00 a.m. Pacific time. If you would rather have all of the lists at once, feel free to print them out in the ‘Printables Section’ of the private blog.



CLICK TO TWEET: Just registered for #30Lists!!  Join in for Listing in September!! So excited!


5 easy ways to record your summer

Over the weekend, Andrew and I hung out in our backyard hammock. Iced coffee. Ice cream. Shorts and under the shade of a tree. Heaven.

SUMMER IS HERE, my friends!*

I am …. shall we say? Behind? Totally 100% behind on what I wanted to do with Project Life this year. But I still want to record our summer memories this year. Photos and stories of our adventures, whether they ever make it to a scrapbook or not.

This summer is going to be pretty great (once Andrew is off work) so I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately …

record your summer

Keep your camera with you

Channel your inner boyscout and always be prepared. How are you going to get your new favorite image without your camera? Either your cell phone or a small digital or your dSLR. I don’t care which.

Or a sketchbook. I don’t care. Whatever works for you. Just make sure you always have the tools you need to record your summer.

Make it a team effort

Hand over your camera. My husband, bless his heart, is always willing to take photos of me. When I ask. Or, just hang out with other people you know will have cameras and share the load. (pro tip: Don’t assume your friend will take all your photos for you. That’s just rude. If you know you want photos bring your own camera).

Commit to self-portraits

Use a self-timer, or your long arms. It’s your summer too! Make sure you are in the photos. I always find that I look happiest in our vacation (mostly summer) photos.

I love this post from Pink Ronnie about self portraiture.

Grab my Summer Lovin journaling resource

An easy collection of journaling ideas for your summer stories. This is a great resource for a summer minibook or just to practice your storytelling.

Let it go

It’s not going to be perfect. You’re not going to get every photo you want. You’re going to enjoy your evening at the bonfire instead of trying to get perfect images. You’re going to have to cancel or rearrange plans and not do everything you wanted to do.

Just let it go. Enjoy what you do have, instead of wishing for something you can’t.

P.S. From last year, 5 easy ways to make the most of your summer

*In North America, at least.

Happy summer!

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My currently story


date: May 25, 2014

eating: I have been eating a lot of egg drop soup for breakfast this week. I think I have finally perfected my chicken broth recipe, so I can just heat up a serving, add a bit of salt, ginger and sesame oil, and then once it is about to boil drop in 1 raw scrambled egg while stirring. Then I’ve been pouring it over some chopped green onion. I love that it’s light and warm and a great source of protein. New favorite.

drinking: Water. Almost exclusively water and coffee. I have a 32oz water bottle and can drink almost 2 full each day.

reading: I’m currently reading a history book about William Henry Harrison that I am not in love with. I WANT to read it for my U.S. History class (so I’m going to power through) but it is slow going for sure. Mostly, I’m just looking forward to being done with this book specifically and the historical period 1840 – 1859 in general.

enjoying: having guests in the house this weekend. Brews Willis flew out from Toronto to make a record with my (amazing) husband and they’re actually staying with us! We have the space and it saves them several hundred dollars to not get a hotel and it’s kind of fun. Fang is loving it.

listening: Obsessed with podcasts. Obsessed. I like to binge listen to 1 podcast until I knock out all the archives and then switch and binge listen to another. Currently in the middle of The Moth.

trying: to keep my garden alive. The banana pepper and strawberry plants haven’t had any new blooms in a week or so (but they’re still alive, at least). My lettuce though is only barely hanging on. I moved them to the front yard where there is less direct sun and I *think* they’re doing better there but it’s hard to tell.

thinking: about story. I’ve been learning a lot about story telling and book writing recently, and that combined with my Moth listening has got me thinking about the stories in my life that I can adapt and retell. I also got The Hero with A Thousand Faces recently and I want to spend some quality time in that book. I first heard about in my senior year of college from the GREAT professor and have wanted to read it ever since.

writing: I am just over halfway done with my first draft of my current novel (original working title was George Washington: Serial Killer). I had originally pegged May 31 as the finish date, but then life happened and then I committed to a project in June (next paragraph) so I’m giving myself some space and moving the self-imposed due date. But even though it is fewer words every day, I love writing every day. Highly recommended.

feeling: Excited about Fiction Unboxed starting Sunday. Andrew and I talked it over and I decided to jump in at the participation level so I will be helping shape the story these guys are writing in 30 days. Plus they’re opening up the world to other writers so I’ll be brainstorming my own story to write and work on. It’s going to make my month BUSY, but kind of awesome.

loving: That I make my own schedule and so was able to go to the studio with Andrew on Friday. The photo above is from the tracking room on the 2nd day of working on the new Brews Willis record. A year ago there is NO way I would have been able to take off work the Friday before a holiday. This year I answer emails in the morning, just let Maggie know that I won’t have internet in the afternoon and I’m good to go.

This list (borrowed and adapted from Danielle of Sometimes Sweet) is much more detailed and in depth than rukristin papercraft’s Currently List cards. Necessarily so, since those cards are only 3×4. But either way, recording my everyday story is SUCH a priority for me. Especially since we don’t have any vacations or milestones or otherwise bigger stories to tell.

I have been *loving* having these cards to jumpstart my memory keeping so far in 2014. I’ve been filling them out every other Friday, and they are *literally* all the memory keeping I have done so far this year. So far. They are currently acting as placeholders in my (otherwise empty) Project Life album.

The Currently List is just a great, simple exercise you can use to take 5 minutes and refocus.

Here are the last few of mine:


I have original black, special L&R green, January’s Rocket Gray and February’s fuschia. There’s also this month’s Dandelion Yellow (but I haven’t printed any out yet) Can’t wait for new colors the rest of the year!

I plan on doing these every other Friday, and you can follow me on Instagram or join the Facebook group to see any new ones.

How to get started:

What’s new with you currently?

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